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Trip: New in New Zealand

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

Last Day – home

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 4 Oct 2009 | Views [300]

Well, my friends I am sitting at the airport waiting for our flight home. We were up at 6am and at the airport just after 7am. Our flight leaves at 9.45am and we will be back in Melbourne at 10.35am. So it will be a long day for us. I just have some ... Read more >

Greymouth – Christchurch

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 4 Oct 2009 | Views [567]

Last night we went to the Monteith’s Brewery and did the tour, which also included, according to the brochure, a Bar-b-que dinner. Obviously you just can’t trust the brochures around here. It turned out to be a $12.50 brochure for any of the Monteith ... Read more >

Murchison to Greymouth

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | Views [373] | Comments [1]

This morning we woke to a beautiful sunny day and the news that Samoa had been hit by an earthquake and a Tsunami was heading for the East Coast of New Zealand. Thank goodness we were on the Central West Coast.   We left Murchison and headed ... Read more >

Springing from Hanmer to Murchison

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | Views [379]

  We woke to a beautiful sunny morning in Hanmer Springs only to watch the fog start rolling down the hillside. Hanmer Springs is a lovely little town a bit like Halls Gap and in a little while the fog lifted again.   We travelled through ... Read more >

Chirstchurch - roaming and gloaming to Hanmer Springs.

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | Views [462]

This morning we were all up at 7am and through the shower and breakfasted and ready to leave by 8.30am – not bad. We took Andrew’s skis and boots and a bag of goodies out to the Hotel we will stay at on our last night and they will store them for us ... Read more >

Twizel – Christchurch and a reunion with the boys.

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | Views [597]

Travelling together can have its issues as I am sure you will all understand. Having arrived at Twizel and had a delicious meal we retired to the room, where Gerard decided to set the alarm for 7am as we wanted to get up early to get to Christchurch.... Read more >

Queening and Kinging it in Queenstown.

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 26 Sep 2009 | Views [481] | Comments [1]

We woke to a fresh but sunny day overlooking the lake and snow capped mountains. It really is picture postcard scenery and you can just keep taking photo after photo.   We headed into Queenstown and booked a cruise on the lake and wandered around ... Read more >

Dunedin to Queenstown – a schnapp trip.

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 26 Sep 2009 | Views [512]

This morning Gerard was King of the Kitchen and got the breakfast, its about time, Noeline and I have made him numerous cups of coffee and waited on him hand and foot.   Last night Noeline lost her earring and we all crawled around the floor ... Read more >

Very, Very, Chilly bun lots of places.

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | Views [609]

Don’t ever complain to me that Ballarat is cold, Ballarat is not cold at all when you compare it to Dunedin. Today we hit a high of about 7 degrees with a wind chill factor of about minus seven. We did not sleep in, Noeline earned points for getting ... Read more >

Timaru to Dunedin

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | Views [505] | Comments [1]

I am sorry to report I lost some points today, you see apparently it is my fault that Gerard and I slept in today. Poor Noeline was up at 7am and we woke up at 8.45am. We had the bread and juice so all Noel could do was write postcards while she waited ... Read more >

The pointy bit out from Christchurch and Timaru

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | Views [518]

My camera obviously paid attention in the “Swim and Survive” classes, however the dials and switches are still a bit difficult from the residue of “Up and Go.” It also tends to have a mind of its own every now and then, but I think it’s just a temper ... Read more >

Christchurch – City of Gardens.

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | Views [490]

Ain’t that the truth. The fifteen-minute drive from the airport was absolutely beautiful. Everything is in flower – beautiful Rhododendrons and Camellias everywhere. The Avon River meanders through the town with pretty bridges over it and gardens beside ... Read more >