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Trip: New Zealand

There are [12] stories from my trip: New Zealand

Hawkes Bay

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 21 Jul 2013 | Views [503]

We had planned a leisurely drive up to Hawkes Bay from the ferry but as it ended up leaving Picton about 3 hours late we didn’t get into Wellington and get the car unloaded until after 4:30pm.  At least we did get to see the Marlborough Sounds ... Read more >

Tags: art deco, ferry, wine

North of the South

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 21 Jul 2013 | Views [478]

After we left Franz Josef we had a couple days of driving, mainly in the pouring rain, to get up to the north coast of the South Island.  We stopped in Greymouth on the coast and then up to Motueka ready to visit Abel Tasman National Park. ... Read more >

Tags: boat, ferry, national park, seals

Franz and Fox

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | Views [500]

The day we left Queenstown actually started as a lovely day, we drove up past Lake Wanaka and through the Haast Pass and Mount Aspiring National Park.  The scenery was just stunning, so many beautiful lakes and mountains everywhere you looked! ... Read more >

Tags: glacier, hail, helicopter, hiking, power cut

Sounds and Fjords

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | Views [517]

Milford and Doubtful Sounds are the most accessible of many fjords in the south western part of the South Island in Fjordland National Park.  It’s a pretty remote, pristine area that makes you feel very small in comparison to the natural drama ... Read more >

Tags: boat, fjord, rain, seal, waterfalls


NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | Views [529]

Queenstown is a pretty cool place, sandwiched between lake and mountains with a relaxed vibe, we really enjoyed our few days there.  It helped that we were staying in a beautiful apartment with lake views, we actually ended up staying an extra night.... Read more >

Tags: gondola, jet boat, queenstown, rain

Mountains and Lakes

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 8 Jul 2013 | Views [470]

From Christchurch we drove to Twizel in the Southern Alps.  This is where the New Zealand of the adverts and Lord of the Rings began for us!  We didn't have to get far out into the countryside before we were surrounded by snow on the ground! ... Read more >

Tags: lakes, mount cook, mountains, stargazing

Photos: Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Quake City

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 5 Jul 2013 | Views [527]

Christchurch is a bit of a city in limbo at the moment.  It may be over 2 years since the Feb 2011 earthquake that destroyed the heart of the city but that event still defines life in the city and probably will for a generation, until the memories ... Read more >

Tags: antarctic, churches, earthquake, kiwis, memorial

Sea Lion pups!

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | Views [563]

Also at Kaikoura, Jodee tipped us off about a waterfull just outside the town where the seal pups hang out inbetween feeds with their mothers.  There's a rocky stream that leads up from the sea and the road runs along the coast so its only a few ... Read more >

Tags: babies, sea lions, waterfall

Photos: New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Wine and Birds

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | Views [477]

The reason for stopping in Blenheim is that it is Marlborough wine country!  We booked on a wine tour but Rupert had written us a list of some of his favourite wineries all over New Zealand so when the driver asked if there was anywhere in particular ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | Views [628]

We started our travels in New Zealand with a visit to Jodee and Rupert in Wellington (for those that don't know, Jodee and I worked together at PwC in Cambridge before she took a secondment to Wellington and never came back!).  We arrived on Sunday ... Read more >

Tags: ferry, moon, museum, views, wellington