Nikko… Part 2…

After an abrupt and scary start to the day we headed out to explore the shrines and temples Nikko is renowned for! Unfortunately the weather was against us and the rain was pouring but armed with our umbrellas we headed out! There are 3 main shrines/temples in Nikko – Toshogu Shrine, Futarasan-Jinja Shrine and the […]

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Whitsundays… Part 2…

After an hour or so on Whitehaven Beach we returned to the Solway for another delicious meal prepared by our resident chef before heading into deeper water where we heaved the main sail and made use of wind power. It’s amazing watching the crew climb the masts, release the sails and repel down to the […]

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Fraser Island… Part 2…

After admiring the wildlife and view at Indian Head we headed back down the beach towards our accommodation for the night stopping en-route at the S. S. Maheno shipwreck which ran-aground 7th July 1935 when it’s tow rope snapped during a cyclone. The wreckage has since been destroyed by wind, rain, sand and sea and […]

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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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Kaikoura

After Abel Tasman we hit the road and headed to our next destination Kaikoura via the Lewis Pass. The Lewis Pass is a beautiful mountain road 864 meters above sea level that winds through the Southern Alps along rivers, lakes and waterfalls with spectacular views of the country. Unfortunately the day we drove the Lewis […]

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Picton… Part 2

During our time in Picton we wanted to walk part of the Queen Charlotte Track – a 71km (44.11 mile) track from the tip of the Queen Charlotte Sound to Anakiwa, just outside Picton. The track takes 3-4 days to complete – staying overnight at D.O.C. shelters along the route – and takes you along […]

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Northland… Part 2

The next few nights in Northland took us to a little place in the Bay of Islands called Paihia. Paihia is a coastal town known for it’s beaches, boat trips and home of the Waitangi treaty grounds. We spent 2 nights in Paihia soaking up the sun, relaxing and pottering around the town. Although we […]

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