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Category: New Zealand 2015

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Posted: 24-Feb-2015 | Category: New Zealand 2015

Otago Penisular

Spent a day visiting the lovely Otago Penisular - fabulous views. No wind, so no flying Albatross! But the place made up for it!

Sandfly Bay Sandfly Bay The approach to Sandfly Bay

Posted: 23-Feb-2015 | Category: New Zealand 2015

Down towards Dunedin

Lovely coast road down to Dunedin, including the amazing Moeraki Boulders.

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Posted: 22-Feb-2015 | Category: New Zealand 2015


Arrived in Oamaru down Highway 1. It is a great little town with old stone buildings. It is also home to the Steampunk Museum! and colonies of penguins. Staying in a fabulous apartment out in the country - see the pictures!

Steampunk Museum Oamaru Opera House View from our current residence! Our accommodation - nestling in the trees! Local scenery Local scenery

Posted: 20-Feb-2015 | Category: New Zealand 2015

Christchurch - Banks Penisular

The accommodation issues on the west meant we headed east, across Arthur's Pass - spectacular. Staying in a great homestay. Visited the amazing Banks Penisular - incredible scenery.

Banks Penisula Banks Penisular Banks Penisular Heron at Akaroa

Posted: 19-Feb-2015 | Category: New Zealand 2015

Towards the Glaciers

Took a trip down to the Glaciers - went on a wild life trip to see the White Heron's nesting - at the only place on NZ that they nest, then a helicopter trip over the glaciers before driving down to the Franz Joseph Glacier.

White Heron Sanctuary White Heron sanctuary Helicopter over the glaciers Landing in the mountain Mount Cook Franz Joseph Glacier Kea

Posted: 18-Feb-2015 | Category: New Zealand 2015

Greymouth and around

A couple of days in the Greymouth area - accommodation proved a bit tricky but fell on our feet in the end!

Coal Spring Falls Driftwood art at Hokitika Driftwood Art at Hokitika Rare White Heron Hokitika Gorge Hokitika Gorge

Posted: 16-Feb-2015 | Category: New Zealand 2015

Down the West Coast

South out of Westport and a pretty spectacular coast line.

Pancake Rocks - unusual rock formations

Posted: 15-Feb-2015 | Category: New Zealand 2015

On to the South Island

A delayed crossing due to problems with an earlier boat meant that the ferry we were on took a longer, less rough route for the crossing. We headed straight to Nelson, which was busy due to the World Cup Cricket arriving on Monday.... Today we headed across to the west coast, to the town of Westport. Some photos from the journey below.

Views from the 6 highway! Lake Rotoroa Carol at Rotoroa Lake Rotoroa Lake Buller River Longest Swing Bridge in NZ over the river Buller Buller River Old Mining Cottage At Carters Beach, Westport Yuck! Carters Beach at Sunset

Posted: 13-Feb-2015 | Category: New Zealand 2015


We've had a couple of nice days in Wellington, staying in a really nice place just up the hill from the city centre. Weather has been kind until this evening when it has turned very windy!

Wellington Swimming race - loads of folk running into the sea! Wellington's famous cable car St Pauls Cathedral The old St Pauls Parliament Buildings