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New Zealand

Here are all of our posts from New Zealand:


So Long New Zealand (for now)

August 14, 2019

Our last days in Auckland are somewhat surreal. Everywhere we go we are “welcomed” to New Zealand. When we explain that we are leaving after nearly 5 months of house and pet sitting, people are…

Not Just Another "Snickerdoodle"

August 10, 2019

Meet Ted! He is a 12 year old spoodle, and he reminds us a lot of puppy Monte (Monte being a spoodle / cockapoo mix). I fondly refer to such ginger, curly pooches as “snickerdoodles” - to cover all…

On the Road to Taranaki

August 04, 2019

We welcome the Kerikeri owners home and enjoy a lovely dinner with them while catching up on their trip, our time in Kerikeri and the antics of Paris and Monte. After savoring the last walk with…

Weka Weka

July 24, 2019

Weka! Not a kiwi, but we will always remember seeing it here in New Zealand with Emma. Terribly exciting! It is on one of our last days before Emma’s departure. After visiting the local farmer’s…

Paris, Monte Carlo, Bay of Islands, Abbey Road

July 19, 2019

And EMMA! Life IS good here in Kerikeri (pronounced keeri-keeri by the locals)! Between Paris and Monte, the dogs, and Emma, the daughter, we are busy. Paris may be little, but she definitely rules…

Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi

July 17, 2019

We enjoy a lovely happy hour at the home of neighbors who are New Zealand natives. Upon their recommendation, Tim, Emma and I purchase tickets to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in nearby Paihia even…

Cycling Along the Twin Coast Trail

July 11, 2019

Guest Post by Emma In honor of dad’s birthday this year (and the many birthdays I’ve missed in years past), we set out on a two-day bike ride along the Pou Herenga Tai, or Twin Coast Cycle Trail…

Kerikeri

July 09, 2019

Our new charges, Paris (the little 9 year old white Maltese) and Monte Carlo (the 7 month old cockapoo) watch their folks depart, but not before they all throw us a July 4th party with hamburgers, hot…

Wellington

July 04, 2019

WOW! Wellington - what a beautiful area! We spend a lovely few days here between our Dunedin and Kerikeri housesits. Our Airbnb on the Miramar peninsula affords us a clear view of the Wellington…

Moving On from Dunedin

June 30, 2019

Such loveable faces! Dogs, donkeys and chooks - oh my! After nearly 3 months in Dunedin, we leave with mixed emotions. We have become attached to these critters and will genuinely miss their…

Celebrating Dunedin Midwinter

June 27, 2019

In Dunedin, the Winter Solstice on June 21st brings a whopping 8 hours and 37 minutes of daylight! To celebrate, we take a wildlife cruise and attend the local Midwinter Festival. The Otago Peninsula…

NZed Facts and Food

June 20, 2019

All is well and everyone is healthy on this little “lifestyle block”, as it is called here in Dunedin. Fun fact, the city is known as “Edinburgh of the south” and the name comes from Dùn Èideann, the…

A Quiet Week

June 09, 2019

Being able to walk out your door for a long hike just feels better environmentally than getting in a car to do it! Week 9 starts off with us exploring the “track” at the dead end of our road. It…

"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"

June 02, 2019

“Life goes on”… When I was a disgruntled teenager, I remember my dad answering my complaints with the quote, “Life is full of heartache, sorry and disappointment.” Not what a teenager wanted to hear…

Farewell Lucy

May 27, 2019

We never expected to experience such a sad day here in New Zealand…

The Hard Bits

May 26, 2019

Our 5th and 6th weeks in Dunedin bring change and challenge. We recognize that when you house / pet sit for multiple months, life happens… Before we get too far into the thick of it, Tim and I hear a…

Dunedin Week 5 - Same, Same but Different

May 11, 2019

It is a routine week here in Dunedin - with much the same but always something new and different… The beach - we have been here every day, yet this week, we are surprised by large spiders crossing the…

Wild Birds in New Zealand

May 09, 2019

Birds are a big deal here in New Zealand! Recall that there were no land mammals (with the exception of a few bat species) on the island until they were introduced - first by the Polynesians or Maori…

Dogs, Donkeys, Chooks and Trains, Oh My

May 05, 2019

Week 4 in Dunedin is busy! First and foremost, in regards to our primary objective, animal care 101 continues smoothly. I am gradually learning what food scraps these chooks prefer - turnips not…

"Wild Dunedin" Week 3

April 28, 2019

It is literally “Wild Dunedin” week here - an annual Festival of Nature taking place the week of Earth Day. There are a myriad of activities and events celebrating nature and conservation at just…

ANZAC Day and Pacifism

April 25, 2019

During our third week in Dunedin, the national holiday, ANZAC Day, is celebrated. ANZAC Day commemorates the “Australia New Zealand Army Corps”, or ANZACs, as the soldiers in World War I were…

Dunedin Week 2

April 15, 2019

We are getting more and more comfortable in this house and with our animal roommates - waking up less often wondering “Where are we?” and feeling less inclined to exclaim to one another “WE ARE IN NEW…

Dunedin Week 1

April 06, 2019

This is it! We arrive at the Dunedin house which will be our home for the next 3 months. As we have experienced with all of our past house / pet sits, initial nervousness is quickly calmed once we…

Queenstown

March 31, 2019

Following Christchurch, we are somewhat shocked descending the bus into the tourist scene that is Queenstown. Still, we languish in the scenery, avoid the tourist areas (excluding the breweries and…

Christchurch

March 27, 2019

Our journey south toward our Dunedin house / pet sit takes us through Christchurch. Sunrise across the Pacific from our beachy Airbnb is beautiful. We are big fans of Airbnb for the local experience…

The Adventure Begins!

March 22, 2019

We are off! The preparations to live away from home for 4 months have felt overwhelming at times. Plenty of “are we really doing this?” moments. We sure hope that all those steps taken will make…

Written by Julie and Tim McGee who live in Sonoma, California, USA and frequently elsewhere...