Jana and Scott 2018


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 7th 2018

A bit of a wander round the Princes Wharf area (where our accommodation is). Quiet day as the long travels in recent days have caught up with us a bit. Off to another island tomorrow!!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 6th 2018

Long train journey to Auckland (11 hours in total)... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington April 5th 2018

Culture. A morning visit to Te Papa museum and a quiet afternoon at the beach front (in the city centre!).... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington April 4th 2018

A trip up on the Wellington cable car to the Botanical Gardens and then a visit to Zealandia nature reserve.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington April 3rd 2018

Up early to catch the bus to Picton and hopped onto the ferry to Wellington.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura April 2nd 2018

Very early morning bus ride to Kaikoura, quick check in to accommodation and turnaround to get out to our Whale watching trip. Amazing day... sperm whale, Killer Whale (Orcas), Dusky Dolphins, Albatross sightings. Jana very pleased as it was one of her life long ambitions to see Killer Whales in the wild. Many Browny Points for Scott.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch April 1st 2018

Popped into a pub early in the morning to watch the Joshua v Parker heavy weight title fight. Then went up the Gondola that overlooks the area. Later we took the short city tram ride.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch March 31st 2018

This was a very poignant part of the trip for me (Scott) as I'd visited Christchurch in 2003. However, the earthquakes in 2010 to 2012 have taken their toll on the city. 70% of all the buildings in the central business district had been impacted by the quake!! Incredible. So many old buildings are still awaiting renovation but there are very very many new building projects in progress or completed. The cost of this is quite staggering. 185 people killed in the quakes. Typical cost of a new building NZ$100,000,000 to NZ$200,000,000 Typical cost to renovate an old building NZ$300,000,000 The stories on video (in the Quake City Museum) of various people's experiences were very moving. They just reiterate to live your life in the now as it could all change very very quickly.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch March 30th 2018

It was firstly a 9am shuttle bus to Tamara to catch the Intercity bus to Christchurch. The weather was bright and sunny with very little cloud which made for some fantastic photos (on Jana's phone). We passed by Mount Cook, Tekapo amongst other places.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka March 29th 2018

Bicycle ride from Lake Hawea to Lake Wanaka... simply stunning scenery. Approximately 35km travelled by mountain bike. Jana did great. Then in the evening there was an amphibious landing by the USA... nothing new there then.... read more

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