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Final Countdown: Bay Of Islands

Final Countdown: Bay Of Islands

Wednesday 4th December I’d checked the pickup time the evening before and it said 7.30am but I had a gut feeling that I should arrive early just in case. When I was woken by one of those in the room at 6.10am (20 minutes before the alarm) I decided to get ready. I left the hostel at 6.50am with the intention of getting a drink and using the free McDonald’s WiFi but could already see a small crowd at the…

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Everybody Hurts: Christchurch

Everybody Hurts: Christchurch

Tuesday 3rd December My accommodation in Christchurch was the old jail house – part of the old jail that had been preserved and was now used as a hostel. The owners had made an effort to keep to the theme but walking up the stairs to the second level and opening the big heavy cell door I was relieved to see the beds were at least more than a mattress on the floor. I also discovered I was in a…

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Earth Song: Milford Sound, Lake Ohau and Mt Cook

Earth Song: Milford Sound, Lake Ohau and Mt Cook

Saturday 30th November We said goodbye to 10 people at Queenstown and as the coach departed it felt rather empty as we began our journey to Milford Sound. Our first stop at lunch was to the small town of Te Anau which was our last opportunity to have contact with the outside world before entering the Fiordland National Park. I hadn’t really read or seen any pictures about this part of the trip so didn’t have any real expectations except…

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It’s My Life: Fox Glacier and Queenstown

It’s My Life: Fox Glacier and Queenstown

Wednesday 27th November We drove through the centre of Christchurch and saw what remained of the Cathedral and the Central Business District on our way to pick up a new person. Our first stop outside of Christchurch was a small settlement called Arthur’s Pass the highest altitude settlement in New Zealand and close to the pass of the same name. There was a Kea (a bird that looked like a fat parrot) walking around the village and he/she was the…

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November Rain: Nelson to Christchurch

November Rain: Nelson to Christchurch

Sunday 24th November The approach to the South Island through the Marlborough Sounds was truly beautiful and so I made my way to the top deck. It looked calm from the comfort of our private lounge but I was nearly knocked off my feet by the wind. Once mother nature realised I was to heavy she attempted to take my bag off my shoulder and very nearly succeeded before giving up entirety. The scene then became rather peaceful before the…

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Eye of the Tiger – Taupo, Tongariro and Wellington

Eye of the Tiger – Taupo, Tongariro and Wellington

Thursday 21st November After leaving the village we made our way to the Huka Waterfalls on the Waikato river. The word Hukanui in Maori means Great Body of Spray and whilst it was a fairly small waterfall compared to some I’ve seen it was certainly producing its fair share. Unfortunately just as we got to the lookout viewing platform it started to rain so after a few quick pictures I had to run to get back on the bus. Our…

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Don’t Stop Me Now: Return to Rotorua

Don’t Stop Me Now: Return to Rotorua

Monday 18th November The day didn’t get off to the best of starts because during the night I had been in contact with my dad about the moneycorp card issue. Not only was it still not possible for me to load the moneycorp card but because I hadn’t really been using my new credit card I’d forgotten the pin to that which only really left the expensive debit card. I waved the coach off from the hostel in Rotorua and…

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Adiemus – Geyserland Tour

Adiemus – Geyserland Tour

Thursday 14th November I won’t go in to details about the flight except to say whilst I’d tried to be polite and to charm the staff at the check in desk my attempts not only proved unsuccessful but downright backfired. I’d politely asked for a window seat but when I boarded I realised I’d been given a seat right in the middle of the plane towards the back. With 2 people either side I think most would agree these seats…

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