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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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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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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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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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