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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 16th 2017

Today was a glorious day in Queenstown, NZ. We had the morning off, so I spent my morning sleeping a little later (7am), not having to catch a bus to somewhere, taking a long shower and having a slow breakfast. Following breakfast I traveled to Queenstown with my travel buddies, Mark and Lee from New York. We scouted out places for dinner and had beer before noon. My kind of day. In the afternoon we all met for our adventure on the Dart River Jet Boats. Not knowing what this might be like, I was a little apprehensive. But, am I glad I went on this, an adventure that was truly amazing. We all donned rain ponchos and life preservers, then entered boats that were powered by twin 350hp Chevy engines, which pulled water from under ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 15th 2017

Yesterday I was unable to post a blog update due to a late night of activities and an extremely slow internet access. I have worked out the internet access. After flying all day, we arrived in Queenstown, NZ, home of many sports activities in New Zealand. Queenstown is located on the south end of the south island, at the foothills of the Southern Alps, which run down the west cost of the south island. It is located on Lake Wakatipu, a stunning setting with the southern alps in the background coming right down to the water. I must say it was beautiful flying into this airport. We left early today for the four your drive to the Milford Sound, one of the fjords in the Fjord National Park in NZ. This was the area used for ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 14th 2017

Just wanted to provide a quick update. I did not do a post last night due to a poor wifi connection. We are in Queenstown. I will do another post as soon as I can. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 14th 2017

Getting to New Zealand itself was fairly uneventful. We had in-flight entertainment and the meals United provided were surprisingly good for once! Then we landed in Auckland and things got rough. We saw a currency exchange counter so we handed over our US dollars for New Zealand dollars. We thought we had plenty of time because United Airlines back in the States said our checked bags would be automatically forwarded to Queenstown. Yeah, they lied. Our baggage showed up on the carousel. So then we had to go through Customs. And then three different Biosecurity lines. By the time we were halfway through the second Biosecurity line, we only had 20min before our flight was boarding. One of our group Tony, was the sole person who got thrown into the slowest moving line. Apparently someone was ... read more
We're on a Plane!
Rainy Auckland Welcome
Buying New Tickets at Air New Zealand

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 4th 2016

Well I'm a bit of a pro at this at the moment hence the delay in the latest blog, however it’s not yesterday I have trouble keeping up with it’s the last couple of weeks! Oh why, oh why did I leave it so long. Well we left Te Anau late on Wednesday 23/11. The weather has been terrible and again today it’s cold and raining so we head off to the NZMCA Lumsden park for the night. The Around the Mountain Bike trails pass through this little village. So plenty of lycra clad people around having an expresso or just sheltering from the weather. Thursday 24/11 and our first stop for the day is Garston. A stop at the Honey shop here is worth the stop especially if you are a honey lover. Today the ... read more
Crested Grebe - Kingston

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown October 11th 2016

Queenstown and Milford Sound and Fjordland: One of the side trips we had wanted to do was a trip to fjordlands on the west coast, a rugged coastline which looks as if it was lifted from Norway and dropped down on the bottom of the world. We drove through beautiful agricultural land, heavily populated by sheep and cattle and deer. It took a day to drive the 490 kilometers, winding roads passing through little towns with names like Geraldine, Twizel and Cromwell (markers of the European settlers that came after 1840.) This area is blessed with beautiful finger lakes slotted in between mountains. The lakes have maintained their Maori names such as Tekapo and Wakatipu on which Queenstown is located. Queenstown is the outdoor sports capital of the South Island, located as it is near lakes, ... read more
Queenstown Activities
Queenstown Gondola Trip
Queenstown from Hotel

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown September 1st 2016

A day off in Queenstown It was nice to have a day to myself, just to wander around town, and then to go out with everyone on the steamship for dinner. Links to the posts are below. Walking around Queenstown Gondola (Skyline) Wharf Botanical Gardens TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Station ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown September 1st 2016

Queenstown Today was our driver's rest day, so we had the option to go on local tours or just have the day to ourselves, which is what I decided to do. I spent the day wandering around the town until it was time to go for dinner. View from my Hotel View from the Copthorne Hotel Frankton Road View I walked down Frankton Road to get to the town centre Foreshore I spent some time on the 'beach' at the foreshore Weather It was still quite cool William Gilbert Rees Statue I found this cool sheep statue Downtown And wandered around downtown Queenstown 2013 Attached are some photos of when I was here in 2013... read more
View from the hotel
View from the hotel
Frankton Road

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown September 1st 2016

Queenstown Gondola Last time I was in Queenstown, I went up the gondola, so I decided it was something I would have to do again. Gondola Base Station On the gondola Skyline Top Station Kiwi Park I went to the Kiwi Park when I came down from the Skyline, hoping to take some photos of a kiwi, but unfortunately I didn't realise they are nocturnal and you can't take photos. I did get to see one once my eyes adjusted to the lack of light in the enclosure. Wharf I then found myself at the wharf. Botanical Gardens I headed towards the botanical gardens, and walked around the headland. It was very windy, and it was biting. It was also making whitecaps on the lake.... read more
Skyline Gondola Base Station
Skyline Gondola Base Station
Skyline Gondola Base Station

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