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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka March 24th 2008

The view from our window at the hostel was superb and we were both up early enough to see the sun rise over the ranges and bathe the lake with a soft pink glow. Mt John is about 800 m above the Village of Tekapo, the Mt John Observatory is operated by he Canterbury University and is at the very top. Apparently it is one of the few places in New Zealand where the atmosphere is clear enough and where there is no interference from the lights of a town to make it possible to view the stars by huge telescopes. it only operates at night so we not able to star gaze but we took the drive to the top of Mt John just to see the view, a full 360 degrees of the Mckenzie ... read more
View from our window at sunrise
Lake Alexandria below Mt John
Mt Cook in the distance from Mt John

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo March 23rd 2008

Sheryll's flight was late in from Auckland, so I spent the spare time on the observation deck up on the roof of the Airport watching the flights arrive and depart as the sun went down over the Canterbury Plains was a wonderful site. The following morning we were up early and around the corner from the Hostel to the Moko Cafe for a big bowl of Muesli, with fresh fruit and yogurt and Latte all for $10. Into Pak n Save for a few supplies and back on State Highway 1 again, heading for Tinwald just out of Ashburton, where "The Plains Vintage Railway" operate out of the Tinwald Domain. It wasn't an open day but we were able to look through windows at the Railcar and Steam Engine in the sheds. A must come back ... read more
Church of the Good Sherherd
Church of the Good Sherherd
Coulter Pine Tree Cone

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka March 22nd 2008

Some of you may know that I have a passion for vintage aircraft, in my early twenties I had my Private Pilots Licence, but that lapsed after I got married and was no longer able to afford to fly and pay a mortgage at the same time. I can still recall my Dad taking us to the Airshows at the RNZAF Airbase at Ohakea near Palmerston North, this was in the 60's - 70's and I recall that one of the first jet aircraft that the RNZAF had was a De Havilland Vampire, this was where I first saw the Vampire. Well today I have seen it again the first time since those Ohakea Airshows, not bad for an aircraft that was first flown by the RAF in 1946, almost 62 years later and still a ... read more
De Havilland Vampire
Warbirds over Wanaka
Warbirds over Wanaka

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch March 19th 2008

Today was a rest day in Christchurch. Spent most of my time on a bike ride and a swim at Brighton Beach. Took Sammy to Brighton and parked him up there and then went for a ride on my Mountain Bike along a track that goes North to Spencer Park and then back via Bottle Lake forest to the carpark at Brighton. It has been so hot today so also had a swim in the surf. Off to the airport to pick up Sheryll this evening and then tomorrow we head of towards Lake Tekapo... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington Region March 18th 2008

It was up early for the sailing at 08:25, we had to be in line by 07:25. I woke Mum to say goodbye and then Madge and I headed off towards Wellington along familiar highways of my childhood. McKay's crossing that notorious fatal accident railway crossing is now a flyover and apart from some roadworks near Paekakariki it was a good run till I caught up with the tail of the Wellington Motorway slow traffic, I thought is was only Auckland that had this problem. The Kaitaki ferry was already berthed and was bathed in sunshine. Not a breath of wind (most unusual for Wellington) and all was looking good for a calm crossing. Once on board the ferry, Madge went rather quiet. I think the thought of being seasick finally shut her up. The Kaitaki ... read more
The Sounds
Library Lill
Kaikoura Coast

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Central Plateau March 17th 2008

Well here we are off again on another Central Otago Holiday, not sure what it is that keeps drawing us back to this amazing part of New Zealand, but both Sheryll and I thoroughly enjoy each trip we have made over the past few years. This trip is starting off differently in that I am leaving home before Sheryll and taking "Sammy Surf" our 4WD, our home away from home for the next month, down to Wellington via Kimbolton to see my daughter Aimee and son in law Jason and our grandson Jack. It was a great trip down, the weather was sunny all he way and the traffic was light, this was the first time I had seen Mt Ruapehu with no snow in many years, evidence of the great summer we have had in ... read more
Mt Ruapehu
Mt Ngaruahoe

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago April 22nd 2007

DUNSTAN ROAD 2 TO MOA CREEK VIA THE SERPENTINE CHURCH Ever since I have owned a 4WD, I have wanted to visit the Serpentine Church, its claim to fame is that it is the highest church in New Zealand, thats in altitude not religious order, it sits in a lovely golden tussock basin an hour or so drive off the Old Dunstan Rd along a deeply rutted track at about 1030 metres or thats well over 3000 feet, the site is only accessible by 4WD vehicles and the road is only open for a few months of the year, for most of the winter the area is covered in snow. The church was built at the forlorn site of the Serpentine Goldmine. The Serpentine Union church opened in July 1873, the minister was late attending ... read more
Serpentine Church
Serpentine Church
Serpentine Church

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago April 22nd 2007

Today we were to have a go at our first real 4WD off road trip, we had chosen Gorge Road, a short route over high level farm land from Hamilton's to Daisybank near Hyde, these three places were already familiar to us as we had cycled though Hyde and Daisybank when we completed the Otago Central Rail Trail in 2005. Hamilton's is also the birth place of several of my relations including that of my Great Grandmother Ethel Gertrude Roberts who was born there in 1870 during the height of the gold rush years, her father Charles Francombe Roberts was a gold miner and spent many of his years in the Naseby district,all that remains of Hamilton's now is the Cemetery and the scars on the side of the Rock & Pillar Mountains where the ... read more
Hamiltons Cemetery
Gorge Road Grassy Track
Old Dunstan Road No 1

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dansey's Pass March 15th 2007

OAMARU TO NASEBY ViA DANSEYS PASS & NASEBY VILLAGE After leaving Sue and Ivans, somehow we got lost in the back roads of Reidstown and ended up heading south towards Herbert instead of West towards the Danseys Pass , Sheryll was navigating at the time at the time (say no more). On the way to the pass we travelled through Livingstone another old gold mining area that my Roberts family had been associated with, however there is very little to show for the fact that it was once a busy town, we pulled in off the main road and drove around some of the roads, checked out the cemetery and located a memorial to a distant realtion on the Lory side of my family We stopped at the Danseys Pass Hotel for some lunch and ... read more
Trooper H.W Lory Memorial
Danseys Pass Hotel
Naseby Boot Maker

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Canterbury Plains March 15th 2007

CHRISTCHURCH TO OAMARU Another trip on tar seal, we had intended to travel right through to Naseby, but after ringing my cousins Sue and Ivan Ericsson in Reidstown just out of Oamaru they asked us to stay. Sue and Ivan are renovating their home and Ivan was busy adding on a front room when we arrived. It was great to catch up with them again and hear all the family news. ... read more

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