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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo April 26th 2014

So our road trip adventure began today! We arrived in Christchurch on Sunday and had 2 nights in a hotel there we tried to get our campervan early but there weren't any available so stayed the extra night in the hotel. It was actually quite sad being there after the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 there was so much devastation left behind even 4 years later it felt like a bit of a ghost town really. So many businesses were shut down where there's obviously not a lot of tourism anymore and from the damage as well. We went into an information centre that had been created to let people know about it showing how it looked before, pictures of the aftermath, videos of peoples experiences and what they are doing now to rebuild the city. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo March 4th 2014

In the morning it was finally time to say goodbye to Queenstown, it was a dad day for me, I could have stayed there for much longer. We said our goodbyes to the only remaining survivors Max, Billie and Zoe then jumped on the bus. There had been a sprinkling of snow overnight on the top of the mountains surrounding Queenstown which made it look even nicer. En route to Lake Tekapo we stopped off at another lake which was the nicest, brightest, I've blue coloured lake I have ever seen! We then carried on to Tekapo which is known as 'The Gateway to the Universe' because it has some of the best views of space in the whole world. As I love space and stars (it fascinated me as a youngster) me, Freeman, Vicky and ... read more
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Amazing hostel living room view

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 16th 2013

This is how I had always imagined NZ to be! Sparkling turquoise lakes and a backdrop of snow tipped mountain ranges. And Tekapo doesn't disappoint... It was just amazing.....no apologies offered for splashing about the superlatives but I don't know how else to describe this landscape. True, there can be miles of flat, almost boring plains, but then you turn a corner and...Ka Pow! Your blown away. We switched to Camper van after Christchurch, and are now doing our second overnight in her. Why do we tend to call boats, cars, etc after women? We still haven't given her a name, but she is big. Almost obese. And she is thirsty. In fact maybe we should call her whatsername....you know..Patsy's pal in Abfab? It'll come to me about 2 am...that's 1 pm your time. And we ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 13th 2013

Friday 13th December, 2013. Mount Cook National Park - Day 2 & Lake Tekapo, McKenzie County, South Island, NZ D woke up quite early and, after opening the curtains, declared that the weather seemed to be a bit better today. He took a photo of Mt Cook from the window. After breakfast we loaded up the car and then drove to the Mount Cook campsite car park where there were a couple of walks that we wanted to do. The first one was called the Kea Point Walk. Like the Tasman Glacier View walk it was described as easy. This time, it was a little more accurate. This walk was well trodden, and only slightly undulating. It concentrated on the flora and fauna of the area and took you to a lookout point that looked over ... read more
31. M at 1st Swing Bridge
42. Lake Pulali from Peter's Lookout
43. D at Peters Lookout

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo February 26th 2013

I had been a tough start to 2013. My brother has a heart condition and a gastro bug took out his heart. He was choppered by the emergency helicopter to Waikato Hospital, before being flown to Auckland Hospital. It was a close to 99% he wouldn't survive. The surgeon outlined the options to us. An emergency surgery in the morning, which has a near 100% chance of killing him, or we wait until he passes. We pressed forth with the operation, hoping for a miracle. Our family drove up to Auckland in the middle of the night from Ohakune, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Tauranga. Some forked out nearly a $1000 to fly up to be with us. It was a long day, with little news. Lets say, the muffin break cafe in the hospital did a roaring ... read more
Wellington City
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Kaikoura Peninsular

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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 29th 2012

Well after a 3 hour flight we arrived in Christchurch and the quaintist little Victorian B & B just outside the centre of town. We decided to head off and meet up with our friend Roger who had flown in a few days earlier and was joining a tour group the following week. There the shock began. Most of Christchurch had been either demolished or had been condemned and was awaiting demolition. It was as though the whole city had been bombed. We had known about the earthquake a year ago but nothing prepared us for the complete devastation we saw. It was heart rending. The people that were still living there were desperately trying to be optimistic and where the shopping mall had once stood a few of the shops had re-opened in shipping containers. ... read more
Meeting up with our mate Rog in NZ
Kaikoura
Spotting fur seals

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 13th 2012

In somewhat of a sulk (due to our cancelled Milford Sound trip) we boarded the 8am bus bound for Lake Tekapo: a supposedly beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. Entombed by the snowy caps of Queenstown we were informed by the driver that the terrible cold front was very restricted to the Qtown area only and that the rest of the country was experiencing rather more spring-like weather. He could not have been more accurate. Smothered in fleeces, hoodies, vests and t-shirts, Kayleigh and I soon found ourselves stripping off layers about 15 minutes out of Queenstown. The sun was booming, and our spirits were lifting. After a scenic 4 hour bus we arrived at Tekapo to see unquestionably the 'blue-est' lake with beautiful snow capped mountains all around. We were told by the driver that the ... read more
The view from Mt John
Out the window of Thai Tekapo...charming, friendly little place
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo April 22nd 2012

Playing serious catchup now. It doesn't take long to get behind as we are covering so much ground now and can't keep up. So this blog will just be a few pics that were meant to go on the previous one. Today we Left Lake Tekapo and moved on to Mt Cook, only a short trip but well worth the effort. We are still catching our breath from todays scenery..............more on that tomoro. The pics are for the previous blog, remember, you can enlarge by clicking on them. Till tomoro A&M... read more
Cafe at top of Mt John
Street in Timaru
Scene in Timaru

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo April 20th 2012

Well, so much has happened since we started that it's difficult to keep it all in perspective. After dropping of our excess and unwanted items (too much baggage again!) at our friends place we set out south from Christchurch to Akaroa. Having read so much about this place we were still thrilled by the spectacular scenery on the way up the mountains and down the other side into the large volcanic waterway with Akaroa and other little villages perched on it's waterfront. Akaroa is a pretty little scenic town which had been settled by the French in 1840 and still is supposed to have descendents from that time living there. They were a tad slow in taking "possession" as trhe Brits beat them to it! The town earns it's tourist reputation from it's "French flavour" which ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo March 16th 2012

Left Christchurch about 10am had roughly 200 miles to go the bike rides like a drean even fully ladend, dull weather leaving, the prospect of first long ride in the rain was not (by any means) great, reaching Mckenzie the weather seemed to break, the vistas were very much like the lake district, and scotland, although impressive no breathtaking, then bang round one corner and the world looked a different place, which it is i know nothing prepares you for this, missing you all so much, i mean this sincerly i wish the people i care for and love were with me to see this, hope my photography skills do the views justice Ta Ta for now x... read more
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