Blogs from Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 6


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown July 13th 2013

This year we decide to spend a week in Queenstown skiing at the ski fields of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona for the first time. The problem was it had been a very mild winter and school holidays were a bit early in the season to experience fantastic snow conditions. We had heard that people were skiing over tussock grass at Coronet peak and that it was very icy - yeah nah... We'll give that a miss. The Remarkables was also considered to be less than ideal and given the price of lift passes we had decisions to make... We ended up only skiing at Cardrona (which had plenty of snow) over three days and it was great. A little icy for my liking, but Steve and the girls had a blast. Jordan got the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown June 18th 2013

Last Time I updated this I was just about to head to Wanaka. I can't write much about Wanaka really as the most memorable thing I did there was to get Subway breakfast for the first time. $3 for a bacon, egg and cheese roll. Not bad actually. I've been in Queenstown for the past 8-9 days. I would write a day to day account of what I've done here but to be honest it's all turned into a bit of a blur. A general day in my first week in Queenstown goes as follows: Wake up. Maybe sit around the hostel for a bit and get breakfast, or leave early if you've an all day activity planned. After leaving the hostel go and do one of the following: Gondola & Luge Frisbee Golf Skiing Bungy ... read more
The Hill

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown June 9th 2013

After the excitement of our skydive in Wanaka, we drove to nearby Queenstown, New Zealand's tourist Mecca and adrenaline capital. On the way we came across the birthplace of the modern bungee jump, at the Kawarau bridge. I pulled into the car park and Sonya wasn't impressed. 'I am not doing a bungee jump!' I had no desire to do one either lucky for her but I was intrigued. We went to the viewing platform and watched a girl elegantly swan dive from the bridge and dangle up and down. Sonya said just watching made her feel ill. We arrived in Queenstown at lunch time and after finding our bearings we headed to the infamous Fergburger, a joint notorious on the backpacker circuit for its humongous, tasty burgers. The place was packed. We got in the ... read more
A worthy opponent - Fergburger No.1
Drinks at Ice Bar

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown May 2nd 2013

Queenstown and Activities Once in Queenstown as most activities were cancelled due to inclement weather all we could do was to go out, familiarize ourselves with the town, get back, have dinner and get ready for the trip to Milford Sound early tomorrow. Queens town is little picturesque town on the lake Wakatipu but more importantly it has become the center of activities for tourist. There are numerous daring and not so daring activities organised from here. Starting with the serene Milford Sound Cruise, bungy jumping, gondola, paragliding, jet boarding, parachute jumps, scenic flights, flights to glacier and glacier treks.. the list just goes on and on. In our case we had put everything to the day after as the full day would be taken up with Milford Cruise. We had an early start as we ... read more
Waterfall Milford Sound
Milford crise
Milford sound1

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 19th 2013

Uns geht´s gut! :-) Überwältigt von so vielen Eindrücken, ermüdet vom immerwährenden und -fortschreitenden Jetlag und um keine faule Ausrede verlegen hatten wir blogseitig kurz ein paar Tage pausiert ;-) Wir werden selbstverständlich jede Reisestation akribisch nach- und bloggerecht aufbereiten. Fangen wir mal mit der aktuellen an: Heute sind wir von Christchurch nach Queenstown gefahren, ein 483 km langer Ritt von ca. 7 Stunden. Ein kurzer Weg für einen Honda CR-V, ein langer Weg für einen kleinen, fußbehaarten Hobbit. Ja, wir sind in Mittelerde unterwegs, Neuseeland wurde an Originalschauplätzen von "Herr der Ringe" errichtet, wer hätte das gedacht. Und ihr alle wisst ja aus den Dokumentarfilmen von Peter Jackson, wie wunderschön das Auenland, Lothlórien, Rohan usw. sind. Die Fahrt war jedenfalls schwer beeindruckend, und die Eingeborenen beeindruckt von unserer z... read more
... auf dem Weg nach Mordor
Rohan 1
Ja, die Elben hatten schon geteerte Strassen!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 14th 2013

Friday, April 5th- We woke up later than usual, and headed over to Jim and Kelley's house to make crepes for brunch. I had been having some bad allergies in the morning and they weren't fun. We ate and made crepes for about an hour then decided to take a walk around the area of their house. At this point I couldn't breathe through my nose and I was pretty miserable, so I don't think enjoyed the walk as much as the others did. To make matters worse, after the walk we went to a nature reserve which was almost like a rainforest filled with tons of pollen and mold which happen to be two things that I am allergic to. The nature reserve was cool despite the fact that I felt sick. We watched an ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 14th 2013

Saturday, April 6th-The focus of our day was Jim, Kelly, Opal, Mom, Dad, Quinn & I took a boat to Kapiti island. Kapiti Island is a nature reserve on the coast of Paekakariki. It is home to many birds of all shapes and colors. In the past few years Kapiti Island has been rid of all pests that hurt native birds. The part of the island we were on is one big mountain. We climbed half-way and had a picnic, then climbed to the summit. Once we got to the bottom we took a boat back to the mainland. On the way home we stopped at a little ice cream store. They mix whatever fruit and ice cream you wanted in a special machine. I had strawberry and raspberry with chocolate ice cream. We also stopped ... read more
Kaia and Opal Backpacking

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 10th 2013

Wednesday, 10th April - Day Seven: 09:15 a walk down to the wharf in Queenstown for a cruise on a 1912 coal-fired steam boat, the TSS Earnslaw on Lake Wakatipu. The water was calm, the sky blue and the sun shining as we chugged across the lake to Walter Peak High Country Farm where the farm tour included a sheep shearing demonstration, watching a fully trained sheep dog rounding up his flock and a very good BBQ lunch on the patio overlooking the lake. Although we had the rest of the day free, Queenstown is renowned for its many high adventure activities, so Howard and I recklessly opted to buy tickets for the tandem hang gliding/paragliding experience. We had no idea what it entailed until we arrived at the launching site after a fast trip around ... read more
Walter Peak Walter Peak High Country Farm
On the Queenstown Wharf
Lake Wakatipu

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 9th 2013

Tuesday, 9th April - Day Six: from the Top 10 Holiday Park at Te Anau (pronounced Tee Anow) to Queenstown, 173 km (104 mls). Most of us stopped at Lazy Bones Cafe, an unusual cafe and craft shop about half-way to our destination. The owner and his wife were both truck drivers and had driven huge trucks thousands of miles in New Zealand and the USA. Barry was a real character and full of great stories that he told us while we were eating toasties for lunch. In order to visit the Grand Canyon, he had to unhitch the trailer from the fifth wheel and drive his luxurious Peterbuilt truck to the entrance where the gate attendant didn’t know what to make of this huge vehicle. So Barry, (the Kiwi), told him it was a car ... read more
Sheep for Sale
Lazy Bones Cafe
empty roads

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 8th 2013

This blog is going to serve no other purpose than to brag endlessly about my country, and allow me to reminisce about my favorite places from my homeland. Also I am going to have a little laugh at the hilarious misguided impressions that I have come across in London, and during my travels. I’m a New Zealander. A Pakeha. A Kiwi (not the fruit). You can call me whatever you want (within reason), but I come from the land of the long white cloud. Not the land down under; that refers to Australia. Big mistake. I am easy-going, yet adventurous by nature. A typical Kiwi attitude that is extended into the culture of New Zealand. Contrary to popular belief, we Kiwi’s don’t actually live in hovel holes in Hobitton, nor do we have over sized, hairy ... read more

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