Apr 05 2010

New Zealand Blog + Pictures

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Christchurch

5th April
Got up early this morning for the 07:15 flight to Christchurch, 3 hours later arrived was dressed in shorts that was a mistake as it feels like the UK, got to a shuttle bus and had to wait for enough people for him to take before that left as it’s half the price of a taxi, took some pictures of Christchurch as this will be the only oportunity to do so as I’ll not be coming back this time.

Kaikoura

6th April
Got up to catch my Magic Bus Tour of North and South Island, bus ride ended us in Kaikoura and had the oportunity to do Whale Watching $130 which I took up as the weather was wet and very cold, 15 knot winds were blowing so very rocky the boat was but got sight of 1 sperm whale as well as Dolphins and Seals which is cool.

Picton

7th April
Left Kaikoura to got to Picton for people that wanted to go to the other Island, picked people up at the port then on to stay in Nelson, stopped at a place that has fresh water seals which is quite strange but very cool, staying here for 2 days as there is no bus tomorrow, will go walking a bit around and take some pictures where i can.

Nelson

April 8th
Today was meant to be horse riding but due to it being only myself it wasn’t possible, I chose horse riding as thought that would be cool to do as never done before, so decided to walk to the Centre of New Zealand in itself was hard work but very good exercise and also as you can see from them very good weather

Greymouth

April 9th
Arrived in Greymouth late at 17:30 to do the Monteiths Brewery Tour I know what you’re thinking I don’t drink, there was not much else to do so for $25 including a very nice meal afterwards was well worth it especially the Apple Cider.

Franz Josef

April 10th,11th
Left Greymouth at 8am drove along coast to Ross to do some gold panning, panning was done over a small bowl of water the stones were already in the pan for you to get the gold, once that was done were taken to the night stop of Franz Josef and did the Glacier which was really cool as had never done that before, pictures to follow.

Queenstown

April 11th,12th
Left Franz Josef to head to Queens Town and have to stay 2 nights, arrived at 17:30 had some nice pizza for $12, decided to get my own room for a change rather than a dorm with other people which was nice for a change except I was below the kitchen.
12th April
Decided late yesterday to do Milford Sounds today as looking at weather was going to be awful, water falls were spectacular the trip was 2 hours 15 minutes the bus journey to get there though was 4 hours each way, the boat took us along the fjord and sometimes it took the bow or the stern and put it right under the water fall for people with waterproofs to get wet if they wished, got back at 8pm so from 8:10 am pick up a long day but as I say well worth it I’m sure summer is something else for views.

Dunedin

April 13th
Left Queenstown early morning to make our way to the next stop which is Dunedin and I arranged to visit the Cadbury Factory and do their tour, got free samples of chocolate and it’s different as I’m sure you’ll see by the pictures found out all the Cadbury Cream Eggs come from the UK worldwide and no one over here was laid off.

Lake Tekapo

April 14th
Left Dunedin early morning again, arrived in Lake Tekapo was meant to do Horse Trekking but the wind was too strong and the horses didn’t like it so that didn’t happen, I hope to soon get the chance but obviously not in New Zealand.

Christchurch

April 15th
Left Lake Front Lodge Tekapo 08:30 for the journey to Christchurch ( before you query I have to go and stay in Christchurch again to get to the North Island unless I flew to Auckland)
as I did not really want to pay $70 to get to Auckland and find I cannot get there after visiting places up there as times the most important thing, did not do anything in Christchurch just chilled out as the early starts are catching up on me it feels just like working.

Kaikoura

April 16th
Left Christchurch 8:05 this morning heading back to Kaikoura, decided to do swimming with dolphins it almost didn’t happen due to a storm over night so the seas were quite big, the experience was absolutely superb and even a blue sky, last night of the South Island New Zealand and onto Wellington on the north Island, no pictures due to myself swimming and cannot take pictures of myself.

Picton/Wellington

April 17th
Left Kaikoura 8:40 heading towards Picton for the ferry crossing to Wellington, views from the ferry to Wellington were spectacular, pictures will follow once I get the netbook out and am spending the night here before moving onto Napier and beyond in the North island before flying onto Fiji. :d

Napier

April 18th
Left Wellington 07:45 to head to Napier, everyday we visit cafe’s and grocers, today visited TUI the brewery for $3 you could get 3 beers not that I was interested so am now sitting at a pc in Napier and it’s nice and warm for a change 20c tomorrow Rotorua for 2 nights.

Rotorua

April 19th,20th
Left Napier 8am to make the way to Rotorua for the 2 night stop, stopped at a waterfall along the way which you’ll see pictures and the rate the water travels is amazing, gonna visit later the hot pools here and may take some pictures.

April 20th
Went to the park to see the hot pools not very exciting but have posted pictures, the one with a swimming pool like shape is a foot bath which was lovely and hot, decided today to go rafting in the rapids which was fun and some nice guides to take us down them.

Mount Maunganui

April 21st
Left Rotorua 13:45 which was nice except I had to be out of the accommodation at 10am, arrived at the next place Mount Maunganui and stayed at the Pacific Coast Backpackers which to be honest wasn’t a bad place to stay, climbed up the mount itself and pictures will follow when on my own netbook and the view is stunning which I’m sure you’ll agree, sunset and the orange sky is superb.

Auckland

April 22nd
Left Mount Maunganui at 8am to make my final destination Auckland, stopped in places on the way which I’ll update once I’m on my own system, so keep checking back and you’ll hopefully soon see the pictures as well.

April 23rd
Decided as last day to do nothing as am feeling tired after my 3 week tour of New Zealand, so am just chilling and looking at what I can buy myself as a birthday present, as am a bit early may leave it until nearer my birthday and when I’m in Hawaii.

Christchurch

Kaikoura

Nelson

Irimahuwhero View Point

Truman Track

Greymouth

Franz Josef

Thunder Creek Falls

Lake Wanaka


Random Photo’s New Zealand

On Way To and Milford Sounds Itself

Dunedin Cadbury Factory Tour

Boulders Beach

Lake Pukaki

Tekapo

Random Pictures On Way To Christchurch

Leaving Picton South Island

Arriving Into Wellington North Island

Napier

Huka Falls

Rotorua

Rafting, Rotorua

Mount Maunganui

Paeroa

Pukaha Mount Bruce

Auckland

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