dave banks

daveandmary

dave banks

Dave and Mary from Tavistock in Devon UK are travelling to New Zealand on 14th Nov 2011 and leaving on 29th feb 2012.
We are travelling around in a campervan just like the one we used in Oz 2years ago.
We hope to see most of the sites on both islands starting in Auckland.



Oceania » Australia October 11th 2018

We are getting ready to leave UK on 18th October for another trip to Australia. this time visiting the parts we missed the first time. We are flying Singapore airlines to Darwin then picking up a campervan to start our adventures. Quite a few people have asked if we are going to do a blog, we said no, no plans. But anyway have decided its not a bad idea so here goes.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui February 2nd 2012

We are now back on north island staying at Wanganui for 4 days. Hope to kayak down the river tomorrow. Since our last update we visited glacier country in south island, walking to the faces of fox glacier and Franz Josef glacier. both really spectacular especially Fox. after the glaciers we travelled back over to the east coast via arthurs pass stopping at a few places along the way and even staying a night in Springfield, saw Bart skateboarding down the street and Homer having a cold one in Mo's. Sorry just made all that up, but Springfield was realand one of the best value sites we have stayed at. Next stop was Hanmer springs for a look around didnt venture into the spa. After that we had a few days left to lie on the ... read more
Jackson bay in unusual sunshine
Exploreres at Franz Josef glacier
Springfield

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Haast Pass January 22nd 2012

First thanks to all who put messages on the blog site for us, we didnt know you could do this so didnt look until a few days ago. Not as internet savvy as I was when at work and people helped me with such techy stuff. Spent a few days in Te anau looking at the town and lake and walking around, even managed part of the Kepler track but no overnight stays. Snowed on the mountains while we were there so everywhere was even prettier. Next stop Milford Sound and those of you who have been will know how we are travelling if we say it took us 3days to get there and do the fjiord and back. We camped in the Eglinton valley a night there and a night back and stayed one night ... read more
for Simpson fans (a bus shelter!)
Milford road stop

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Te Anau January 15th 2012

We left Akaroa on 02/01/2012 but not before we experienced 16 earth tremours in the night. 6 of which rocked the van, the largest being 5.6. No damage in the area fortunately. Headed for Mount Cook and camped near the village almost in the great mountains shadow. Weather was good so we had great views of the snow capped summit. Went on a few walks in the area, to the Hunter glacier and Mueller glacier, the first one was a bit of a hike in 26C heat and a stoney dusty track, great views though. Saw a couple of small avalannches high up. Next we explored Dunedin and the Otago peninsula and hunted fruitlessly for yellow eyed penguins. Next stop was a few days touring round the Catlins, Kaka point Curio bay, Nugget point. It was ... read more
Yellow eyed penguin and chick
Moeraki boulders
Worlds steepest st

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa January 1st 2012

We have been in Akaroa on the Banks peninsula for 3 days and celebrated new year here. We went dolphin watching new years eve and saw a large pod of rare Hector dolphins close too for quite a long while. We also saw little penguins feeding at sea again there was a lot of them which is unusual. New years day we went sightseeing in the morning and then sat on the beach in the afternoon and kept up the tradition of going in the sea. A bit warmer than Treyarnon and the waves were a bit smaller, good fun though. We wish all our friends and relations a happy new year and hope it will be as exciting as ours is set to be with Paul and Anne getting married in may, Lynne and Simon ... read more
view from our van in Akaroa

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura December 25th 2011

Merry Christmas to all our friends and relations reading this. We are in Kaikoura and the photo is taken on Christmas day, very hot but there is snow on the mountains in the background, so we did have a white christmas. Yesterday we went whale watching and saw 6 one stayed on the surface for a long time allowing us to to take lots of photos. Hope you are all having a great time we will be thinking of you. Dave and Mary Mum and Dad Nana Mary and Grandad Dave... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Blenheim December 21st 2011

Stayed 3 days at Abel Tasman NP but we were very disapointed. Supposed to be lovely sandy beaches and nice sea. In fact we stayed at Kaiteriteri beach. Chosen by the Guardian as the 5th best beach in the world. Well known for its misprints I assume that was 500th best, because noone who has been to Cornwall, Brittany, Canaries Australia etc etc would put a beach with imported sand (they brought it in by lorry 2 days before we got there) and brown murky water as one of the best beaches in the world. Needless to say we stuck to walking the coast path which was nice but didnt venture into the water. From there we travelled around the Buller gorge visited the suspension bridge and went on a few walks there; then we travelled ... read more
One of the Nelson lakes
Buller gorge suspension bridge
Mary in gold seam

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Motueka December 15th 2011

Today we are in the top of south island having travelled from Picton at the ferry terminal. We are officially staying in a state of emergency area due to heavy rain causing flooding and landslides. We drove thru quite a few floods and had to go on a number of diversions especially around Nelson the worst hit town. weather improves tomorrow. We spent a good few days in wellington the highlight of which was seeing a pod of Orcas in the harbour. We saw them on the 19 km marine drive around the harbour, they swam parallel to the shore and we kept driving ahead and getting out to look at them swim by only 20m from shore. all this after Paul told me a few days ago that Orcas had been spotted off Treyarnon last ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Gisborne December 9th 2011

Just catching up with a few blog entries as we got behind due to internet voidness. We are now in Gisborne for a few days sunning ouselves on the beach. Well it is sunny and we are staying right next to the beach, unfortunately the beach is covered with driftwood and sandflies which makes lying down difficult. Nevertheless we have been in the water a few times. We have also seen the spot where Cook and Banks first set foot on NZ. In the past week we have been in Rotorua seeing the thermal sites and also a Maori cultural show. We stayed at a campsite next to the blue lake. Went swimming in the lake, nice and clear, but a bit chilly. We also went to see the buried village, part of which has been ... read more
Roturua steam
Mary and geyser
crowded beach


Just finished travelling around the Coromandel. We started at Miranda hot springs and while there went to the bird sanctuary on the thames estuary and saw many migrating birds including a wrybill. From there we stayed at Coromandel town on Shelly beach then on to Hahei where we stayed a few days. From Hahei we walked to Cathedral cove but unfortunately the sea was not clear enough or warm enough to snorkel. Next we moved to Sapphire springs near Mount Manganui here there where nice thermal pools and a lovely stream we camped next to with good bush walks. We spent one day on Mount Manganui beach which was sunny and I managed to get in the sea and dive through the waves, avoiding the many surfers out. The water was not too cold here. Off ... read more
giant bizzie lizzie
Miranda springs 38C
burning our feet at hot springs beach




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