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Jumping out of a plane!, Taupo, New Zealand travel blog

Jumping out of a plane!

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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Work hard, play hard. After an intense few weeks at school, Jill and I were off on a girl's weekend to Taupo. We drove down after school on Friday night, a gorgeous drive. We made good time and managed to complete the trip in the light. We had dinner at ...

Rivers of ice, Franz Josef, New Zealand travel blog

Rivers of ice

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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The day dawned sunny, and I was highly excited! We were off to do a heli-hike on the Franz Josef glacier. A helicopter was going to carry us high up onto the glacier, where we would explore the crevasses and ice caves. At the heliport we were given boots ...

Smells, locals and birds, Rotorua, New Zealand travel blog

Smells, locals and birds

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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Stinky would be the best way to describe Rotorua. Due to its location on a thermal hotspot it has a rather eggy smell about it which at some points was rather overwhelming.  Nevertheless we had a really good couple of days in the area, although ...

Fond farewells..., Wellington, New Zealand travel blog

Fond farewells...

A travel blog entry by rich

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... to spend Christmas at Pacific Coast Lodge, as it has such a homely feel to it. If not, I will definitely return before I leave New Zealand...the beaches in Mount Maunganui will be irresistable in summer! After a long bus journey, in which I often found ...

Remarkable for a Reason, Queenstown, New Zealand travel blog

Remarkable for a Reason

A travel blog entry by mtrmsd

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Well I've made it to Queenstown and I'm quite glad. I decided to stay at the Southern Laughter hostel (only because I had previously called about a job and it looked to be in a good position). The bus ride to Queenstown was not fun. I felt sick much ...

Doubtful Sound cruise, Manapouri, New Zealand travel blog

Doubtful Sound cruise

A travel blog entry by rich

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I didn't sleep that much on the night prior to my Doubtful Sound cruise - the rain kept me awake! When I eventually rose at 7am, I looked out of the window and couldn't see the lake or mountains for mist and thick clouds. I wasn't too dispondent though, ...

Back to New Zealand!, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Back to New Zealand!

A travel blog entry by rich

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... back pack and the locals! I had an hour to kill so I spent the last of my change on sweets, converted my notes back to New Zealand Dollars, and read a free magazine I'd picked up on the way out of the hostel. Not only did this magazine have an article on ...

West Side, Greymouth, New Zealand travel blog

West Side

A travel blog entry by mtrmsd

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Hundreds of k's later I'm in Greymouth. I stopped in Te Anau a few nights back to say my goodbyes and also got two Christmas cards because IEP forgot to cut off my mail. I headed to Queenstown for what I thought would be about three days, but ended ...

Te Anau Life, Te Anau, New Zealand travel blog

Te Anau Life

A travel blog entry by mtrmsd

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I woke up this morning around 9:30 and my bed was shaking. I thought someone was messing with me, but then I realized they'd have to be shaking the Nunnery. I decided to wait for the after shocks, but sleep was too comfortable and I only experienced ...

Moving on..., Mount Maunganui, New Zealand travel blog

Moving on...

A travel blog entry by rich

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Today is my final day in Mount Maunganui, and what a special day it is after the birth of my oldest brother and sister-in-law's first child. It is strange being on the opposite side of the world right now, but I am so happy that everything has turned out ...

A very Kiwi Christmas, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

A very Kiwi Christmas

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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After a leisurely morning opening presents with Mum, Dad and Rick, we set off to Sumner Beach to carry on the Christmas festivities in traditional Antipodean style. We were  armed with disposable barbies, although I managed to leave behind the ...

Three-eyed beasts, Invercargill and the Catlins, New Zealand travel blog

Three-eyed beasts

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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... the beach, occasionally peering at us through watery eyes. We then braved the wind at Slope Point, the most southerly point in New Zealand, and almost equidistant between the Equator and the South Pole. It is the home of New Zealand's most southerly ...

Scary Carpets, Waitangi, New Zealand travel blog

Scary Carpets

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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The four of us leave Vikki's and make our way to Whitianga where New Zealand's founding treaty between Maori chiefs and European settlers was signed. (Quite apt due to the circumstances, we thought.) Mark, being a Kiwi, gets in for free. (positive ...

Exploring the Catlins, Catlins, New Zealand travel blog

Exploring the Catlins

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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After watching a couple of seals playing in the waves outside our bach, we packed up the car and drove east through the Catlins. We reached Cathedral Cave by late morning to catch low tide; the only time that the cave is accessible. The cave was a right ...

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand travel blog

Wellington

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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Leaving Nelson we made the picturesque journey to Picton along the Queen Charlotte Drive in time for our afternoon crossing to North Island. Despite the bright sunshine and calm weather, the Cook Straits still provided a little stomach-turning swell to ...

