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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland September 28th 2015

Not a breath of wind this morning, the sea was like a mirror at Manganese Pt. The sun was shining down on us as we perched ourselves on the seat on the hill drinking our morning cuppa. (Thinking of the poor buggers heading off to work). What a view to wake up to. A couple of chores on our list before we can explore around Manganese Pt. We desperately needed to clean the roof hatches on the motorhome. It is a mission unbolting everything and squeezing Lance out the roof hatch. Thought I was going to have to butter him up to get him out:). One hatch done another 2 to go……….will put it on the list to do and when time permits. The cloud rolled in this afternoon with light rain, but we still headed ... read more
Rock Pool (1) - Manganese Pt
Boat heading home - Manganese Pt
Jetty - Manganese Pt

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef September 28th 2015

Dean jumped in the driver's seat, much to the girl's dismay, for the trip to Franz Josef. Winding our way up the mountains, past Coronet Peak (where the girls relived their skiing adventures once again) and with sensational views across to the Remarkables, we said goodbye to Queenstown and hello to glacier country. With no radio reception, the soundtrack accompanying our journey had the girls reaching for their headphones. The three CDs purchased at the Queenstown Salvos (from a VERY ORDINARY collection, mind you) were not worth the $6 we forked out. 'Rule Britannia - 40 years of great British music' could also be renamed as '11 bands you know playing 11 songs you don't'. That particular CD had the girls almost declaring a mutiny. The Tony Bennett & k. d. Lang 'wonderful world, sing-a-long of ... read more
Lake Hawea lookout 16
L H lookout 16
Blue Pools

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef September 28th 2015

Based on their ambivalence towards Fox Glacier, I wasn't confident about getting the girls to Franz Josef glacier. They did perk up once their devices were connected to the unlimited wifi at the motel and, with a good night's sleep under their belt, were fairly positive about the day's planned activities. I also thought a wee bit of bribery might also encourage them along - so it was frappes all round. Massive jugs of dairy delight (milk, ice cream and cream) flavoured with caramel or chocolate and they were putty in my hands. The sugar induced rush enabled them to run up Sentinel Rock like it was a challenge on The Biggest Loser. Taking on the glacier, they made the forty minutes ascent look easy. They did, however, observe that the glacier was even "more boring" ... read more
F J glacier
To Sentinel Rock lookout
View from Sentinel Rock

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth September 28th 2015

Needing a coffee and toilet break, we stopped in the main street of Ross. Dean, having read about this town, felt there was more to it than a tired convenience store, a second hand goods place with way too many number plates on display and a public toilet that didn't rate higher than a 4/10 according to Dayna. A right turn at the junction and 100 metres up the hill and nestled amongst the cherry blossoms was a neatly presented historical precinct containing relics from the heyday of the gold rush. Eleanor took one step inside the old gaol and ran out, declaring it smelt like nan and pa's house. Yes, it did have that lingering odour of a pack a day chain smoker, so we made a hasty retreat but not before posing for the ... read more
Wildlife Lake Mapourika
Ross Gaol house
Hokitika clock

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth September 28th 2015

Once we'd settled into our 1970s themed motel room (vintage, perhaps?), we dropped into the i centre and discovered two vital pieces of information: 1 - daylight savings was beginning the next day and 2 - a visit to the blowholes at Pancake Rocks has to coincide with high tide. Despite our best intentions, we are usually so unprepared but we were going to be ready this time. The joy! The lovely lady at the i centre told us we might be able to spot dolphins at the end of the pier but the only sights we saw there were Mt Cook, some brave surfers and shipwreck memorials. We picked up some supplies at the New World supermarket and I was pleasantly surprised to find bag packers. I didn't realise they still existed in this day ... read more
Greymouth birds
Greymouth beach
Greymouth neighbour

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hanmer Springs September 28th 2015

Heading north west, our first pit stop was a town that reminded me of Gundagai. Reefton was very quiet but the fluttering flags of the competing nations in the rugby World Cup indicated that somebody lived there. The tourist info centre contained the usual gifts/souvenirs/pamphlets and stuff about the region. We learned that the only indigenous land mammal in NZ is a long tailed bat and native to the area. Which explains why we haven't seen anything else other than sheep, cows and roadkill (stoats and possums). Oh, and a few birds. I don't understand how people have seen kiwis in the wild whilst driving along - they're nocturnal! I don't think we are going to see any bats either. Anyway, back in the blue corolla, we made our way to Hamner Springs along another ridiculously ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island September 28th 2015

Après une journée de surf j'ai visité les alentours de Raglan en voiture! Cette première waterfall était juste incroyable, elle fait 55metres de haut et est une des plus grandes cascade de l'île du nord!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island September 28th 2015

Mes nouveaux potes du road trip!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura September 28th 2015

After the long drive and with Dayna declaring that her eyeballs hurt because there was too much to look at, we decided that Dean could do the reconnaissance mission into town solo. The girls pounced on the wifi vouchers faster than it takes a dog to sniff out a kiwi and I took advantage of the guest laundry. Dean returned with tales of seals and their pups in close proximity, news of a fish and chip shop close by and holding a box of Kapiti icecreams. Good times! Our dinner from a nondescript fish shop was definitely a highlight - fresh fish (rig and groper) and crispy non-greasy chips while watching the sun set behind the Kaikoura mountains. On October 15, NZ has scheduled a national earthquake drill; 'Shakeout Day'. We decided to do a drill ... read more
Kaikoura dolphin2
Kaikoura seal2

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Akaroa September 27th 2015

Have you ever felt like you were on top of the world (literally) or at the last point on earth? Well today that is exactly how I felt! Today was the first time the sun had come out for about 2 weeks so I decided to scrap the plans to go to the cinema and take a road trip to see the Bays. The route I had planned took around 5hours to drive which included going to and from Christchurch. My first stop was Little River. This was a small beautiful village hidden between the mountains with amazing views of Lake Ellesmere! I just had to stop off and take a few photos! The next stop was Little Akaloa, this is a secluded bay with not a soul or car in sight. It was crystal clear ... read more
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