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Return to Christchurch and Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 18 Oct 2009 | Views [765] | Comments [1]

+Took bus from Mt. Cook to Christchurch, stopping again in Lake Tekapo and back again at the Chruch of Good Shepherd and statue of the collie dog. +Enjoyed returning to Christchurch to do some last-minute souvenir shopping and have a wonderful Indian ... Read more >

Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 15 Oct 2009 | Views [253]

+Took my first trip on the Magic bus network because connections with Intercity weren't so good to go from Dunedin to Lake Tekapo. Was pleased to have a Maori driver. +First stop on the Magic bus was Baldwin Street! I went there yesterday! :-) +Visited ... Read more >

More Dunedin

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 | Views [259] | Comments [1]

+Visited Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records.  Walked to the top.  Phew!   It climbs 47.22 meters, has average gradient of 1 in 3.14 meters, with the steepest section being 1 in 2.86.  In a word, ... Read more >

Dunedin (the Edinburgh of the South)

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 12 Oct 2009 | Views [308]

More travel updates and trivia. +In emergencies, in England you dial 999, in America 911, and in New Zealand 111. +Shopping carts are called trundlers here. +Savory scones are popular here in addition to fruit scones.  I had one today that had tomato, ... Read more >

Milford Sound

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | Views [318] | Comments [2]

Today mum and dad treated me to a trip to Milford Sound, supposedly the highlight of New Zealand.  I have to say I had very high expectations of this trip, and I have to say the trip did not meet my high expectations. The trip exceeded my expectations ... Read more >

Queenstown - Te Anau

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | Views [275]

A few more updates: +Visited the underwater observatory in Queenstown and enjoyed the diving ducks - they can dive up to 8 meters under water and stay under for 45 seconds. +Visited a McCafe - pretty upmarket!  Like a Starbucks really.  Also figured ... Read more >

Queenstown and Arrowtown

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | Views [296]

+Rode the gondola for a spectacular view over Queenstown - absolutely breathtaking - mountain, lake, snow-capped mountain, cute little Queenstown.  Beautiful and one of the highlights so far. +Rode the luge (a little three-wheeled cart for want of a ... Read more >

Franz Josef to Queenstown

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 5 Oct 2009 | Views [292]

+Poured with rain the whole day in Franz Josef, so didn't walk out to the glacier. Figured I must have seen glaciers in Nepal and didn't fancy a good soaking. +Guided glacier hikes involve going up 200 ice steps. +Bought a local newspaper and read ... Read more >

Christchurch to Franz Josef

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 3 Oct 2009 | Views [313] | Comments [1]

+Tomato ketchup has a clove taste to it. +New Zealanders seem to have adopted the British love of Indian food. Lots of Indian restaurants. Not many Mexican restaurants. +Found a wonderful kiosk selling sausages, run by an East German guy who didn't ... Read more >

Wellington to Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | Views [349] | Comments [1]

Here we go again... +Took the Bluebridge Ferry from the North Island to the South Island.  Great scenery especially leaving Wellington and entering Queen Charlotte Sound in the South Island. +Ferry arrived in Picton in time for lunch: a meat pie.  ... Read more >

Taupo to Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 28 Sep 2009 | Views [250] | Comments [1]

Here are a few more updates: +Am drinking "flat white coffee", not sure if I can explain what it is but it tastes good. +Have found coconut mushrooms (no, they're not hallucinogenic) and candy milk bottles (some of my favorite English candies) ... Read more >

Next few days in NZ

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 24 Sep 2009 | Views [268] | Comments [1]

It's pouring with rain so I'm sheltering in an Internet cafe. +Visited Glowworm Caves in Waitomo.  Adult male glowworms apparently have no mouth and can't eat so die. Hmmm... +Stayed in a converted train carriage (supposedly there was a ghost which ... Read more >

First few days in NZ

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | Views [445] | Comments [1]

Sorry folks, I haven't been able to get to Internet before.  Now have just a few minutes, so here's some bullet points: +Flights were fantastic.  + Arrived in Auckland, met at airport by Val holding a "VIP V... J..." sign.  Went ... Read more >

Departure Lounge

USA | Saturday, 12 Sep 2009 | Views [253] | Comments [2]

I've never written a travel blog, and I've never been to New Zealand.  Apparently, now it's time to do both. If you wish to join in on my four-week trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud, just show your virtual passport, check in your cyber travel ... Read more >

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