Palmerston North, Palmerston North, New Zealand travel blog

Palmerston North

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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A little short of time, we bundled Steph straight up into Oscar and hit northbound Highway 1. By the time we had exchanged stories of the past 6 months, the sun had set so we decided to make an overnight stop in the ...

Fox Glacier, Fox Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Fox Glacier

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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The abundance of snow made the famous drive from Wanaka through the Haast Pass to the West Coast a winter wonderland. The alpine scenery was truly breathtaking as countless waterfalls cascaded through thick forest canopy into icy cold streams flowing ...

Westport, Westport, New Zealand travel blog

Westport

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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New Zealand's only mamoth drive, but driving dosen't get more beautiful than this, so not too bad a way to spend the day. We stopped of at the amazing Pancake Rocks, for an awesome break in the journey. The rocks at Punakaiki are formed to into what looks ...

Canyon Swing!, Queenstown, New Zealand travel blog

Canyon Swing!

A travel blog entry by rich

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... exact. I had mixed feelings about this leg of my journey. On one hand, I was excited to be going to the adventure capital of New Zealand...finally! But on the other hand, I'd built up a picture of it in my mind, and it involved lots and lots of tourists ...

Wine and whine makes it all fine, Napier, New Zealand travel blog

Wine and whine makes it all fine

A travel blog entry by jlaire

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... !) we drive along the sea front next to the grey volcanic beach. We make the brilliant choice to go into the national aquarium of New Zealand. There are plenty of fish in here, but the highlight is definitely our first sight of a kiwi, which we wait for ...

Mount Cook, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand travel blog

Mount Cook

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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We left Christchurch for Mt Cook stopping at Late Tekapo, a beautiful vast lake surrounded by snowy mountains. Once we'd negotiated the Japanese tourists we had a lovely walk along the lake and found a cracking spot for lunch!   We arrived in Mt ...

Dunedin, Dunedin, New Zealand travel blog

Dunedin

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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... Aslan's Camp in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,) Omaru and the Moreaki Boulders we arrived in Dunedin once again impressed by New Zealand.   Out into Dunedin, we started at the excellent Otago Museum. And then we went to Cadbury's World. It ...

Sailng to Waiheke, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand travel blog

Sailng to Waiheke

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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As spring was springing, we decided on another yacht chartering adventure round the islands. Fourth Dimension was our vessel again, and Keith, Sara, Simon and Nick were crewing along with me, with Rick as skipper. We set off on Friday night and moored at ...

Day 4, Queen Charlotte Track, New Zealand travel blog

Day 4

A travel blog entry by rich

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I got up nice and early to assess the weather, and as the sun rose it became clear that it was going to be a beautiful day. Therefore I made my beans on toast, made a packed lunch, and off I went at about 8.45am. I set off with Susie until we went our ...

Summer, where are you?, Invercargill, New Zealand travel blog

Summer, where are you?

A travel blog entry by mtrmsd

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Settle down. I know you're very excited about the sheep shearing world record being broken yesterday. I'm sure it's all over the newspapers. I'll get to that in a bit. Let's see, I think I last updated in Seacliff. The last day there was ...

On top of Old Smokey, Auckland, New Zealand travel blog

On top of Old Smokey

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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... too long I heard the beautiful song of a tui, a common and very musical visitor to gardens round Auckland. Then a huge New Zealand pigeon dropped in, followed by tiny whiteheads, stitchbirds, saddlebacks and bellbirds chirping away. I don't think I have ...

Huka Falls, Taupo, New Zealand travel blog

Huka Falls

A travel blog entry by rich

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... to look forward to on the South Island, then I can't wait! The evening was spent just chilling out and talking to my new room mates. As per usual, we exchanged stories about skydiving, bungy jumping, bungy swinging (and various other ways of throwing ...

Hanmer Springs, Hanmer Springs, New Zealand travel blog

Hanmer Springs

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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The drive to Hanmer was fantastic. Middle Earth is really quite stunning. The rolling hills gave way to the snowy mountains and Oscar's first drive was wonderful. The heater was used to its full potential that night and we woke up to be frozen in. We ...

Sea lions..., Surat Bay, New Zealand travel blog

Sea lions...

A travel blog entry by rich

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... . I spoke at length with a slightly stroppy advisor in the Information Centre about my options regarding the 'forgotten corner of New Zealand.' I considered hitch hiking from place to place, but quite frankly I couldn't be bothered to go through with ...

On the slopes of Mount Doom, Taupo and Tongiraro, New Zealand travel blog

On the slopes of Mount Doom

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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Labour day bank holiday weekend rolled round, so Rick and I set off exploring again, this time to New Zealand's biggest lake, Taupo. The lake is the biggest in New Zealand- apparently large enough to fit the whole of Singapore into (if you can find ...

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