Blogs from Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 8


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

Von Wanaka geht es heute in Richtung Queenstown. Auf unserem Weg halten wir wieder an verschiedenen Orten für Fotos. Ein besonderer Zwischenstopp heute ist der Bungeejump aus 43m Höhe. Hier ist der Geburtsort des heutigen Bungeejumpings. Abgekupfert wurde das Bungeejumping von einem eingeborenen Volk, wo die jungen Männer sich Lianen binden und dann eine Plattform hinunter springen müssen um ihre Zugehörigkeit beim Stamm zu beweisen. Von unserer Gruppe gibt es 2 Tandemsprünge. Beide schaffen es leider nicht bis ins Wasser. Als nächstes halten wir an einem kleinen Farmshop. Hier kann man sich Eis selbst zusammenstellen. Meine Variation besteht aus Kiwi mit Joghurt – lecker! Auch wird hier günstiges und sehr leckeres Obst verkauft und da wird natürlich zugegriffen bei Aprikosen, Pflaumen, Nektarinen… In Queenstown angekommen, geht es zum Check-In ins BASE Backpackers. Ansch... read more

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

Our journey from Fox Glacier to Lake Wanaka was a fairly long one, so the day was broken up with plenty of photo stops (some more exciting than others!) and plenty of sand flies. After leaving lake Matheson, which was a definite high point, we headed further south via Knights Point (where we spotted a dolphin pod out to sea) and then the Blue Pools. At the end of a scenic drive around Lake Hawea we arrived in Wanaka mid afternoon. We checked into our hostel (Matterhorn Backpackers) and were informed by the owner that we were priviledged to have our own block in the "love shack". This turned out to be the garden shed in the middle of the vegetable patch (I kid you not), with "LOVE HACK" on the wooden door (S had been ... read more
Milford Sound - Dolphins
Milford Sound - Under a water fall
Milford Sound - This guy looks tired

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

After a day sitting on the coach yesterday I thought I should get some excercise, so today after a good breakfast I decided to take the gondola to the top of the mountain opposite where I am staying. At the top you can watch people hurling themselves off the bungy I might be a bit adventurous but not quite that mad, although I have to say it was fun watching. After a large brownie and a pot of Earl Grey thought I had better head down so decided to walk back!!! The lady in the information kiosk told me that you could indeed do this and told me where to pick up the trail. On my way down people were whizzing past on the zip wire, but as I had done all that before I just ... read more
View from the top
Bungy Jumping

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown February 7th 2013

Arrived in Queenstown, picked up the hire car and headed into town. It was Waitangi Day a national holiday and the cloud gradually cleared from the lake and presented us with a beautiful warm day. The town is on the edge of a huge lsmall the town is compact so it's easy to get around but I believe this is the Mecca for the adrenalin junkies so I don't really know what I am doing here!!!! Plenty to do, bungy, jet boats, zip wires, paragliding, skydiving the list goes on,actually when I think about it I have done some of these things so perhaps I am in the right place. Decided to book a trip to Milford Sound as its a fairly long journey and driving would have been quite tiring and expensive in fuel. The ... read more
Magnificent Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown January 26th 2013

Best country: New Zealand Best place: Queenstown Best experience: Hard to split whale watching in Kaikoura or helicopter trip to Grand Canyon Best journey: Amtrak train from San Francisco to Chicago Best hotel: Sky City Hotel, Auckland although the suite we had at Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas was stunning but an unfair comarison as it was an upgrade and we could not afford $1000 per night. Best meal: Too many good ones to choose an outright winner. Overall the quality and standard of food in New Zealand surpassed any other country visited.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown January 24th 2013

Kia ora! New Zealand so far..... Since writing you a quick Christmas message we have been really lucky and the weather has picked up, with only a couple of really rainy days! This has meant that we have been able to make the most of being outside and exploring this beautiful country. New Zealand is made up of 3 islands, the North Island, the South Island and Stuart Island. If you look at a map, New Zealand is below Australia and to the right a bit (this direction known as south east on a compass). As I have already said, New Zealand is 13 hours ahead of you, so I go to bed as you wake up. Another interesting fact, is because of where it is placed on our earth, New Zealand has summer when England ... read more
Cathedral Cove beach
Tiki carving on a Maori meeting house
The Maori cooker

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

On 3/1 we said goodbye to Auckland and flew to Queenstown with Air Asia. The flight was 3 hours delayed and even then we missed the call for the flight but we made it in the end. John and Andrea had flown out there the previous day and had warned us about the cold weather but we were not expecting snow on the mountains and cold weather after the sun and beaches in Auckland only 1hr 45mins away! We caught the connectabus from the airport to downtown Queenstown and were surprised to find a pretty town set next to a huge, beautiful lake (Wakatipu Lake) that looked and felt like an alpine village with a definate 'apres ski' feel about it. Unfortunately we hadn't booked the 4star Rydges Hotel with John and Andrea and instead had ... read more
Flight into Queenstown
And ... ski jacket!!!
Queenstown airport

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 6th 2012

Yes it us raining again! Took another couple of hr walk by Lake Te Anua befire I left this morning and drove straight to Queenstown. Took a couple of coffee stops as I was finding it difficult to concentrate. As I got closer to Queenstown I realised that I was starting to get a migraine. So found a campsite so I could take a nap. Paid my money, pulled on to my pitch then spotted a very low flying plane. I had decided to nap under the flightpath at an international airport. DON'T LAUGH, IT IS NOT FUNNY!! Any way slept for about 3hrs and feeling much better now. Migraine is probably due to all the coffee I have been drinking on the trip. I am addicted to the flat whites they serve, I have not ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 23rd 2012

Our next stop was Queenstown, the adrenaline junky hotspot of the South Island and we stayed three nights on Moke Lake, a ten minute drive out of town. The weather was fantastic and we fitted in a couple of walks as well as enjoying QT centre with its hustle and bustle of bars and cafes and beautiful views of the Remarkables and Wakatipu Lake. After spending our first day walking, eating veggie pies, sitting in the sun and drinking corona we decided it was time for white water rafting and we were both well excited! No one told us that to get to the start of the rapids on the Shotover River we would have to travel on one of the world’s most dangerous roads! Can you believe it?! It was absolutely terrifying, I didn't actually ... read more
Sunset at Moke Lake Campground
Rafting fun
Lunch break at a small stream

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown November 21st 2012

14. November 2012 Von Wanaka nach Queenstown Die ausgepackten Koffer haben ihren Inhalt schon am Vorabend zurück bekommen und nur noch die am Morgen benötigten Dinge sind zu verstauen. Wir bezahlen unsere Rechnung an der Reception und setzen uns in Richtung Queenstown in Bewegung. Das Wetter ist angenehm, nicht zu heiss und auch kein Regen, ideal zum Reisen Wir sind etwa eine halbe Stunde unterwegs, als vor uns ein Jeep auftaucht, der ein Schild mit folgendem Inhalt auf dem Dach montiert hat: "House Ahead" Hääää? Typisch neuseeländisch, wo sonst kann man so etwas lesen. Wir haben kaum Zeit uns zu fragen was das denn soll, als wir es sehen, das Haus! Mitten auf der Strasse fährt tatsächlich ein ganzes Haus, möbliert, mit Vorhängen und allem. Klar, das Haus fährt nicht von selbst, es ist Huckepack auf ... read more

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