Andrew Kelly and James Plaskitt around the world in 43 days

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Andrew Kelly and James Plaskitt around the world in 43 days

I cant believe that its the year that im going to turn 50! For this milestone in my life I have the opportunity to spend some long awaited time with my partner James. Setting off together for nearly 7 weeks I will be able to share with him some of the special places in this world that I have been lucky to visit and enjoy, We are both very excited about our trip and looking forward to seeing some very special places together we are hoping to meet new family members meet up with some old friends and make some new ones.

We plan to update this blog when we can and hope that you will enjoy following us on our travels

Andrew and James



Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island March 15th 2012

This simply could not be a bigger contrast to what has gone before! After the wonderful tranquility and easy going nature of New Zealand, we pitched ourselves into the sheer madness of Hong Kong, which must be one of the most vibrant, crowded and bizarre places on earth. It took a while to get over the shock! But once we did, we dived in, and we have packed out our few days here and made the most of it, exploring not just the city but other parts of the island too, including the lovely Repulse Bay. In the city itself we have walked for miles, made good use of the rapid transit system, equally good use of the not so rapid trams, and the quaint Star Ferry. So we have seen a great deal of the ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Royal Oak March 11th 2012

Sadly today we leave New Zealand and looking back we have had a spectacular time. For Andrew it's been a Birthday he will never forget and for James it's been, hopefully, an introduction to Oceania that he will want to explore further. Our entire trip has been made even more special by the friends that we have managed to look up along the way and the generosity and hospitality they have all showed us has been heart warming and very welcome. Firstly our trip to Los Angeles would not have been so much fun without Jeff, Arlene and Shelly putting themselves out to make us welcome in their home, entertaining us, showing us around and driving us around Beverley Hills in a 1962 Rolls Royce.This was a real treat and a true Beverley Hills welcome. Northland ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Whitianga March 9th 2012

So we are back in New Zealand, after our entertaining diversion to Sydney. First stop was Aukland for just one night. We checked into a 'pod hotel', just to remind us of all those happy nights in the camper van! We had a great meal out with Juan, in an interesting little Spanish restaurant. He showed us parts of the city that are off the normal tourist route. Aukland is far more diverse than other parts of the country, more a typical cosmopolitan capital (even though it isn't). One quarter of the entire country's population live in the city. It still manages though to retain all the friendliness and charm of small-town New Zealand. And that's what we have more of now we have moved, for our final few days here, up onto the Coromandel peninsula. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 5th 2012

We have been entranced by Sydney. This really is an impressive, smart, attractive and friendly city, set around its large, scenic harbor. The architecture is interesting and varied, with some districts exhibiting something like a classic colonial style, while others have dramatic modern styles, exemplified beyond all in the Opera House. Our hotel is in the charming, rather select district of Kirribilli, which is just a short ferry ride across from the Circular Quay, the centre point of the city. From this base we have been able to explore a large part of this dispersed city, making good use of our public transport rover ticket. On our first full day after the parade and all the celebrations ,we walked the full length of the famous harbor bridge, lunched in Darling harbor, saw the Opera House at ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 3rd 2012

And so we finally make it to Sydney for Mardi Gras and we find out that this City certainly knows how to party. The celebrations had been going on for over a month culminating with the spectacular parade that shuts down a large section of the City to traffic and sees tens of thousands of take to the streets in good natured celebration of equality and diversity. Although the parade does not take place until the evening, people begin gathering along the route many hours in advance in order the best possible viewpoint. And so it was for us. We arrived in Oxford Street late morning so we could enjoy the building atmosphere and too meet friends from New Zealand for lunch and to secure our vantage point for the parade. We noticed the crowds beginning ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown March 1st 2012

Well its with some sadness that we are on our last day here on the South Island but we have managed to pack in so much and at the same time relax and enjoy our time here. I think we had just done our magnificent tour of Milford Sound when we last wrote and we thought that we had reached the pinnacle of our trip where spectacular vista's were concerned. One thing we have learned about this country is that just around the corner there is another natural wonderment, that takes your breath away and something as simple as the light changing can change the way a scene looks dramatically. As some of you may know, Queenstown is the home of extreme sports, where people willingly throw themselves off bridges, jump off mountains and all that ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka February 28th 2012

We are now broadcasting to you from Queenstown, our ultimate southerly destination in the South Island leg of our tour. The camper van is holding up, even though we have added over 2250 Kilometers to its clock. Mind you, there were over 400,000 there to start with! So let's recap the journey of the last couple of days. We left the glacier region in yet another downpour of rain, so we hoped our journey south would bring us to better weather, and indeed it did. By the time we reached Wanaka, having driven through the spectacular Haast pass, the sun was out and it was really warm. Quite a change. The approach to Wanaka is amazing. We had to keep stopping to take photos of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. We would stop to take one, and ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 25th 2012

So last we left you in Carters Beach with some rather underwhelming seals. Now we are in Franz Josef Glacier Township in the sunshine, at last! We have been continuing south on the West Coast Highway. Most of this journey was done in torrential rain and so although we were passing by the Southern Alps we didn't really see them. We made one over night stop inland at Jacksons Retreat, a one horse town if ever there was one. It seamed to consist of a luxury Holiday Park and one tavern. We opted to follow the guidebooks recommendation and go for our evening meal at the local tavern, only to find it in darkness because of a power cut caused by a flood at Kelly's Creek. (It really had nothing to do with me) We were ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Westport February 21st 2012

Outside its raining New Zealand Fashion, that is to say its heavy and warm. So its a good time to up-date you on our travels. Lets go back to that car park in Wellington, after a surprisingly good nights sleep we were up early to catch the 8am ferry to the South Island. Although we had some trepidation about this crossing, given its reputation , it was in fact remarkably smooth and the journey through Queen Charlotte Sound is particularly beautiful. So now begins our exploration of the South Island. Already we can see it is more rugged and sparsely populated. The traffic on the roads seems to comprise of Logging trucks or camper vans. The first part of our trip took us from Picton to Nelson. This begins with a drive through the Marlborough wine ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington February 20th 2012

One of the real highlights of our time in Napier was being able to meet up with family members - for James this is - whom we had not met before. After helpful research from my cousin Carol, we were able to contact a second cousin, Susan, and her husband who live in a beautiful house high up above the town, with great views out over the sweeping coastline of Hawkes Bay. An added bonus was that Sue was also hosting a visit from her mum and dad at the time, who live in Australia. So, we also met up with James' cousin, Zoe and her husband Fred. James and Zoe had never met before, so there was a lot of catching up to do during the afternoon and through the lovely meal that Sue prepared. ... read more
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