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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago November 15th 2017

I had a lovely weekend with Bibiane from Haute-Savoie (France) while waiting for my tyre to get repaired. Together, we walked to the Isthmus Peak from where you have a view over the lakes Wanaka and Hawea. We spent the next day playing disc golf, which is a mix between frisbee and golf, writing postcards and going to the Puzzling world. In the following days (24/10/2017) I drove to Mt.Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand and to the famous lake Tekapo. Beside this my phone fell into a long drop toilet so I had to skip the Arthurs pass, which is a hike between Christchurch and Greymouth. I had to drive to Greymouth directly, where I bought a new phone... The next days I checked out the Franz Joseph Glacier doing a 7 hours hike ... read more
beerpong time
working spot
Anne and I harvesting thyme

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Alexandra August 8th 2017

The first of three flights lands safely, albeit with a big bump. The hazy early morning sun is starting to burn up the Dubai desert. For some reason beyond mere passengers there is no air bridge available. Instead we will leave the aircraft (A380) parked on the apron and be transported to the terminal by a fleet of special people-mover buses. Emerging from the plane we are greeted by the already 36 degree heat. Just as well we haven’t yet changed into our New Zealand winter clothes. Once in the terminal we have a couple of hours to kill. This vast modern terminal was designed only a few years ago to cater for the increase in passengers numbers. The queues at the toilets and food outlets demonstrates the need for a rethink on the available facilities. ... read more
Spring is coming to our garden
Spring is coming to our garden
Spring is coming to our garden


Two years ago as we drove through the Burgundy area of France we made the decision to come back sooner rather than later. Before that trip had ended we were planning our return. If the reason for returning was to revisit Burgundy then where else would we like to travel. Italy. And so the itinerary developed. Now you have the opportunity of following our journey through Italy, France and the United Kingdom. Before we leave home lists are created. We have set ourselves a six week programme of gardening, household tasks, informing the various agencies of our trip, haircuts, doctors’ visits, and packing. As each item is ticked off the lists soon shrink. We are now down to just one final list. Hopefully we’ll complete the last item – arrive at the airport on time. These ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Wanaka April 23rd 2017

Geo: -44.6987, 169.133... read more

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

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago October 1st 2014

October 1 – We left Dunedin and headed out for Central Otago today. Within a short time we were surrounded by large, green, rolling hills. David was scouting for photo-taking opportunities when we came upon a sea of schist rocks (shale-looking rocks that split easily) near Middlemarch. We stopped and Brian told us this was where the scene of Radagast the Brown Wizard and his giant Rhosgobel Rabbits pulling the sleigh in the Lord of the Rings was filmed. I have tried to confirm this, however, it seems that there is much written about the rabbits, but little about where it was filmed. (There were lots of rabbits in the area, but I don’t think any of them were Rhosgobel Rabbits!) I did find, the Rohan village of Rohirrim was filmed close to another place we ... read more
Star show over Lake Wakatipu
Photographing in 'Rohan' - Central Otago
Photographer 'Heaven'

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Alexandra September 28th 2014

As the weatherman had forecast we awoke to 0C temperature although there was no frost. The sky though was again clear and the sun making an appearance an hour later than what we had been getting used to as daylight saving had kicked in at 2am this morning. Today is the day of the return of The North versus The South challenge with the Benvie’s representing the North and the Roughton’s, the South. This time though it is to be in a sport that you do not hear a lot about unless you live in Central Otago or perhaps have an absolute passion for that you would travel all the way from Auckland to Naseby, as apparently some people do, just to play it. The sport of course is curling. For the Northern representatives this will ... read more
Dan O'Connell bridge
Oturehua General Store
Chris delivering the stone

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Alexandra September 27th 2014

e think we are being taken as North Island ‘softies’ by C & M if the thick bed coverings are anything to go by. We do occasionally exchange some friendly banter by email when Alexandra features in weather extremes such as the lowest morning temperature in the country while Tauranga sits as the warmest place or when we are watching the puddles grow in the backyard because of heavy rain while Alexandra basks in sunshine. However this morning has dawned with a clear sky and prospect of ample sun to keep us ‘softies’ warm in the Central Otago sunshine. We continue to enjoy a lie in and it is going to be hard later next week when the holiday is over to have to return to the old routine of early breakfast and Gretchen starting work ... read more
A little bit of paradise
Historic tractor,Blossom Parade
Girls on stilts

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Alexandra September 26th 2014

Having made well over 100 reservations for hotels through www.booking.comover the past few years on the BBA V1 and V2 we can now get some really good deals with special discounts called ‘Genius Deals’(where available)and so we managed our room at Tanoa Aspen Hotel in Queenstown with its panoramic view of Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables mountain range. Our fears last night that a noisy group of Contiki Tour people might have disturbed our sleep when they came home from the clubs and bars of Queenstown at some ungodly hour of the morning were unfounded and we had a perfect sleep. We woke to the light coming up behind the mountains giving them a different perspective to how we viewed them yesterday afternoon when we arrived. We should have splashed out on breakfast in the hotel ... read more
Air New Zealand flight on its way in to Queenstown
The plane is 'lost'against the Remarkables
The landing is near

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Roxburgh March 20th 2014

Day 2 of the Clutha Gold trail is to the end of the trail which runs from Roxburgh Dam down to Lawrence. After a fairly cramped stay in our little cabin at the Millers Flat camping ground, the men drove the cars down to Lawrence to leave one and bring one back. We were wondering about the virtues of biking since it was drizzly and cold. It certainly did not look like a fine day, yet that was what was forecast. We decided to "harden up!" and get on with it. We set off from Millers Flat and once again headed off down the Clutha River on yet again a superb surface. We weren't quite sure why the track had been constructed in some places since is ran parallel to an existing secondary road with virtually ... read more
The Big Hill Tunnel
The Clutha Gold Trail at Beaumont




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