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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 22nd 2010

Wednesday 10th November We leave Queenstown early in the morning and we are feeling pretty good due to having two nights in a private room where we could unpack our bags fully and do some laundry. We are headed on a short journey to Dunedin located in the South East of South Island. We drive through the lovely Otago region on our way down to Dunedin and its bright and sunny and the rivers and lakes are crystal clear. The Waitaki and Clutha rivers provide much of the country's hydroelectric power and we see a few dams on the road through Otago which is the second largest province in New Zealand. Dunedin (pop 120,000) is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. The Lay Association ... read more
Otago region
Otago region
Otago region

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo October 5th 2010

It seems that after ruining our trip to the glaciers, almost killing us on the road back from Doubtful Sound and almost blowing our campervan over numerous times, New Zealand's weather decided to have one last, cruel laugh at us. We took the long drive from Queenstown to Lake Tekapo via a couple of interesting stops. First off was AJ Hackett's Bungy Centre. Mr Hackett is the founder of bungy jumping and the gorge we stopped at allowed lunatics to jump from a bridge attached to some of Dawn French's knicker elastic for the bargain price of $100 dollars! After watching a few people take the plunge and a couple wimp out at the the last minute, we got back on the road and trudged on towards Mt Cook. The weather was beautiful, sunshine and very ... read more
Moonrise near Mt Cook
Beautiful Moon

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 21st 2010

today we went to mt john which is 1000m above our camp we started to see snow about half way up when i started to throw snowballs at everyone and they returned fire (except for mum). when we got about 900m above camp there were small blankets of snow but we weren't allowed to throw snowballs unfortunately but we made it to the 1000m mark i went to the big blankets of snow i was about 1m away when i was called back to go down the mountain because there might be a storm. on the way down mum and i had a pine cone fight we were nearly at the bottom when mum hid behind a tree and mum thought she out smarted me,not really,so i snuck on the other side of the tree and ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 21st 2010

Our first two days in New Zealand we stayed at Hether & Dave's (friends of Dad's) house, they live in small fishing village, Rakaia Huts, not far from Christchurch. On the way to their house they took us through Christchurch and showed us some of the earthquake damage. At Dave's house we got to round up sheep, first we tried to round them up on our feet but they got away so Dave got out his quad bike and allowed me and Caleb to have a turn at driving it for a while. Caleb drove it into a ditch and then I got to park it. The quad bike was totally fun to drive. We slept in out campervan at Dave's and surprisingly slept through 3 earth tremors (aftershocks) although Dad did tell me off for ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 21st 2010

Well we finally got around to updating the blogsite - first day we have had intenet access so far, looks as though our blogging may be hit and miss while travelling around New Zealand. Just had to add a picture for you all to see - my little snow angel, isn't he beautiful, even if he is a little confused. Donna... read more


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo August 26th 2010

We enjoyed our last few days in Melbourne. We met a family friend (Erica) who lives there and she took us out one night. We went to a club where the dj was playing Brazilian drum n bass and then she took us to a club that’s open from Friday night straight through to Monday morning. We met my fourth cousin (Bunty) and her mum (Rose) who is 100 years old and grandma’s first cousin. They moved here 60 years ago after World War 2 and have a massive family over here now. They were very nice and Bunty said if Craig and I decide to come back to Melbourne to work we can stay with her. On our last night we went with Erica to a casino for dinner. The food was amazing in the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo August 8th 2010

68kilometros quadrados e a 700m de altitude. Ilha sul, 220km de Christchurch, direção sul.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo July 21st 2010

So, I pick up the car by one because they can't do an earlier pick-up from city central. Its nerve-wrecking getting into a tiny car that has gears on left hand and hitting a damn, bloody roundabout within 200 metres. Got through it, drove to intersection to get on highway and nearly pulled into the wrong lane with approaching truck. Quick jerk on the wheel, a bit of swearing and I am on my way to Queenstown. The first part, along Canterbury plane is flat with very few cars. I relax and crank up the radio. As the land gets higher the roads twist but the scenery gets lovely. I appreciate the gears now because I can gear down on the steep slopes. I wonder how many accidents are caused by the lovely scenery; when tourists ... read more
Insane One Way Bridge
Me and Bob

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo May 25th 2010

Well well well, who’d have thought it? I got on the bus to Tekapo in the early morning, with the knowledge that we had beaten the Aussies and won the T20 Cricket World Cup in the process. Even Laura was happy, or at least she was happy that I was happy. What with this and holding the Ashes, the level of ridicule I receive from work colleagues upon arrival in Melbourne should be slightly more manageable. The drive to Tekapo from Queenstown was not as majestic as we had hoped, for no reason other than the weather. We had decided to add a couple of hours onto our journey (which was already an all-day affair) by travelling via Mt Cook, the highest peak in NZ. The mountain is somewhat unique in that you can pretty much ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo May 14th 2010

I decided to stay another night here. I am here on vacation and I feel like the whole time I've been rushing around. It's only day 6 and I have almost hit all the places I wanted to. After Lake Tekapo I am going to head to Mt. Cook Village and spent a night or two there, then down to Queenstown and Te Anu. There is supposed to be some really good horse back riding trails at a place called Dart Stables near Queenstown that I am excited for. If I finish Queenstown and Te Anu early I may go to a few other places. Currently I am catching up on my journal while watching the sun rise over the mountains and lake. The view from this hostel is spectacular. My butt is so sore today ... read more

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