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Life on Vorovoro...

FIJI | Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | Views [1715] | Comments [1]

I woke up early on Saturday the 5th of July after a better nights sleep and met up with a chap I met the night before who was taking the same flight as me to Labasa to share a taxi (a mercedes saloon, which the driver managed to fit Dales surf &... Read more >

Tags: beaches & sunshine, life!, the great outdoors


Fox Glacier walks...

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 30 May 2008 | Views [2816]

This morning I left Franz Joseph a bit later than I'd planned, and got a delayed text from Chris saying he was going to do one of the big, all day walks down there with an early start. I headed down to Fox and was happy to take on several of the smaller ... Read more >

Tags: mountains, running, the great outdoors, walking


Franz Joseph Glacier Hike

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 29 May 2008 | Views [1557]

With slightly stiff legs I walked up to the reservation office for the glacier walk this morning, in plenty of time for the meeting time. Once we were all there we were introduced to our guide and taken through to a room for fitting out with gear for ... Read more >

Tags: glaciers, mountains, the great outdoors, walking


Christchurch whistlestop and a birthday spent crossing Arthurs Pass

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 25 May 2008 | Views [977]

Christchurch is another city with a really nice feel about it, I will enjoy my few days here when I come back for the rugby and to drop off the campervan at the end of June. We took the opportunity here to have a good look around and get our bearings, ... Read more >

Tags: beer, driving, on the road, sightseeing, the great outdoors


Kaikoura, a washout!

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | Views [1220]

My shoulders felt pretty good after the previous days kayaking at sea, as I set off for the drive back down to Nelson. I made a quick stop off in Nelson to check out the shops and grab some lunch. Whilst there I bumped into 'H', the American chap that ... Read more >

Tags: animals, lazing, onward planning, the great outdoors


Able Tasman coastal kayaking!

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | Views [6717]

This morning I was picked up by one of the staff members of the Kiwi Kayaking company based in Marahau, in their own car, as they live in the village I was staying in. I was the only pick up from here, so it made sense! The rest of the people on the ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, animals, kayaking, the great outdoors


Able Tasman National Park

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 19 May 2008 | Views [1333]

I drove back across the hills and winding roads through Takaka and on to the Able Tasman National Park this morning. The weather wasn't as nice as yesterday and I was driving through clouds at the top of the hill! On route I tried to find Hawkes Hole, ... Read more >

Tags: the great outdoors, walking


Farewell Spit and trying to kill the van!

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 18 May 2008 | Views [1449] | Comments [2]

This morning I drove on north to get to the northern most tip of the south island, Cape Farewell. The landscape here is pretty similar to the north island still, but I did know what the Farewell Spit was made off until I got there. It is a strange elongated ... Read more >

Tags: on the road, the great outdoors, walking


The Tongariro Crossing!!

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 15 May 2008 | Views [4627] | Comments [1]

Today I walked the 18.5km Tongariro crossing, and the extra 2km Tongariro peak walk. I completed it in about 7.5 hours, with lots of stops for photo's, water and food. It is difficult to explain just how good this was! The Tongariro National Park is ... Read more >

Tags: mountains, the great outdoors, walking


Craters of the Moon...

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [2049] | Comments [1]

I had a much needed lie-in this morning, no alarm, bliss! After spending some time online uploading photos I checked out the FAQ's for the tandem skydiving in the area and found to my disappointment that the maximum weight for a dive is 100kg's. Back ... Read more >

Tags: shopping, sightseeing, the great outdoors, walking


Waiotapu Thermals, Rainbow Mountain and on to Taupo!

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 12 May 2008 | Views [2152]

This morning I was off driving to Taupo, which is very central in the north island. On route I stopped in to visit Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland. This place kicked the ass off of Te Puia for natural beauty and value for money for a visit. There is lots ... Read more >

Tags: mountains, on the road, sightseeing, the great outdoors, walking


Rotorua sights and lots of walking!

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 11 May 2008 | Views [2056]

This morning looked like better weather, but alas the wind was still to high for a dry Zorb! I'm not too bothered as there will be other places to do this in New Zealand, and I suspect some will be more sheltered for exactly this reason... failing that ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing, the great outdoors, walking


Rotorua Skyline Rides

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 10 May 2008 | Views [1988]

Today I drove across to Rotorua in the pouring rain. It did not stop ALL day and night, so I camped, updated my blog from the week I spent with Ringo and chilled watching the second Lord of the Rings film with a nice drop of local red purchased earlier ... Read more >

Tags: adrenaline, mountains, the great outdoors


Driving at last, it's like riding a bike! The Northlands

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 6 May 2008 | Views [1699] | Comments [3]

Today I collected my transport and home for the next two months. After a leisurely start at the hotel and another mahuusive breakfast we were collected by taxi and taken to the depot. The company I hired with are called 'Jucy' which I still find amusing.... Read more >

Tags: driving, history, hitchhikers, shopping, swimming, the great outdoors, walking


Adelaide to Alice... what a week!!

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | Views [1889] | Comments [1]

My tour from Adelaide to Alice springs turned out to be a fantastic week. As I said previously, I couldn't get on a tour before Friday the 18th, which was disappointing as I was bored with Adelaide, but it turned out to be so lucky as the group of people ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, animals, history, mountains, sightseeing, the great outdoors, walking


Sydney to Melbourne

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 5 Apr 2008 | Views [1822]

At stupid o'clock I was outside the hostel in Sydney waiting for the bus, and not really knowing what to expect from this trip. I was one of the last on the bus and so was sat near the rear, which didn't really matter as all of the seats have minimal ... Read more >

Tags: animals, mountains, on the road, sightseeing, the great outdoors, walking


Blue Mountains and drunken Spaniards!!

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | Views [2205] | Comments [4]

The morning didn't go entirely as planned... I was rudely awoken at 5:45am, and quite possibly in the rudest way. Ever. Yet more joys of shared dorms I guess... although this story will be hard to beat! The Spaniard in the bunk above mine hadn't spoken ... Read more >

Tags: adrenaline, adventures, I should have known better!, mountains, sightseeing, the great outdoors, walking


Mount Kinabalu!!

MALAYSIA | Monday, 17 Mar 2008 | Views [5797] | Comments [8]

This weekend I went and did something completely different! I like the outdoors, and am a reasonably sporty person (and not terribly unfit), but for the last couple of years I have been one lazy mofo (hence the big belly and round face you all know and ... Read more >

Tags: adrenaline, mountains, the great outdoors


The best day yet...

THAILAND | Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | Views [1063] | Comments [2]

Well, today turned out to be superb for me. Had a swim in the sea this morning about 10am, had a shower and then headed up to Paddy's bar to see if they had any of last nights prem games on, which they did. I went back to the beach resort and gave Steve ... Read more >

Tags: swimming, the great outdoors



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