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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 21st 2010

Our first two days in New Zealand we stayed at Hether & Dave's (friends of Dad's) house, they live in small fishing village, Rakaia Huts, not far from Christchurch. On the way to their house they took us through Christchurch and showed us some of the earthquake damage. At Dave's house we got to round up sheep, first we tried to round them up on our feet but they got away so Dave got out his quad bike and allowed me and Caleb to have a turn at driving it for a while. Caleb drove it into a ditch and then I got to park it. The quad bike was totally fun to drive. We slept in out campervan at Dave's and surprisingly slept through 3 earth tremors (aftershocks) although Dad did tell me off for ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 21st 2010

today we went to mt john which is 1000m above our camp we started to see snow about half way up when i started to throw snowballs at everyone and they returned fire (except for mum). when we got about 900m above camp there were small blankets of snow but we weren't allowed to throw snowballs unfortunately but we made it to the 1000m mark i went to the big blankets of snow i was about 1m away when i was called back to go down the mountain because there might be a storm. on the way down mum and i had a pine cone fight we were nearly at the bottom when mum hid behind a tree and mum thought she out smarted me,not really,so i snuck on the other side of the tree and ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo September 9th 2010

Geo: -44.0074, 170.483The drive here was breathtaking... The snow capped mountains and huge lakes, beautiful! I picked up a couple of girls on route who were hitch hiking, lucky for them I was heading to Lake Tekapo and I took them the whole way there.Diane had booked a house for us all to stay in, it was really big and reasonably priced. Raymie and I got a lovely big room, so did Diane and John and all upstairs was the kitchen, dining and living space, nice balcony and BBQ as a bonus. We went down to the lake which is stunning, and the reflection of the mountains on the lake is picturesque. There's a church out on the lake, the Church of the Good Shepherd, with the most stunning backdrop mountain scenery. On the way back ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo August 8th 2010

68kilometros quadrados e a 700m de altitude. Ilha sul, 220km de Christchurch, direção sul.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo July 21st 2010

So, I pick up the car by one because they can't do an earlier pick-up from city central. Its nerve-wrecking getting into a tiny car that has gears on left hand and hitting a damn, bloody roundabout within 200 metres. Got through it, drove to intersection to get on highway and nearly pulled into the wrong lane with approaching truck. Quick jerk on the wheel, a bit of swearing and I am on my way to Queenstown. The first part, along Canterbury plane is flat with very few cars. I relax and crank up the radio. As the land gets higher the roads twist but the scenery gets lovely. I appreciate the gears now because I can gear down on the steep slopes. I wonder how many accidents are caused by the lovely scenery; when tourists ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo May 25th 2010

Well well well, who’d have thought it? I got on the bus to Tekapo in the early morning, with the knowledge that we had beaten the Aussies and won the T20 Cricket World Cup in the process. Even Laura was happy, or at least she was happy that I was happy. What with this and holding the Ashes, the level of ridicule I receive from work colleagues upon arrival in Melbourne should be slightly more manageable. The drive to Tekapo from Queenstown was not as majestic as we had hoped, for no reason other than the weather. We had decided to add a couple of hours onto our journey (which was already an all-day affair) by travelling via Mt Cook, the highest peak in NZ. The mountain is somewhat unique in that you can pretty much ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo May 14th 2010

I decided to stay another night here. I am here on vacation and I feel like the whole time I've been rushing around. It's only day 6 and I have almost hit all the places I wanted to. After Lake Tekapo I am going to head to Mt. Cook Village and spent a night or two there, then down to Queenstown and Te Anu. There is supposed to be some really good horse back riding trails at a place called Dart Stables near Queenstown that I am excited for. If I finish Queenstown and Te Anu early I may go to a few other places. Currently I am catching up on my journal while watching the sun rise over the mountains and lake. The view from this hostel is spectacular. My butt is so sore today ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo May 12th 2010

For those living in caves who might not have heard yet, Britain has a new Primeminster - David Cameron. Now I don’t want to get into politics - anyone who knows John can probably imagine the rantings and ravings that could be heard emanating from our van over the past few days! For my part, I’m just so grateful that the uncertainty has been cleared and the exchange rate has finally become a bit more acceptable for us poor travellers overseas! However, I would wish “Call Me Dave”, his new best friend, Nick, and all their Cabinet the very best of British with any attempt to sort out the economy! Aha! We thought this morning when we peeked out of our windows at the glorious view of Lake Pukaki and the cloud topped mountains, ‘so that’s ... read more
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Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo May 12th 2010

I headed out for Lake Tekapo some time in the morning. I was sad to leave since the hospitality at the Big Tree lodge was so amazing. Lee said "Sad to see you go mate" in his thick NZ accent. I forgot to take a picture of the lodge, I also forgot my 12 bottles of beer I had bought. Lee called me about 10 minutes out to tell me I left the beer, I told him it was all his. The ride towards Lake Tekapo was very scenic. Gigantic mountains behind rolling green hills with sheep and cows oblivious to the scenery. I stopped quite often to take pictures. I am almost tempted to not even take pictures anymore. You just can't capture the full effect of actually being here. To stand up and just ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Tekapo April 26th 2010

Be in awe of the turquoise blue of lake tekapo... Laisser vous prendre par le bleu turquoise du lac Tekapo...... read more
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