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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown November 20th 2016

Geo: -45.0311, 168.663Went out for a yummy breakfast at the Bespoke Kitchen.Then the boys, caught the Gondola up to the Luge track for some downhill fun.A quiet relaxing afternoon, then out to a Vietnamese restaurant for dinner.Back up the hill to the camper, and another Voice episode before bed.... read more
Derek and Matthew between luge rides
Crazy man going down the hill
View from the top

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown November 19th 2016

Geo: -45.0311, 168.663Rob went off early via bus to run his marathon.We slept in and cruised around the lake by boat, then had pizza for lunch and watched him finish the run.Did a load of washing and went out for dinner at Pier 19 to celebrate Rob's run. ... read more
More prettiness
Down the ramp
Well done Rob !!!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown November 18th 2016

Geo: -45.0311, 168.663Last night was COLD, put the heater on at 4am.Sunny drive back to Te Anua, then on to Queenstown via the scenic route again, stopping on the way for lunch, camping style.Queenstown is crazy busy, with 10,000 people running 2moro.Wandered around town, then met up with Jen at her hotel.Back to the camper to get dressed for dinner, then out to the Captain's Restaurant for a seafood platter.Up the hill to the camper, to walk off dinner.A bit of Fixer Upper before bed.... read more
The Chasm from above
Kea attacking rubber strips
Another lake and  another lookout

Geo: -44.6698, 167.928It rained all night, but cleared up just as we left Te Anua.A picturesque drive to Milford Sound, stopping along the way for photo opportunities.Thru the tunnel, then down to the Milford Sound Lodge to checkin.A quick lunch then off to our cruise around the Sound!The word that Derek kept repeating was MAJESTIC, nothing else seemed big enough to describe the views around us. Dinner cooked at the camp kitchen, sausages and veggies :-)Another episode if The Voice before bed.... read more
Awesome waterfall
Fairies dancing at bottom of waterfall

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau November 16th 2016

Geo: -45.4151, 167.718Continued on the scenic route, to Te Anua, stopping at Mc Crackens Rest lookout, and Clifden suspension bridge.Booked into the Lakeview in Te Anua, checked out the local shops and had lunch.Watched an amazing movie about Fiordland, then off to see the Glow worms via catamaran.Finally had some good Fish n Chips - local Blue Cod in a fishermans basket.Back to the campsite to update the blog and relax, then sleep.... read more
Clifden Bridge
With the Blue Chook
Taking each others photo on the catamaran

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Southland » Invercargill November 15th 2016

Geo: -46.4131, 168.357Coffee, showers and breakfast, fueled up then headed off.Took the scenic route thru the Catlins stopping at Matai Falls and Florence Hill Lookout.Had lunch and used the 'dump' site in Tokanui, then drove on to Invercargill.Booked into our campsite, then headed down to Bluff, the bottom of the South Island.Back to Invercargill, and out to the Thar & Feather for dinner.TV and reading before bed.Ps. It rained all night... read more
Bluff signpost
Bluff selfie

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Dunedin November 14th 2016

Geo: -45.8746, 170.503Kate had a rough night, and then felt the van rocking - Derek slept thru it, but we were both woken up shortly after with friends checking up on us. Luckily the quake was far enough away that we were not effected directly by it.Replied to all the messages in the morning, and headed off to Dunedin, a bit rainy, but still a pretty drive.Arrived in Dunedin, and had to sort out a power problem at home. The main fuse needed to be replaced. Many thanks to Julie next-door for organizing the electrician.Headed into Dunedin for a bit of sight seeing, had burgers at Velvet Burger, then off to the Early Settlers Museum to ride a Penny Farthing bike.Back to the van for a cuppa, and walked to the beach before the rain returned.Chicken ... read more
Riding the Penny Farthing
Kate at Dunedin Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru November 13th 2016

Geo: -45.0977, 170.971We slept 11 hours, woke up and had a lovely hot shower and breakfast, then hit the road.Heading for Oamaru, we decided to detour vua Kurow, a lovely drive thru the countryside and into the hills. Lunch at a cafe in Kurow, then stopped near Duntroon to see the Takiroa rock art site and Elephant Rocks. Then on to Oamaru and checked into the Top10 park. Had a lovely walk into town thru the Botanical Gardens and explored the main street.Back to the van for a cuppa and catchup writing the blog. Out to The Last Post for dinner. Kate had the Lamb Shanks and Sav Blanc. Derek had Chicken Curry and Guiness.Back to the van and and early night, reading and uploading photos.... read more
Chicken, cranberry and brie pizza fir lunch
Elephant Rocks

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch November 12th 2016

Geo: -43.5316, 172.637There was a screaming baby on our overnight flight, so we got no sleep. Then waited at the airport for 2hrs before picking up our campervan. Drove around Chistchurch trying to find the Quake Museum but got lost, so headed off to Timaru.Stopped in Ashburton for lunch, Club Sandwich, Banana and Bacon Pancakes with Maple Syrup, and an awesome Soy Chai Latte.On to Timaru and checked into the local Top10 park. Had showers to try and wake ourselves up - didn't really work, but went for a nice walk at Caroline Beach anyway.Got recommended a local Fish&Chip shop, bt it wasn't very good. Derek is struggling a bit with the size of the campervan, for parking and turning.Watched a couple of episodes of The Voice USA and had an early night. Hopefully tomorrow will ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria November 11th 2016

Geo: -37.775, 145.497Headed off to Jen and Pete's to drop off our car, and then on to Tulla for a midnight flight to Christchurch.... read more

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