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Wandering the World

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Category: New Zealand

Found 24 posts.

Ruakuri caves

New Zealand Days 18-19

It takes a long time to get from Auckland to Leicester. Shame it was without sleep.

February 17, 2019

Champagne Pool of Wai-o-tapu

New Zealand Day 16

Another thermal park in the Rotorua geothermal area, this time with lakes

February 15, 2019

The Tongariro Crossing

New Zealand Day 14

After visiting Hobbiton we'd moved on to the Tongariro crossing where we\'d be passing Mount Doom. Though it wouldn't go to plan

February 13, 2019

Bag End, Hobbiton

New Zealand Day 13

They've take the Hobbits to Isengard! Actually, no - we were in Hobbiton and then visited Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon.

February 12, 2019

Te Puia - Performing the haka

New Zealand Day 12

A Maori cultural experience in a thermal park in Rotorua

February 11, 2019

Karangahake Gorge

New Zealand Day 11

Back on the north island we then started with the Coromandel Peninsula before heading inland.

February 10, 2019

Landing on the Tasman Glacier

New Zealand Day 10

A helicopter ride, landing on a glacier, a boat ride to icebergs, and then a long drive north to Christchurch to stay in a jailhouse.

February 9, 2019

Lindis Pass

New Zealand Day 9

Arriving back on dry land we hired a car and drove north to Twizel.

February 8, 2019

View of Doubtful Sound from a hilltop

New Zealand Day 8

Back in the Fiordland National Park to see Doubtful Sound - not as good as Milford.

February 7, 2019

Helicopter and seaplane

New Zealand Day 7

After arriving back in Te Anau from Milford Sound we\'d got an afternoon visiting the glow worm caves.

February 6, 2019

Milford trail, near sandfly point

New Zealand Day 6

Last time we were here our tour was turned around by a tree blocking the Milford Road - would we get there this time?

February 5, 2019

Lake Wakatipu

New Zealand Day 5

Not lingering in Auckland long, we headed to Queenstown on the south island for the start of some tours

February 4, 2019

One Tree Hill

New Zealand Day 4

Starting the trip off with a 16 mile run, and 15 miles of walking to explore downtown Auckland.

February 3, 2019

Singapore airport (SIN)

New Zealand Days 2-3

Twenty four hours of flying, three hours layover, and getting to and from airports. It was a long weekend continuing the journey to Auckland.

February 1, 2019

New Zealand Day 1

Who'd have thought a journey to a hotel near London Heathrow could be eventful?

January 31, 2019

New Zealand

Preparing for a return to New Zealand - nine years after the original trip. This time there'd be more opportunities to explore

January 25, 2019

Oceania Day 20

This was the longest of days - I'd not been sleep since waking up for the Tongariro Crossing and now had a bus ride to Auckland to take a flight to Melbourne, and the very long flight home via Hong Kong. If only I could sleep on planes.

March 26, 2010

Tongariro Crossing

Oceania Day 19

The day had come for our Tongariro Crossing. The weather was bad, and who knew what the crossing itself was going to be like...

March 25, 2010

Ferrier Fountain, Christchurch

Oceania Day 18

After just a few days on the south island we were already moving on to the north island. Would our time there fare better? Only time would tell...

March 24, 2010

Lindis Pass

Oceania Day 17

It was going to be a long drive from Queenstown to Christchurch; but we'd got a few stops planned along the way. One of these was to see Mount Cook; but in the spirit of the week: things didn't go to plan.

March 23, 2010

Te Anau

Oceania Day 16

The morning after a big storm, we began the long coach ride to Milford Sound for what we hoped would be an amazing chance for photography. Sometimes things don't work out the way you think they will.

March 22, 2010

Queenstown

Oceania Day 15

Yet another early start, and we were on our way to New Zealand for the last week of our Oceanic adventure. Hopefully this would go as well as our time in Australia had.

March 21, 2010

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