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Terrific trekking - Routeburn and Milford Sound Tracks

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | Views [1554]

We ended our trip to New Zealand with two of the country's classic "Great Walks" - the Routeburn (3 days) and Milford Sound (4 days) treks. These are well maintained tracks with refuges (mountain lodges) to stay in at night. Being once again blessed ... Read more >

Tags: milford sound, routeburn, trekking

Beach beauties on the Catlins Coast

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | Views [381]

The Catlins area is at the bottom of the South Island. Although the interior is a wee bit boring, being mainly farmland with a sprinkling of really nice forests and waterfalls, the coast is absolutely stunning on a sunny day. Miles and miles of sandy ... Read more >

Tags: catlins, sea lion

Shotover jet-boat ride

Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 | Views [414]

One of the experiences we had been looking forward to was to take a ride on the Shotover jet in Queenstown, and it certainly lived up to our expectations. We didn't want a better value scenic tour from one of the many competitors, we wanted the full-... Read more >

Tags: queenstown, shotover jet

Central Otago - the most scenic bit

Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 | Views [285]

Kiwis describe central Otago as "the heart of New Zealand" and it has been for us the most scenic part of this beautiful country so far. This area includes Lake Wanaka, with its picture perfect lake, laid back town and fab cinema, where we watched ... Read more >

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Thare's gold in them thar 'ills!

Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | Views [1257]

Gold! New Zealand had it's gold rush in the 1800s and thousand made their fortunes as gold was discovered in the creeks and hills. This blog may indeed spark the 21st century gold rush. At a location which shall be kept secret for obvious reasons, ... Read more >

Adventures at Arthur's Pass

Sunday, 9 Feb 2014 | Views [340]

Arthur's Pass is the highest of the three passes which cross the Southern Alps. It is also one of the best places to see Keas, which are a kind if rare parrot which, like monkeys in a safari park, has a nasty hobby of  car-wrecking. Whilst monkeys ... Read more >

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Kayaking in the Abel Tasman area

Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | Views [528]

Picture this - brilliant blue seas, perfect half moons of golden sand backed by vibrant green forest, the gentle slap of waves on canoe and paddle - this is kayaking in the sub-tropical national park of Abel Tasman, at the top of New Zealand's South ... Read more >

Tags: abel tasman, kayaking

WOOFFing at Oruawharo - tractors and earthquakes

Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | Views [407]

WOOFFing -world-wide opportunities  on organic farms - is a fab way of really getting to know a little bit more about a country's culture than you would otherwise experience as a tourist. WOOFFers do voluntary work for hosts in return for food and ... Read more >

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Walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 | Views [348]

Not for nothing is this said to be one of New Zealand's most spectacular Great Walks. The walk takes a full-on day to complete, rising up from the scrub past steaming fumeroles, active volcanoes, desert-like plains, brilliant blue and green lakes and ... Read more >

Tags: trekking

Photos: Second leg - New Zealand

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Land of volcanoes

Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | Views [334]

Another brilliant experience in the North Island is to visit some of the thermal areas. The area is very volcanic, one major eruption happening as recently as 1995. As you drive through the countryside, you see plumes of steam coming out of the ground ... Read more >

Cave-tubing at Waitomo

Sunday, 5 Jan 2014 | Views [683]

This is one of my favourite experiences so far. Set amid Hobbiton countryside, the Waitomo caves are a must-do. We chose to see them by cave-tubing, which is where you put in a wetsuit, helmet and head torch and jump into the cold river with your inner ... Read more >

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New Zealand - arrival in North Island

Saturday, 4 Jan 2014 | Views [290]

We arrived in Auckland on the 3rd Jan, still buzzing from the Sydney fireworks. Auckland for us was a bit of a disappointing start to New Zealand. sure, it has the Sky Tower where you can walk round a little platform 200metres high, but it was so expensive ... Read more >



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