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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 22nd 2014

After a fair break from travel, it was time to get out and explore again – this time in one of my own country’s highlights, Queenstown. I hadn’t been to Queenstown in almost 20 years so I was pretty excited to get down there and explore somewhere for the first time as an adult. The initial reason for going down was not everyone’s idea of fun but I had signed up for the inaugural Queenstown marathon. With the marathon on Saturday morning, I flew out Friday morning and arrived to picturesque Queenstown. After checking into my accommodation I went to explore the town and managed to resist the temptation of Ferg Burger (for now - after the marathon would be a different story). I grabbed my pack and relaxed before meeting up with some other running ... read more
Queenstown #2
Queenstown #3
Gibbston Valley Winery

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 12th 2014

Next on the list to visit was Franz Josef Glazier, a good days drive from Nelson. Having had the company of mick we drove along the Twisty Turny West Coast highway and got into franz Josef about 4pm. The only way to get onto the glazier and have a walk around on it is to get a helicopter and that’s exactly what I did the following day. The flight was booked for 10am and all was well, we even boarded the helicopter in full ice trecking attire (including crampons) before being ushered off as low cloud halted play. Thankfully the bad weather passed and we went around the glasier in the afternoon. The leader of the tour dug out obstacles in the ice for us to wriggle through. I very nearly got stuck at one point, ... read more
Franz Josef

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 11th 2014

Next day we drove back from Manapouri to Queenstown, first time dad had driven for 3 days due to 'man flu'! Queenstown is really pretty but much busier than anywhere else we've been- actual parking restrictions here which was a bit of a shock. When we arrived in Queenstown we headed to the Gondola and Freya spent the journey up the mountain side describing the possible ways we would die, it was incredibly high. When we reached the top we caught the chair lift up to the luge platform, and drove around the course. Dad overtaking us all and then laughing the whole time. Abby managed to ignore 5 signs to brake and slow down, nearly killing the lady trying to collect the luge buggies! Mum spent the whole time imagining this in snow and planning ... read more
Going even higher!
What a view.
She's gone

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 5th 2014

We returned to Queenstown via Gunns camp on the Milford Road. Just to put this in context, there were probably only six of us within a one hundred mile journey by road that night. The site of a former Labour camp built to house workers constructing the Milford Road, the campsite has a small museum displaying items such as remnants of the explosives used in constructing the mountain tunnels. The Milford sound road is billed as being one of the best drives in the world, and for once I feel that there is a lot of truth in an otherwise perhaps seemingly exaggerated statement! Slightly disconcerting were the "no stopping, avalanche zone" road signs. The remote location of this campsite probably goes some way to explain the rather endearing eccentricities of the owners. There were quirky ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown October 24th 2014

Na ons weer wat overslapen te hebben, gingen we informeren om een paardrij-tochtje te doen. Helaas bleek dat vandaag niet meer mogelijk te zijn, dus boeken we maar voor de dag erop. Nu onze namiddag vrij blijkt te zijn, besluiten we dan maar Queenstown te verkennen. Eigenlijk kun je Queenstown perfect vergelijken met de moderne, maar toch nog gezellige ski-stadjes. Omdat het zonnetje scheen, hebben we eigenlijk heel de namiddag doorgebracht op een terrasje aan het meer, waar we konden genieten van de lokale honden en kindjes die genoten van het mooie weer en het frisse water. Soms kan een lui dagje enorm deugd doen :)... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown October 22nd 2014

Today Emily and I had an early start for our rescheduled bungy. I was super excited as I've been waiting the whole trip for this! It was a perfect day for it with clear blue skies! We got to the jump site and it all happened so quickly! We got harnessed up, reweighed to confirm our weight with all the equipment on. Then we were taking to a viewing platform where we got a nice view of the drop! We waited for everyone in our group, about 10 people and the n got a cable car across to the platform which was suspended in the air! Once there we sat on a glass seat and put all our other equipment on. Then within about two minutes the first guy had jumped. There was some glass floor ... read more
134m swan dive!
Chicken and Brie Fergburger
Queenstown viewpoint

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown October 2nd 2014

October 2 - In the morning we said goodbye to Chris and Lesley, and took a tour of Queenstown before heading off for our first ‘official tramp’ in the New Zealand bush. Now, in Canada where I’m from, a ‘tramp’ is a word not much used nowadays. But, when I was growing up, a tramp was a hobo or a bum or someone down on their luck. Here, a tramp is a trek or a hike. Before reaching this tramp, we drove through the Remarkables along Lake Wakatipu. David's photo fingers were just itching as the weather was not great -- perfect for him. Lake Sylvan is an easy, beautiful trail through the bush with plenty of beach trees and green moss. At the beginning, there is a suspension bridge that needs to be crossed. This ... read more
Jewel in the mountains
APH Conference in the woods
"Princess & the Pea" - My kindred spirit

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown September 30th 2014

My flight to New Zealand from Melbourne was not the easiest. The flight itself was fine, in fact it was so empty that there seemed to be more crew members than passengers aboard so after take off I excused myself to the lovely Kiwi bloke sitting next to me and went into a row of my own so I could get some sleep. I had arrived at Melbourne airport so early that I had to wait for 2 1/2 hours before the check in desk opened 2 hours before my flight as my hostel bus could only drop me off at that time. New Zealand is 3 hours ahead of Melbourne, my flight left at quarter to 10 at night and it was a three hour flight. This means I landed in Christchurch airport at 5am ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown September 25th 2014

The good weather keeps with us even if it is a little overcast. The road ahead today is going to offer a lot of contrasts demonstrating just how diverse our beautiful country is. It is easy to get hooked on Morning TV when you don’t have any work to go to and we have indulged ourselves a bit knowing that when the holiday ends so will morning TV(although Gretchen tells me she sneaks a peek or two when getting the oldies ready for the day at the Rest Home she works in) We have been learning about all these wonderful kitchen implements etc that have revolutionised working in the kitchen and they are all so well priced, if you believe the advertisement. Just as well we have managed to keep ourselves from ringing the 0800 numbers ... read more
Jacksons Bay wharf
The majustic Keruru
Drunken Tuis

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown July 20th 2014

It is going to be fun writting this entry, and some of you may laugh few times at some of the comments. After being 4 years and a half away from New Zealand, I'm back to the land of welcoming people, gorgeous scenery and amazing wine....this time, to ski in Queenstown....4 nights here, and 3 full days of skiing. My last visit to Queenstown was in the summer, on a campervan, with the kids...and a campervan full of wine. This time, I'm coming by plane...Bangkok to Auckland, and a fast transfer direct to Queenstown. But first, the kids are going to Vietnam for the coming few weeks, as it has been over the last few years. We went all together at the airport as there flight was just 3 hours before mine. All this after running ... read more
Queenstown by Lake Wakatipu
Coronet Peak...slightly crowded...
What a view...Coronet Peak...

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