Christchurch… Part 2…

Despite our worries I’m incredibly pleased to say that the rumors were largely unfounded and we really enjoyed our time in Christchurch… Yes the earthquake was devastating and yes there’s an incredible amount of damage but Christchurch is definitely a city with a fighters spirit and the people of Christchurch are striving to rebuild a […]

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Christchurch

After an enjoyable Christmas the plan was to head to another campsite in Akaroa but after seeing the steep, winding access road we decided to ditch our plans and head straight to Christchurch. We decided to take the scenic route from Akaroa with the intention of staying in New Brighton a suburb of Christchurch. During […]

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Akaroa

After a couple of days in Geraldine we headed to Akaroa, our home for the Christmas period (apologies for being so behind on my posts!) and our penultimate stop in New Zealand. Akaroa is an historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of a flooded (and thankfully extinct) volcano! Akaroa is definitely a […]

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Geraldine

Fast approaching Christmas and the end of our time in New Zealand we left Tekapo and headed towards Gerladine. As we hit the road the heavens opened up and the rain came thick and fast so we decided to stop en route at a little place called Fairlie where we holed up for the night […]

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Tekapo

After Mount Cook, entering our final few weeks in New Zealand, we hit the road and headed towards a little place called Tekapo known predominantly for it’s stunning blue lake. We had 2 days in Tekapo which we spent pottering around the very small centre, walking along the lake and enjoying the tranquil setting. On […]

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NZ Attitude

While in Mount Cook we spotted a sign on the back of a digger that made me chuckle and prompted this post! It’s refreshing to be in a country that expects more common sense and less hand-holding than the UK. In New Zealand (in fact pretty much everywhere we’ve been), you’re expected – as an […]

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Mount Cook… Part 2…

After a short climb up the hill the Hooker Lake comes into view. Although Hooker Lake is a murky grey colour and lacks the brilliant icy-blue of Lake Pukaki it more than makes up for it when you crest the hill and see Mount Cook, the Hooker Glacier and icebergs! Although we knew there was […]

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Mount Cook

From Oamaru we headed North towards Mount Cook National Park with it’s breath-taking scenery, icy blue lakes and glaciers. En route we stopped at Maori Rock Art and Elephant Rocks (used in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and soaked up the amazing scenery. As you approach Mount Cook National […]

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Oamaru

Our next stop in New Zealand was Oamaru. Oamaru is a little town on the coast known predominantly for 2 things, penguins and Victoriana. Although we’d already seen the amazing yellow-eyed penguins in the Catlins we’d fallen in love with the adorable creatures and wanted to see them again in Oamaru… that was until we […]

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