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Jul 12, 2016 - Rain, Rain go away

Today we had the worst weather we have encountered the whole trip. Woke to rain, not heavy rain, but a lot more than a drizzle...Waited around for a while to see if it would stop, but it didn't so we decided to drive into town (all of about 3 minutes away...) & see if we could get a parking spot anywhere. Drove around for about 20 minutes without any luck, so decided to drive back to the caravan park & take our chance & walk to town. We got a little bit wet, but not too much. Found a nice little pizza place (Hell's Pizza) for lunch. On the...

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Jul 11, 2016 - Liam goes Extreme

Firstly, thank you to everyone who messaged about the videos...Sorry, this was our first time uploading videos to the journal. Mike has now tried a different format, & we have uploaded them again, so hopefully they work now. On to today.... It was a slow start ot the day. Late breakfast/brunch, Mike playing around with the videos, then before we knew it, it was time to head off for today's adventure. Liam & I went Skydiving....(Sorry Grandma....but it was better than Bungy Jumping...) Yes that is right, Liam jumped out of a plane from...

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Jul 11, 2016 - Gondola & Luge

This morning we walked to Kiwi Birdlife Park. This was about a 5 minute walk from our campervan. Here you get individual headsets with an audio commentary about the animals. There is a number by each enclosure, type that into your headset & you get to hear about the animal you are seeing. This park is privately owned & focus on breeding & releasing most of the animals back into the wild. We saw a kiwi feeding session. As they are nocturnal animals we were sitting in the dark. A keeper came out & explained a few things about the kiwi's in...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Te Anau to Queenstown

A pretty quiet day today. We purposely had a sleep in today, as we are driving back to Queenstown today & Mike didn't want to be on the roads too early...Allow the ice on the roads to melt away to make our journey safer... Yesterday, while we were on the Glow Worm tour, our guide mentioned a Wildlife park just down the road, where they do a feeding session each morning at 10.30. We thought this would be a good way to fill in the morning before we start our drive to Queenstown. The main attraction here is the native Takahe. There is believed...

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Feb 22, 2016 - Losing stuff

Note: we are in Te Anau, about 2 hours from Queenstown. We have tried our best to make sure we leave nothing behind as we make our frequent changes of abode. We normally pack, get everything out of our room, then go back to our room to look for left behinds. All in all, we are doing OK. In Frankfurt, Germany, we had a scare when Mo could not find a packing cube that included her expensive prescription sun glasses. We called and emailed two previous hotels in a panic. We heard back only from one. We though we'd have to take a train back to...

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Feb 20, 2016 - Taking pictures

We have contrasting styles regarding photography. Mo photographs anything of interest: landscapes, buildings, trees, gardens, doors, public art, interpretive panels, gravestones, people. She'll take dozens at any given location. She usually announces it, too: "Waitaminnite, I'm gonna take a photo." Jim is down to taking one or two pictures a location, trying to get Mo in at least one. He's trying for highlights. At other times, he goes for oddities. Mo uses a high quality digital in the 35mm tradition, with real interchangeable lenses. Jim...

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Feb 15, 2016 - Queenstown and on

Sun 14th Feb - an easy walk down to the lake where we joined the Spirit of Queenstown for an hours cruise up the lake. We stopped at Mount Nicholas Station, a farm with 15km of lakeside going back 38km into the mountains. The farm is 100,000 acres and they have 28,000 Marino sheep, 2,500 cattle and a staff of just 7!! We had two hours on the farm driving up to a hilltop airstrip and seeing the shearing sheds and watching the dogs working the sheep. Then a light barbecue lunch before the hours cruise back into Queenstown. A nice meal in...

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Jan 12, 2016 - Wine and cheese tasting (48km)

Up at 7.30 to allow plenty of time for the Gibbston leg of our travels so we could enjoy wine and cheese tasting. Jonno decided that we would be cycling far enough not to need an early morning run so we were wheels rolling by 9.30. A quick detour to the service station to pump up tyres (including my lovely new ones) and a reccie for the frankton bus shelter which is our departure point for tomorrow, and we were on our way. The commuter route was well signposted out of town, which meant that we were soon at the Shotover Bridge. The next...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Sheep, banks and Queenstown (16kms)

Jonno was first up at 7.30 to go for a run. He was back, breakfasted and relaxing in the sunny courtyard before the rest of us got out of bed. With plans to cycle into Queenstown just 8kms away, there was no need to rush. It was a gorgeous, still morning and the ride along the lake was magnificent. It was a bit of a shock to round the bend into a bustling metropolis. Our aim for the day was to cash some 17+ year old USD travellers cheques bought for our travels in vietnam many years ago. And what a challenge that turned out to be. We tried...

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Jan 10, 2016 - Undulating hills to Arrowtown (46kms )

Our little Bach by the lake felt the full brunt of the gale force winds overnight and we only really settled to sleep once we had closed most of the windows and doors. We woke at 8am Sydney time which unfortunately meant 10am New Zealand time, so we decided on a leisurely start to the day, Jonno had a quick breakfast then set off for a thirty minute run. Obviously any planned bike rides were not going to provide enough exercise. After much debate as to the best alternative, we set off round midday headed for Lake Hayes, with the option of...

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Jan 9, 2016 - On the road again (6km)

Up at 4.30am to manage the logistics of getting 4 bikes to the airport for a 9.30am flight. Simon dropped me and all the gear off at Epping station whilst the kids walked up. Simon then went home, dropped off the car and walked back to the station. Meanwhile we moved all the gear onto the platform as close as was comfortable to the first carriage. We rested on the seats till Simon arrived and we're all in place for the 5.59 train to central. We took over the vestibule and enjoyed the fact that we were all on the train together. Our...

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Dec 14, 2015 - Final Thoughts on New Zealand

1. Another favorite sign - "Aged Person Crossing". 2. There is no graffiti and very little litter. The "Kiwis" take a lot of pride in their country. 3. Birds and vegetation are king. If you are a rodent (rabbits, rats, weasels and possums) "BEWARE". There are traps everywhere and possum pelts/coats are sold everywhere. The World Wildlife Federation actually endorses the killing of these rodents in New Zealand. All rodents were introduced to the NZ islands - right from the first European ships who brought the rats. Before then all wildlife...

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