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New Zealand

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Gallery: NZ 4 - Taupo, Whakatane

Wednesday, 11 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Drive from Whatatane to Auckland - That´s it.....a long way.

Tuesday, 10 Feb 2009 | Views [535]

Diving volcanos in Whakatane

Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | Views [737] | Comments [1]

I had previously booked a scuba dive to White Island, an active volcano 48 kilometres off the shores of Whakatane.   Apparently one of the world´s best dive sites.   Needless to say, the long ride on the boat was a nightmare…..the ... Read more >

Waitomo Caves - Rotorua - Whakatane

Sunday, 8 Feb 2009 | Views [754]

On the road all day with Yui and Hidde from the hostel.  Went to Waitomo caves several hours North East of Taupo.   The caves are a stunning formation of passages and caverns that have been formed over thousands of years in the limestone ... Read more >


Saturday, 7 Feb 2009 | Views [454]

A beautiful sunny and hot day so a few of us went upto the Huka Falls and Thermal Springs just outside the town.  A really nice riverside walk the water in the river was so clear and blue you could see the beautiful rock formations below.  The thermal ... Read more >

Taupo - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Friday, 6 Feb 2009 | Views [675]

The bus picked me up at 5:40am!!!!! So that I could start the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which basically a track that passes over varied and spectacular volcanic terrain. I was trekking with Yui, a Japanese girl from the hostel, so it was nice to have ... Read more >

Gallery: New Zealand 3, Christchurch, Kiakoura, Nelson and Wellington

Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

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The North Island - Nelson/Wellington/Taupo

Tuesday, 3 Feb 2009 | Views [1639]

3rd Feb Spent the whole day making my way to Wellington located on the North Island.  Checked into the Central YHA in Wellington.  One of the best hostels I've stayed at in a city. Great location, great facilities...even had a TV theatre room.... Read more >

Nelson and Golden Beaches

Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | Views [458]

Drove to Golden Bay with an American called Mia (I think that´s her name) from the hostel.  The road trip took us though Abel Tasmen.  According to the NZ Department of Conservation; Abel Tasmen is and I quote…. “ renowned for its golden beaches, ... Read more >


Sunday, 1 Feb 2009 | Views [479]

Headed North up the east coast today towards Nelsons.   A lovely drive through the NZ countryside   and through the vineyards of the Marlborough region.   Nelson is smallish town located on the very North of the South Island.   Checked into Honeysuckle ... Read more >


Saturday, 31 Jan 2009 | Views [701]

I´d booked an excusion to swim with the dolphins at 8:30 this morning.   Given the fact that I suffer from sea sickness, and had a late night the boat trip was awful.   The boat trip (endurance) was about an hour before we sighted a ... Read more >

Christchurch to Kiakoura to swim with dolphins and whale watching

Friday, 30 Jan 2009 | Views [565]

A long drive up the east coast to Kiakoura.  Booked into the Dusky Lodge which has decks (pronounce “dicks” in Kiwi) with great views of the mountains at the back.   I met a couple of people from another hostel earlier this afternoon.   Ned who ... Read more >


Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Views [408]

Not much to say really.  It's a town.  It's quite nice though.  Oh yes....has a good nightlife.  I went out the night before and place was rocking. Although I couldn't believe the number of really really drunk girls.  Not too dissimilar to West ... Read more >

Gallery: Driving Around New Zealand 2

Thursday, 29 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

Dunedin - Bit of East Coast
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Timaru - Mt Potts (Lord of Rings Set) - Christchurch

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2009 | Views [1181]

The owner of the backpackers took me and a couple of other to his latest project.  Basically he'd bought the enormous silos at the harbour.  From the top the view was amazing...you could see for miles. From Timaru I head out toward the Peel Forest, ... Read more >

Left Dunedin and ventured northwards up the coastal road

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2009 | Views [404]

Despite the high winds and the odd spot of rain I had a great drive up the coast.  Areas of interest include Shag Point (not a dogging area)...it might have something to do with the birds Moeraki Boulders, West Coast.  According to Maori legend, ... Read more >

Dunedin - Sightseeing

Monday, 26 Jan 2009 | Views [526] | Comments [1]

Took myself off sightseeing today Speights Brewery..Home of the famous South Island beer….very interesting, especially the free beer at the end!! Railway Station…very beautiful station which is like stepping back in time to when it was ... Read more >

Dunedin - Sightseeing

Sunday, 25 Jan 2009 | Views [433]

Rachel and Dave gave a guided tour of Dunedin and the surrounding area.  It is lovely part of New Zealand, with the sea and countryside so close by. Included in the tour was Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world. At it's maximum, the slope ... Read more >

Dunedin - Night on the town

Saturday, 24 Jan 2009 | Views [439]

Suffering badly from the night before I didn't do much today except relax at Dave and Rachel's.  It was nice to chill out for a day. Later went to a BBQ at a friend of Dave's.  Later hit the town with a small Scottish contingency.....needless to ... Read more >

Owaka to Dunedin on the Southern Scenic Route….still

Friday, 23 Jan 2009 | Views [639]

Travelled the final part of the Southern Scenic Route to Dunedin today and still in the company of Sebastian and Andy.   Stopped off at Nugget Point, a favourite spot for sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins to nest.   I haven’t seen any penguins ... Read more >

Invercargill to Owaka via the Southern Scenic Route

Thursday, 22 Jan 2009 | Views [1176]

Headed out of Owaka and picked up the Southern Scenic Route again.   It was a beautiful drive as the road meandered alongside the coastline.   Stopped at various points along the way in the Catlin Area Petrified forest in the Catlins, ... Read more >

Te Anau to Invercargill

Wednesday, 21 Jan 2009 | Views [447]

Headed out of Te Anau following the Southern Scenic route.   Nice drive, nice views….again.    Bumped into Sebastian and Andy (who I’d met previously in Queenstown) and continued my journey with them….no longer Billy No Mates!! Yay! Stayed ... Read more >

Gallery: Driving Around New Zealand

Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Departed Queenstown (Before I kill myself doing more extreme activities) to the scenic Milford Sound

Tuesday, 20 Jan 2009 | Views [673]

I decided to leave Queenstown before I was tempted to do anymore extreme activities, although the stunt plane looked very tempting.   My destination was Milford Sound, ( New Zealand ’ s most famous attractions ) in the Fjord area on the east ... Read more >


Monday, 19 Jan 2009 | Views [562] | Video

Sorted myself out with a car today....she's a beauty!   A white Nissan Sunny.   "You wanna a mini cab!"...yep similar to what the London minicab drivers have.   Anyway got it dirt cheap and for the next three weeks, so let the road trip ... Read more >

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