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Down Under 2008 Details of our travels in New Zealand during 2008

A month of madness!

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [286]

Firstly, thanks for all the comments after the last update! I concede that Dick is more rock'n'roll than I am and look forward to hearing that story. From what I can gather it has been somewhat of a wet summer back in the UK so perhaps it was a good ... Read more >


Becoming a 'Southern Man' in Dunedin

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 21 Jul 2008 | Views [604] | Comments [4]

Many weeks have passed since the last update, but in that time we have moved very little. The majority of our time in Dunedin has been spent working (Clare in the Otago Museum Cafe, Anna at Larnach Castle, and me at just about everywhere else!). Outside ... Read more >


The Glaciers to Dunedin

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | Views [240]

Time for another update, although lately we've been less busy with sight seeing and occupying ourselves by finding jobs in Dunedin. En route from the Fox and Franz glciers we've visted Wanaka and Queenstown (although briefly) and managed to see Pip, ... Read more >


The Glaciers to Dunedin

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | Views [370] | Comments [1]

Time for another update, although lately we've been less busy with sight seeing and occupying ourselves by finding jobs in Dunedin. En route from the Fox and Franz glciers we've visted Wanaka and Queenstown (although briefly) and managed to see Pip, ... Read more >


Abel Tasman and the West Coast

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | Views [532]

Leaving Havelock seems like a lifetime ago now, even though it was only just over a fortnight back! We've been up to the Farewell Spit, achieved the Abel Tasman coastal trek, visited the Nelson Lakes and spent a lot of time heading down the West Coast ... Read more >


The South Island

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 6 Apr 2008 | Views [280] | Comments [1]

As April began we were headed over the Cook Strait and to the South Island. The crossing was very calm and the weather over Picton sunny on arrival! Micheal and Iona had kindly offered us a few days in their rather luxurious holiday home in Wairawa Harbour ... Read more >


A month in Martinborough

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 29 Mar 2008 | Views [536] | Comments [2]

The last month has been less thrill packed than the previous ones, but highly enjoyable nonetheless. On our trip through to Wellington we got stuck in the Wairapa reason, seen as it was sop nice. The small town of Martinborough became our home and one ... Read more >


From Taupo til now!!

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 7 Mar 2008 | Views [469] | Comments [1]

It has been some time since that last update where we were staying on the banks of Lake Taupo and, accordingly, several things have happened...no doubt I will forget a few but heres the best overview I can manage. The first port of call was Turangi ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Fishing and Floating on Lake Taupo

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 22 Feb 2008 | Views [462] | Comments [4]

Have spent the past few days in and around Taupo, at the northern end of New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo. The town is void of beautiful buildings, but does have a pleasant character and seems very lively both during the day and, especially during ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


35 degrees south recording session and other adventures!

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 17 Feb 2008 | Views [434]

Having achieved Cape Reinga the only possible direction was south, and on our way we dropped in to Ahipura, Kerikeri (to see Tony), Russell (again!) and Opononi (for a while home of the now deceased 'Opo the crazy dolphin' and, fortunately, a handy mechanic).... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


The Northland....to the tip

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | Views [452] | Comments [1]

Following Waipu we headed further north, first to Whangerei, then Whananaki then to Paihia. The first stop was a hostel stop...giving us all chance to recharge the batteries (of both ourselves and our phones/cameras)...also we managed to explore the ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


From Rotorua to Raglan...then Auckland Folk Fest...to the northern trail

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | Views [563] | Comments [2]

Having spent a few more days enjoying the volcanic sites of Rotorua...theres only so many spas and bubbling pools of mud that seem imjpressive, and then you have to move on. We headed North and onto the West Coast to the surfing town of Raglan, a small ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Fletcher Bay, Te Aroha and Rotorua

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 21 Jan 2008 | Views [481] | Comments [1]

Since Whitianga we've travelled to the norther tip of the Coromandel Peninsula, and then south of it to Rotorua via Te Aroha. At the top of the Penisula we stayed on an amazing DOC campsite at Fletcher Bay...the closest thing to proper camping yet! Managed ... Read more >

Tags: The Great Outdoors


Coromandel Peninsula

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 14 Jan 2008 | Views [374] | Comments [2]

Taking the ferry from Auckland we headed over to the Coromandel Peninsula, a place full of golden sands, blue seas and green forests. The ferry journey itself was eventful with dolphins swimming alongside for some minutes. Upon arrival we headed for ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Arrival and first days

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 6 Jan 2008 | Views [383]

Having had about the worst possible start to the trip - contracting a tummy bug and then facing the prospect of 24 whole hours of travel - things could really only get better. Unfortunately, before they did this, things got worse. I was helped through ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation