Kate & Derek Hayse


Kate & Derek Hayse


Former TravelPod Member: hayse-eurotrip

Joined: March 7th, 2013
From: lives in Seville East,Australia

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Mitcham September 30th 2017

Almost finished packing, and remembered that our old TravelPod blogsite has been retired. So, quickly created this new one, ready for the next adventure :-) Heading off to the airport later this morning, and flying off to Bangkok. Can't wait !!!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Seville November 29th 2016

Geo: -37.7772, 145.461Breakfast in the apartment, packed bags, last minute souvenir shopping - then time to head to the airport.Dropped the car off early - luckily because there was a power surge at Auckland airport which knocked out all the IT networks, and broke the baggage system.We queued and waited, then waited and queued - finally got thru security, and passport control etc to reach the gate 5 mins before boarding, although boarding was then delayed by about 30 mins. The teams at Auckland airport did an amazing job, under difficult circumstances.Arrived in Melbourne only 30 mins late, taxi to Jen and Pete's to pickup the car, then dropped Sarah off at her car and headed home.Fish and Chips for dinner, then TV and bed - absolutely knackered.An amazing trip - the South Island of NZ ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand November 28th 2016

Geo: -37.8106, 175.762Up early, showers all round, and the Cornish girls headed off to the airport.We picked up the car, and set the gps for Hobbiton, stopping in Matamata for lunch.Arrived at Hobbiton and checked out the shop before our tour.The tour of the movie set was amazing, we took heaps of photos, but will have to wait to upload them, as we are almost out of data for our NZ sim.Back to the apartment for Sarah to cook dinner - honey mustard chicken with pasta.Heading home tomorrow, so will upload photos and finish the blog when we get home. ... read more
More hobbit houses
Just the right size
Kate and Sarah at the Green Dragon

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Devonport November 27th 2016

Geo: -36.8258, 174.797Ferried over to Devonport and explored the town.Had a yummy lunch - Kate had corn fritters and Derek had beef curry.Back to Auckland for the Santa Parade.Picked up Sarah from the end of her Contiki tour, with two Cornwall friends - Jade and Amy.Back to the apartment for a cuppa and a catchup.Out for really yummy Indian for dinner :-) ... read more
Corn fritters and beef curry
Santa Parade

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland November 26th 2016

Geo: -36.8474, 174.766A quick breakfast, then shuttled to the airport for our flight to Auckland.One hour later, landed and shuttled to our apartment.Out for an explore and grabbed some McLunch on the way.Back to the room for a cuppa and a relax before dinner.Quiet home cooked dinner, local TV, then bed. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch November 25th 2016

Geo: -43.5316, 172.637Showers and a relaxed breakfast, then packed up the camper and headed off.Dropped off the camper, and took a shuttle to the Rendezvous in Christchurch.Checked in early and headed out for lunch and to explore the city.Christchurch was really hammered by that earthquake, but are slowly rebuilding.Lots of popup container shops and murals on deserted buildings.We visited the cardboard cathederal, the 185 white chair site and Cathedral Square.Back to the hotel for a 'real' shower and a cuppa.It was white ribbon day with a large ceremony in Cathederal Square at 5pm, so we watched 200 army cadets do a haka, speakers talking about family violence, and the end of the White Ribbon riders trek around the South Island. Very impressive and moving.Out for yummy Japanese for dinner, and watched some real TV in our ... read more
185 white chair memorial
Cardboard Cathederal
Awesome street art

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island November 24th 2016

Geo: -43.5084, 172.727Drove back from Lake Tekapo, stopping in Geraldine for a cuppa.Had an awesome lunch at The Brown Pub in Methven, then down to a quiet campsite in New Brighton.Derek explored while Kate read a book, then home cooked dinner and TV before bed.Kate has done really well with the campervan, but we will drop it back tomorrow and stay in the city in a hotel for the last night on the South Island.... read more
Wind surfers at South Brighton beach

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 23rd 2016

Geo: -44.0074, 170.483Lazy start to the day - late breakfast, then off to the Tekapo hot springs for a soak.Three hot pools, with temperatures ranging from 32 to 39 degrees.Picked up some supplies in town, and hired a bike for the afternoon.Derek headed off for a ride towards the observatory, but the track was meant for horses and walking, too rough for bikes.Back towards town, then off on another track, then alongside the lake and into the pine plantation for a while, finishing off with a quick look at the A2O track towards Oamaru.Back to the hot springs for another soak after a cuppa.Quiet dinner in the van, and some Fixer Upper before bed. ... read more
The bike
Crazy track
View from the A2O track

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 22nd 2016

Geo: -44.0074, 170.483Headed off after breakfast, stopping in Omarama for chips'n'gravy and a coffee.Saw the Lake Tekapo airport on the way into town and stopped to enquire about a flight over the glaciers. There was one leaving in 15 mins, so we jumped onboard for The Grand Traverse.Saw all the glaciers and mountains, it was spectacular.Checked into the Lake Tekapo holiday park, and walked into town and back.Dinner at the local tavern - local Salmon and Steak, the back to the park for wine and cheese at sunset.... read more
Lake Tekapo and mountains
Franz Joseph glacier
Another spectacular shot

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka November 21st 2016

Geo: -44.6987, 169.133Not sure how many more lakes and snow topped mountains we can stand...Wanaka is lovely, more relaxed than Queenstown, and just a bit warmer.We stopped at Arrowtown and the Bungy bridge on the way, then picked up some cheese and bread from the Cheesery - for lunch.Checked into another Lakeview holiday park, and went for a wander around town.Back to the camper for cuppa, cake, reading and blog updating.Home cooked chicken shnitzels and salads for dinner. ... read more
Bungy bridge
Upside down zip-liner bloke
Lake Wanaka

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