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Oceania » New Zealand December 15th 2008

Motorhome News from New Zealand 8 4th December 2008 Waitomo Caves - Kawhia - Cambridge - Hamiton - Auckland ........and farewell, New Zealand. Death would come quickly beyond the sealed door beside us, even on an early summer's day in New Zealand. For it is officially summer now with the coming of December. But a bitter wind drifts through the crystal sky here, none-the-less. We are high above the clouds. The sunlight dazzles our eyes as it continues on its uninterrupted journey across the heavens. It is - 52 degreesC out there - a vicious wind howls and whistles on the gleaming metal, the instruments record wind-speeds in excess of 90 mph and at this height there is little oxygen to speak of. A violent death, however quick, were we to venture outside! For the time-being ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland December 3rd 2008

Motorhome News from New Zealand 7 30th November 2008 Wellington - Wanganui - Taupo - Taumarunui - Stratford - New Plymouth - Hamilton - Auckland Returning to The North Island for more mountains, volcanoes, and old friends. The clock is ticking ever faster now. The rhythm rising a notch each day as we approach the end of our journey through New Zealand. That's how it is with holidays, isn't it?. As spring rain continues to fall along the western reaches, New Zealander's thoughts of summer holidays and barbecues on the beach mingle with the jingle of Christmas, now modestly evident in some shops. Still without our phone, (goodness knows where it might be) we were hoping to meet up with our friends Brian and Kathryn at the ferry terminal as we finally prepared to leave The ... read more
The Whanganui River Road
Whanganui River Road

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton November 22nd 2008

Motorhome News from New Zealand 6 19th November 2008 Farewell to South Island Greymouth, Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks), Kohaihai, Oparara Valley, Westport, Lewis Pass, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Queen Charlotte Track and back to Picton. New Zealand's South Island roads have been such a joy to travel; courteous and careful drivers with all the time to get wherever, whenever. Just very occasionally a car appears out of nowhere to overtake on a bend or a sleepy European visitor pulls out on the wrong side of the road. There are traces of accidents here-and-there however; crosses with flowers in the most unexpected places - drink or speed the most likely causes, or wheelies, Saturday night's twisting tyre marks left on the tarmac from hand-brake turns and high-speed swerves. The road north from Greymouth was quiet, a leisurely drive past rocky ... read more
Pancake Rocks
The Westland Petrel
The Beach at Kohaihai

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Westport November 13th 2008

Motorhome News from New Zealand 5 10th November 2008 Stewart Island - Milford Sound - Wanaka - Franz Josef Glacier - Lake Matheson Beyond South Island and back, out along the Fiords in the west. There's a signpost at Bluff, that small point of land at the very southerly tip of South Island, New Zealand. The sign reads: Bluff. 46 degrees South, 168 degrees East. It is 18,958 Km from here to London as the fly crows - but only 35 km to Stewart Island, our next destination. We're taking a short holiday from motorhoming, an overnight away, to do a spot of birding. Meanwhile, our Australian travelling companions, Brian and Kathryn, will be heading 'somewhere north' in their own motorhome. If we can find our mobile phone we'll be able to catch up with them ... read more
Oban  -Stewart Island
Ian's eco ferry to Ulva
Ulva Island

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill November 5th 2008

Motorhome News from New Zealand 4 31st October 2008 Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, Mount Cook, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Lake Wanaka, Arrowtown, Moeraki, and Dunedin to Invercargill - with a few Aussies in tow. A Kiwi friend returned from holiday in British Columbia, Canada, a week or two back, a little disappointed and unimpressed by what he saw. 'We have it all here,' Greg said, checking his empty wallet. 'It's just a bit bigger in Canada.' We really can't believe that's true - but let's take a closer look a bit further south to see if we think he might be right. Our last blog left us in Christchurch last week - a City created with Cambridge and Oxford in mind, a garden city at the coastal hub of the flat Canterbury Plain, a grid of broad ... read more
Maori Welcome in Christchirch
Top 10 Campsite (Dunedin)
Lake Tekapo

