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  • Hot Water & Mighty MusselsWe left our hostel in Rotorua very early yesterday morning. We were staying at Crash Backpackers, a former shopping mall converted into a massive hostel. "Cavernous" does not begin to describe this place- no joke, not only did this hostel Posted by traveljonez in A Journey to Oz and Middle Earth | Mar 8, 2012
  • Something's Rotten in the State of New ZealandFirst off, a rant: 2 things in New Zealand that should be free to backpackers, but aren't: wi-fi and breakfast. And, they sell their sushi and PANCAKES pre-packaged and pre-made from the day before. It's a travesty. Anyway. We left Posted by traveljonez in A Journey to Oz and Middle Earth | Mar 5, 2012
  • The Great JonesbyWe arrived in Napier last night, the Art Deco capital of the world. If you want to know what a backpackers' hostel looks like in a living museum of a town, I attached a photo. This hostel used to be Posted by traveljonez in A Journey to Oz and Middle Earth | Mar 4, 2012
  • Windy Welly, Wine, & WTF, Weather???After our Friday evening burlesque show in the Sydney city center, we stopped for a glass of Australian wine at a sidewalk café near our hostel and watched Sydney's (scary) nightlife go by. I must say that I did not Posted by traveljonez in A Journey to Oz and Middle Earth | Mar 3, 2012
  • Sheep on paradeToday we decided to drive south for a bit as we didn't have anything else to do. Good thing we did because we came across a ton of sheep moving up the road. They were much Posted by christinewesten in Travel Blog | Jun 1, 2011
  • Kiwis!We walked through the Kiwi Birdlife Park here in Queenstown. Got to see Kiwi's up close and lots of other native birds. New Zealand does not have any native mammals other than 2 small bats. Posted by christinewesten in Travel Blog | May 31, 2011
  • Lord of the Rings TourTuesday Renee and I took a LOTR tour. Our guide picked us up a little after 8 and there was one other girl on our tour who was from London. She was spending the entire year Posted by christinewesten in Travel Blog | May 30, 2011
  • Whales or No Whales???No whales! Tour was cancelled due to rough seas:( We woke in the morning on Saturday to clear skies and little wind. The waves were a lot smaller than they were the day before and Posted by christinewesten in Travel Blog | May 27, 2011
  • New Zealand's Tallest Point and QueenstownMonday morning we set off on our last driving leg of our trip, from Lake Tekapo to Queenstown. It was another sunny and clear morning and the drive was supposed to be about 2 ½ hours long. We Posted by christinewesten in Travel Blog | May 29, 2011
  • Traveling to Lake TekapoThis morning when we woke up, it was pretty chilly. There was ice on the windshield and the car said 2 degrees. That's Celcius, not Farenheit so not below freezing! But the sky was clear Posted by christinewesten in Travel Blog | May 28, 2011
  • Travelling SouthRenee and I said goodbye to the North Island and hopped the ferry from Wellington to Picton. The journey takes about 3 hours and goes out of the water by Wellington, across the Cook Straight and into Posted by christinewesten in Travel Blog | May 26, 2011
  • WellingtonPart Two: Tongariro to Wellington. We woke up to pouring rain and gusty northerlies (saw that in the newspaper and I love that description!). Luckily it was down to a drizzle when we had to load Posted by christinewesten in Travel Blog | May 25, 2011
  • Glowworms, Mordor and Driving like a Kiwi!Part one: Auckland to Tongariro National Park. Today was the first full day of driving like a Kiwi! And it was a successful one! No turning onto the wrong side, no getting lost and no accidents. Posted by christinewesten in Travel Blog | May 24, 2011
  • NZ Part 1Hello all from Auckland! It's day two of our visit to New Zealand and our last night in Auckland. We arrived after a seemingly never-ending flight yesterday morning a little before 8 AM. I did Posted by christinewesten in Travel Blog | May 22, 2011
  • North and SouthA short drive to Picton,passing the last of the Marlborough vineyards and up and over one last steep rugged mountain before dropping abruptly in the ferry terminal. Whilst waiting to load we watched the lorries being brought off the ferry Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 12, 2015
  • The last day on the road in NZAn early start today as our site was very basic but any port in a storm. Travelling South now towards Auckland we travelled along the coast,the countryside was still mountainous with vast sand dunes by the sea and plenty of Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 22, 2015
  • The Far NorthA little bit of drizzle as we set off from our campsite in a tiny sandy cove but it brightened up as we stopped to admire the view across Karikari bay to view the northernmost part of NZ on the Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 21, 2015
  • Birth of a NationBefore we left our campsite we took a walk on the beach to look at the early morning surfers. Further on up the coast we stopped at Waipu cove for another stroll on sand and watch even more surfers. However Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 20, 2015
  • Wind and rainA grey start to the day as we drove 5 minutes from the campsite to Driving Creek Railway & Pottery. This is a remarkable little narrow gauge railway hand built over 50 years by a potter who needed it to Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 19, 2015
  • HobbitonAn earlier than usual getaway this morning,must be the excitement of visiting Hobbiton ,the movie set for the Lord of the rings and Hobbit trilogies. We of course got lost on the way as there are no signposts until you Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 18, 2015
  • Geothermal day 2Last night we had every blanket and duvet on and our warmest thermals as it was very cold. Camping wild means no electricity hookup but we did use our shower for the first time only to find we had run Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 17, 2015
  • Geothermal dayA short drive up the coast passing orchards and vineyards until we struck west and up into the hills to cross back over the snow capped mountains. The land was all bush and tree plantations with empty log carrying lorries Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 16, 2015
  • Art Deco DayThe rain from yesterday had blown away overnight but the lack of cloud meant there was a touch of frost on the grass but the day was bright so we set off to drive to Napier,the best Art Deco city Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 15, 2015
  • Weta in WellingtonWe awoke with the rain pattering down which seemed an omen as we intended to visit Weta,the studio that brought you all the special effects in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We managed to find the studio tucked Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 14, 2015
  • Te PapaThis morning we walked along the waterfront in the bright winter sunshine passing the old harbour buildings that have been converted to make it a pleasant tourist destination with restaurants and leisure activities. Our destination was the National Museum Posted by kate.timaeus in kate timaeus' big adventure | Jun 13, 2015
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