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Gallery: New Zealand - South Island

Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

New Zealand - South Island
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All very Irish on the East Coast

Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | Views [758]

As we made our way back south down the Milford Road we made a stop for a longer trek up to Key Summit, so named because three rivers flow south, east and west to three different seas from the peak. Fabulous views and alpine bogs at the top.... Read more >

Tags: birthday, camera, camping, hostel, paddy, prison, rugby


No rooms in Queenstown and a Milford Sound Cruise

Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | Views [912]

The next destination was Queenstown, probably the most touristy town on the South Island and home to pretty much every adrenaline sport known to man. Again it's a very picturesque setting for a town, on a lake and surrounded by The Remarkables, ... Read more >

Tags: cruise, fjord, lord of the rings, nature, trekking


Heli-hiking, horse riding and a country fair - Franz Josef and Wanaka

Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | Views [1204] | Comments [1]

We spent the night in another DOC site at the end of Lake Mahinapua, near Franz Josef, home of its namesake glacier. It was really difficult to find in the evening. I had booked a Heli-hike up the glacier for the following morning and Claire ... Read more >

Tags: camping, fair, glacier, helicopter, horse, hostel


Greenstone and kiwi on the West Coast

Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | Views [922]

The drive was hot and uneventful back over steep Takaka Hill especially as we managed to avoid getting stuck behind a 2 trailer road train of powdered milk, Golden bay's biggest export. A quick pitstop in Richmond for more supplies, then ... Read more >

Tags: camping, jade, kiwi


A ferry through Marlborough Sounds and kayaks on Golden Bay

Sunday, 8 Mar 2009 | Views [1018] | Comments [2]

It was great to be back on the road after a work break in Wellington (work for Claire, “work” for me). We stuffed our gear into our bags and jumped in a taxi to the Interislander ferry terminal. The 3 hour ferry journey ( a comfortable mode of transport ... Read more >

Tags: camping, ferry, fruit, kayak, seal, springs


Gallery: New Zealand - Wellington

Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

New Zealand - Wellington
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Networking and notworking

Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | Views [502]

Sylvia and Oii bade us farewell early on the Monday morning – their schedule only allowed them another 2 weeks for the whole of the South Island and they had an early ferry to Picton. Our journey 5 minutes up the street was shorter but we ... Read more >

Tags: apartment, carnival, concert, flood, rugby, work


Getting settled in Wellington

Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | Views [653]

After 10 days in the car and sleeping in tents we were all quite glad to pull up to the Wellywood Backpackers in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. The monstrous pile of camping detritus that was crammed into the lift on the way up was positively ... Read more >

Tags: apartment, fire escape, hostel, museum


The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [1855]

Continuing further South, Taupo with its enormous lake provided a pleasant spot for lunch and catching up with internet and suchlike. We needed to keep moving so we carried on towards Tongariro National park, stopping ... Read more >

Tags: camping, fire, trekking, volcano


Gallery: New Zealand - North Island

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

New Zealand - North Island
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Maori in Rotarua

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | Views [531]

The next day was the anniversary of the day Claire and I had met a year previously so we were determined to enjoy ourselves despite the gloomy mood of Sylvia and Oli's unsuccessful attempts to reconcile. We took the front seats, yanked up the music ... Read more >

Tags: camping, maori


A hot beach near Narnia - the Coromnadel

Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | Views [2921] | Comments [1]

Our next destination was the Kauaeranga Valley in Coromandel Forest park where a clutch of DOC campsites are set in a forest environment. A long gravel road took us up from the modern but shut Info ... Read more >

Tags: beach, hot spring


Camping & Tramping around Northland

Saturday, 24 Jan 2009 | Views [1537]

We were all quite happy to pack up the next morning and pile into the car rental company's collection car. It took us out to near the airport and we picked up our green flash station wagon rental (MOT 26) with over ... Read more >

Tags: camping, forest, hot spring, rental car, wildlife


A slightly bizarre hostel in Auckland

Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | Views [747]

The 16 th of January never happened as we crossed the international date line to New Zealand, the first “developed” country on the trip. The flight was pleasant (LAN are great) and Auckland airport was certainly ... Read more >

Tags: hostel


Santiago de Chile and leaving South America :o(

Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | Views [795]

Teresa wanted us to stay for the whole time we were in Santiago, all of 3 days, but we couldn't accept any more hospitality, despite her insistence. We got a taxi to the centre – Teresa wouldn't let us go without giving Claire the woolen shawl and ... Read more >

Tags: cacho, chess, chilean football team, crab

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