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Oceania » New Zealand April 2nd 2015

Pour les amoureux de la nature, nous venons de vivre une expérience incroyable! Nous avons logé à Te Anau qui se situe proche des Fjords de la région (meilleurs yaourts de tout le pays par ailleurs!!!). Un long débat et notre maitre à tous "wikipedia" nous a renseigné sur la définition du fjord: "une vallée unique érodée par un glacier avançant de la montagne à la mer qui a été envahie par la mer depuis la retraite de la glace. L'aspect typique d'un fjord est celui d'un bras de mer étroit, plus ou moins ramifié, aux côtés très escarpés ..." Pour rejoindre, le premier fjord, nous avions réservé une croisière qui s'est occupée de nous récupérer devant l'hôtel en bus, nous amener à un premier ferry qui nous a conduit à un autre bus pour enfin ... read more
Doubtful Sounds
Doubtful Sounds
Doubtful Sounds

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 1st 2015

We'd had a bit of a sleep in after our eventful day the day before, getting from Sydney to Auckland to begin our cruise adventure. Surfacing around 8am, we then breakfasted in the hotel dining room at 10am after checkout. We’d left our bags in the luggage room whilst we’d had breakfast and then while we walked down the street to Woolworth's (which is Countdown in NZ) to purchase a few things that we wanted to get before boarding the ship. Heading back to the hotel, which was only a few minutes’ walk, we collected our bags and, after tagging them with our cruise labels, set off with our roll-y bags in tow, for the cruise terminal which was only about a 10-minute walk from the hotel. As we approached, we could see the “Diamond Princess” ... read more
Ted, Bon and Glenn and the Diamond Princess
Luxurious Giant of the Sea
Jan just before boarding the Diamond Princess

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island April 1st 2015

Hi everyone, had lovely breakfast at Fernanda and Eamon's B & B, really was a lovely place to stay and such nice people, so, well fed, we set off heading for The Bay of Islands, further up North, known as Northlands. Sat Nav decides to take us on a mystery ride and we were back on windy mountain roads, Stu say's 'here we go again', how many kilometres this time !!. These roads are very narrow and go very sharply around corners, sometimes they have 'abnormal loads' on the road which take up the whole lot. So in order to clear the road and let oncoming traffic know, they send another small vehicle further up the road with a sign, 'stop', so you have to find a suitable place to stop on the windy road. Somehow ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua April 1st 2015

Varm pool Jeg lavede ikke det store i Rotorua, jeg gjorde egentlig bare mit bedste for at komme lige med, med min blog, hvilket I nok opdagede. Hehe tja og denne gang bliver I spammet endnu mere, beklager, men det er ikke ofte at der er wifi, så jeg har sørget for, at samle så meget som muligt til når jeg har wifi. Den første dag på hostellet var vejret helt vildt fantastisk og der var dejlig varmt, så jeg tænkte, at jeg ville have en dejlig afkølende dukkert i poolen. Da jeg kom derned mødte jeg Pippa og Robbie. Jeg sad og snakkede lidt med dem, hvor Robbie på et tidspunkt giver mig den overraskende nyhed at poolen bestemt ikke er kold. Jeg troede ham selvfølgelig ikke, så jeg skulle da lige dyppe tåen i ... read more
Naturlig opvarmet sø
Park i Rotorua
Park i Rotorua

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 31st 2015

Very long trip to Auckland after an early rising. First the plane was delayed over 40 minutes, then a three hour flight and time jumping ahead two hours. My biological clock gears are just spinning wackily. Arrived at hotel close to six pm, tour guide ready to get us moving after a long day. Short walk down to the harbor for a nice dinner (get the picture about food?) then a leisurely stroll down to see where two of the America's cup sailboats were moored. What a lot of work in competitive sailing! Think everyone went to bed right after that, I know I did. Woke up this morning to find the street outside our hotel barricaded. Turns out there was a triathlon going to be held on that really rainy day. Did I tell you ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 31st 2015

Run out of room fast on these. Anyway, to finish the day in Auckland, we got to go on our own until dinner. Four of us decided to visit Sealife and aquarium in town (tongue in cheek on the in town part). Bus dropped us off ansmthe first thing we got to see was a replica of Scott's Antartic expedition with a video showing them getting stuck in the ice and the ship splintering as the ice crushed it in. They build a large hut right there on top of the ice and waited five months for a thaw to go for help. Actual food cans, clothing and other things like a printing press were exhibited. The video was saved from being dunked in the icy waters and actually showed ship cracking apart. Then came the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 31st 2015

End of the last day here, and I will finally be caught up, so if you all look at the date, you can figure out where I am. This morning we went to Waimunga Volcanic Valley. Everywhere around Rotorua there are volcanic vents spewing out sulfer fumes and boiling ponds. Even the golf course has a couple of real hot hazards. Anyway, tourism started there in the mid-1880's because of the steam vents and geysers. On June 1886, Tarawera blew up in the early hours of the morning and at 2 am, a column of black ash suddenly erupted from the highest dome, Ruawahia. The eruption kept extending to the southwest. The eruption rift extended in a 16 kilometer line and was in violent upheaval. The rising magma hit the gdo-thermal pools and the resulting ejection ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 31st 2015

Finally going to get caught up. long ride here yesterday. Took about 6 hours, but we had some fun stops. First of all i was amazed how quickly the street department personnel got the barriers down. There when I went to bed at 10:30, gone by 7 am. We made a few stops including Happy Houses. lunch and finally a shop for hokey-pokey ice cream. It reminded me a lot of our butter brickle, but the chips were less crunchy. The town we stopped in used to be one of those drive-through towns. We all know what they are, places that do not stick out much and you are through in the blink of an eye. Well, some smart entrepreneur decided to make use of left over corrugated metal sheets and make sculptures on top of ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 31st 2015

Finally going to get caught up. long ride here yesterday. Took about 6 hours, but we had some fun stops. First of all i was amazed how quickly the street department personnel got the barriers down. There when I went to bed at 10:30, gone by 7 am. We made a few stops including Happy Houses. lunch and finally a shop for hokey-pokey ice cream. It reminded me a lot of our butter brickle, but the chips were less crunchy. The town we stopped in used to be one of those drive-through towns. We all know what they are, places that do not stick out much and you are through in the blink of an eye. Well, some smart entrepreneur decided to make use of left over corrugated metal sheets and make sculptures on top of ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch March 31st 2015

First and foremost at my dear sisters (and cousins!): don't let Mom and Dad see the photos, I guess they wouldn't quite understand this adventure :))) Just wanna make sure they don't worry, ok? Apparently everyone can fly like a bird. With the help of thick bungy cords, great people and desire for unknown experiences, I jumped off the cabin in the middle of mountains at the height of 134 meters. Nevis bungy is the highest one in Queenstown (Kawarau bridge & Ledge bungy are 43 and 47meters accordingly) and in New Zealand in general. It used to be the highest one in the world some years ago. So how could I come to Queenstown, aka the adrenaline capital of the world, and not do the bungy jump? I was lucky to have the ultimate experience ... read more
3,2,1...jump!
It's not as scary as it looks:)))
Flying for 8 seconds!




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