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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown January 19th 2018

Today was another early start, with a 7.30 taxi pick up to go to Christchurch station and catch our first train of the holiday, the excitingly named Tranzalpine Express for a coast to coast journey across the South Island. So, in the words of Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas in the 1965 hit (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David), today we will be completing the 'full set of transport' on this trip; today we will have done.........Trains and Boats and Planes!. The Tranzalpine Express runs from Christchurch on the east coast to the small town of Greymouth on the west coast, a total of 139 miles across the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps (including the alpine earthquake fault line) and said to be one of the epic train journeys of the world. We ... read more
Tranzalpine Express 2
Tranzalpine Express 3
Tranzalpine Express 4

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown January 12th 2018

My very last day Yes that does mean that I have lost 3 days of blogging and I plan to do these on my return to the UK Catch-up style. I tried to upload my Christchurch day 4x and lost it all 4x due to internet connections not working so I am afraid I will have to come back to that - And I need to come back to Akaroa and the swimming in the ocean with dolphins and the giants house - And our trip in torrential rain through Arthurs Pass (and possibly the most beautiful valley ever - if only we could have seen it through the cloud and the rain) and onto Franz Joseph and the glassier. So at least 3 more blogs after this one - you lucky lucky people. Currently I ... read more
Franz Joseph
final leg of the tour

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown January 1st 2018

Arse first that is how not to bungy jump !!! So technically does that mean I didn't jump? First video is me after the jump (sorry for the language but please remember I am scared of heights and just voluntarily jumped off a really high bridge). The sentiment of Happy New Year (your time) still stands. Second video is me jumping - (well to be honest failing to jump and then jumping like a one legged rabbit with no sense of direction). It is probably worth laughing at me in the first few minutes as the most graceless jumper you have ever seen, and then hold on till the end, my face in the boat as they take me away priceless. Having said that I have done it - go me - there were no other ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 31st 2017

How plans change Well I was going into Queenstown by bus and then to book a bungy jump and .... well I hadn't planned after that point to be fair. But then I got up and Holly was sad and looked at me with such expectation and love - awww - so I binned my plans and walked with her to Arrow Town for a coffee - Arrow Town is a very long way away and I ache and I had to walk back as the busses here do not let dogs on them !!! So that was a 26K walk OMG how will I ever do 100K in June? I slept 12 hours last night after our little walk and I may well sleep well tonight. Although I am going to have to talk to ... read more
road back home
threatening to rain
boats waiting

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 28th 2017

We went to Skyline Which means that we queued for a long time before getting on to a Gondola and going up the side of a mountain to where we had a lovely lunch with amazing views and then we caught a chair lift up even higher to where we Luge'd (little speed cart things that wind down tracks around the side of the mountain - suffice to say I was not the best at moderating my speed I osculated between really fast and stop - normally stop on the corners where the 8 year olds overtook me). Then we came down via the Gondola and went to Patagonia for the hugest ice-cream ever - we both had dark chocolate and macadamia nut and it took nearly 30 mins to eat. Then we went off to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 26th 2017

Christmas day continued So my Christmas day post was a tad short (and not terribly well thought out) I hit the 'end of my journey with a bump' and needed to sleep so badly I couldn't even think let alone type. Suffice to say, I did wake up and, open presents with Victoria and, catch up and, eat cheese n biscuits and watched Paddington on TV. Which was a nice change from the high body count film watching I had done on my journey here - Atomic Blonde, the Mummy 2017 and Logan each have a pretty high body count not to mention the book I am reading which by the mid point was up to about 8 deaths - maybe I should watch Rom-Coms or Sci-Fi on the way home? The flight into Queenstown was ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 25th 2017

Well I made it - three flights and four countries, in as many days, but I am here. Feeling considerably better after a shower I can tell you !!!! Toria met me at the airport then cooked me a Christmas nut roast which we shared with her boyfriend and her mate. I am writing this from the tranquillity of her back garden, which sits in a valley, that nestles between beautiful rolling hills. I am loving sitting in 66 degrees of sunny heat at 6.30 in the evening. Present opening awaits - with cheese n biscuits although I may not make it past 9pm and apparently I have a surprise I the morning. I will write more when I am more with it. Bam hit that sleep wall :-)... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 3rd 2017

Most travel websites and email newsletters tell us where we should go. They tell us what destination is hot. In reality, they are just trying to line their pockets, and keep their sponsors (online ads) happy. Frankly, I tire of their relentless and shameless touts. My biggest travel misadventure was going to Machu Picchu. Lots of hype, and not much substance. The train ride to and from was interesting and scenic. And remainder of Peru remains one of our favorite places to visit, Amazonia. But I do admire a website that tells us where NOT to go. Fodor's took the chance, perhaps since they do not receive $$ from these countries, or companies that transport or house us at those destinations. Here is Fodor's commentary: We believe that we’re not only passengers on this trip, but ... read more
Arches National Park
Floating Market, Thailand
Cabbages and condoms

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 11th 2017

Henrys Birthday 😊 – Bernadettes Neffe ist heute ein Jahr alt geworden und die ganze Familie ist sehr erfreut über sein liebevolles Wesen und seine tägliche Bereicherung! Guten Morgen liebe Natur – guten Morgen ihr sauggierigen Sandfliegen *ätsch* uns könnt ihr nicht fressen, denn wir liegen hier im Sicheren… Was für ein tolles Panorama und erst der Sternenhimmel in der Nacht 😊 Nach einem kurzen Frühstück (Joghurt und Kaffee für Stefan und Tee für Bernadette) geht es auf die Reise, die erste Station sind die blau-türkisen Blue Pools – es geht mal wieder über eine Hängebrücke, aber Bernadette meistert diese schon mit viel größerer Gelassenheit! Im warmen Sommer ist es hier sicher sehr lässig von der Brücke hinab zu springen, oder auch nur einfach zu schwimmen – heute ist es jedoch bei 11° etwas zu kalt… ... read more
Blue Pools - Hängebrücke
Lake Wanaka
Lake Hawea

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown October 21st 2017

Roadtrip!! love that word I had some days off at the farm so I decided to visit Tessy in Queenstown. I really don't regret the 4 hours drive to get there. I left the farm on Wednesday evening and as it was already late to get to Queenstown before it gets dark, I stopped at a free camping that was on the way. It was really nice. Where I parked my car I had a view on the lake and the mountains. I met many people that day and we played some ball games I had never heard of. The next day I drove to Queenstown. On my way to get there I took a hitchhiker with me. She was from Finland and very friendly. Once in Queenstown, Tessy and I went for a little walk ... read more
little walk
beautiful lookout
why pay for a shower if you have a lake?

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