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch October 23rd 2008

Motorhome News from New Zealand 3 20th October 2008 Across the Cook Strait to South Island That's how it was when Nick Young looked out from the crow's nest of the good ship Endeavour, back in 1769. 'Land Ahoy!' he called, pointing out to the west. When Captain Cook cuffed the telescope to his eye he would have seen a narrow band of grey-brown, lifting and broadening on the horizon above the swell, a band of rugged cliffs, ever browner, ever greener, sunlight sharpening the ragged peaks against the Pacific sky. It was our first view of New Zealand from the sea, leaving North Island from Wellington on the Interisland Ferry, leaving behind the last remnants of habitation, the gleaming white wooden houses perched on hillsides fading into the distance, as stark brown hills rise from ... read more
Queen Charlotte Track
Green Shell Mussels!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough October 13th 2008

Motorhome News from New Zealand 2 10th October 2008 Motorhoming through Tauranga, Rotorua, Opotiki, Gisborne and Napier to Wellington, We didn't expect any frills with our rented motorhome. The price was keen; booked from a UK agent over the internet some months ago, but 'Lizzie', as our six-metre long new home is affectionately called, has been good to us since we collected it from Auckland Airport. Lizzie is a bit basic as motorhomes go, but solid - as a rental machine needs to be. Weighing in at around 3 tonnes all up, we can achieve speeds of 80 kph or more in downhill mode - which suits our nomadic purpose fine! In order to give us the space we need for our ten-week journey we chose a four berth motorhome to make sure we had a ... read more
Clive and Margaret

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga October 2nd 2008

Motorhome News from New Zealand 1 30th September 2008 Kia-ora. Welcome to New Zealand. They tell us it's been a hard winter here on New Zealand's North Island, with continuous rain throughout July and August; much akin to that for the same months of summer in the UK. But suddenly, as the nights draw in and the prospect of winter approaches back home, we're transported in time - to Spring in New Zealand. Maybe we're just dreaming. Our flight approach into Auckland turned to starboard from the north, drawing us into the city in dazzling sunlight above jigsaw edged green fields dotted with cows, set against the brilliant blue of the Tasman Sea. Welcome indeed. Customs clearance and immigration in contrast was surly, unfriendly and clearly bored - but our scrubbed and polished hiking boots ex ... read more
North Island New Zealand
North Island New Zealand
North Island New Zealand

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary September 23rd 2008

Kuala Lumpur. Heading for the Jungle. Sabah, Borneo 9th September 2008 The grey-haired-nomads are on the move once again. In search of new adventures, heading for Kuala Lumpur, a twelve hour flight from London Heathrow, en route to other places you have doubtless never heard of; Sabah, for example. Everyone can travel to Sabah these days. It's possible to organise an itinerary to include: internal flights (essential for 'getting around' as the few roads there are are mostly unmettled and potholed), river transport, dawn and night river safaris, lodges on the Kinabatangan River, elephant hunting, hiking up to your ears in mud and thorns, bats in caves and bird's nest soup, birding walks shared with hungry bloodsucking leeches and a host of other wildlife things to add to the excitement - with but an hour or ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Madeira » Madeira April 23rd 2008

A Postcard from MADEIRA - April 2008 It’s now nearly nine months since we returned from our trip around North America, and the English winter has recently been getting to our bones - time for a short break to warmer climes to top up on a bit of sunshine. Why, then, Madeira you might ask? Well; for a start, we had heard about their cake and wine, but more to the point, we remembered my little brother, Michael, had once visited the island and told us how much he loved it. We thought we should check it out. You can’t get there by motorhome, there's too much water in the way, so we took a plane from Stansted, courtesy of EasyJet. Many people we know have already been to Madeira; some of them several times. They ... read more
Madeira wine
Funchal's street cafes
High Rise

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