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Bobs Cove: A Sacred Pool to the Māori, a Mine to the Pākehā, Instagrammable Today

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June 6, 2020

This post is about Bobs Cove west of Queenstown: a really interesting place to spend a day, with one of the most Instagrammable views in New Zealand from the top of Picnic Point, other attractions nearby, and a ton of local history!

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May 30, 2020

Auckland: Thoughts on a Young City

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May 23, 2020

Behind the Scenery: Striking Historical Gold in New Zealand

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May 16, 2020

Auckland's Icon: A trip to Rangitoto, the harbour volcano

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About the Author

Mary Jane Walker is a writer of historically well-informed travel stories that come with an autobiographical flavour. Mary Jane is a solo woman traveller who travels with no plans, just using intuition. She suffered a tragedy in her personal life and sought refuge through hiking and travelling the world.

Mary Jane first experienced world travel in an unusual way, as part of the crew on a Chinese junk named La Dame de Canton, the first to be built in the old way in decades. La Dame sailed from Canton, now Guangzhou, to Paris.

After only six weeks on the boat, Mary Jane found herself in the US military base of Diego Garcia, in which the junk sought refuge with ripped sails and water contaminated by salt.

Just as in the old days of exploration by sail, the voyage took a couple of years to complete, with many stops along the way for fresh water and supplies, and, yes, for repairs as well.

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