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Oceania » New Zealand July 23rd 2014

Ter ere van mijn vader's verjaardag hebben we vandaag heel de dag rondgereden ! Happy birthday dad ! Iets na negen vertrokken vanop de camping, kwart na vijf en anderhalve benzinetank later aangekomen op een andere camping. We hebben heel de dag gereden! Onze tijd hier begint in te korten en we moeten zeker op tijd in Auckland zijn. De dag was allesbehalve saai. De dag begon in de mist maar na de middag scheen de zon als nooit te voren. Het landschap was gedurende heel de dag al even oogverblindend als de zon. We hebben alles gezien ! Regenwoud, oceaan, besneeuwde bergen, groene bergen, rotsformaties, open velden.... We trokken tegen alle verwachtingen ook over een bergpas langs slingerende wegen en haarspeldbochten. Onze cabana kreeg het er even warm van. Hier en daar stopten we uiteraard ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Milford Sound July 22nd 2014

07:45 : Nicole komt ons ophalen aan het kampeerterrein voor een rit van ongeveer 2 uur naar Milford sounds, waar we gaan kayakken. Het is nog donker buiten, en nat, en koud. "Sit back and enjoy the ride lads, we'll make a few stops on the way." Een halfuurtje later rijden we Eglington park binnen. De zon komt erdoor! Dit park is unesco werelderfgoed en ongeveer de grootte van België. Er wordt veel onderzoek gedaan naar de inheemse vogelsoorten van NZ. We rijden al vlug de bergzone in, terwijl Nicole ons wat meer uitleg geeft over de omgeving. Hier en daar stoppen we om wat foto's te nemen. Het park en de bergen zijn opnieuw adembenemend. Plots staan we voor een gesloten weg... sneeuw. Na een half uurtje wachten kunnen we de reis wel weer verderzetten. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Waipukurau July 21st 2014

Hi again, This will be the last diary entry for this trip (That's what these blogs have been for me, instead of writing up a 'paper' diary as I did on our first big trip in 2008, I started writing the blogs on our 2011 trip and many people said they enjoyed reading them so I continued doing them on this trip. After our 2011 trip Joy found a site that published all the blogs in a hard covered book. She spent some weeks correcting spelling, grammar etc. and added a heap of new photos and the 210 page book is still read regularly by both of us just to remind us what a fantastic time we had on that 2011 8 week trip) We are back in Waipukurau, arriving home around 6pm after driving from ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland July 21st 2014

This time next week I’ll be boarding a plane and heading to South America! I'm both nervous and excited as some of this trip I'll be on my own which I've never done before. I’ll try not to get mugged, end up in hospital or die, but some of the places I'm going to that's quite a possibility (sorry mum). I’m starting off in Lima, Peru, spending a few days there and then travelling to La Paz in Bolivia where I'll be starting my Intrepid tour with my friends Rachel and Kristy. The tour is 12 days long where we will be travelling from La Paz in Bolivia to Cuzco in Peru, part of which we will be doing the Inca Trail where we get to see Machu Picchu! From there I'll be going to Buenos ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand July 21st 2014

Vandaag vroeg uit de veren, want er is maar 1 overzetboot en die vertrekt al om 8:00 ! Dat lukte wonderwel, we waren zelfs te vroeg ! Bij het uitchecken in het motel kregen we nog een cappppucinnnnno on the house ! De zee was heel wat woeliger dan tijdens de heenrit. Ondergetekende kreeg zelfs wat last van zijn maag. Hij kreeg het ook een beetje warm en werd wat bleekjes.... Toen ik naar zo'n zakje greep kreeg ik de tip om mijn jas uit te trekken, werd de airco op mijn gezicht gericht, en kon de miserie net op tijd vermeden worden ;). Los van de zeeziekelijkheden was het wel een leuke ervaring. Onze Cabana stond ook nog netjes waar we hem hadden achtergelaten. We waren blij de Westkust te kunnen verkennen, want volgens het ... read more

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland July 21st 2014

We had another delicious breakfast with our hosts, Brita and Heinz and met two more guests at breakfast. They were Yana from the Czech republic and Jay from China. They were spending four days at Allegra House. We, unfortunately, had to say our goodbyes as we loaded up the car. Caroline was going to drive. She was just about to drive off when Don realised he had forgotten his bag - the one with his passports etc etc. Finally we got away and decided to drive to the town of Russell. Russell was formerly the capital of the area. It had a dreadful reputation as a bawdy town thanks to the sailors putting into port and getting into drunken brawls along with escaped and former convicts behaving like convicts. We went over on the car ferry ... read more
a Rainbow brightens our journey back to Auckland

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Stewart Island » Oban July 20th 2014

Dear diary..... JACKPOT ! Vandaag was fenomenaal! We hebben een dag 'opgeofferd' aan rijden om op S.I. te raken, maar we zijn maar wat blij dat we hier waren. We begonnen de dag onder een stralende winterzon. Stevig ontbijt as usual ( eggs and bacon), en daarna naar het visitor centrum om onze route te plannen. We stippelden een route uit langs de kustlijn van het eiland die ongeveer 6 uur zou duren. Een korte stop in de lokale supermarkt en we konden vertrekken. Gewapend met sportdrank - sommigen onder ons hadden wat problemen met dehydratatie ten gevolge van de activiteiten vorige avond - en mongolenstuutjes trokken we de bushes in. Het ging al meteen bergop ! Het hoogste punt van het eiland is slechts 163m boven de zeespiegel, maar het eiland is niet groot en ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia July 20th 2014

Poor Don was quite poorly during the night. He spent half of the night with his head either down the toilet or over the sink. No further information needed. After another delicious breakfast for Lesley, Caroline and Gwenlli. the rain had stopped enough to brave the elements. The girls wanted a walk, Don wanted to keep close to a loo and I wanted to stay dry. So we decided to visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds. In 1840 a treaty was signed between the British and the Maoris. The British government representative was James Busby who drew up the treaty which was translated into Maori. The British consul who signed the treaty on behalf of the government was captain William Hobson. There were days of discussion until on 6 February 1840, with much pomp and splendour the treaty ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown July 20th 2014

It is going to be fun writting this entry, and some of you may laugh few times at some of the comments. After being 4 years and a half away from New Zealand, I'm back to the land of welcoming people, gorgeous scenery and amazing wine....this time, to ski in Queenstown....4 nights here, and 3 full days of skiing. My last visit to Queenstown was in the summer, on a campervan, with the kids...and a campervan full of wine. This time, I'm coming by plane...Bangkok to Auckland, and a fast transfer direct to Queenstown. But first, the kids are going to Vietnam for the coming few weeks, as it has been over the last few years. We went all together at the airport as there flight was just 3 hours before mine. All this after running ... read more
Queenstown by Lake Wakatipu
Coronet Peak...slightly crowded...
What a view...Coronet Peak...

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia July 19th 2014

Oh what a dreadful day we woke up to. It just rained and rained and we had wonderful thunder storms. So the four of us stayed in. We had our tasty Shabbat lunch and played Rumikub and Bananagrams. It was a relaxing shabbat and lovely to be together. Allegra House is very comfortable and the Martis have a very nice lounge which can be used by their guests. It even has a piano which Gwenlli was very happy to practice on. In the evening Caroline came with us for a short drive to forage for food. ... read more




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