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Oceania » Australia » Tasmania April 16th 2014

After spending quite a few dollars getting my Suzuki ready for some off-roading and camping, I left Sydney early on Sunday morning for the long drive (880km) to Melbourne. My ultimate destination was Tasmania, but the only way to drive there is via the ferry that leaves from Melbourne. The drive was uneventful and I arrived at the ferry terminal at 6pm. Loading took some time, but that’s understandable as there were plenty of cars to load. Once aboard, we had to leave our cars below deck. I took what I needed for the night and headed up to my cabin. I had paid the extra money for a cabin for myself. I opted not to pay extra money for a porthole cabin because the journey was overnight so what would you see? Dinner on board ... read more
The Ferry
Scene from northern Tasmania
Road through the forests

Oceania » New Zealand April 15th 2014

-SP- Esta mañana me he puesto al dia con el internet, he montado todo en la bici y he ido al pueblo maori a investigar un tema pendiente (lo publico en el blog enseguida). El pueblo esta en la orilla del lago, en la zona donde hay mas fuentes termales. El suelo esta calentito, eso es bueno, pero la contrapartida es que de un dia para otro te sale una fuente termal debajo de la casa o en medio de la carretera. De ahi pista hacia Tirau, con una pequeña parada para comer. El camino ha ido subiendo un buen rato por colinas volcanicas y el ultimo tramo para abajo hacia los llanuras de Hobbitlandia. Tirau es conocido por tener estatuas de chapa corrugada por todas partes. Cada pueblo aqui se busca su seña de identidad. ... read more
Maori village
Maori cemetery
Maori death philosophy

Oceania » New Zealand April 15th 2014

-SP- El tema es que hace unas semanas, mi excompañero de trabajo Yeray me reenvio una noticia que venia a decir que hay una conexion gallega-maori, porque los maories segun el articulo tambien construyen horreos, que son los edificos estso levantados sobre 4 pilares para guardar comida. http://www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/vigo/2014/03/26/horreos-gallegos-encontrados-nueva-zelandia/00031395828563108619617.htm?google_editors_picks=true Es una historia un poco extraña, no? Unos franceses de un camping me contaron que eran tumbas o cosas asi, por el tema de las aguas termales, no se vaya a cocer el abuelo. Asi que he bajado al pueblo maori, me he encontrado uno de estos edificios, lo han construido en plan folklorico, junto con algunos dioses y columnas varias. Y le he preguntado a una señora maori que pasaba por ahi a ver para que sirve esa casita. Me ha contado que sirve para... read more
Horreo maori 2

Oceania » New Zealand April 15th 2014

-SP- Hoy he desayunado unos huevos revueltos XXL y un estofado de higado con tomate que me ha dado un eslovaco (el dia que empiezas a recibir cosas gratis vienen todas de golpe). Ademas, unos israelies me han dado su tarjeta de 24 horas de internet (lo dicho). Al fnal, despues de todo estaba a las 10:30 en marcha, he hecho la compra en Matamata y he salido hacia el noroeste, con viento fuerte de lado y en parte en contra. Todo llano por un valle ancho, menos el ultimo tramo, que ha habido un par de cuestas. Al final a ultima hora del dia he bajado a la bahia de Thames, dejando de lado la pninsula de Coromandel. He hecho desde aqui 6 km hasta Miranda, donde hay un camping. Esta es la direccion a ... read more
Hill to Coromander
Hill to west, Bulls
Sunset

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 15th 2014

Now we are on the last leg of our holiday. We are all packed and ready to go. Looking forward to getting home again to catch up with family and friends and return to our well loved recliner chairs! We had a great day yesterday buying an all day transport pass we hopped from ferry to ferry. Our first stop was Devonport. We had tried to drive into there with David and Cheryl on Sunday but as there was too much traffic we decided to turn around and not go in. It is a pity as it was really the best part that I have seen of Auckland. We went for a great walk up the north head to see the remains of the gun battery that was there. The views were just fantastic. Then we ... read more
Out of uniform
Great views
Not the Sydney harbour bridge!

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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch April 14th 2014

royals in town so only hotels with rooms out by airport, but actually that was ok given the condition of downtown Christchurch, but rebuilding occurring. Went to container city, which is the. revitalized city center. Took the city bus there left the car here 🚙 will need to drop off at airport tomorrow. Might go to the Antarctica exhibit dI'd u know flights leave Christchurch to Antarctica? ✈️❄️⛄️Don't worry kids I am not headed there!!... read more
The Cathedral in Christchurch
The Cathedral in Christchurch
Christchruch Container Mall

Oceania » Australia » Tasmania » Cradle Mountain April 14th 2014

We have spent two days here at cradle Mountain and have been so lucky to have clear and sunny days. perfect walking weather. Climbed to Marion's Lookout via the "short and steep" route. Some parts had chains to help pull yourself up or stop you falling down. It was certainly steep but worth the climb. On the way up two young 30 something guys congratulated us on our efforts. I was a bit worried that we looked so old that he thought we needed the compliment. I later realised that they were struggling to get up to the top. The boardwalks are impressive and the walking generally easy. Today we did the Dove Lake Circuit and then walked the Cradle Mountain circuit, about 13 km. Hope the photos do it justice. It was great! Worth the ... read more
cradle mountain national park
pointing to Marion's lookout
distant boardwalks

Oceania » New Zealand April 13th 2014

-SP- He arrancado relativamente pronto hoy, a las 9:30 aproximadamente. Despues de pasar por el tourist info para conseguir mapas he pasado por unas catarats llamadas Huka Falls, es el desague de lago Taupo a traves de un canal estrecho en roca volcanica. De ahi rapidamente de vuelta a la carretera. He tenido a partir de entonces unos 40km de campiña. Por el camino he coincidido con un ingles que lleva 3 meses dando vueltas en bici en Nueva Zelanda. En Waiotapu yo me he quedado un rato porque he ido a ver un par de pozas de barro caliente, hay mas cosas volcanicas alli, pero cobran una entrada de mas de 30NZD. Despues de un rato viendo algo de vulcanismo gratuito me he puesto en ruta otra vez, han sido 10 km de subida y ... read more
Huka Falls river
Huka Falls
Thermal power station

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 13th 2014

Our wonderful holiday at the bay of Islands came to an end today. Before David dropped us off we went to the mt Eden lookout. Mt Eden is an extinct volcano. It was quite an amazing view. We then got dropped off and booked into our apartment that will be home for the next 3 nights.... read more
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Oceania » Australia April 13th 2014

We have been without a stable wifi connect for the past week, so will try to bring you up to date while we wait in the Darwin airport for our flight to Cairns (delayed until the wind and rain of Tropical Cyclone Ita have subsided). After we left Sydney, we travelled by rail to Melbourne and thence to Adelaide where we climbed aboard the Afghan Express (known as the Ghan) for the 54 hour journey across the Australian outback, 1851 miles to Darwin. Ensconced in our compartment, we spent the afternoon watching the desert landscapes pass by outside our window (photos). During the night, the 39-car train clattered on through darkness while we slept, rhythmically swaying, in our Murphy bed. In the morning, we were awakened by a knock at the door. The porter had two ... read more
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