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We thought holidays were for relaxing! Boy has there been a lot of challenges come our way…or so it feels!! Not wanting to dwell on the negative straight away but we're slowly being able to see the funny side so thought we would share our dilemmas with you! First off, the storm in Christchurch. Although we were hugely blessed with no damage out our way, it did mean we were stuck in town for an extra couple of days longer than we were hoping for. ...
... we were supposed to be going on a tour with. It was an impressive setup, though it would have been over priced had we paid full price. There were three pools at different temperatures - 36,38 & 40 degrees respectively. We spent ages there, just relaxing in the pools.
In the evening, I cooked us dinner at the campsite and we had a quiet evening playing chess and writing the blog.
... of a dump, and then started our 3 day drive along the
south east coast in the Catlins. Luck was with us again in Curio Bay
where the yellow eyed penguins were out on the beach for a good hour
waddling along, much to Dom's amusement (he LOVES penguins!) Stayed a
night in Purpoise Bay in a place where you just wrote your name on a
piece of paper and they came by and got some cash later in the evening.
We then visited Cathedral Caves, Mclean Falls, Parakanui Falls ...
... in a bit challenging condition, despite regular maintenance by the local communities. Fortunately I am driving a reliable Toyota Hiace camper van, so I got to the carpark without any problems. From here I ventured for about an hour through the area looking at the scattered ruins of former miners' houses, mining batteries and shafts. I have to say it was quite interesting and well worth the stop. With its sandy area, bushy vegetation and the stone building ruins ...
... semi in the mindset of our South African wine region experience (and not yet fully in econo mode thanks to uber-expensive NZ prices), we ordered that and a glass each of their cheaper Pinot Noir (2010 Bannockburn; $12 per glass). Luckily it was a nice big glass. And it was delicious. I can only imagine how the expensive one tasted!
The views over the lake to the quarried hill walls on the other side were impressive, but it’s still ...
Other places to stay in South Island
377 Frankton Rd, Queenstown | 5 star hotelfrom $91
Corner Earl Street and Marine Parade, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $105
- Great central location
- Great spot!
- Not bad but make sure you have a printout of your reservation
28 - 30 Cathedral Square, Christchurch | 3 star hotelfrom $182
cnr Cashel & High Sts, PO Box 22755 , Christchurch | 3 star hotelfrom $79
Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St, Private Bag, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $83
- A fabulous anniversary
- Great position, wonderful views
- OK for the price
Corner Frankton Road And Stanley Street, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $97
- We had a lovely stay
- Had a lovely stay
- A large hotel with little atmosphere
Corner Cardrona Valley & Studholme Rds, Wanaka | 4 star hotelfrom $103
50 Cathedral Square, Christchurch | 5 star hotelfrom $144
118 High Street, Dunedin | 3 star hotelfrom $110
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch | 4 star hotelfrom $139
State Highway 6, Franz Josef | 3 star hotelfrom $99
Beach Street, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $134
- Great hotel in great location
- Modern hotel in Queenstown
- Amazing hotel.....
Corner Memorial Avenue and Orchard Road, Christchurch | 3 star hotelfrom $123
10-18 Brunswick Street, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $157
- St Moritz, Queenstown
- A Wonderful Stay
- Great Views
107 Hereford Street, Christchurch | 4 star hotelfrom $105
165 Cashel St, Christchurch | 3 star hotelfrom $59
- Yes, it's a pod
- New concept hotel
- Neues Konzepthotel
Sainsbury Road 9197, Queenstown | 3 star hotelfrom $77
189 Deans Ave, Christchurch | 4 star hotelfrom $135
449 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch | 3 star hotelfrom $157
91 Fernhill Rd, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $113
- Good and bad at the Heritage
- An Alpine retreat from the bustle of Queenstown
- Noisy neighbours spoilt the stay.
Lakefront Drive, Te Anau | 3 star hotelfrom $97
Town Centre, Te Anau | 3 star hotelfrom $68
Trafalgar Square, Nelson | 3 star hotelfrom $126
88 Frankton Road, Queenstown | 4 star hotelfrom $83
Corner Princes & Dowling Streets, Dunedin | 4 star hotelfrom $105