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Central Otago - the most scenic bit

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 | Views [232]

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!

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | Views [1214]

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

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 9 Feb 2014 | Views [272]

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

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | Views [432]

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 >

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WOOFFing at Oruawharo - tractors and earthquakes

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | Views [365]

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

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 | Views [306]

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 >

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Photos: Second leg - New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 10 Jan 2014 | Photo Gallery

New Zealand
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Land of volcanoes

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | Views [296]

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

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 5 Jan 2014 | Views [605]

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

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 4 Jan 2014 | Views [245]

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 >

New Year's Eve, Sydney

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 1 Jan 2014 | Views [266]

What a way to welcome in the New Year and yes, the fireworks were indeed spectacular. We started with a boat trip from our luxurious apartment down the Paramatta river into Sydney Harbour. It was a real festival mood with hundreds and thousands of ... Read more >

Blue Mountains - canyons, cliffs and waterfalls

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 29 Dec 2013 | Views [1122]

The Blue Mountains - never heard of them but so glad we came. Two hours out of Sydney is a high sandstone plateau, carved into canyons and cliffs by rivers which now tumble thousands of feet over the edges. Covered with trees and plants only ever seen ... Read more >

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Dolphins and a Great White shark at Byron Bay

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 27 Dec 2013 | Views [1688]

Thanks to my very generous colleagues at Severnside Housing, we spent a fab morning kayaking in Byron Bay. The surf was fortunately quite calm as we paddled as furiously as Maori war canoeists to get out from the beach (singing Hawaii five-oh - well ... Read more >

Cuddles with koalas at Steve Irwin's zoo

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 22 Dec 2013 | Views [296]

Spent a day at Steve Irwin's zoo, founded by the late great man himself, he of crocodile and snake hunting fame - "crikey he's the most venomous dangerous snake in the world, let me just pick him up and put him near my face" - that Steve Irwin. Yes, ... Read more >

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Swimming with turtles

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 | Views [577]

We went out ona boat to Lady Musgrave Island on the outer Great Barrier Reef, this place is simply paradise with a sting up its sleeve. The reef encircles a coral island and large seawater lagoon, perfect for diving and snorkelling. The sands are pure ... Read more >

Turtles at Mon Repos

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 | Views [282]

amazing experience watching turtles lay their eggs on a moonlit beach at Mon Repos near Bunderburg. We watched one Loggerhead turtle (about one metre long) come up the beach, dig a deep hole with her flippers and lay 131 eggs in it before burying them ... Read more >

Photos: First leg- Australia

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | Photo Gallery

UK to Australia
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First steps - UK to Brisbane, Australia

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | Views [265]

Finally, house sold, contents stored, rucksacks packed and ready to go - all 35 hours of travel by train, plane and foot from Shrewsbury UK to Brisbane, Australia. Brisbane is a very relaxed, friendly and civilised city full of parks, museums, galleries ... Read more >

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Leaving home

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | Views [326]

This was the painful yet exciting bit - leaving our family, friends and home, with just a rucksack each containing everything we might need for a year.

Almost ready

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 29 Nov 2013 | Views [402]

Lunches every day this week, catching up with friends and relatives, poor Adam has been left to do all the packing, booking and planning so far. Getting there, getting excited, nervous and feeling a little sick! What are we doing, selling the house, ... Read more >

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