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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney March 8th 2014

Geo: -33.8671, 151.207 The super shuttle picked me up at 3.30 am for my 6 am flight to Sydney, we were early and the Customs was still not open so I checked in for my Air Asia flights on-line for my Asian trip. My flight to Sydney was with Virgin Australia and no meals were provided on this flight. I had packed some snacks which I shared with the young couple sitting next to me. When we arrived at Sydney I took the airport train to the central station and stored the luggage in the locker at Sydney Yha central, which is opposite the central station. The lockers are of different sizes, very reasonably priced and you can also charge your gadgets here.I quickly went back to the station, bought a day pass for $23 and ... read more
Blue Mountains
Opera House
Sydney Harbour

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Greymouth March 7th 2014

Geo: -42.4576, 171.206 The intercity bus picked me up from Yha to go to Greymouth for the Transalphine train to Christchurch and on the way we stopped at Harihari, Hokitika and Kumara junction. We arrived at the Greymouth station just when the train arrived and all the passengers were coming out. The train was delayed for 40 mins so we had to wait outside till the train was ready and finally the train took off. TranzAlpine train. The TranzAlpine is run by New Zealand train operator Kiwi Rail which runs once daily between Christchurch, Arthurs Pass, Greymouth and back passing the mountain scenery of the Southern Alps, the journey takes 4½ hours.The Seats in the train were very comfortable with clean glass windows for viewing the scenery, there were open viewing platforms to look at the ... read more
Views from Alpine train
Views from Alpine train
Views from Alpine train

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Franz Josef March 5th 2014

Geo: -43.3891, 170.182 After checking out of the hostel and I waited outside for the bus at 9.20. The Newman's coach was supposed to pick me up from YHA at 9.39 am but at 9.55, I saw one Newmans bus going straight towards the main stop near the lake so I panicked and I called the Intercity bus as I thought they had forgotten me as I was the only one person being picked up from YHa. The idea of being stranded was very daunting but I was very relieved when they told me that the driver was late. After 15 mins, I was finally on the bus and I got a window seat but than many people got on at Ardmore st at the lake and the bus was full, I was lucky to get ... read more
Views
waterfalls
Rainforest walk

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka March 3rd 2014

Geo: -44.6987, 169.133 Today I took the Connectabus outside the subway in Camp Street, I was the only one in the bus but the driver still took me to Wanaka passing through Cardona Pass which is v scenic. It climbed up on few sharp hair pin bends; I saw the rainbows, mountains. I paid only $45 but it was most enjoyable ride. I arrived at Wanaka early at Yha Wanaka so I dropped my bag at the locker room. The staff here were really friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. I walked to the lake which is scenic with shops restaurants, the weather was very sunny and it was really nice here, on the way back, I shopped at new World Supermarket, which was v reasonable. I decided to do bit of ... read more
Cardona Pass
Sunset
Cardona Pass

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown March 2nd 2014

Geo: -45.0311, 168.663 I woke up early so I did not have to queue for shower, my room in Haka lodge was nice with free wifi but my room was on top of the kitchen /lounge with the kitchen open all hours so the noise of people cooking and the smells even at 3 am, kept me awake. The bathroom was very nice but being next to Lounge/ kitchen, it was occupied most of the time and I had to use one on the other section, the staff at the reception were friendly and helpful. Queenstown in the Southern Island of the country is very touristy on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, nestled with snow-capped mountains of the Southern Alps and the rolling farmland with sheep, deer and dairy farms.... read more
Queenstown
Queenstown
Queenstown


Geo: -44.6698, 167.928 Today the pickup was at 7.20 am and it was only 5 mins walk from the hostel to Athol st. Again the tour was with Great Sights and the coach had glass-roof for views of the skyline but the weather was gloomy, cold and it had rained heavily at night. The tour was packed and along the way there are few stops for brief walks at Mirror Lake, The Chasm a short walk over footbridges spanning a series of swirling waterfalls and at the Monkey Creek which was good place for pictures. We passed the rugged mountain terrain past Te Anau on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. This is a Journey through the Southern Alps and along the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest with ... read more
Milford Sounds
Milford Sounds
Seals at Milford Sounds

Oceania » New Zealand February 28th 2014

Geo: -43.6, 170.167 Today the pick up was at 7.00 am from Rolleston Avenue which was 3 mins walk from the hostel, I had no problem getting shower early in the morning. I was picked up by Great Sights tours and we went to Armagh Street to pick up the rest of group. The bus was half empty but we picked up and dropped people on the way. We went to Ashbourne and then to Geraldine where we stopped for breakfast, I bought a subway, coffee and bottle of water.We continued to Fairlie and then to Lake Tekopa. Lake Tekapo This is very picturesque lake with stunning turquoise blue colour with mountains on the side, Lake Tekapo gets its intense milky-turquoise colour from the fine rock-flour, (ground by glaciers) which is suspended in the water and ... read more
Lake Tekapo
Mt Cook
Video Lake Tekapo

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 27th 2014

Geo: -38.1398, 176.247 Next morning I was picked up at 8 am by Grumpy's Tour for visit to Wai o Tapu, the Thermal Wonderland, A geological volcanic hot spot area with hot pools with fancy colours due to different minerals in the rocks by the volcanic activity. The Kiwis have a good sense of humour and have given spooky names like Devils Home, Devils bath (green) Devils ink pot and Champagne pool to various hot spots. I was very fascinated by the all colourful geothermal activity, our guide was really good and took us to all the main spots. Also there were written posters describing everything in details and colour chart for each mineral, I absolutely loved each and every minute of my time walking there. Then the highlight of the morning was to see a ... read more
Artist's Palette
Champagne Pool
Artist's Palette

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch February 27th 2014

Geo: -43.5316, 172.637I arrived at Christchurch airport late afternoon by New Zealand airlines, all my flights with NZ airlines have been great. I caught the super shuttle to YMCA hostel and we were 8 people in the shuttle and I got chatting with them, even the driver got friendly. He showed us some of the Earth quake damage in CCH and the beautiful cathedral which will cost huge amount to restore. I felt really sad with tears at the destruction so I did not have heart to take the pictures, there has been great loss and the community are really feeling the pinch. Some People were moving to suburbs, places are deserted in some areas and I do feel sorry for all the people there. I was last one to be dropped and I paid $24, ... read more
CCH Museum
YMCA CCH
YMCA CCH

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 26th 2014

Geo: -38.1398, 176.247 I caught the 8 am intercity bus going to Rotorua from Hobson Street, I had booked all the buses and day tours from London. We passed the rainforests, Hamilton & Matamata, Matamata is a must see if you're a Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fan. You can take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. We reached Rotorua, which is famous for its geothermal activity and is one of the most visited tourist regions in New Zealand. I headed to YHA hostel, It was my first time to stay in a proper hostel. According to my research many Kiwis and Australians stay in hostels. The hostels in New Zealand are of good standards so I thought I would love to have the experience. I had become member of YHA so I ... read more
 St Faith church
 Ohinemutu, Maori village
 Ohinemutu, Maori village




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