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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 11th 2014

took the Real Journeys Doubtful sound day trip. picked up at hotel to first stop where we are supposed to meet Mary. No MARY!!! apparently the office gave her the wrong location for pickup, but Real journeys put her on a cab and she arrived!!! The bus driver as he was telling us, said "well we have to wait for Mary, not her fault, they told her the wrong place" oh boy oh boy, i thought what will i do if we loose Mary!! Mary arrived, flip flops and all, i am in my 3 layers! she is acclimating to this country well. To the Reillys, she has the adventuresome spirit. The trip was a 2 hour bus to Manapouri lake, on a catamaran for 45 mins, a bus trip to the underground power station and ... read more
Mary on Lake Manapouri catamaran
New Zealand Power Station
Bus stop before getting to Doubtful

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 9th 2014

Arrived on queenstown today, so beautiful to fly in and see the fjords, lakes,mountains. our niece mary took the bus over from Christchurch and we met her as she got off the bus!! I think she was surprised to see us but happy for a familiar face. The hotel here has a shuttle to town or u can pay $10 each to ride the water taxi. Queenstown is on a lake.town is full of 20 some things and mary got a nice bed at a hostel with its own bathroom!! She got upgraded due to some guy booking a female room!!! Tomorrow we are taking an all day tour to doubtful sound supposed to be a clear day!!🚤🚤⚓️... read more
queenstown water taxi stop in front of hilton

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown March 17th 2014

Six months of living in New Zealand and I've only been to the South Island once, and just for a long weekend! Not to take anything away from the beautiful Mt. Cook National Park, but I definitely couldn't let that be my only South Island experience. Good thing I've got a bad ass road trip planned for when my mom comes to town. My friend Julia from DC will also be coming to New Zealand this week and joining us for the adventure. Nimarta will be joining us in Christchurch for the very end of this trip and her mom will be joining us in Queenstown for the second half of the trip. One big happy family. Mom has already been exploring Wellington for a few days by the time Julia arrives late on a Friday ... read more
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Nelson Lakes

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown March 16th 2014

Friday 14th March - they say all good things come to those who wait. After getting stuck at Raspberry Creek and totally waterlogged we luxuriated in powered campsite with hot showers. Blue skies so Tony booked in for paragliding at Three Cones mountain. Paragliding minibus picked us up and drove up the gravel road for what seemed forever. Finally arrived at the take-off point 1100 metres up! Tony was to be the last flight of the season. Teamed up with Rob, the pilot, and got kitted out. Then it was a case of running off the side of the mountain into the wind and soaring. We were lucky that there was some thermals and updrafts against the side of the mountain which gave narrow columns of uprising air. Before long we were above 1100 metres - ... read more
Arrival at Moke Lake DOC Site
Start of 'The Mule'
Lyn on Alesha the Appaloosa

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 27th 2014

We were given a lie in on the morning of our trip to Queenstown as it was only a short drive from Wanaka. En route we stopped off at Puzzling World for an hour and a half which had loads of trippy puzzles, illusions and an outdoor maze. Some of the games were annoying as I just couldn't get my head around them but the rest of the stuff was really good. As we got closer to Queenstown we visited the Kawaran Bungy Bridge which was the first commercially operated Bungy site in the world. A few people from the bus did the Bungy there and were dipped into the river at the bottom of their jump. We decided to do the Nevis Bungy instead as it was the highest Bungy jump in Australasia and the ... read more
Kawaran Bungy Bridge, the first commercial Bungy in the world!
The Kiwi Crew
Ready to jump...

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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 24th 2014

Woensdag 19 Februari 2014: De wekker gaat vroeg dus vlug naar de keuken voor het te druk wordt. Er is toch al wat volk maar om 9u30 zijn we buiten. Eerst nog naar de winkel voor wat eten want op de eindbestemming van vandaag zal niet meer zijn dan een dorpswinkeltje. Net buiten het dorp begint mijn weg die me flink omhoog zal brengen. Ik kom nog wat wielrenners tegen die zeggen dat het steil wordt terwijl een meisje in de jeugdherberg zei dat het goed meeviel. Wel ze zouden beiden gelijk hebben. Een andere wielrenner verklaart me nog zot. Het terrein is droog en dor. De heuvels zijn geel. Buiten wat struiken is er weinig vegetatie. Het eerste deel wint langzaam hoogte, zeer gestaag dus goed te doen. Als ik een boom zie met wat ... read more
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Arrowtown mijnwerkershuisje
Arrowtown

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 24th 2014

So, this day I drove to Queenstown. A place I hadn't intended to go to as I heard it was crowded with tourists. But I had to return the car there so I really had no choice. Little did I know that my car adventure was going to start 20 kilometers from the airport where I was supposed to drop off the car. I just past Arrowtown when I noticed the little blinking light telling me I needed gas! Yikes! How long had it been blinking??? Could I really go 20 kilometers?? Arrowtown was just 7 kilometers away, perhaps I should detour to there and get a few liters? I really didn't want to run out of gas so I did a u-turn and headed for Arrowtown. Where, of course, there was no gas! Shucks! A ... read more
Queenstown
Wine Tasting Queenstown Style
Queenstown Gardens

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 5th 2014

We left Dunedin in glorious sunshine to travel to Queenstown. The scenery varied as we went along from familiar English type countryside with big trees and fields full of sheep and cows, and within a few miles the road changed and we were going through narrow mountain gorges with the road twisting and turning around sharp bends. It then changed to high fertile plains growing all sorts of fruits and lots of vineyards. There was little traffic on the roads so the journey was easy. We stopped in several places one being a bungee jumping bridge straddling a river gorge. For about half a nano second we considered having a go and then common sense stepped in so instead we watched "the young people" leaping from a tiny platform. Our route took us through the gold ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown January 13th 2014

The North Island has been completed and it was now onto the South Island which had a lot to live up to as we had already had such a good few weeks here. Getting to the South Island involved crossing the Cook Strait on a ferry which I was not looking forward to as my sea legs clearly didn't wake up this morning. Therefore I had to lay flat for the 3 hour duration, very sociable! Our first stop was Kaiteriteri based next to the Abel Tasmin National Park, named after the Dutch explore who found New Zealand, got scared of the Maori people and left before setting foot on the land. Nice that they gave him some credit though, at least he tried. Myself, Lynsey, Ed and Dan hired sea kayaks for half a day ... read more
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Costal wall near Westport
Westport bonfire night

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 30th 2013

I am on my fourth and final night in Queenstown and it is by far the busiest place I have been. Apparently this is the place to be on New Year's Eve. Even if that wasn't the case, I'm sure a lot of people would be here since the surroundings are beautiful. (I feel like I am getting repetitive about the scenery, but it's just all so nice. Be prepared to be overwhelmed with pictures in a week! ) The weather has continued to cooperate with me (despite a forecast of 3 days of rain, we had 2 and a half days of sun ) and I am staying at a very comfortable bed and breakfast with the most friendly, welcoming hosts. Queenstown is also known for its adventure sports. There are dozens of extreme activities ... read more
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