Blogs from Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 8


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown June 18th 2012

The last few days have been quite eventful. So spent the end of last week boarding and working. Saturday I met this amazing girl at my hostel called Gemma, and we have become really good mates so we went out Saturday night together and had a fantastic night dancing on tables and shared a burger and worried about garlic breath all night. Had so much fun. Went out on the slopes with my room-mate Tom Sunday who is incredibly fast on skiis so I spent the day pushing myself to try and keep up which was tough but good fun. Then Gem and I and a few girls from the hostel hit the town Sunday night as we heard the Irish rugby team were out, so we thought it would be funny to try and find ... read more

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

I got to go horse riding yesterday which was incredible. We went on a 3 hour trek around Glenorchy and saw various locations used in the LOTR movies, I literally can't describe how stunning it was. Great, steep snow-capped mountains on either side of you and a massive plain between the two with rivers and forests. I know we always bang on about how beautiful Scotland is back home, but it has absolutely nothing on New Zealand. I got to go on a private tour with a lovely instructor, it was her first solo tour taking people around but she was great. My horse was called Harry and I loved him, he was a really sweet good natured animal. So we got to trot and canter to a mountain and then go back but we got ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown June 12th 2012

So I've survived my first week! Apologies for not blogging over the last couple of days, the last 3 days have purely consisted of snowboarding, working and drinking. Needless to say I didn't go out last night and slept for 14hours. The snow is getting better here, they've had the cannons on which has been great so I've done a couple of mornings before going to work. I got to try out one of the new boards in the shop and boots which had never been used before, it was amazing. I love my job. So it would be nice to find some people to ride with, definitely not as fun on your own. But one of the girls I work with in the shop has never skiied or boarded before so I've said I'll teach ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown June 9th 2012

So I got the job at the hire shop, woohoo! First shift was this morning at 8, planned on having a quiet night in last night so I could be up early and fresh for my first shift but of course that didn't happen! So after another night of way too many gin's and not enough sleep, I had to get up at 7am (with the shakes) and go to work. It also didn't help that my phone was outside on the balcony so I could hear the alarm going off at 7am, but couldn't figure out where it was in the dark and trying to not wake everyone else in the dorm up. Fail. But work was good, met some nice customers, a sweet couple from South Africa wanted their picture taken with me in ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown June 7th 2012

I am having an amazing time! After the 30 hour journey to get here, which was actually really relaxing, the food was brilliant, there were so many movies I was annoyed I couldn't watch them all and unlimited booze. So the last leg from Sydney to Queenstown, I got ratted on Champagne with the guy sat next to me. Immigration were not impressed! But stepping off the plane and seeing the epic landscape was breath-taking. It is exactly like it is in the Lord of the Rings movies, stunning, steep green mountains topped off with snow on all sides. I'm in love with this country already. Once I got to the hostel, I slept for 16hours and have got straight into the time difference. The hostel I'm staying in is fantastic, they give you free breakfast ... read more


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown May 24th 2012

En route to Queenstown. The road down towards Queenstown was to drive on, with spectacular views all of the way, including mountains and some lakes. Centres of population are few and far between, and where existing, tend to be very small. How do people exist so far away from a city?? Whilst we took lots of photos, they would become boring in excess, and so have restricted the ones we published to just a few to give a flavour of the scenery. We did not manage to get to Queenstown by nightfall, and stayed overnight on a Department of Conservation site along the way. Next morning, on the road again until we got to: BUNGEE JUMPING – the origin of bungee jumping was claimed to be just north of Queensland and still exists as a ... read more
Origin of Bungee Jumping
Origin of Bungee Jumping
Queenstown in the Evening

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

The day to meet up with friends from home had finally arrived and I woke up with a smile on my face. We were headed from Franz Joseph to Queenstown, a small six hour drive, to meet (and crash with) Chantel, Pauric, Annette and of course Chantel’s boyfriend and friends! The other thing that made today special was the drive itself. We passed through the other glacier town of Fox, through the mountains of Mount Aspiring National Park with the highest peaks outside of the Mount Cook Region, to then follow onto the lakes of Hawea and Wanaka. The views along the road were pretty unbeatable and most of the time they didn’t even look real! At this point in the trip I have to advise you all that this country really is in a league ... read more
Ferg Burger
Ferg Burger

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown May 3rd 2012

We reached Queenstown, our first destination in New Zealand, on the afternoon of May 2. After the last few days of touristy hustle and bustle in the relatively bigger cities of Australia, it was a welcome change to walk around this quaint little valley town surrounded by mountains and lakes. We walked around the city center, grabbing veggie burgers for lunch, souvenir window shopping and taking in the beautiful lake front. The next day we took an early morning coach-ferry-coach tour out to Milford Sounds - an amazingly beautiful area on the lower western coast of the island. The drive out to the sounds was phenomenal. Some online guides rank the drive as one of the 10 most beautiful drives in the world, and we could definitely see why. We passed vast mountain ranges (one was ... read more

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

Edition 2 from New Zealand - a few highlights from Queenstown and Fijord Land. Still blessed by great weather - even the gloomy clouds that greeted us at Milford Sound departed before our cruise began. The panorama is a view of Milford Sound from the Tasman Sea. Thanks so much for the comments received so far :) Please view the photos in large format - click on first and view slide show - the smaller images struggle to do justice to the scenery. Cheers from Jan & Garry... read more
Up the Gondola
On the Trail
Ben Lomond Saddle

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown March 30th 2012

Hi, well what can i say, the rides are just getting better and better 300km yesterday, weather awsome and the peace is just life changing, today i did my second bungy jump and got well and truly dunked, you tube, search sam hey and the bungy gets wet, quaility crap but you get the jist, missing people lots, got a day pass for the pro am at the hills, what a great day, missing you so much Yvonne wish you where here, i'm off up the west coast tomorrow then on to the north island so its goodbye to Otago and hello the open road and the glaciers, Ta Ta for now x... read more
sean hard at work
a jumper (not wolly)

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