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  • Transit to TurkeyAfter a hectic time clearing my section after years of neglect and then getting ready to change offices at work, it is finally time to start my holidays. My flight is out of Wellington but I prefer to avoid the Posted by NZBarry in Barry Travels the World | Dec 16, 2018
  • Day 102: Sunny Car RideWe woke up shortly after 8 am and were leaving Te Anau by about 9am. It was an estimated 6.5 hour drive back to Ashburton, so we wanted to leave with plenty of time. The drive between Te Anau and Queenstown Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Dec 16, 2018
  • North Part of the North IslandWe did a lot of driving today, exploring the northern part of the north island. On the drive in between our stops, we saw lots of pastures with cattle and sheep. Mom pointed out some parlours in the fields and Posted by 49ayoung in New Zealand 2018/2019 | Dec 15, 2018
  • AucklandToday we walked around Auckland a couple of hours before lunch. We walked along the marina and saw lots of sailboats, some of which were quite massive. We went to a brewery called Dr Rudi’s for lunch. I had a Posted by 49ayoung in New Zealand 2018/2019 | Dec 15, 2018
  • Day 101: Pining for the FiordsWe slept in until just after 8am. It was an unfortunately rough night for Natalie, who had difficulty sleeping due to the itchiness of all the sandfly bites. She had to steal some of Jeff's anti-histamine medications. However, her will Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Dec 15, 2018
  • Day 100: Lord of the SandfliesWhen we were woken up the next morning at 6 am, Natalie had managed to move so much in the tent that Jeff was pushed off his sleeping mat. Oops- sorry Jeff! We got out of the relatively bug-free comfort Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Dec 14, 2018
  • Arrival in New ZealandAfter a 14 hour flight to Shanghai, a 4 hour layover, and an 11 hour flight into Auckland, we have finally made it to New Zealand! I have heard of jet lag before (and it gets me every time) but Posted by 49ayoung in New Zealand 2018/2019 | Dec 14, 2018
  • Day 99: That's a Paddlin'We woke up at 5:30am at quickly got ready for the long day ahead of us. Jeff had a quick shower, as he knew how valuable this would be given the upcoming events. We went for a short walk with Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Dec 13, 2018
  • Thursday 13th December - QueenstownThe weather was a bit pants again, so abandoned the mountain walking plan. I don't get any enjoyment of going up mountains in the rain, plus you don't really get to see too much either. So hit the road for Posted by Chris Thomas in There And Back Again | Dec 12, 2018
  • Campervan, Day 2We stayed at the same holiday park in Te Anau for a second night. Woke up early so that we could meet the tour bus at 7:45 AM. We made some breakfast but had a little trouble with the stove Posted by Inaferina in New Zealand 2018 | Dec 12, 2018
  • Wednesday 12th December - Dart River AdventureLazy morning doing nothing. Had booked a trip with Dart River Adventures for the afternoon, so decided to chill beforehand. The weather wasn't the greatest, with it being pretty cloudy and with showery outbreaks of rain never too far Posted by Chris Thomas in There And Back Again | Dec 11, 2018
  • Day 98: A Taste of the CatlinsWe woke up at 7am, having decided to go to the Southeastern part of the the South Island the night before, as there didn't seem to be too much to do in Invercargill except for a car/motorcycle museum. Considering neither Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Dec 11, 2018
  • Day 97: For the BirdsWe woke up at 7am today, excited to get going on our tour of the birds Ulva Island. We popped out of bed and were checked out of the hotel by 7:40am. Fortunately, we were able to leave our suitcase Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Dec 11, 2018
  • Tuesday 11th December - Moved House To GlenorchyNot much to say about today really. Moved location from Wanaka to Glenorchy, at the far end of Lake Wakatipu. It has rained on and off during the day, with more wet than dry. Drove straight through Queenstown once again. Posted by Chris Thomas in There And Back Again | Dec 10, 2018
  • Monday 10th December - Lake Wakatipu & GlenorchyAnother warm and sunny day, this time spent driving up and down the length of Lake Wakatipu and a visit to Glenorchy. Set off about mid-morning with a steady drive through and over the Crown Range to Queenstown. Then headed SSE Posted by Chris Thomas in There And Back Again | Dec 10, 2018
  • Day 96: Peaceful OasisWe slept in a bit and had a relaxing morning enjoying the nice amenities at our Air BnB. Natalie even got the chance to have a quick Skype with her Mom! We were out the door shortly after 9am, and Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Dec 10, 2018
  • Aoraki/ Mt. CookUpon landing in Queenstown, more or less the extreme sports capital of the south island, we picked up our new home not far from the airport. Here it is in all its glory, along with yours truely. The picture Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Dec 9, 2018
  • Sunday 9th December - Rocky Mountain & Roy's PeakSlow start to the day today as I was still a bit whacked from the skydive. Set out at about 10:30 to climb a couple of local mountains. The first little trek was Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain, 775m (2543ft). A Posted by Chris Thomas in There And Back Again | Dec 9, 2018
  • Day 95: The BluffNatalie woke up at 7:30am and went for a 10.6 km run because she figured she needed some exercise, what with the huge car ride ahead of us. She was quite tired by the time she got back. We were Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Dec 8, 2018
  • Tapapakanga Regional ParkOur original plan for the North Island was to head up to hot water beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. However by the time we were done with Kerosene Creek, the weather had taken a decided turn for the worse Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Dec 8, 2018
  • Kerosene CreekOur next stop was Rotorua, famous for its hot springs and geothermal activity. However on arrival, we found the whole area to be touristy and crowded, with many of the springs using their Maori history to attract the hordes. Posted by jonshapiro in Vagabonding at 60 | Dec 8, 2018
  • Day 94: Windy Welly with ReliesBoth Natalie and Jeff got up early this morning- it was even early for Natalie- at 4 50am. We had everything ready and set to go and were on the road shortly after 5 am. Natalie had an uneventful drive Posted by NJFriesen in Our Year as Kiwis | Dec 8, 2018
  • Saturday 8th December - Wanaka SkydiveToday was warm, overcast but with some hazy sunshine. I thought I'd have a quieter day and just booked in a skydive with Skydive Wanaka at 2pm. In the morning they were only jumping from 11,000ft, but by the afternoon we Posted by Chris Thomas in There And Back Again | Dec 7, 2018
  • South Island - the Tramp!NOTE: none of this has been spelled checked or edited, all I did was upload my notes from the days on the trail. I will edit and add photos when we have better Wi-Fi. Saturday 8 December 2018 Finally made Posted by Inaferina in New Zealand 2018 | Dec 8, 2018
  • Friday 7th December - Mt. CookA slow start to today after the monster drive yesterday. The drive to the Mt. Cook area is only about 2.5hrs, so there was no need to rush. It was a glorious day. Quite hot, with clear sunshine for the most Posted by Chris Thomas in There And Back Again | Dec 7, 2018
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