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Oct 1, 2017 - Queenstown

October 1, 2017 First day of summer in NZ! Somewhat sunny morning and are hoping for a nice day full of adventure! Bathrooms are A++, even have wide rain shower heads! Off to town and to our normal parking spot. ISite was able to book us on the Dart River Safari at 1:00 so we had time to ride the gondola. No luge, bungee jumping, biking don or eating. We had some spectacular views of Qtown, Lake Wakatipu, gardens etc. On the way back we watched the hang gliders land in the soccer field near where we parked. Packed some food for our 45...

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2017 New Zealand

Sep 30, 2017 - Queenstown and Arrowtown

September 30, 2017 I forgot to report last night that Bob finally found the elusive “old style” long sleeve, heavy cotton rugby shirt that we have been chasing all over NZ. We went to yet again another Champion Sport store on a lark and there it was. He soooo happy! We also realized there are 2 Top 10 camps and the one we are staying in is the Shotover Top 10 about 6 kms towards Arrowtown. It is a VERY nicely situated camp, pretty much all new and very well stocked. In the 30’s last night and we don’t have a floor heater in this rig as we...

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2017 New Zealand

Sep 29, 2017 - Cromwell to Queenstown

September 29, 2017 Stunned ourselves by not awakening until after 9:00!! Beautiful, somewhat warm morning so we were optimistic by putting on shorts! Laundry etc. so did not leave camp until almost noon. We are supposed to stay at Aurum Winery in town tomorrow night through okay 2 Stay but because of our trip reconfiguration will be in Queenstown. Stopped by and spoke with Lucy, the French winemaker, who said we could email and stay when we liked. She seemed very convivial and we look forward to our visit which will be whenever we decided...

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Sep 28, 2017 - Dunedin to Cromwell

September 28, 2017 Cool, windy but gloriously sunny. Very large Pac n Save where we shopped. We noticed a big difference in variety, prepared foods and even coffees to go! Unadventurous ride for the most part south on SR 1 and north SR8. Check engine oil light came on so we pulled over to assure ourselves we had oil! Called Britz (again!) and they said it was a common issue and not to worry. Lots of rather steep terrain, rock strewn terrain, road work and 45 kph turns on the way up SR8. We are not in season but there are lots of stone fruit...

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2017 New Zealand

Sep 24, 2017 - A day in Thrilltown!

Queenstown - thrill seeker capital of New Zealand, if not the world! Home of the original bungy jump; jet boats; extreme hiking; skiing galore; and the newest thing - Hydro Attack, a semi-submersible jet ski thingy! Not surprisingly, we did NOT opt for one of those; instead, we elected to spend our morning on the Million Dollar Cruise. Now, it did not cost that - in fact, it was quite cheap! - but it cruises around the Frankton Arm of the Lake Wakapitu, alongside the countries first million dollar suburb! There was more to see than...

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Aug 5, 2017 - The furthest place from home... Queenstown

We arrived back from Milford and immediately went on another small but amazing road trip to a place called Glenorchy. Actually there is nothing to do in Glenorchy but the drive there is so stunning that's it's worth it for the drive alone. The entire time the journey followed the beautiful lake and mountains and we were able to get some breathtaking views and amazing pictures of the mountains reflecting in the almost still lake. After our roadtrip we took a walk through Queenstown itself which is a charming little alpine village which has...

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Jul 5, 2017 - Skiing & Sheeping

So much to do and so little time....we elected to divide and conquer today with Shea and Yates going to ski/snowboard at Coronet Peak and Helen and I heading out to Walter's Peak Sheep Station. For Yates, this was his first opportunity to ski/snowboard and he and Shea made the most of it. Based on the pics and the fact that Yates fell asleep about 5 minutes after we got back to the Rees, I would say it was a successful day. For Helen and me, we started out by taking the TSS Earnslaw, a steam powered vessel built in 1912, for a 45 minute...

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Jul 4, 2017 - Milford Sound Excursion

Started the day with a great run along Lake Wakatipu. Really nice trail that takes you into the city and actually saw my first and only vehicle w a steering wheel on the left. Came back, rented bikes and took kids on a bike ride in the oppposite direction. Stopped for 2 flat whites and a got hot chocolate for Yates at a cool boat house/restaurant on the lake. After that we headed to Helicopter Line and rode with Keith over to Milford Sound. Far and away, the highlight of the trip. Views were beautiful and landed on top of a glacier for a...

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Jul 3, 2017 - Queenstown as good as advertised

Queenstown definitely delivered on all its promise today. From the ride up the gondola to the luge races at the top of the mountain to the Shotover jet boat ride, our day was a blast. And for what it is worth, the pre-paid lunch at the top of the Skyline Gondola was actually incredible and way better than expected. They had everything from an elaborate cheese section to sushi to soups to roasted chicken. And the view, as you will see from the attached pic, legitimately may be the BEST view I've ever seen. Highly recommend the KJets for...

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Jul 2, 2017 - Heading to Queenstown

Travel day today as we head from Auckland to Queenstown. 3 days was definitely the right amount of time in Auckland although I could have used one more day to make a road trip to Rotorua for some Zorbing and to check out Waitamo Caves. With that being said, I am becoming more and more convinced that I have no business driving on the left side of the road. In fact I still can't figure out which way to look for traffic and continue to get in the driver's side of each taxi. Flew a budget version of Qantas today into Queenstown called JetStar....

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Mar 28, 2017 - A day in Queenstown

Today we climbed another mountain, the Queenstown Hill. It was more impressive and harder work than it sounds. The climb took us higher than the gondola on the adjacent "hill" and has better views and is a savings of $36 pp! Since we got a late start, we didn't do too much else with our day. Some walking around town and shopping, and another short visit with Julia. We will be back on the road early tomorrow morning to get to Milford Sound ( 5 hr drive) in time to have a short scenic cruise and get back to a town with hostels before dark.

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Mar 27, 2017 - Wanaka to Queenstown

We enjoyed several bike rides from our campground along the Clutha River. It is apparently one of the largest water volume rivers in NZ by the time it reaches the ocean, however, it was pretty tame where we enjoyed it. A short but intense drive took us from there to Queenstown. Pictures will tell this story! Queenstown is a very touristy town, popular with adrenaline junkies! We kept our feet on the ground, or on bicycle pedals, but the options included: hang gliding, bungie jumping, sky diving, helicopter tours, jet boating, quaking,...

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