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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island July 24th 2009

We got to Christchurch and had a quick look around the city. All the streets are named after English towns and the city looks quite English too. We didn’t stay too long and a coffee from Starbucks and a half hour people watching in the main square was exciting as it got. We had bigger plans and needed to act quick. It was a fine crisp winters day and there’s only one thing you can do on a day like this. Have a barbeque! We left Christchurch and drove out to the Banks Peninsula. We stopped off in Arakoa and got some supplies in the supermarket. Back on the road again we finally made it to our campsite. We set up our bbq as quick as possible as it was going to start getting dark soon. ... read more
BBQ
BBQ
BBQ

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin July 18th 2009

Ever heard of Lands End to John O’Groats? Mizen Head to Malin Head? Bluff to Cape Regina? They are all opposite ends of Britain, Ireland and New Zealand. I think you can also tell which one we are about to start. After leaving Milford Sound we hit the road for a long journey to Bluff. Along the way we stopped off at a town of 50,000 people called Invercargill. Not the prettiest place in New Zealand. We didn’t stop for long and after using Starbucks for their free wi-fi and doing our weekly shopping at Pac n Save we hit the road again. Bluff also is not that nice either and we were disappointed when we found out its not actually the southern most tip of New Zealand. Slope point a few kilometres east is actually ... read more
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Tripadvisor.com had rated Milford Sound as the No.1 destination in the world. A huge accolade to receive, especially as it was voted for by the people. Tripadvisor also gets over 1 million hits per week and coincidently Galway was rated in the top 40 in the same poll. Although our guide said that Doubtful Sound was better and bigger with less tourists, we still had to see Milford for ourselves. We checked the weather conditions the night before and asked at our campsite about going. They said the road was open again but don’t go to early as the roads would be icy and wait until the sun is up. We were going to go early but decided to hold off until 9am when the sun would be up and have started to melt the over ... read more
The road to Milford
The road to Milford
The road to Milford


Weather and a traffic accident would mean that we didn’t get to make it to Milford Sound. When we were having breakfast we heard sirens going of twice. We thought that maybe it signalled an avalanche or rock slide so while I was emptying the dirty water out of Ted, Michelle went to the office as to what the sirens meant. When she returned she said she had bad news. The sirens are a calling system for the fire brigade and emergency rescue personnel. A bus had crashed on the Milford road and it would be closed off until 12pm at the earliest. It was 8:55am and we felt pretty deflated as we were really looking forward to seeing Milford Sound. Then an idea entered my head that we could go and see the Doubtful Sound. ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown July 11th 2009

We got back to the bungy office and took off our harnesses. Next up was our canyon swing. We had a couple of choices as to how to jump. You could do it on your own or you could do a tandem jump. We decided on the tandem. Because of our weight difference though we couldn’t do it side by side and Michelle had to sit in my lap. We had to walk out on a 70m bridge to the platform. Other people were there jumping before us. I was up for it and excited as it was a tandem swing. Michelle didn’t really fancy another freefall but was looking forward to it as well. Soon we were strapped up in new harnesses, kind of like a swing except with more straps! We were put in ... read more
Nevis Arc
Nevis Arc
Nevis Arc

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown July 7th 2009

The last time we decided to do a bungy jump it was my idea. That was March 2008 in Thailand. This time it was Michelle’s idea. Since the last jump I had developed a bit of a fear for heights, even though I enjoyed the bungy in Phuket. Michelle had wanted to do the canyon swing in Queenstown even before we left Ireland. As we could get a package for both a bungy and canyon swing we thought why not. The canyon swing will be explained in the next blog and for now I’ll describe the bungy. We left the office of AJ Hackett and drove for 40mins to the canyon where we would do our bungy jump. Everyone on the bus was a little tense and talking about who would jump first. Something told me ... read more
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Mchellei

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka July 3rd 2009

This snowman was literally made 10 minutes ago. Its now 10pm here. 11am at home!... read more
Father Jack
Father Jack
Father Jack

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef July 1st 2009

We left the north east coast of New Zealand and travelled across the Lewis Pass to the west coast. Its approximately a six hour journey across and we did it in two stints, three hours each day. The second day it rained all the way so we didn’t get to appreciate the scenery we had been told that we would see on the way. We did make a small detour to an old abandoned gold mining village on the way. It was abandoned literally over night when a shaft collapsed and the mine became unusable. It had an eerie feel even though most of the town was gone or covered over by trees and bushes. When we got to Greymouth we did some shopping for the week. When we got back to the van we didn’t ... read more
Franz Josef in the distance
Franz Josef in the distance
Our guide cutting our first steps

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura June 25th 2009

The Marlborough wine trail covers a pretty large area but most of the tours and tasting’s are done in Blenheim or Renwick. There are over 50 different wineries in the area and the tours can be done on bikes, foot or car. We decided to stick with the van as the last time we went on bikes it didn’t end too good!(add link) There were so many wineries we didn’t know which ones to go too. The lonely planet suggested some and we also got a list of all the vineyards open in the area in winter. First up we dropped in to ‘Forest’ where we could have 6 tasting’s for NZ$10 or 2 for free. We took the free option but still ended up trying 4 each. We eventually left with a bottle of 2008 ... read more
Whale Watching
Outdoor Seafood BBQ
Outdoor Seafood BBQ


The ferry crossing to the south island was a bit mixed. When we woke up that morning I said to Michelle that the ferry hadn’t a hope of going the weather was that wet and wild. We left our campsite at 6am and drove for 20 minutes to the check-in point. Other cars and camper vans were queuing so we had some hope. Soon we were on the boat and the weather had cleared a little bit. As we left the port you could see the waves were choppy. Soon we were out at sea and the boat was bouncing up and down and from left to right. I thought I wouldn’t be bothered by the motion of the boat but we both started to feel sea sick. Most of the people on the boat were ... read more
Ferry to Picton
What you lookin at?
My bird friend




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