Blogs from Twizel, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Twizel November 12th 2019

A2O day 2 Twizel to Lake Ohau Lodge Despite the clear blue sky today, the rain over the past few days has forced the closure of the track over the Oahu Weir resulting in another shuttle to bypass the weir. We backtracked to the weir and saw a couple of trucks make it across. Lake Ohau is another glacial lake enlarged to add to the hydroelectric system. The rooms in the lodge have fantastic vistas of the lake and in winter provides accommodation for skiers from the adjacent snow field.... read more
Ohau weir
Ohau weir
Lake Ohau

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Twizel August 24th 2016

Dunedin, either going to rain or raining and this was true to form today. We left on a miserable cold rainy day, heading north and to Twizel for the night. Initially the road north takes you towards Oamaru, along the coast line. Evandale Cheese factory caught our eye, just south of Waikouaiti. Pulling in the drive to a huge building, very close nearby were many abandoned buildings, roads and hostel type places. This is the former site of the Karitane hospital set up by Dr Truby King. He was a pioneer for maternal and infant health, setting up a system for monitoring and assisting mothers with new babies, that has been copied world wide. Also nearby on this site is the old Cherry Farm, which was one of the premier psychiatric hospitals in the South Island. ... read more
Inside of boulders

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Twizel January 17th 2016

Our flight from Australia to New Zealand was one we had prebooked on our Round The World ticket and it left Sydney on time at 1845. To me, New Zealand looks just a hop and a jump away from Australia on the map but it is, in fact, a considerable distance at just over 1300 miles as the crow flies and the flight took almost 3 hours. We flew over the Tasman Sea which is directly opposite our home on the other side of the world so I remembered to do another wave from Down Under, but it was a more subdued affair than the last one I did, so as not to scare anyone on the plane! Add the 2 hour time difference to the 3 hour flight time and we landed at Christchurch at ... read more
First NZ motel - a cracker!
Long white cloud
Southern island car

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Twizel December 11th 2013

Wednesday 11th December, 2013. Vanished World Fossil & Heritage Trail to Twizel Today was another travelling day - we were still on our way to Mt Cook. As we had plenty of time we decided to follow the Vanished World Fossil & Heritage Trail which was clearly signposted through the countryside. The first stop was through some private farm land. It was a short trail to the Anatini Whale Fossil Site. Anatini means caves, and is the name of the farm that we crossed to reach the site. The sign warned us to go quietly if animals were present. We followed the track until we came to a gate. We could see the site in front of us on the hill. The field was occupied by a very vocal bull. M wasn't too sure, but as ... read more
21. The Rampaging Bull
30. D at Elephant Rocks
38. M at the Vineyard

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Twizel August 18th 2013

I have totally lost track of the days. Today was jammed pack of learning and fun. Many of you know I always like an adventure and try something fun. It is winter here and snow is on the mountain tops. This morning several of us opted to take a jet boat ride. What an experience. We were given rain slickers and life jackets. It was a thrill ride where we went fast and did 360 degree turns and did get wet. We were on the lake between the mountains. It was breathtaking and a little cold. This afternĂ´on we went to a sheep ranch. Again a real learning experience. They had some deer, sheep, cows on the land. We learned about sheep herding and how they trained the New Zealand sheep dog to round up the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Twizel January 8th 2012

Just re-reading Paul's last blog entry .... It we thought we were achy after the sea kayaking, that was nothing to how we are feeling this morning. River boarding in the Kawarau gorge yesterday was fantastic ... It involved floating down a river gripping on to a bodyboard, negotiating white water rapids and large rocks. Then once we had done this we were pulled behind a jetski to an area where there were rock jumps, water slides and rope swings to play on. Paul jumped from a 12.5 metre rock which was VERY high! despite having already jumped out of a plane from 15,000 feet this holiday that was too high for me. Paul refers to it as my 'fear of small heights'! After that we sat by the gorge to watch jet boats taking groups ... read more
Paul in hot tub

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