Page 2 of annieandmatt Travel Blog Posts

We spent our last few days in New Zealand on the Routeburn Track, a 3 day hike that takes you from the Queenstown area to the Milford sound area. It takes you through unbelievable river valleys, over rocky passes and along very narrow ridges. Aside from the horrible, torrential, hike- ruining, and view-destroying rains that occured all day on Day #2, it was a wonderful trek - like luxury 4 star hike compared to the Everest trek. At the end of the hike, we were picked up by a bus and taken to the Milford sound for lunch and a cruise. After a 5 hour bus ride back to Queenstown, we packed up our stuff and prepared to head back to Australia.... read more
Routeburn, Day 1
Routeburn, Day 3
Routeburn, Day 3

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown March 20th 2011

Rented a cabin in Queenstown for a week. It was nice to have a home.... read more
Central Otago Wine Region
Central Otago Wine Region

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka March 14th 2011

South Island road trip week 3: Makarora - a place to camp on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park Lake Hawea - a DoC $6 campsite on the edge of Lake Hawea. BEAUTIFUL views, right on a rocky beach, but tons of bees flying around my ouzo. Wanaka - an awesome slightly heady lake town filled with boutiques, bars, the coolest movie theater ive been to, hikes, and bike rides. Tarras - a 3 building town which is home of the most famous New Zealand sheep, Shrek Lindis Valley - a DoC free campsite at the location of an old gold rush hotel in ruins. Our last big night with tenty so it was partytime. ... read more
Sunny, our beloved rental Nissan
Lake Hawea
Hawea campground

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura March 6th 2011

Road Trip on the South Island Week 2: Blenheim - visited wineries, most notably Cloudy Bay Kaikoura - camped in a DoC free campsite and swam with dolphins in 17C degree water Springfield - a campsite 35k outside of Christchurch westayed at since Christchurch was not an option Jacksons - Arthur's Pass stop, definitely nicest campgrounds of the trip Greymouth - worst town ever. next. Punakaiki - pancake rocks, this was a day trip Franz Josef Glacier/Fox Glacier - did a glacier walk on the FJ glacier. had dinner with a family from colorado and relaxed in the hot pools.... read more
Forrest Winery tasting
Cloudy Bay Winery - my fav
Cloudy Bay Winery - my fav

Week 1 of road trip on the South Island: Picton - entry point by ferry. didnt stay long Golden Bay - northwest tip of the south island. came here for hiking and the beach. it POURED the whole time basically. Matt got bitten by sandflies AT LEAST 50 times this week. His ankles were swollen and we were both itchy and angry. Abel Tasman National Park - walked the first 8k and the last 2k. Marahau - stayed at Old McDonald's farm with the llamas and cows. LOTS of sandflies, one of the most beautiful sites. Nelson - stayed here to get a night in a small city - movie theater, rugby game, out to dinner at a mexican/indian restaurant. Met some cool locals who took us to the bars with all the good local beer. ... read more
Bluebridge ferry to Picton
Marlborough Sounds
Golden Bay

10 days driving and camping around the north island: Auckland - 2 days in the big city, buying camping gear, enjoying the northern heat, and seeing movies. We ended up buying our tent, Tenty, from another traveler who wanted to sell his camping things. Rotorua - lame. next. Taupo - beautiful lake, free campsite, skydiving (Matt only) Tongariro Alpine Crossing - this was the day of the big Christchurch earthquake. We hiked from 7am to 3pm and learned about the quake thru facebook once we made it to the campsite in Ohakune. Ohakune - carrot-ville. Martinborough - first wine tour of New Zealand. Shubert sauv blanc was a standout. Wellington - The coolest city in NZ. lots of bars and restaurants, beautiful water in the bay and good company. ... read more
Taupo, frozen coke in hand
Taupo. Meet Tenty, the 2nd hand tent.

Oceania » Australia » South Australia February 7th 2011

It was quite a shock landing in Melbourne after 6 weeks in southeast asia. Not only is there an extreme culture difference, but the cost of things practically quadrupled. Nonetheless, it was nice to eat some good western food (especially for Matt) and hang out with his parents. Highlights: excellent wines and little kangaroos. We started in Melbourne to see the Great Ocean Road and the Yarra Valley, then moved to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, and finally Ayers Rock.... read more
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Asia » Cambodia » North » TonlĂ© Sap February 2nd 2011

Tonle Sap lake is a great hub in Northern Cambodian for both tourism, enjoyment of Cambodian people and culture, as well as a place to lend a hand. There are a lot of places in Cambodia that seem like good places to volunteer, but in fact, exploit the Cambodian people. For example there are tours set up where you can visit an orphanage, help out a little bit, and meet the children. Unfortunately, the money you pay for your trip to the building does not in fact go to the orphanage or to help the children in any way, shape, or form. This corruption has led to some skepticism on a traveler's part about volunteering and difficulty avoiding corrupt volunteer opportunities when one is seriously looking to offer help. Matt did a fair amount of research ... read more
Tuk Tuk'in through town
Siem Reap - Flesh eating fishies
Watching Soccer

Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor January 29th 2011

ive been wanting to go here for yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeears. It was completely worth the wait.... read more
Ankgor Wat, sunrise
Ankgor Wat, sunrise

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok January 27th 2011

Bangkok was a Thailand hub for us, having visited the city 3 times. Though we only stayed in the city for a total of 4 days, we probably inhaled the same amount of engine exhaust as one inhales in New York City in a month. Trip #1: 10 hour evil layover after flying from San Francisco to Hong Kong and then Hong Kong to Bangkok. We traipsed around the city from 11am to 9pm, waiting until our overnight bus left for Koh Pha Ngan. We visited Wat Traimit and Khao San Road, in a total haze. I would upload post-trans-pacific flight photos of us here, but they are really just pitiful. Trip #2: A two night stay on Rambuttri (a quiet-er street near the Khao San Road with plenty of tourist friendly amenities) after a 12 ... read more
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Royal Palace

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