Blogs from Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 6


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 9th 2012

On our first morning in Queenstown we jumped right into the adventure with zip lining! The weather was beautiful and we had a great view of the town and landscapes on the gondola ride up to the top of the mountain. The tour included 6 zip lines that scaled their way down the mountain through the trees. The first platform was where they gave us instructions and strapped us in. The line was relatively short and slow so that everyone could see how comfortable he or she was with zip lining. I had never been zip lining before and it was such a cool experience! It wasn’t scary at all and it felt like I was just gliding through the trees On the next line they showed us how to flip upside down. I love that ... read more
Ice Bar
Ice hockey

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 8th 2012

Well we have arrived in Queenstown and the views are amazing. We travelled up through Otago and the views again were spectacular - I think I need to take back my original thoughts that New Zealand was just like Scotland as some of the scenery here is even more amazing than the scenery in Scotland (sorry Scotland). We have booked into a little B&B and found it immediately so no cross words in the car today, ha ha. The B&B is right on the waterfront and our vista (posh words or what!) from our room is amazing. We have to go to the trek office today where we are starting our trek to find out what we definitely need to take as it has a chill in the air here and I am not sure what ... read more
King of all he surveys

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 5th 2012

In the spirit of my last day trip, i quickly planned my next day adventure. I set it for only 2 weeks later. In between the two day trips i flew down to Wanganui for my baby sisters birthday, so in short, i was doing a lot of flying!! Earning my status points alright :) 
I arrived at the airport late, i checked in and pretty much walked straight out onto the plane. The online seat map was pretty full, so i grabbed seat 7D. Before my gold status, i always like row 7 i the Bombardier Q300. The window was in the right place, not like in rows 6&8 where you nearly have to look backwards to see out your window. The plane filled to around 40/45 passengers and we took off. It was a ... read more
Lunch on the Lake

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown October 21st 2012

The next day we spent doing pretty much bugger all. The weather was crap and I'm glad of it because after drinking the night before I wasn't in the mood to do a great deal of anything. We did however book ourselves onto a bus for the next morning to take us up to Cardrona for a days snowboarding. We were very lucky with the weather as the rain the previous day down in Queenstown equaled snow up on the mountains and it was a blue bird day all day for snowboarding. I've done 2 boarding holidays before but only ever with 1 or 2 friends so it was awesome to have a group of us up there over 10 strong. Although keeping in a group of that size proved to be impossible due to us ... read more
Snowboarding in Cardrona

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown October 13th 2012

We departed from Franz Josef and headed to Wanaka stopping off on the way at Lake Matheson for another walk. Imediately after checking into our hostel we played mini golf which it turnes out im shite at, and then we plodded along to an irish bar to watch some more rugby. Sat in the bar all i can think about is the fact that tomorrow im doing the nevis 134m bungy jump followed by the nevis swing. The highest bungy in new zealand & largest swing in the world! Supprised I managed to sleep that night but I did fine somehow. The big day. We're really doing it! I'm actually going to experience the biggest bungy jump in New Zealand, the home of the bungy jump! Holy cow. Before I left home I remember telling people ... read more
Nevis Swing 300m


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown September 26th 2012

So Mum flew off back to England on Tuesday and I'm back at home, Nomads! Had a good time with Mum here and it was lovely to see her, although I felt like a bit of a military general cos I had Mum's holiday all planned out, she just got told what we were doing each day! So I took her to do all the cool things I've done and wanted to do again whilst she was here like skiing, wine-tasting, horse-riding and then stuff which I haven't done yet like jetboating, Milford Sound and went down to the South Coast which was beautiful. So I definitely wore her out and she'll probably need another holiday to rest after she gets home. We've got lovely hot weather here now, climbed the Ben Lomond mountain yesterday 1,748m ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown September 4th 2012

3 months to this day, I left England...What?! Where did that go?! Can't believe I'm already a quarter of the way through my trip. I have loved every second of it and am looking forward to everyday for the next 9 months. So our girls roadtrip (and when I say roadtrip I use the term lightly, we went an hour up the road!) in our campervan was great fun. We had the saddest, most embarrassing van with loads of emo art all over it, on the back of the van was written 'I'm so emo I got punched by a carebear", people would look, point and laugh at us driving in it. So we got packed up our stuff (mostly booze) into our hideous van, took loads of duvets and pillows expecting it to be freezing ... read more
Nevis Bungy Jump 2
Nevis Swing

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown August 22nd 2012

Nearly 1 month since my last entry, I'm a crap blogger. So I last left it at we were about to have our staff party, which was very very messy as most people can see from my pictures on Facebook. We had drinking games, ping pong, facepaint, snowboarding down stairs, saki bombs, japanese food and 2 members of the team spent most of the night making-out (I was not one of them may I add!). Then the morning after I woke up expecting a horrendous hangover and my tonsils had nearly closed up and were oozing puss, lovely. So I had to fob off the frenchman, got my arse down to doctors, got some drugs and checked into a hotel for 4 nights so I could be miserable, gross and in pain on my own. I ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown August 16th 2012

I got up early to drive up to The Remarkables ski fields. The guys had said it would be easy and I wouldnt need snow chains. They were right about the latter but the was far from easy!!! At first it was bloody scary as there was a big queue of people behind me and I went a bit too quick and started sliding in the steep, stoney corners at the beginning. As I got further up the scenery was amazing and it helped to distract me from the ridiculous steep drops down off the road! The road winded up for 14km and as I got futher up the ground was a bit icey and there was snow on the verge. Fortunately there was none on the road so snow tyres weren't neccessary! Even though ... read more
Sunny taking a break!
The Remarks

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown August 15th 2012

Up at 6am so that I could get an early start on the 7+ hour journey to Queenstown. Packed up and followed Anita on her way to work so could find the highway easier! As I left Christchurch the drizzle grey morning was broken by the sun and the weather looked good for the journey. I am not sure if you know but Bee, my college wife (its a Durham thing), is a Kiwi and lived in Ashburton about an hour south of Chch. So as I am a great husband I said I would pay a visit to her house and take a picture of it for her. However I did not prepare properly so had no idea how to get to it. I did have the address so when I arrived at the centre ... read more
Pit stop in Fairlie
View from Cafe
Getting closer!

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