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The Sensational South Island: New Zealand's Mountain Land

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The Neglected North Island: New Zealand's other half

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A Maverick Traveller (Simplified Chinese Translation)

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A Maverick Traveller (Traditional Chinese Translation)

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The Scottish Isles: Shetlands, Orkneys and Hebrides (Part 1)

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To the Top of Taranaki: In the footsteps of Tahurangi

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January 15, 2022

On the 10th of January this year (2022) I climbed Mount Taranaki, after arriving in New Plymouth from the north via Uruti and spending an afternoon on the 8th at the magical Bowl of Brooklands. I spent the night of the 9th at the Taranaki Alpine Club's excellent Tahurangi Lodge, named after the first person to light a fire in the crater of Mount Taranaki, and then another night there to recuperate before heading all the way down.

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January 6, 2022

Te Henga (Bethells Beach), Karekare, and Mercer Bay

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December 31, 2021

Muriwai Beach and the Gannets

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December 24, 2021

Te Ara Tūhura: The Hillary Trail Gets an Upgrade. Part 1 — Huia to Whatipu via Ōmanawanui

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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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