Sophia Jansson


Sophia Jansson

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt November 12th 2011

So had about one day in Wellington, we went to the Te Papa museum which ids the national museum of New Zealand. We also walked along the waterfront and up and down Cuba Street which is the main street. I found Wellington very funky with a lot of art and a very relaxed city. We also went up to Mount Victoria and looked out over Wellington before we headed to the ferry to cross over to the South Island. We stayed in Nelson the first night on the South Island and we had the best Indian food ever. Nelson is not a big place and mainly famous for their seafood. Our visit was short however we defiantly enjoyed our dinner.... read more
Beer tasting
Wellington from Mount Victoria

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island November 10th 2011

So I wanted to stop at a Winery on our way down to Wellington the lady at the B&B in Naiper recommended Martinborough which is a 2 hour drive northwest of Wellington. We arrived in the afternoon and had a couple of hours before all wineries closed. So we quickly put the tent up and rented bikes and off we went managed three different wineries and after that we had to go for dinner. They have lovely wine here however after the 15th wine it’s difficult to know what the wine actually taste of. I think it’s the same when you are going into a perfume shop and smell different perfumes, after a while you can’t feel the difference. Anyway we had a really good time and we love Martinborough if you ever visit NZ go ... read more

So the first of the 4 walks we were planning to do was Lake Waikaremoana (which means something along the lines of the lake that behaves like the sea). To get to the lake from Rotorua was a bit of a mission considering it is about 40km on a gravel road up through the mountains. Anyway finally made it there and on Monday mid-day we started our 42km long walk. Lovely scenery and only a 3 hour walk the first day. Second day a longer walk, around 6 hours… a lot up and down but beautiful views and we even managed to go for a swim or more for a quick dip in the lake. The third and final day we started early and did a 580 m ascent and then down we managed a 9 ... read more
Starting the walk

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua November 6th 2011

After a day in Auckland we went to Rotorua, there is a lot of geothermal activity in and around Rotorua. We went to a place called Hells Gate which was named by an English guy who said that because of the hot springs and the acidic pools it must be very close to Hell hence the name. Many of the pools has a ph level of 5 and below and the temperature range of 30ᵒC to 120ᵒC. We saw a black mud volcano as well as other boiling pools and a hot waterfall. After walking around in the park in the rain we were quite cold and went into the spa for our mud bath. It was very nice because you had a private mud bath after the mud bath we went into the hot springs ... read more
Auckland Bridge
Hells Gate

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland November 6th 2011

Arriving in Auckland early Saturday morning very tried we walked around down to the harbour and found a nice coffee place where we had breakfast. We then went back to the hotel for a nap. We were planning to meet up with Clinton and his family however due to difficulties getting hold of each other we couldn’t. Anyway in the afternoon Per and I went for a walk through Alber Park to the Auckland Domain. In the park (Auckland Domain) there is Auckland museum which we never went into but a nice building. We continued to Parnell where we ended up in a park where they had a rose festival. We then walked to the sky tower and looked out over Auckland from 220 meter we had a drink in then bar and then some food. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre November 4th 2011

Left Albury on Wednesday morning heading for Melbourne. John drove down and our first stop was Glenrowan. We looked at the place where Ned Kelly was captured and then we had a bit of lunch then continued down to Melbourne. Melbourne is a nice city reminds me a bit about Gothenburg with Bourke Street , their main street, leading up to the Parliament house. It looks a bit of Avenyn leading to Poseidon. But then of course they have trams so feels a bit like home. On Wednesday afternoon we went for a stroll down to Federation Square and along Yarra River to the Crown which is a casino. In the evening we started off with German beer at John’s favourite place and then Chinese dinner. On Thursday we continued on our theme for this week, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Albury November 2nd 2011

Arrived on Wednesday night and got a lovely welcome from not only Linda and John but also their families who had prepared a BBQ. On Thursday morning we went to a place called Wodonga where we set up for the camping. Per and John went tubing down the river and fishing however they didn’t catch anything. Friday we decided to do a walk, climb one of the mountains in the area called Bogong. 8 km with a 1500meter ascent. It took us 7.5 hours to go up and down and I probably used 50% of my energy looking for snakes. I did see one little tinny snake, according to Per it was a worm. Anyway we were very tried that evening. Saturday we chilled out had a sleep in and then we went to Gapstead Winery ... read more
Per sorting out the wood
Per feeding the possum
Before the walk up Mt Bogong

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Sydney Airport October 26th 2011

Arrived on Saturday evening in Sydney we went for a walk to Darling Harbour and had supper. Sunday was a busy day, first we did the Bridge climb which included climbing to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was a nice experience and we had great views over Sydney and the harbour. Unfortunately you are not allowed to bring your camera so we don’t have any photos. Anyway after the climb we went out to Kirawee where Per’s mum’s cousin live and we had a lovely dinner. It was so nice to meet the whole family and George (Per’s granddads brother). Nino and Glen – thank you for a great dinner. Now just to point out we had two bonus days Sunday and Monday it was warm (27 degrees C) and sunny. So on Monday ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas October 22nd 2011

Sunday we headed up to Port Douglas we were very excited as we had booked a few tours and planning to go out to the Great Barrier Reef. We started on Sunday afternoon to walk the 4 miles long beach into Port Douglas so nice it was warm and the water was lovely. Monday we went on a tour to the rainforest and finishing of at cape tribulation. Captain James Cook “discovered” (as the first white man) Cape tribulation when he hit the reef with his ship and then had to stay in the area for some time in order to restore his ship. Interesting it was a nice beach however there were warning signs to watch out for the crocodiles. Tuesday – another tour and it was raining, not London drizzles, pouring down! We ... read more

As we got two extra days in Australia we decided to go down to Canberra and visit Tim and Alison and their son Toby. We met Mr and Mrs Aust in London through ice-hockey, and we haven’t seen them for 6 years. We started our stay in Australia by losing Per’s wallet… and it is still lost . Anyway we drove straight down from Sydney to Canberra and arrived just after lunch time and had a great lunch. After a shower and washing some cloths we went out for dinner at a sailing club. We had dinner looking out over one of Canberra’s man-made lakes. I have always wondered why Canberra is the capital of Australia and not Sydney or Melbourne. Alison explained that in the 1920s Canberra became Australia’s capital city and the reason for ... read more
Dinner at the sailing club

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