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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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Mar 17, 2017 - The adventure capital.

We planned an early escape from Milford Sound, like lots of others. Another tasty Eggs Benedict with bacon and a very good coffee and we were on our way by 7.30am. There are always roadworks, everyday in fact. This time they were in the Homer tunnel and while we waited and waited the keas attacked. They are large like a chook with a scary beak and when the blokes got out of the car to photograph them the birds took an interest and the blokes retreated! Then they hopped onto our roof and hung upside down to peep at us through the window....

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Mar 17, 2017 - Crown Range Road Summit, New Zealand

Friday, March 17, 2017 Crown Range Road Summit Carpark On the Crown Range Road to Wanaka, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You don’t have to be rich to travel well.” - Eugene Fodor It was another inexpensive day of traveling that was rich in experience and views, well, if you don’t count the cost of the campervan...LOL. That’s a fixed cost so if you think of it that way, we didn’t spend a dime today and had a great day! Woke up with the alarm at 7 but snoozed a few times till 7:30. Sun still wasn’t up but Art was raring to go so away...

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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 - 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 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 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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