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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown June 1st 2011

Geo: -45.0311, 168.663We walked through the Kiwi Birdlife Park here in Queenstown. Got to see Kiwi's up close and lots of other native birds. New Zealand does not have any native mammals other than 2 small bats. All other mammals have been introduced and are destroying the native birds. The Kiwi are especially threatened due to the stoats eating their eggs. At the park, they have 2 breeding pairs. The one pair are both 10 years old and will be released into the wild at the end of the year. The other pair is a 3 year old female and a 5 year old male. They haven't had any successful eggs yet, but one was in the incubator. We got to see a Kiwi feeding and listen to the conservation show. It was a really nice ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown May 31st 2011

Geo: -45.0311, 168.663Tuesday Renee and I took a LOTR tour. Our guide picked us up a little after 8 and there was one other girl on our tour who was from London. She was spending the entire year traveling around and had come from South America, was going to Austrailia next and then Asia. Very interesting to talk with her about her travels! We drove around Queenstown first to view a Korean fort that was built for some Cold War movie. It was supposed to be a shell, but the director made an actual fort so you can still see it on a hill. Then we headed north to Glenorchy. There are lots of LOTR sites that we stopped at, but I have no idea what they were. I only know the scenery was amazing! Glenorchy ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown May 30th 2011

Geo: -45.0311, 168.663Monday morning we set off on our last driving leg of our trip, from Lake Tekapo to Queenstown. It was another sunny and clear morning and the drive was supposed to be about 2 ½ hours long. We stopped at a visitor center at the bottom of Lake Pukaki to see if we could see Mt. Cook. Mt. Cook is the tallest point in New Zealand at around 3700 meters. There were some clouds around the peak and we couldn't see the entire thing. So we continued on our way. But then we decided to take the drive north to the Aoraki National Park as it was only a 55 km road. We were so glad that we did! The road winds along the lake and the base of the mountains until you get ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown January 1st 2011

Day 118-119 1st-2nd January Happy New Year! Ellory and I were awake surprisingly early and decided to pack up our things and head on out. We were all going our separate ways that day as Gillie and Simon were off to spend that night at his uncle’s house as they had their flight back to Vietnam on the 2nd and had to leave Queenstown at 4.00am on the 2nd to get back to Christchurch in time to make their flight. We had decided to spend a bit longer in Queenstown as there were a lot of things we wanted to do so we loaded our bags into the hire car, thanked Stef for letting us stay and went for a drive to find somewhere to stay for a couple of nights. In the few days we ... read more
The living room

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown December 30th 2010

Day 116-117 30th-31st December Today was the day we were off to Queenstown, Gillie and Simon’s friend from London, Stef had kindly invited all of us plus a couple we know from London, Dan and Julie to stay at his house to celebrate New Year. Gillie, Simon and Stef had also booked in to do a bungee jump at AJ Hacketts (first bungee jump in the world), so we had to be in Queenstown for that. We said goodbye to Simon’s family who had been really cool and headed off. Queenstown was only a couple of hours away and soon we at Stef’s house. It was a gorgeous day again and we all decided to have a couple of drinks on the roof before driving to the bungee site. For anyone that is going to visit ... read more
Kiwi Bird Park 6
Kiwi Bird Park
Gillies jump

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown December 23rd 2010

Geo: -45.0311, 168.663New Zealand for Christmas, not a bad place to be at this time of the year, although in saying that after one day at the parent's place in Christchurh we wanted to get out and about. Naturally Queenstown was the first option.We all flew in to Christchurch at different flights but on the same day, the prevoius week had been spent in Melbourne, catching up with some friends and attending my brothers graduation.It seems to be the way now where I visit Melbourne for 4 or 5 days and then I'm off again, off on another adventure, not to return for another 4 months, then the whole cycle repeats itself.It was the first time we got to see the new house in Christchurch, perched on the hills behind the city, beautufl views to the ... read more
View From Parents House
Queenstown Dock
Reflective Views

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown December 12th 2010

Lazy day in Queenstown today. Have returned the hire car as it would be wasteful to have it hanging around for the next six days while I go off tramping. A day of menial tasks - washing is drying as I type so I can then pack once I'm done here. Have been out and bought an x-mug and an x-plate to replace the aforementioned dying ones. Have booked transport out from the last day of the Cascade Saddle. So, tomorrow morning I dump a bag here and head off with a rucksack, to return here in six days (Saturday). The days unfold like this: Monday: Bus to Wanaka, check in hostel up there, get last few top-up food bits (running out of muesli bars) Tuesday: Up to the DOC office first thing to claim a ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown December 11th 2010

I leave Te Anau behind after a last visit to my favourite coffee shop for breakfast. Bump into local deer farmer Roy who I'd shared a drink with last night - very nice chap. Spent the rest of last evening with a couple from the Isle of Wight (sorry Rob - they're invading) and a couple from Colorado. Interesting people who don't know each other but keep bumping into each other all over NZ. Then in the car and the long drive up to Queenstown. Take a detour up the Remarkables and take a couple of pics then down into town and check in to my second home at Pinewood. Being back in a town makes me feel a bit low so I jump in the car again and drive out to the road end past ... read more
View towards Glenorchy
View back towards Glenorchy
The Routeburn Mountains

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown December 4th 2010

Well, I'm back in Queenstown having completed the Greenstone. But, dear reader, I am really struggling to find the energy to write what I must. All the practical, logistical, physical, and social sides of the tramp went as expected and much beauty was experienced. But there is so much wrong I find it hard to know where to begin. I have written so much during the past few days and thought through so much more that I haven't had a chance to write down and I fear my mind will forget. Let's hope I wrote down the important bits. I know you'll all be wondering what I'm on about and I will share it with you, I just need time and I know not where to get it from. I need to write so much more ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Queenstown September 7th 2010

Geo: -45.0311, 168.663It was a beautifully scenic drive down from Franz Josef via Wanaka, to Queenstown today. It reminds me of Aviemore a bit, everyone is organising their ski hire and trips to the mountains and it has a real buzz about it. There's lots of cute wee shops and all the adventure gear you could ever think of, is for sale. It's set on a lake and is a lovely spot, there is a gondola that takes you away up the mountain to the ski resorts, you can also do bungee jumping, or go carting or mountain biking, but we opt for the trip up and have lunch at the viewpoint. You get an amazing view the whole way to behind Millford Sound from here. We head off to the top of the lake the ... read more
Argyle St?
Glacier river
Stinky Creek

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