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Sloggs' Travel Blog A journal of my travels in 2008 & beyond...

Queenstown tandem skydive!!

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | Views [12457] | Comments [1]

Waking up this morning, the first thing I did was take a look at the sky, which was cloud free and a beautiful shade of blue! Yes! The receptionist at the hostel called NZ Skydiving for me to check that we were on, and the news was good! I chucked breakfast ... Read more >

Tags: adrenaline

Queenstown! [Luge crash(!), walking, beer & waiting for clear skies!]

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 7 Jun 2008 | Views [4144] | Comments [1]

After the drive back up to Queenstown, including a few obligatory stop offs to admire the stunning scenery, we were checked into the YHA and readying for a walk up to the Gondola on the hill near town. The gondola is pretty steep and rises up over 400 ... Read more >

Tags: adrenaline, beer, lazing, walking

Milford Sound cruise

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | Views [1657] | Comments [2]

Chris drove us in the little red sports car along the Milford Sound road from Te Anau to Milford Sound this morning, where we took a cheapo two for one cruise on the sound which was really good. We were being treated to yet more fantastic weather for ... Read more >

Tags: driving, mountains, sightseeing

Kawarau Bungy and on to Te Anau...

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 3 Jun 2008 | Views [1358] | Comments [2]

Unfortunately I did not have a good nights sleep, with the cold setting in nicely and waking up shivering cold about 4am and not being able to get back to sleep properly, I rose from my pit around eight and forced some breakfast past my sore throat. ... Read more >

Tags: adrenaline, bungy, driving

Rob Roy Valley Walk and on to Queenstown

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | Views [1848]

This morning we met early and headed out of Wanaka to take the walk we'd planned for the day before. I woke up feeling a bit rubbish today, sore throat, snotty nose, head and body ache, brill... Anyway, best thing for that is a long walk in the cold, ... Read more >

Tags: driving, walking

Wanaka and Super 14 final beers...

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 31 May 2008 | Views [1146] | Comments [1]

This morning we took the 380km drive down the coast to Wanaka, which winds along the coast and then inland between two huge lakes and mountain ranges... wonderful driving roads once again! On the way into Haast, where we stopped for lunch, we stopped ... Read more >

Tags: beer, driving, sightseeing

Fox Glacier walks...

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 30 May 2008 | Views [2985]

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 [1651]

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

Alex's Knob, an alpine hike!

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | Views [3478] | Comments [1]

Today Chris and I took on a fairly serious hike up a peak near the glacier, called Alex's Knob. It is touted as an eight hour return alpine hike. The west coast was being kinder to us with the weather, and it was clear all day, and nice and fresh with ... Read more >

Tags: mountains, walking

Christchurch whistlestop and a birthday spent crossing Arthurs Pass

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 25 May 2008 | Views [1067]

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 [1320]

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 [6831]

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 [1418]

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 [1572] | 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

Ferry across Cooks Straight and on to Nelson

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 17 May 2008 | Views [1134] | Comments [1]

This morning I was up early and off to catch my ferry. Luckily I'd planned to rise earlier than needed 'just in case' anything went wrong... and lo and behold I missed the turning from the motorway for the ferry! LMAO! It's like I knew I was going to ... Read more >

Tags: driving, on the road, planes trains & automobiles

Aratiatia Dam and drive drive drive!

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 16 May 2008 | Views [1882]

This morning I went further upstream past Huka Falls to see Aratiatia Dam and Rapids... The dam is opened three times a day in the winter, more in the summer, and is quite a sight. The area outside the dam is beautiful and quiet, and within a minute ... Read more >

Tags: driving, sightseeing, walking

The Tongariro Crossing!!

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 15 May 2008 | Views [4834] | 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

Huka falls and spending dosh

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 14 May 2008 | Views [1390]

This morning I went back into town and made some purchases. I got a thermal base layer top, with long sleeves for the walks when its cold (and for skiing, which I want to try whilst here!), some thermal pants and top (lol!), fully water proof over trousers ... Read more >

Tags: onward planning, shopping, sightseeing, walking

Craters of the Moon...

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | Views [2181] | 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 [2270]

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

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