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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 7th 2015

Had a couple wild days in Queenstown. The day after bungy jumping I did the louging. It was really fun. Very similar to go karting, but there's no gas, you just use gravity to go. It's crazy how fast you can go though. The first Saturday of the month in New Zealand is "crate day," which is when everyone sits in the park and drinks a crate of beer (12 bottles). I didn't partake, but observing was pretty fun. It turned out to be a beautiful day and was a great scene. People just hanging out, throwing a rugby ball around, lying in the sun. There were tons of crates in the river keeping the beer cold. Decided to stream the last 5 minutes of the flames game and saw one of the craziest endings to ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 22nd 2015

Woke up on time but it took a while for the girls to get started. Departed the house at 6:15am for a 9:05am flight and hoped a) we'd packed everything; b) the Tulla was clear; c) queues for NZ were smaller than those for SE Asia on the first Saturday of the school holidays and; d) all of the above. Generally speaking, our wishes were granted. We only discovered we'd forgotten things once we needed them (Dayna's pjs and her black jeans, non-crusty toothpaste and tissues ...) and the automated check-in process was almost problem free. Yes, our first hurdle presented itself at the code sharing partner of Virgin - Air NZ. Dean, thinking it would be 'full service', didn't 'purchase' luggage. Condensing our bags, lightening our wallets, a little reshuffling and presto! We turned to ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo July 26th 2015

Unfortunately for the town of Tekapo, route 8 runs right through it, close to the lake, leaving little room for the town to develop gracefully. There is quite a bit of construction on the waterfront now and the town has some mediocre restaurants and a small, expensive grocery store. But the Mt. John loop made up for all this. It begins about a km or so from the town, close to the hot pools and the snow park cleverly built under the cold shadow of Mt. John. Taking the path along the water rather than the quick ascent through the pine forest, the icy trail rises slowly to incredible views of the intensely blue Lake Tekapo, with a backdrop of white backgrounds in the distance. The trail goes along the side of the mountain so once ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo March 19th 2015

Klart blåt vand Så var det mod Lake Tekapo. Det skulle nok blive godt! Jeg har hørt at vandet i søen skulle have en helt fantastisk blå farve! Jeg glædede mig til at se om det var rigtigt. Vi stoppede et par steder på vejen til Tekapo. Et af stederne stoppede vi for at få et godt billede af Aoraki/Mt. Cook. Aoraki er det navn Maorierne har for bjerget. Det er det eneste landemærke, hvor Maorinavnet kommer før det engelske navn. Det blev navngivet Mt. Cook efter Kaptajn James Cook, der var den første fremmede, der opdagede New Zealand, men selvom Aoraki/Mt. Cook er New Zealands højeste, blev det aldrig opdaget af Kaptajn James Cook, men der var nogen der synes det skulle navngives efter ham. Jeg synes personligt at Aoraki er et flottere navn. På ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo November 5th 2014

Even the rain could not put a downer on our mood the first night and morning in the van. We had a fair amount of driving to do and our first proper stop was lake tekapo (not lake teapot as my autocorrect would have you believe). This is truly an incredibly scenic spot, a small stone church nestles on the lakeside, picture postcard pretty with the bluest of blue waters, surrounded by rugged hills and mountains. We climbed mount john, the site of a famous observatory and took a proper long look at the lake from every angle. The next day we returned on a night time star gazing tour. The headlights were turned off on the minivan as we wound our way up the mountain road (quite a nerve wracking experience when there are sheer ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo April 26th 2014

So our road trip adventure began today! We arrived in Christchurch on Sunday and had 2 nights in a hotel there we tried to get our campervan early but there weren't any available so stayed the extra night in the hotel. It was actually quite sad being there after the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 there was so much devastation left behind even 4 years later it felt like a bit of a ghost town really. So many businesses were shut down where there's obviously not a lot of tourism anymore and from the damage as well. We went into an information centre that had been created to let people know about it showing how it looked before, pictures of the aftermath, videos of peoples experiences and what they are doing now to rebuild the city. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo March 4th 2014

In the morning it was finally time to say goodbye to Queenstown, it was a dad day for me, I could have stayed there for much longer. We said our goodbyes to the only remaining survivors Max, Billie and Zoe then jumped on the bus. There had been a sprinkling of snow overnight on the top of the mountains surrounding Queenstown which made it look even nicer. En route to Lake Tekapo we stopped off at another lake which was the nicest, brightest, I've blue coloured lake I have ever seen! We then carried on to Tekapo which is known as 'The Gateway to the Universe' because it has some of the best views of space in the whole world. As I love space and stars (it fascinated me as a youngster) me, Freeman, Vicky and ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 16th 2013

This is how I had always imagined NZ to be! Sparkling turquoise lakes and a backdrop of snow tipped mountain ranges. And Tekapo doesn't disappoint... It was just amazing.....no apologies offered for splashing about the superlatives but I don't know how else to describe this landscape. True, there can be miles of flat, almost boring plains, but then you turn a corner and...Ka Pow! Your blown away. We switched to Camper van after Christchurch, and are now doing our second overnight in her. Why do we tend to call boats, cars, etc after women? We still haven't given her a name, but she is big. Almost obese. And she is thirsty. In fact maybe we should call her whatsername....you know..Patsy's pal in Abfab? It'll come to me about 2 am...that's 1 pm your time. And we ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo December 13th 2013

Friday 13th December, 2013. Mount Cook National Park - Day 2 & Lake Tekapo, McKenzie County, South Island, NZ D woke up quite early and, after opening the curtains, declared that the weather seemed to be a bit better today. He took a photo of Mt Cook from the window. After breakfast we loaded up the car and then drove to the Mount Cook campsite car park where there were a couple of walks that we wanted to do. The first one was called the Kea Point Walk. Like the Tasman Glacier View walk it was described as easy. This time, it was a little more accurate. This walk was well trodden, and only slightly undulating. It concentrated on the flora and fauna of the area and took you to a lookout point that looked over ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo February 26th 2013

I had been a tough start to 2013. My brother has a heart condition and a gastro bug took out his heart. He was choppered by the emergency helicopter to Waikato Hospital, before being flown to Auckland Hospital. It was a close to 99% he wouldn't survive. The surgeon outlined the options to us. An emergency surgery in the morning, which has a near 100% chance of killing him, or we wait until he passes. We pressed forth with the operation, hoping for a miracle. Our family drove up to Auckland in the middle of the night from Ohakune, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Tauranga. Some forked out nearly a $1000 to fly up to be with us. It was a long day, with little news. Lets say, the muffin break cafe in the hospital did a roaring ... read more
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