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  • 2024 Comes EarlyWe headed out on Saturday, December 30 en route to Alexander and you guessed it, more family. Two of Bill’s brothers-in-law live there. Our car arrived just before noon and almost immediately John, Bill and I joined John Armstrong for Posted by mckojo in Here We Go Down Under | Jan 2, 2024
  • New Year Day walkingWe woke to a blue bird day and got our packs ready for a walk up the Hooker Valley. We drove to Mt Cook National Park and stopped along the way to take photos of Mt Cook. The locals say Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Jan 1, 2024
  • Heading for the hillsBefore leaving Dunedin we wandered around the University of Otago. Some pretty old buildings with a creek running through the centre. It is a great spot for wandering around that cost's nothing. We then hit the road north along the Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 31, 2023
  • A Green Christmas We left Christchurch heading to Fairlie and the home of Bill’s sister-in-law, Anne, and her family. We had a few stops along the way - one to pick up some fresh fruit and the other to have a meat pie Posted by mckojo in Here We Go Down Under | Dec 31, 2023
  • Tag 50 - 62Passend zum 50. Tag der Wanderung stand eins der großen Highlights der Nordinsel auf dem Programm: Das Tongariro alpine crossing. Eine der populärsten Tageswanderungen im Land, weiche durch aktives vulkanisches Gebiet und entlang mehrerer Krater verläuft. Posted by steffencallsen in Te Araroa 2023/2024 | Dec 30, 2023
  • A Castle on the hillToday we crossed the south Island to the east coast and the city of Dunedin. Our first stop was to Lanarch Castle, which is owned by Penny's 2nd cousin. We wandered around the house and gardens which they have wonderfully Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 30, 2023
  • Te Anau down dayAfter running a busy schedule we planned for today to be a quiet one. We visited the border park to see a Takahe one of NZ's native flightless birds. They are cute birds showing off their blue and green feathers. Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 29, 2023
  • Peaceful Milford Sound We woke at 6.30am to a peaceful and calm Milford Sound. The water was glassy and the skies overcast. We had pur cooked breakfast looking put over the mountains and waterfalls and set sail at 7am to explore more. We Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 28, 2023
  • On the road againToday we left our luxury digs in Queenstown to drive to Milford Sound for our overnight cruise. The sun was shining to start as we drove along the side of Lake Wakatipu south to Kingston. One of our guides said Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 27, 2023
  • Boxing dayToday started wet and drizzly. Great weather for a farm visit, not! We got to the wharfe early for our 9am steam boat cruise to Walter Peak far on the other side of Lake Wakatipu. For most of the 45 Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 26, 2023
  • A Queenstown Christmas It's was a slow start with not much planned but enjoy family time. Santa did find us so we started the day opening our gifts. Tilds had a breakfast feast of bacon, eggs, pancakes, toast and juices. It was delicious Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 25, 2023
  • Still New Zealand But Another IslandWe flew from Wellington to Nelson in anticipation of meeting Bill’s family. Unfortunately their plane from Auckland to Nelson was cancelled and so they were somewhat delayed in arriving. But they arrived and our adventure of travelling as a group Posted by mckojo in Here We Go Down Under | Dec 25, 2023
  • Adventurous Queenstown On a quiet Christmas eve in Queenstown we headed out early for our newest adventurous pursuits, rafting and jet boating. After getting fitted with wetsuits as the water is still cold in summer we jumped on the bus with rafts Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 24, 2023
  • ArrowtownIt's only a short cruise from Wanaka to Queenstown, but we visited Arrowtown on the way. We took the Cardrona road to see the bre fence, this was started as a fundraiser for breast cancer and now looks like a Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 23, 2023
  • Wanaka the place to beWe woke knowing it was going to be a warm one, little did we know Wanaka was the hottest town in New Zealand today. We did have a big day of activities planned, it was more of a relaxed, go Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 22, 2023
  • South bound to WanakaWith great regret we leave Franz Josef heading south. We woke to a foggy day but by the time we hit the road blue sunny skies were plenty, till we got near Fox Glacier. The clouds came in a drizzle Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 21, 2023
  • Glacier hikesAn early start to drive to Fox for our helicopter hike. We were all excited even Penny. We got kitted out in our waterproof gear and boots. After a quick bus trip we arrived at the heliport. Then we heard Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 20, 2023
  • The Trans Alpine and West coastToday was an early start to get to the train station for the Trans Alpine. This is a scenic train ride across the country, through the southern Alps to the wild west coast. This was the final trip of pur Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 19, 2023
  • Kiwi', Sunshine and a pub meal with Irish musicOur last day in Christchurch started with an Uber ride to Willobank Wildlife park.to see some of the natives. The sun was shining as we strolled around the park. We saw lots of ducks, plus other animals from around the Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 18, 2023
  • We Are Squeaky CleanWednesday we travelled as far as Hamilton, retracing a lot of our route from Paihia to Auckland and then we added a few more kilometres. We had a bed and breakfast on the outskirts of the city and in a Posted by mckojo in Here We Go Down Under | Dec 18, 2023
  • Walking tour and icecreamToday started with at walking tour from Kiwi Green tours. We walked for 2 hrs hearing the history of the area from.the Maori settlement to UK landing. We heard about how the city is changing after the earthquakes and how Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 17, 2023
  • A tram, gondola and a boatAfter a solid sleep and breakfast of Weetbix we headed out for a day in the sun. A short walk got us to the tram stop where we jumped on to do the city loop to take in the sights. Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 16, 2023
  • Christchurch day 1Arriving at 12.45am wasn't too bad. Late departure from Sydney due to plane issues. Good sleep at Novotel airport hotel, which we highly recommend for other travellers. Full breakfast included filled us up for the day ahead. We started at Posted by MugglesGoGlobal in New Zealand 2023/24 | Dec 15, 2023
  • Tag 40 - 49Das Zentrum der Nordinsel ist generell sehr landwirtschaftlich geprägt mit vielen Bauernhöfen und den dazugehörigen Feldern mit Schafen und Kühen. Das macht die Routenführung nicht so einfach weil viele Landbesitzer ihre Einwilligung geben müssen. Deswege Posted by steffencallsen in Te Araroa 2023/2024 | Dec 12, 2023
  • Tag 29 - 39So wie es ein langer Weg ins Zentrum von Auckland ist, dauert es auch um wieder herauszukommen. Insgesamt wären es drei Tage gewesen, aber da einer davon quasi 100% Straße und viel Stadt gewesen wäre, habe ich einen Teil mit Posted by steffencallsen in Te Araroa 2023/2024 | Dec 2, 2023
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