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Our final morning: Winds cause a missed call

November 18, 2011: Our final day It’s happy birthday to Nicole Donahoe, and Chef Mabee has carved an elaborate apple swan for the breakfast bar in her honor. One gift given, another taken away. We’re hoping to make landfall on Tiritiri Matangi, a remarkable island of conservation. The once-eroded farms are now sanctuary for some […]

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After some rough seas, we visit an exotic mansion on Kawau Island

November 17, 2011 Reluctantly, Capt. Vince heads us out of Smokehouse Bay west for Kawau and the Victorian fantasy world of Sir George Grey. Twice governor of New Zealand, Grey took over the home of a mining executive in the 1860s, plowing in a fortune to take it to 30 lavish rooms and transform the […]

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We learn how they make Barrier Gold balms and oils

November 16, 2011 Day two in our perfect little harbor off Great Barrier Island, but suddenly the sun and warmth are gone. We bundle up for the short jaunt over to shore and the quirky homestead of Trish and Sven Stellin. For more than 18 years, they’ve been making Barrier Gold balms and oils from […]

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A visit to the Glendern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island

November 15, 2011 The sun and warmth of a real spring day help carry us over to Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island, heart of an inspiring conservation tale. I’ve been to Kapiti Island off Wellington, which is a predator-free haven for New Zealand’s endangered native birds. This bit of land jutting into the Hauraki […]

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Our day at Waiheke features tastings from three wineries

November 14, 2011 We tender over to Waiheke Island this morning, forced by southwesterly winds to land on shore rather than the harbor. At sandy Oneroa Bay, we time the waves to make a beach landing, hopping off in rhythm with the surf. It’s a morning of wine tastings at three of Waiheke’s best vineyards. […]

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SATW president begins her New Zealand cruise aboard the Island Passage

November 13, 2011 After a week in Wellington, New Zealand, it’s time to hop the hour flight back to Auckland and link up with the Island Passage. I find the low-slung catamaran at her little berth along Princes Wharf, just a few blocks from the Victorian Ferry Building that is the icon of Auckland Harbour. […]

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Betsa Marsh

Betsa Marsh’s Bio

Betsa Marsh, a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winner, is a writer and photographer who’s reported from every continent. She’s cruised from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle, from Istanbul to Tahiti. Her heart is with small, historic ships of legend, but she revels in the well-brewed cup of tea and aromatherapy massage of a grand […]

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