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


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown January 24th 2013

Kia ora! New Zealand so far..... Since writing you a quick Christmas message we have been really lucky and the weather has picked up, with only a couple of really rainy days! This has meant that we have been able to make the most of being outside and exploring this beautiful country. New Zealand is made up of 3 islands, the North Island, the South Island and Stuart Island. If you look at a map, New Zealand is below Australia and to the right a bit (this direction known as south east on a compass). As I have already said, New Zealand is 13 hours ahead of you, so I go to bed as you wake up. Another interesting fact, is because of where it is placed on our earth, New Zealand has summer when England ... read more
Cathedral Cove beach
Tiki carving on a Maori meeting house
The Maori cooker

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown January 14th 2013

On 3/1 we said goodbye to Auckland and flew to Queenstown with Air Asia. The flight was 3 hours delayed and even then we missed the call for the flight but we made it in the end. John and Andrea had flown out there the previous day and had warned us about the cold weather but we were not expecting snow on the mountains and cold weather after the sun and beaches in Auckland only 1hr 45mins away! We caught the connectabus from the airport to downtown Queenstown and were surprised to find a pretty town set next to a huge, beautiful lake (Wakatipu Lake) that looked and felt like an alpine village with a definate 'apres ski' feel about it. Unfortunately we hadn't booked the 4star Rydges Hotel with John and Andrea and instead had ... read more
Flight into Queenstown
And ... ski jacket!!!
Queenstown airport

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 11th 2012

­­­Well the last week has been fabulous. We decided to take a drive out to Mount Cook, at 3754 m high. It was where Edmund Hillary trained prior to his ascent of Everest. There was just one lovely hotel at the base of the mountain and this was where we had lunch. As it is summer here there were dozens of waterfalls coming down the mountains around us. It had been snowing but it suddenly stopped and the sun came out so we decided to walk off our lunch via the mountain trail to see Tasman Glacier, at 27km the longest glacier in NZ. The climb was tough especially at the end where there had been a rock fall so we had to clamber over boulders to get to the top. (We were out of practice ... read more
Tasman Glacier
Mirror Lake
Cruising around Milford Sound

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 6th 2012

Yes it us raining again! Took another couple of hr walk by Lake Te Anua befire I left this morning and drove straight to Queenstown. Took a couple of coffee stops as I was finding it difficult to concentrate. As I got closer to Queenstown I realised that I was starting to get a migraine. So found a campsite so I could take a nap. Paid my money, pulled on to my pitch then spotted a very low flying plane. I had decided to nap under the flightpath at an international airport. DON'T LAUGH, IT IS NOT FUNNY!! Any way slept for about 3hrs and feeling much better now. Migraine is probably due to all the coffee I have been drinking on the trip. I am addicted to the flat whites they serve, I have not ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 23rd 2012

Our next stop was Queenstown, the adrenaline junky hotspot of the South Island and we stayed three nights on Moke Lake, a ten minute drive out of town. The weather was fantastic and we fitted in a couple of walks as well as enjoying QT centre with its hustle and bustle of bars and cafes and beautiful views of the Remarkables and Wakatipu Lake. After spending our first day walking, eating veggie pies, sitting in the sun and drinking corona we decided it was time for white water rafting and we were both well excited! No one told us that to get to the start of the rapids on the Shotover River we would have to travel on one of the world’s most dangerous roads! Can you believe it?! It was absolutely terrifying, I didn't actually ... read more
Sunset at Moke Lake Campground
Rafting fun
Lunch break at a small stream


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

14. November 2012 Von Wanaka nach Queenstown Die ausgepackten Koffer haben ihren Inhalt schon am Vorabend zurück bekommen und nur noch die am Morgen benötigten Dinge sind zu verstauen. Wir bezahlen unsere Rechnung an der Reception und setzen uns in Richtung Queenstown in Bewegung. Das Wetter ist angenehm, nicht zu heiss und auch kein Regen, ideal zum Reisen Wir sind etwa eine halbe Stunde unterwegs, als vor uns ein Jeep auftaucht, der ein Schild mit folgendem Inhalt auf dem Dach montiert hat: "House Ahead" Hääää? Typisch neuseeländisch, wo sonst kann man so etwas lesen. Wir haben kaum Zeit uns zu fragen was das denn soll, als wir es sehen, das Haus! Mitten auf der Strasse fährt tatsächlich ein ganzes Haus, möbliert, mit Vorhängen und allem. Klar, das Haus fährt nicht von selbst, es ist Huckepack auf ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 17th 2012

We had planned to travel to Queenstown on this very important day to celebrate a big birthday with our friend Sarah! I was pretty excited to get to spend my birthday with someone else from home (apart from James obviously!) makes things a bit nicer! So we were up a bit earlier than I would have liked in order to get to the airport for our short flight. Unfortunately the flight was delayed, meaning spending more time in the airport than anyone would like for a birthday, but it was a short delay and we were soon on our way. Flying into Queenstown was really special! You get really low under the snow capped alps, into a narrow valley where the runway is. We were waiting for Sarah to finish work and meet us so we ... read more
Looking out over the lake
start fof the night....not too bad!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 17th 2012

A wonderful town located on the southern lake district of the south island. Cosmopolitan feel and restaurants to match. Stunning scenery with the lake surrounded by mountains and activities winter and summer taking place here. We visited a conservation project in a bird park and were privileged to see a breeding pair of kiwi. This is a flightless bird, endangered save for the breeding programme. They are nocturnal creatures so the enclosure is bathed in red light to create the impression of darkness to the bird and, when the tourists have departed, the keepers change the light to fluorescent to simulate daylight so the birds return to their burrows (they are a cross between bird and mammal). We were very lucky in that not only did we see the birds copulate but they also called out ... read more
High fliers

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 10th 2012

We spent a full day and night of traveling, but made it from Sydney to Auckland to Queenstown. We even registered for classes at 1am in the airport, an hour after our flight landed, minutes after getting out of customs. Stressful. The Flaming Kiwi was the name of our hostel. Once we got to our room, we passed out for 3 hours. We woke up, got a bite to eat in town, then came home and watched 2 chick flicks back to back with our hostel friends. This English guy was telling us there was no such thing as true love so we should just give it up already. He was kinda funny. Friday early morning we went ziplining! We coasted through the trees and saw the most beautiful view high in the mountains of the ... read more
Crazy backdrop

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

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