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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mackenzie District March 14th 2014

The stay at Lake Ohau Lodge has been fantastic. The service is excellent and the outlook stunning - looking up to the head of the lake with flat station grazing at the head waters. After a full breakfast we headed off early on a cool morning. We knew the day would be long so we wanted to get the hilly part out of the way before it warmed up. What was supposed to be rolling at the start followed by a long continuous uphill, turned out to be long continuous uphill from the start. It was a slow grind uphill all the way for nearly 11kms. The description says easy cycling. Yeah, right! Maybe for someone in their 20s or 30s! The track was often very rough with angular stones to bounce you about or slow ... read more
At the end of the tussock ride
The completed bike trail along Lake Benmore

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mackenzie District March 13th 2014

We left our bags at 8.30am for the coach to take through to Lake Ohau. The cars were also left at a parking area to be picked up in a few days on our return. For ourselves, after we had prepared our lunches and got ready for the day we headed into Twizel for some decent coffee to start the day. We eventually left Twizel around 10am. The first part of the bike ride is very easy going out along Glen Lyon Road past lifestyle properties and eventually along the Pukaki and Ohau Canals. Along the Ohau Canal were large salmon farms to provide a bit of interest but mostly it was a time to cycle easily and swiftly. This was flat and in stark contrast to yesterday's lake and Alps. We were surrounded by the ... read more
Lunch stop along Lake Ohau
Dinner time with the crew
Evening on Lake Ohau

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei March 13th 2014

Today was a 'red letter' day for me - we had Jill and David visiting for a short while from Duffield, Derbyshire on their way home to the UK after their big trip around Australia and New Zealand for 8 weeks. It was very exciting to realise that Jill looked exactly the same after 20 years and had the same bubbly personality and the same lovely husband!! Fantastic that both families are doing well on both sides of the world.... read more
Where is your grey hair Jill?
We look happy

Oceania » New Zealand March 13th 2014

Did you like that cliffhanger yesterday? Was Janet’s knee going to feel better or were we going to have to cancel the rest of our plan? Were we even going to be able to keep the computer working so we could tell you about her status? Fortunately there is fairly GOOD news on both fronts. The ship did not get to port until about 11:00 AM, so we could sleep pretty much as late as we wanted. That gave Janet a full night’s sleep and a couple of pain pills to recover. We actually got up about 7:30, got dressed and went up to the dining room. Janet got another order of Eggs Benedict and David had an Omelet. We were going to go to the Medical Center if Janet’s knee wasn’t feeling better, but she ... read more
Janet taking something
at Ngatarawa Winery
Mission Winery Building

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hokitika March 13th 2014

Monday 10th March - revisited Hokitika to see the driftwood sculptures on the beach. We had just missed the Wild Food Festival but stopped for a flat white coffee and the best muffins ever (plum & stem ginger). Went on to see the Gorge, same gorgeous aqua blue water complete with Salmon this time. Back on the road for our DOC site for the night next to another lake. Lots of youngsters doing very basic camping i.e. Cooking over an open fire or no cooking at all - ended up providing hot coffee for them all! Tuesday 11th - early start on a grey and misty morning with over 300km to drive to Wanaka but this isn't a problem on these empty roads - the only difficulty is the mountains and the hairpin bends. Still had ... read more
Modern Art on Bruce Bay
Granny on the quad
Clouds lifting over the Haast Pass


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka March 13th 2014

Wednesday 12th March - Lyn up early at the crack of dawn with her camera. Great sunrise, great sightings of a NZ Falcon, the moment was shared with a young French girl. Breakfast then back along the 6km gravel road towards Wanaka and the I-Site. Clear blue skies so Tony booked up to go paragliding from Triple Cone Peak (at a 1,000 metres it's the highest commercial paragliding site in NZ). Flight not until 3.30 so drove to Diamond Lake for an hour's climb up to the Wanaka Lookout. Eat our sandwiches at the top, chatted to a Shropshire farmer who appeared over the brow, then back down towards Triple Cone. Arrived just as our French girl's partner was landing. Tony all ready to go - alas the wind had got up and it was too ... read more
Our neighbours at Kidds Bush
Tony's view of Lyn when we start walking
The Summit

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson March 13th 2014

The count down is in single figures, we leave on Thursday 20th March.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Mackenzie District March 12th 2014

Last night the 10 of us met at our Motel in Twizel (The Chalets), some of us having travelled from afar - us from New Plymouth to Christchurch by plane and then car to Twizel. All of our group are Nelsonians - 2 from Nelson, the rest from the Ruby Coast, Tasman. This morning we all met at the Cycle Journey's office just along the street where our bikes were loaded onto a trailer and we piled into a mini-bus driven by Eaven. From Twizel we were transported up the northern side of Lake Pukaki to Jollies Car Park which is 12km beyond Braemar Station and right beside Mt Cook Station. The morning was cold and foggy but very calm. We broke out of the cloud near the top of the lake to a most fantastic ... read more
On the road below Braemar Station
The farmer from Braemar Station
At the end of Lake Pukaki

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill March 12th 2014

Zondag, maandag, dinsdag 9, 10, 11 Maart 2014 Zondag gaat de wekker vroeg en ik heb niet zoveel geslapen. Ik neem nog een laatste douche, nu het nog gaat. Alles in de rugzak proppen en wachten op de shuttlebus naar de ferry. Deze is een beetje te laat maar na 30 minuten zijn we in Bluff of het Zuidelijkste punt van NZ. De rugzak gaat in een aparte container. Iets voor 9u30 schepen we in en kort daarna varen we uit. Het is een overdekte catamaran, er is weinig ruimte op het dek. De zee rondom Bluff is redelijk ruw en we worden al flink over en weer geschud. Ik krijg al schrik dat dit het ganse uur zo zal zijn maat later bedaart het en de rest va nde overtocht verloopt relatief rustig. Aangekomen in ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 11th 2014

This morning we arrived in Auckland New Zealand. It is no longer the capitol of the country, but it is certainly the largest city. We learned that and a lot of other stuff during our tour, but I am getting ahead of myself. We started with a 7:00 wake-up call. After getting dressed, we went to the Buffet for breakfast and then reported to the Princess Theater for our tour to begin at 8:25. There were 45 of us on a 2-hour city tour, followed by a cruise of the harbor in a scow, and then an escorted tour of the Maritime Museum. Before disembarking from the ship yesterday, we had to be sniff-tested by a cute little dog, which was searching for contraband (primarily food products). New Zealand is very careful about prohibiting any fruits, ... read more
Janet & David
Original Auckland Ferry Harbor Building
Auckland Skyline

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