On an Ulva Island guided walk, a trail winds through the temperate rainforest bordered by lush ferns.

Exploring Ulva Island on a Silversea Cruise Excursion

Besides an Antarctica cruise or a journey to the Arctic Ice, an Ulva Island guided walk may be the closest Alan and I will get to the end of the world. As we stand on the beach, gazing at the scenic Pacific Ocean view, the guide tells us that if the water sweeps us away, […]

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The Hobbiton Movie Set

Sites to see on New Zealand’s North Island

Do you have a few days to visit New Zealand and don’t know where to begin? Today’s guest contributor, Kim Love-Ottobre, is here to show us the must see highlights while on a visit to New Zealand’s North Island where you can experience blue water, outstanding wine, and even a trip to the Shire. You […]

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Mt Cargill walk in Dunedin, NZ

Mt Cargill Walk in Dunedin: A Hiking Cruise Excursion

On long cruises with lots of sea days, Alan and I are always happy to put our feet on the ground once the ship is in port. Booking a cruise excursion that includes time in nature is even better. And that’s exactly what we did when we chose a Mt Cargill walk in Dunedin while on a Silversea cruise around […]

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Milford Sound

Cruising Milford Sound is Worthy of Your Bucket List

Cruising Milford Sound has long been on my boomer bucket list. When Alan and I cruised with Silversea from LA to LA through the South Pacific, I finally got the opportunity to check this adventure off my list. And the experience didn’t disappoint. The beautiful fjord that is Milford Sound The steep-sided cliffs of a […]

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Saturday’s scene: Fox’s Ice

While exploring Fox Glacier, I got up close and personal by using the 18x zoom on my Panasonic Lumix camera. Don’t you think my advanced point and shoot camera did a fine job of caputring the blue colors of the glacier, including those pointy tips of ice? Alan and I visited Franz Josef and Fox […]

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Saturday’s scene: recycled in Nelson

During a guided road trip in New Zealand, Robert Panzer of Tailored Travel, offered to drive by his Nelson farm on the way to an Abel Tasman hike. Alan and I eagerly said yes. For us, one of the joys of boomer travel, is going local. And stopping by Robert’s farm was as local as […]

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Saturday’s scene: Guarding Monroe Beach

Baby boomer travelers will find that Monroe Beach is the prize at the end of a 45-minute rainforest walk on the west coast of New Zealand. As you emerge from the forest’s green coolness, large rock formations seem to stand guard over a pristine beach littered with driftwood. On our South Island New Zeland road […]

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Jagged ice of Fox Glacier in New Zealand

Day-tripping Through New Zealand’s Glacier Country

Updated 02.01.2016 For a close-up glacier experience, nothing beats the convenience of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand. You don’t have to board a ship for a long cruise to the glacier’s face, simply park your car in the parking lot and start walking. Active travelers choose between moderately […]

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Abel Tasman Coast Trail in New Zealand

Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track

Updated 06.01.2015 Isolated beaches, sandy coves, tree-studded ridges where a waterfall’s trill competes with the call of the bellbird and tui —this is New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island. You’ll find plenty of active travel adventures here, including some world class hiking. Choose from two tracks: One leads inland up forested […]

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