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Jan 20, 2015 - Queenstown and surrounds

Apparently karma did not think too badly of me for taking the sandals; the weather remained absolutely spectacular for us for the next week. We were particularly psyched because we could fully enjoy all the mountainous and glacial views from our Fox glacier hostel to Queenstown and its surrounding area. We had a time crunch due to the poor weather and the availability of a cabin near Milford sound, so we were moving quickly and the great weather sure helped all of that! Our first stop was at the Rob Roy Glacier Trek, a walk that Kate dubbed...

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Dec 20, 2014 - In Queenstown

In Queenstown, people *hang from rubber bands from the sky *leap off cliffs with a parachute at their back *dive into the water in the mouth of a shark *"tromp" through fabulous pathways Jeff planned the Queenstown part of our trip. He is planning the rest of our lives! Three days ago, we took a leisurely bike ride (Cycle de Vine) on back country roads to three wineries in the most picturesque scenery. Yesterday, while Jeff played golf on prime real estate on Lake Wakatipu, I took a cruise on the last existing steamship across the...

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Dec 19, 2014 - From the North Island to the South

Where to start…. We had an amazing time in Auckland. We stayed with Catherine Peters, introduced to us by Marian (Beth’s sister-in-law). She shared her passion and a wealth of knowledge about the botany of the area and history from the Mauri to early settlers. She fed us meals of oysters, mussels with fluorescent green shells, other mussels with hot spice and some with garlic, lamb, salmon, snapper, another fish, Kobe beef stew, venison and loads of vegetables all complimented with various New Zealand wines. On the Sunday after we arrived,...

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May 21, 2014 - Fox Glacier

Day 13 Distance: 397 Total: 2825 Campground: Top 10 Fox Glacier We rolled out of the RV park before 8 am, after sleeping through a night of rain. We had campers across from us in a tent and they did not stay dry through the night. As we had hoped, the weather cleared through the morning and we had an enjoyable drive to Wanaka where we stopped for our morning coffee. At the table next to us was a couple form Australia (Sunshine Coast) and a couple from Colorado. We had a good conversation and compared travel notes. Continuing toward Hasst we...

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May 20, 2014 - Queenstown

Day 12 Distance: 174 Total: 2428 Campground: Top 10 Queenstown Creeksyde The skies were mostly overcast but no rain as we departed Te Anau. As we drove toward Queenstown the weather continued to improve. We stopped for our morning coffee at Five Rivers Station which was a lonely café at the intersection of two roads. We made it to Queenstown and had to once again drive across a very narrow one lane bridge into Frankton. Since this is on one of the main roads, we wonder why they do not build a new bridge. Our RV park for tonight is the most...

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Apr 30, 2014 - New Zealand Part Two

Day 6: Today I went river surfing. I had never heard of this before and it turns out it is pretty much only here. River surfing is boogie boarding down rapids in a river. It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be but it was a great time. In the water we did spins, dives and jumps. For dinner this night a couple of us went to Fergburger in Queenstown which was just voted the best burger place in the world. We tried going there nights prior but the lines were too nuts. We waited about 30 minutes to order and then our food was ready in...

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Apr 9, 2014 - Queenstown, South Island, NZ

Adventure Day! Not particularly the drive to Queenstown. It was pleasant enough and we enjoyed our hot chocolate stop at the Lazy Bones Café. The stop at the Kingston Flyer train station was fun. Unfortunately, the steam locomotives, built in 1825, were no longer running. But it was still fun to wander through the engine yard, see the other rolling stock, and the train station. We also saw a fifth wheel while we were parked, which is an unusual sight here in New Zealand. It was built in the United States but customized for New Zealand (door...

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Mar 24, 2014 - New Zealand - The South Island adventure continues

We're sending this edition of the journal from Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island. When we left you we had arrived in Christchurch but before you look at the photographs here's a little information on Christchurch's recent history for those who don't know. On Tuesday 22nd February 2011 Christchurch was hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake - this is the most powerful natural event that has hit New Zealand's second-largest city. It followed nearly six months after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake which caused significant damage to Christchurch...

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Feb 20, 2014 - Wanaka, Queenstown, Cromwell, Clyde, Oumaru

Sunday 16th Feb……………………………….. Well we survived the night without mishap but there were loads of dead sandflies on the window sills and every time we put out heads outside the door we had to be quick to avoid being bitten. Did think we would take a drive down to the end of the road but it really is a road to nowhere so gave up and headed off for Queenstown. It’s not too far away so we can stop off and see things along the way. It’s a picturesque drive and we spot various waterfalls which we take time out to go and are not disappointed and...

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Feb 15, 2014 - Queenstown

staying in Queenstown which is a beautiful place. Today the sun came out so even better We have such a lovely view from our room. It is not overlooked so can sleep with blinds up and see the sun coming up We did not manage a bungee jump but did zip wiring through the woods which was great fun and gave a little adrenalin rush. We fly to Sydney tomorrow and will meet up with Olivia ten kate which will be lovely we had a buffet dinner at restaurant at top of gondaola. It looks as if you are in the middle of a picture postcard. A paraglyder...

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Feb 4, 2014 - Queenstown 2

Queenstown 2 A quiet night and we all caught up on our sleep, so the day didn't start for us until late. After breakfast laundry duties called, fortunately there was a laundry within a two minute walk, so that was easily sorted. It was a beautiful day with little wind so we walked down to the town and went into the New Zealand Wine Experience where Jack had bought a gift card for us. They had a huge selection, but we elected to try the Sauvignon Blanc, the Pinot Gris and the Pinot Noir, all were good but we did have our favourites. We...

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Jan 30, 2014 - Queenstown 1

Queenstown 1 A beautiful morning today, a light breeze that was a bit cool but the sunshine was glorious. A lovely campsite, sheltered from the lake winds by trees around the edge but still with great views of the lake. Probably one of the best sites we have stayed at. Back on the road to Queenstown, the road wound it's way alongside Lake Wanaka until a third of the way along when it swung inland and over a low pass into the next valley containing another large lake, Lake Hawerea, another stunning landscape. We took lots of photos along the...

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