Blogs from Lower Hutt, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 2


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt November 9th 2011

Left Heritage hotel on the 7th Nov - long drive down to Napier - stopped at Taupo to look around - the lake is huge and the weather was good. The road from Taupo to Napier went through some fantastic scenery - even stopped for a photo (attached) to have picture taken near Waipango Falls (may have made this name up as we forgot to write it down so if you google it and it does not exist don't blame us! Napier was a beautiful small city with a distinct art deco feel of the early thirties, stayed at the Nautilus hotel opposite the pacific ocean - good rooms with reasonably priced mini bar that encourages you to partake of the goodies. Ate at the hotel as that was also very reasonable (and other restaurants seemed ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt July 13th 2011

13.07.11 Fahrt mit der Fähre nach Picton Nachdem wir es morgens ein bisschen gemütlicher haben angehen lassen, machten wir uns auf den Weg in Richtung des botanischen Gartens, der über der Stadt lag und eine tolle Aussicht auf Wellington und den Hafen garantiert, bei gutem Wetter :-). Die Fahrt dorthin legten wir mit dem Cable Car, einer alten Straßenbahn, zurück. Es zeigte sich, dass wir die totalen Botanik-Cracks sind, da wir die einzigen Besucher waren. Obwohl das Wetter genial war, für 2 Minuten :-) Die Überfahrt mit der Fähre „BlueBrigde“ war ruhig. Hier hätten wir uns ein bisschen stärkeren Wellengang erhofft. Die Fahrt Richtung Picton durch die Malborough Sounds war sehr beeindruckend. Nach 3 Stunden erreichten wir das sonnige Picton. Dort haben wir zum ersten mal einen Campingplatz aufgesucht. Bedeutet Michael leerte unseren Dump in der ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt July 10th 2011

Kia Ora! I have now been in Wellington for just about a week and it has flown by. I am not sure if it is because a new place is always fun and adventurous or because I have now experienced many close encounters with natural disasters. In just the first week I have felt an earthquake, had a Tsunami warning, and a twister warning that actually wrecked the town 20 minutes from here. New Zealand loves its natural disasters! (Mom do not worry I am fine) With all of those things aside this first week has been so much fun and I have yet to have a dull moment or even some downtime, which has been good, otherwise I would probably be super home sick. The beginning of the week was somewhat boring since it was ... read more
Giant Tree House
Mara Next to the Cable Car Women

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt July 6th 2011

Hello Everybody! I hope everyone had a lovely 4th of July and watched many fireworks for me, turns out the only day one can buy fireworks in Wellington/ New Zealand is November 5th... go figure (Cory you would probably love it here on that day). So I have finally made it to the city that I will be spending a majority of my time and I am in LOVE. The city reminds me of Charleston and Boston because it is smaller then Auckland and very low key and relaxed. The university itself is not in the city but it sits over looking the city on top of mountain. I live in between the city and the university which makes walking up from the city rather difficult because it is literally a vertical incline (I should have ... read more
Quotes around the city

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt May 24th 2011

Our life during the past month can best be described as transient. We left Simon and Carols on April 23rd and hiked the Abel Tasmen which was wonderful. Some of the most beautiful views followed by camping on wonderful beaches. After the hike we started our month long adventure traveling the northern half of the South Island. We travelled for roughly twenty-five days out of which it rained twenty. That changed things for us quite a bit and really made us question the purpose of our travels. Why? Why are we doing this? What is the purpose of being stuck in our van while it was a torrential down pour outside? Anyone who ever tells me again that traveling is the most fun they’ve constantly ever had, I will not believed they’ve really travelled. It really ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt February 26th 2011

New Zealand....3 weeks in and already been filled with so much-adventure, beauty, long lost relatives, great food, brilliant people, our wee camper Dora and lots more-LOVE love loving it! So the last little need to know from South America that we squeezed in after our last blog was our dinner at La Cabrerra. We hadn't booked so we strolled up hoping we could get a table at around 9 o'clock with hoards of people waiting outside, Tom's thoughts were if there is a queue that must be a good sign so we stuck our name down with an hour wait ahead of us. Tom decided to go and ask could we buy some drinks while we were waiting to which the reply was...'Sorry Sir I'm afraid we only serve complimentary champagne out here'....much to our disappointment ... read more
Outisde the ice bar
Me and my ice glass
Romantic Valentines dinner

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt February 10th 2011

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt February 9th 2011

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt February 7th 2011

Packed up the car and headed to Picton today. Stopped in Kaikora for lunch, and again in Blenheim for a coffee en route, and despite some pretty lousy rainy weather, we made good time and were in Picton in time for our ferry back….which was then late by over an hour. The crossing itself was quite choppy, and Helen suffered a bit, especially on the open seas where the waves were pretty big and the boat juddered and shook each time it hit one of big waves! We arrived back into Wellington tired but glad to be back and staying with friends! Headed to the Hutt and back to Andy and Marias where we both crashed out exhausted!... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington » Lower Hutt October 14th 2010

We have been in NZ for 1 week now and what an eventful week it's been. We thought the North Island was supposed to be warm and the south island cool - not the case so far. Highlights so far: Auckland - Interesting city but we wanted to basically leave it. We did the Sky Deck and we found the Oldest serving pub (off course) so we had to have a beer there. Some of the parks around the town were nice to walk through. Waitomo - We stopped at Otorohanga Kiwi House so Darren could see a Kiwi - something he always wanted to see. They are bigger than I thought and they are also Nocturnal - this made taking a photo very difficult - but we tried anyway. We did the glow worm cave ... read more
Oldest pub in Auckland
Waitomo Valley in the morning
Smooth Skin at Hells Gate

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