Saturday, 25 April 2009
The top five best bits of our adventure in New Zealand:
at 5: Driving - any sort of road you can think of, we travelled it (with the exception of anything
like the M25 or M4!)
at 4: Walking up the Fox Glacier
at 3: Seeing our first Whale in Kaikoura
at 2: Realising our home is the best place in the world ...
at 1: Seeing Jo and John, and celebrating their wedding day with them
Next few days were pretty hectic, making our way, via Lake Tekapo, across to the volcanic peninsula just south of Christchurch and in to Akaroa, originally a French settlement and now a very lovely little harbourside town with a lovely lighthouse and full of nice eateries overlooking the bay.
Next day we headed back to Christchurch, through all sorts of roads over the peninsula, to take the van back to Wilderness Motorhomes: Cheers guys we had a great time in our van...
Spent a couple of nights with the rellys in Christchurch and had a great time meeting the other cousins and playing on Grant's Quad.
Thanks both it was great to see you. Can't wait to show you our spot when you come over ...
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Mooched in Wanaka for the afternoon before deciding to head on to Queenstown. Arrived in Queenstown and high tailed it straight back to Wanaka. It was just too busy.
Friday, 17 April 2009
Anyway it was spectacular, would definitely recommend, and apparently if you go up when its raining its even better cos you see all the waterfalls etc. I think they just say that to make you feel better, as in all fairness you are probably going to go up there in the rain!
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Following the rock theme we headed north up to Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks. Unfortunately the tide wasn't quite right and the weather not bad enough to see the blow holes in full swing but the rocks were cool anyway...
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
We went out with Whale Watch. Boat was amazing and they had all the kit to give you the best chance of finding the elusive whales. Because of the continental shelf, there is a resident pod of Sperm Whales, which makes life a little easier when no others are passing through.
Dusky Dolphins - loads of fun!
Yeah the tail shot! ....
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
After Mount Doom was conquered we headed off to Mordor ....No Orks spotted but we couldn't see much for the snow and mist!
Then back down the mountains to sunnier climes as we took a back road (!) towards Art Deco City Napier...
Unfortunately it took us a while longer than expected so we missed doing the vineyard tour with Jo and John - we did catch up with them just as they were doing the tastings though!!
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Monday, 6 April 2009
Got up early this morning to a lovely view over Browns Bay, we headed out for a little walk as it was very early and funnily stumbled upon this:
After breakfast we all headed down to Longbay Beach for a splash and game of frisbee, and the finale of the Browns Bay Ultimate Deathball playoff (John and Hugh - rolling a ball in leisurely fashion to score points - rather over zealously named, but I feel it might make a come back later in the week!)
Tomorrow we pick up the van and head south ...
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Ok, so the last post was a bit brief, and now we have a couple of hours to kill before jetting off to Auckland I thought we should give you a bit more info ...
The Grace hotel was great - a lovely Art deco building although you have to crane your neck to see it really as Sydney is very high rise and not quite like anywhere else we have been. Its a really nice city, clean and very well cared for - and despite the large numbers of tourists not overcrowded or pushy at all. We felt as though we had the frontage of the Opera house to ourselves a couple of times - you wouldn't get that at Buckingham Palace! The weather has been fine, yesterday was pretty windy but it was still warm although a bit overcast, probably just as well as we spent the whole day out and about on the Harbour Express and wandering through different parts of town. Needless to say today is much sunnier!
This morning we headed to the Botanical Gardens for a wander before breakfast (I did say our timing was way out still and end of summer time last night didn't help much either!). what a gem of a place. They were absolutely beautiful, and immaculately kept - full of all sort of wonderful plants and trees and some interesting birds, plus of course the massive bats (see previous post).
Its a shame we don't have an extra day - it would have been nice to head down to Bondi Beach - Next time....
Hope all is going well at home and that the tomatoes are coming along nicely. I will post some more photos as soon as get another chance.
Saturday, 4 April 2009