Rolling Around Wellington

Cherrie enjoying the Museum of Wellington City and Sea.

Cherrie has been having a great time exploring Wellington, as it’s a very walk-able and roll-able city. We’ve been all around the CBD, over to Oriental Bay, up to Zealandia and even back out to the airport for an evening function –with nary a step or curb along the way. It’s really been grand. Plus I have to give the folks at the I-site (visitors center) a big thumbs up on access  — they are actually familiar with wheelchair-access in their fair city. Continue reading

Wheelchair-Accessible Thermal Pools in New Zealand

Cherrie enjoying the nicely accessible thermal pools at Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.

Unfortunately I have to preface this blog post with this notice. The photos on this blog are the copyrighted property of Charles Pannell, and SATW and/or its employees or agents have no authority to use them in any way or to repost them. Sorry guys, but after having photos lifted twice in less than a week by the organization, I’m a little wary.

Now.. on to the meat of the post.

I have to say that I continue to be impressed with the accessibility in New Zealand. Take today, for example, when we visited the thermal pools at Hanmer Springs. Sure, I expected to find accessible changing rooms and barrier-free access to some of the pools; but they of course went one step further. Continue reading

Seven Things I Learned from My First Night in a Camper Van

Our home for the next week in New Zealand -- a Maui camper van.

As most of you probably know, I’m not exactly what you would call a rv-camper van type of a person. That said, I realize that a lot of my readers are, so I decided to check out the accessible options for folks on the South Island of New Zealand. And to do that, we had to just jump in and hit the road. And as newbies we learned a few things from out first night. Continue reading

New Zealand on Location — Access Intelligently Planned

Roll-n Shower in Room 511 of the Amora Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand.

I was very impressed with the access I found on my first trip to New Zealand; so it comes as no great surprise that I’m even more wowed on my second visit. It’s just my first day here, but after a very long shower to wash away the jet lag, I’m once again bowled over by the sensibility in Kiwi accessible design. Continue reading

New Zealand Bound

Well it’s time to hit the road again, and this time we are off to New Zealand. I was totally impressed with the access on my last visit to the North Island, and am looking forward to exploring the South Island with Charles and Cherrie on this visit.

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