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

We got picked up from the hotel and got the bus down to the wharf, where we had a group photo taken. We then got on the TSS Earnslaw and headed across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. It was a very windy trip, and the mountains looked great! Dinner was a buffet with all sorts of food, and after dinner, we had a cattle dog show.... read more
Waiting for the TSS Earnslaw
Waiting for the TSS Earnslaw
Waiting for the TSS Earnslaw

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown August 31st 2016

This was my second day of the tour. We ha a great day and saw some fantastic scenery. We saw: · Franz Josef Glacier · Fox Glacier · Haast Highway · Bruce Bay · Lake Moreaki · Haast River · Haast Visitor Centre · Haast Pass to Makarora Road · Thunder Creek Falls · Makarora · Lake Wanaka · Lake Hawea · Lake Dunstan · Jones Family Shop, Cromwell · Arrowtown · Queenstown... read more
Franz Josef to Queenstown Legend

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown August 22nd 2016

Today was a lay day which involved doing laundry, and wrestling with computers. Nothing seemed to work today, a washing machine which failed to wash was fail number 1. We had another attempt, success; dried the load and then walked into town around midday to find free wifi and coffee. Success with Starbucks, easy to use internet with seemingly no limit. Could not copy and paste correctly from notes into my blog no matter what I did, the whole text twice landed in the subject line, requiring backspace being held for what seemed like eternity. But eventually I tricked it into behaving and managed to load a blog. Next computer issue Martin's camera. He is a snap happy boy and has managed to fill his memory card in his camera. So find a place to transfer ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown August 21st 2016

Off to Queenstown today and 2 nights accommodation. The first task today is to get a new fishing rod, Wanaka will be a better bet than Queenstown where prices tend to be inflated. A hunting and fishing shop in the main street had a good selection of telescopic rods, but not pull apart so telescopic it is.Then off to Glendhu bay for a spot of fishing. This is 11 km away from Wanaka around the lake, a quiet and shallow bay. Martin had a fish, we saw fish rising but nothing was caught, the rod worked well.Then the drive to Queenstown via the Kawarau gorge road. Don't take the Cadrona/crown range road, scary high, not good for a campervan. First stop on the trip was at the Toy and Transport Museum just out of Queenstown on ... read more
Good morning Wanaka
Glendu Bay
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown August 13th 2016

I went back to the States for a week in June. While I was there, Coronet Peak closed. We had been open for 10 days with barely a cover of snow on two runs, and then a bad spout of warm weather and rain wiped us out and shut us down. The Remarkables across the way had opened for the season, so they got all the school holiday traffic while we struggled for hours. No one's fault except for everyone who has contributed to global warming ever. When I came back to Queenstown, I spent most of my time working at the office in town doing my Guest Services job and spent some hours up on Coronet where we had opened up for sightseeing and tubing. Days were long and slow, but I managed to get ... read more
The Remarkables
Sunrise at Coronet Peak
Easiest Way to Hitchhike

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown June 6th 2016

I can't really use words to describe how beautiful it is here and how amazingly everything has turned out. The first week, it rained almost every day. We glimpsed peeks of the mountains through clouds, but the clouds were low and it was a cold rain that fell. On my first day in Queenstown, my mission was to find a job. I knew that jobs and houses were next to impossible, and I was determined to stay here because my gut told me to, and it's never been wrong. I went to my hostel and checked into my room. When I walked into my room, there was a girl sitting on her bed who sat up with a start. She thought I was her reflection. We were wearing the exact same outfit. This is how I ... read more
Clouds on Ben Lomond
Lake Wakatipu
Adventure Team in Glenorchy

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 24th 2016

We decided to take our route south east towards Dunedin to find penguins. Our crazy NZ Frenzy guidebook told us we could see them for free on a beach, without having to pay the exorbitant fees for a guided trip, (yes we are being tight!) Firstly we made a short stop at the clay cliffs, a rather unusual clay rock formation, I say quick, but the access road was a 4km dirt track, very exciting in the camper! And a 20 minute walk. The cliffs were sort of worth it, see for yourself in the photos. From Omarama we headed south east along a wonderful road along the Waitkaki valley that skirted several lakes, Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki, to Oamaru. This was supposed to be a quick lunch stop, but we found it well worth lingering. ... read more
Steam Punk
Elusive Yellow-eyed penguins
Moeraki Lighthouse

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 10th 2016

R: Wanaka was a cool town. It's on the shores of Lake Wanaka (surprisingly) and has a fun selection of shops and restaurants amid a setting of mountains and the lake. We had a decent Airbnb here with a hot tub. After an amble about and a happy hour drink or two, we headed back to cook, drink and hot tub! It's actually quite cold outside here when the sun goes in due to it being higher up than the coast, so the hot tub was very welcome. The next day Dave went out to hire a mountain bike while the rest of us opted for a lazy morning, followed by a walk around a lake to the winery on a sharp hill just outside town. Dave met us there after chugging up the hill on ... read more
Winery with a view
Luge!
Burrito cook-off

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown March 23rd 2016

I wasn't sure if the horse riding was going ahead as I'd booked via a third party before coming away and hadn't received any confirmation about where to meet my pick up. So come the time I made sure I was ready at my hostel just in case and magically at the allotted time a Moonlight Stables van came to collect me. It was actually the owner Julie picking me up and we had a lovely chat on the way over to the farm where her stables are, situated with the Remarkables mountain range as a back drop. The farm has deer, not farmed for their meat, just for their antlers which are shipped off to China where they are used as an aphrodisiac. The Chinese seem to use an awful lot of things with supposed ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown March 23rd 2016

After my morning horse riding I obviously grab a quick shower and head off to the lunch spot recommended by the stable girl as a good veggie options place on the way to the cable car or Sky Gondolas as they prefer to call them here. In my mind gondolas are long, pointy boats quanted along by singing Italians so I'm hoping more for the cable car version as the ride up the mountain looks incredibly steep! As I'm finishing my lunch it starts to drizzle. Good job I picked the morning option for horse riding which was lovely and sunny. I decide I may as well go up the mountain anyway as the skies are still pretty clear for views from the top despite the drizzle, but I don't bother with the luge thing, not ... read more
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