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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 5th 2014

right outside the hotel is this triatholon, swimming in Auckland harbor, running in front of the hotel. 🏊🚴Last nite we went for dinner at queens harbor Baduzzi restaurant 🍷 was the name tapas but good. No tipping here but then service is not what we are used to. Breakfast was a challenge !! Had to find water and get refills for coffee on our own ☕️🍝 And that was in this hotel. last nite in Auckland, dinner with Nigel and kathy later. Time change last night , fall back one hour.... read more
View of city of auckland from the east of cityimage
view of city auckland
kathi and kathy at dinner

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Avalon April 5th 2014

Saturday in Sydney with the Colfers After a relaxing breakfast we headed off to Rochelle's Mum and Dad's place for a day on the harbour. Geoff and Rosie live in a fantastic spot right on the waterfront near to Avalon. The Colfers (minus Tom who is on a 7 day army camp out in the Bush somewhere), the Colemans and Chris's brother Derek, arrived at Chez Colfers and then headed out into Pittwater Bay on Geoff;s wonderful and newly restored day boat "Pelican" which had the look of the African Queen about it. We headed out into the bay amongst the sailing boats and made our way over to one of the many beaches inside the bay area. After a quick lunch of Ozzie pies and 4X Gold we swam ashore to a wonderful tropical beach ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton April 5th 2014

Absolutely beautiful day. Started off with a short trip to Nelson where we stopped to look at their Saturday morning markets. Then we took the beautiful drive to Picton along the Queen Charlotte Drive. Breathtaking scenery. we had an interesting drive as there was a cyclist race going in the opposite direction to us. We saw all types attempting the hills. We think there was about 500 riders that we passed. Arrived at Picton around 12.00 noon. Have had a lovely afternoon walking around checking out the town. Tonight we had a nostalgic dinner (for me). We went and had a seafood platter. Mum and I had stayed in picton 9 years ago to the day as we had gone out for dinner for her birthday and had her favourite dish on a seafood platter - ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Great Ocean Road April 5th 2014

A couple of photos from Melbourne plus we forgot to mention that whilst we were sitting in a cafe sipping our coffee, at the next table a local newscaster was being filmed as he was reporting on the extreme weather. Apparently it was the hottest 1st April in Melbourne for 150 years with temperatures hitting 33+ degrees C whereas it would normally be around 20 degrees C !! Wednesday 2nd April - awoke to cloud and drizzle - the heatwave in Melbourne must be over!!! On the advice of the camp warden we took the Freeway to a town called Colac before dropping down to the Great a Ocean Road as he said that would save us a lot of time. We didn't linger in Colac as it was a depressing town but took the windy ... read more
Stevensons Waterfall
Johanna beach
The Twelve Apostles

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains April 5th 2014

3 avril ( A Sydney ) Mon cadran sonne. Il est 6h10AM dans le petit dortoir complet du Blue Parrot. Je me leve en silence et me rend dans la toute petite cuisine communautaire au premier etage. Accroche a son MacBook, un indien arrivant de Dubai encore sur le jet lag y est deja. Les autres habitants de l'auberge, eux, dorment encore, assommes par leurs lendemains de veille en serie. Je m'enfile un bol de cereales rapidement et je traverse la rue deja mouvementee de joggers devant l'hostel. C'est la que m'embarquera un bus touristique pour une journee organisee aux Blue Mountains dans les environs de Sydney. Ouaip. Il est souvent moins complique de se faire organiser un tour que de tout configurer par soi-meme. Il suffira donc aujourd'hui d'ecouter le chauffeur, d'acquiescer et de suivre ... read more
Eating Koala
Sleeping Koala
Blue Mountains


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island April 5th 2014

Stewart Island. Its a place I have been wanting to visit since I last came to New Zealand. A compelling curiosity of this forgotten outpost was finally getting quelled on this self made challenge of doing all the Great Walks of NZ. That is if we make it their alive first! The whole boat seemed to buckle as we slammed violently into another wave of the Foveaux Strait. The captain had explained things might get "a wee bit choppy" in typical Kiwi fashion it was an outrageous understatement spray blasted the windows as we rose and ducked over the swell. Becks gripped my hand too tightly again as our stomachs reached our mouths before returning again. The Captains nonchalance being the only thing that prevented mass panic. We pulled into the safe waters of Oban and ... read more

Oceania April 5th 2014

Friday 4th April - weather alert, temperature rising, sun shining, drought affected pastures and all within 50km. Ironically although not a blade of grass to be seen the vineyards (of which there were many) were green and flourishing. Sadly however saw some sheep which looked in pretty poor condition - Woolly & Marvin probably wouldn't like it very much here! We made good time as the roads are almost empty apart from some pretty big articulated lorries - saw our first articulated 3 truck. Headed for Hahndorf a lovely town in the heart of the wine growing region as you can guess from the name it has strong German links. All through the Adelaide Hills the autumn colours are just starting to appear and the gardens and tree lined roads are quite spectacular. Treated ourselves to ... read more
Hahndorf main street
Rocky Paddock camping area
View from the campervan

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth April 5th 2014

Before I begin, I will amend my blog from yesterday. It has been brought to my attention that the picture of the quokka had nothing for scale, so I should have said that these guys are about the size of a large house cat. OK, now on to today! I spent the day in Fremantle, the city at the mouth of the Swan River and about half an hour from Perth. After figuring out the ticketing system for the Perth trains - not as tourist-friendly as the buses - I hopped on the train to Fremantle and my first stop after arrival was a cafe on Cappuccino Strip (see photo). The cappuccino was not as good as the ones Maggie and I had in Sydney. Maybe that is because I missed Maggie's company and the view ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand April 5th 2014

-SP- Me he levantado algo tarde y ademas he estado esperando a que se secase la tienda, pero mucha humedad y muy poco sol hacia hoy. Asi que a las 11 me he puesto en marcha, he tenido algo de montaña para cruzar la Hercules Hill justo antes de Harihari y luego todo llano. La carretera iba por la playa y por las colinas formadas por los depositos de sedimento de los glaciares, las montañas siempre presentes pero a lo lejos del lado derecho. He pasado Ross, otro pueblo que conocio su gloria en la epoca de la fiebre del oro de la costa oeste, todavia hay una mina a cielo abierto que hay que cruzar para entrar al pueblo por el sur. Finalmente me quedo un poco antes de lo que tenia planaeado, he encontrado ... read more
Horse crossing

Oceania » New Zealand April 5th 2014

-SP- Otra vez humedad mañanera, he desayunado con toda la calma y he esperado a que secase, asi que estaba en marcha otra vez tarde, a eso de las 11. De ahi he pillado la carretera a Hokitika, una pequeña parada en el puesto de informacion, donde no me han dado ninguna informacion que no tubiera ya sobre alojamientos. Y de ahi una tirada larga, de 40 km, hasta Greymouth. Con una parada pequeña para comer en el camino. En Greymouth he hecho compra grande, o sea, no solo lo de cada dia, asi que ahora voy cargado otra vez como una mula. Greymouth es, o era, una ciudad minera, de carbon creo, asi que es un sitio bastante feo. De aqui para el norte, ha sido 20 km de bastantes colinas, pero muy buenas vistas. ... read more

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