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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 5th 2013

So a bit of a leisurely start this morning with the alarm set for 8.30. The expected time for our journey today was a mere 5 hours so plenty of time. We decided today that we would swop and have breakfast in a cafe and buy a packed lunch from the supermarket. When I say packed lunch were talking loaf of bread, cheese slices and some hummus all washed down with a pint of orange juice! The sun was shining when we got up so we had discussed whether to go back and do the longer walk to the Franz Josef but as we were having breakfast the cloud started to come in so we decided that we would leave it! As we sat there, lots of young people in shorts carrying ice picks walked past. ... read more
Simple boy
Another forest walk
Fox Glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 30th 2013

Saturday 30th November, 2013. Queenstown, Otago, South Island, New Zealand. The weather was slightly better today but still a bit dodgy and quite cold. We strolled into town and made our way to the Skyline Gondola Station. The gondola takes you up the Doppelmayr Mountain where you have great views over the harbour and you can also can hike. Other options at the summit included a luge, paragliding, bungy jumping (none of which interested us - especially M). First we went to the viewing platform (790 m above sea level) where we could see over Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. It was still fairly cloudy and the sun couldn't seem to make up its mind whether to come out or not. We took some photographs and then walked outside the Top station Building and watched the chairlift ... read more
25. M on the Loop Walk
40. D in the Gondola
29. The Remarkables Mountains from the Loop Walk

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 15th 2013

Leaving Te Anau and Fiordland behind, I headed to the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown. A ski resort village in the winter with The Remarkableson their doorstep, when the snow isn't falling there is still much to do. A tourist mecca, the town is set up to cater for everyone's needs. Lying on the banks of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains, there isn't a water sport in the world which is not available to do here. From kayaking to steamer cruises, jet-boating the lake or the canyons, swimming, tubing or even diving, the list is endless. It is also renowned as the birth place of bungy jumping with the god father of the sport, A.J. Hackett, lending his name to the worldwide company that operates from here. You can even jump the Kawarau Bridge ... read more
Queenstown - Nevis Bungy - 134m 19
Queenstown - Nevis Bungy - 134m 20
Queenstown - Shotover Jet 4

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 3rd 2013

After woofing in Nambour and Lowood for 1 month I flew to Auckland. (15/10/13 till 10/11/13 After one night in Auckland it was off to Hot Water beach. 16/10/13 Arrived in Hot water beach after visiting some nice beaches. At night went to dig a hole in the sand and went to sit in it, sometimes it got really hot but was really awesome and you can sit in hot water on the beach. 17/10/13 The trip to Waitomo was pretty awsome allot of green hills, sheeps and cows. After arriving there we went to the Glowworm cave. At first it was just walking around and then we went on a boat. It was amazing to see all the lights on the roof of the cave. In the night had some beers with people from the ... read more

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

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