Category: RTW

One step Beyond… Christchurch

We awoke late at the RSA club and took a wander to the shopping centre to get a decent coffee. Amanda sat online for a while and I wandered through the centre to see what shops were around, stopping of to have a play with the EOS M in a camera shop. After a late breakfast we headed

Christchurch, still in regeneration

So we left Kiakoura mid morning and headed for Christchurch. We stopped of around half way for a milkshake and stretch of the legs. On arriving at Christchurch and having got through all the outer suburbs to get to the city centre we parked up outside the botanic gardens and paid the $3.10 for 1hr, owch!

On to Kiakoura

So up early ish to leave Picton we filled the van with Water and headed on South towards Kiakoria where we hoped to stay for the night. We stopped of in Blenheim at the I-Site to look at some information on the local area. Wasn’t long and we were back on the road. The scenery here is

Welly, Wellington the special place.

Wednesday, up and into Welly were after some faff with car parks found one for $9[£4.50] for 12hrs more than we needed. We headed into the I-site to get a map. From here we went to the cable cars, this is a special place as my granddad has spoken much about them and I have

40 Knots and head down south.

So day 2 in Rotorua, today we headed into town and parked up nearer to the cop shop as this looked pretty safe with around 10 cop cars on the same area. We headed in and around town, going for a coffee at Aunty Annies café. We then did a little shopping looking for another

First few days of our adventure

So I collected Amanda from Auckland airport on Wednesday, she was a little late landing but it was all fine because it meant most of the rush hour traffic had gone. I was impressed with my navigation skill not requiring any Sat Nav to get to and from the Airport 🙂 It was awesome I

I’m on Top of the bottom of the World/NZ

Monday, after a good nights sleep even if it was freezing cold inside this morning [not sure why] I was up and out just after 9am. I had decided that even though it was a long old drive I was going to do it anyway and go all the way to the top of NZ,

90 Mile Beach Time Lapse

Time lapse taken on 9th December near to Ahipara, 90 Mile Beach New Zealand. End of video contains settings information.

Boats, Food and a long long beach!

Sunday Time to head north. So of to Piahia, here I parked up and got the boat over to Russell. It felt as if I was on the little boat going over to Brownsea, sadly I wasn’t. Russell was the first permanent European settlement in NZ, it also has the oldest church in NZ. Over the hill

Whangarei [fong-a ray] – Carnap

Saturday morning I left Waiwera and headed to Whangarei. I arrived around 11am and parked up in the city basin area and took a walk around. After a chat in the information centre I left with some ideas for the day. I headed up a local hill that allows a view out across the city. It

Auckland the windy city!

So Thursday Chilling out at the house as the weather was something else. Very heavy rain then sunshine then rain and it was tropical rain that would sock you in seconds. I popped to the shops in the afternoon and the rivers were flowing very fast and high. It turned out watching the 6pm news

Napier and a comfy bed

So I arrived just after 3pm on Sunday and was give a quick tour in the car around Naiper before we headed back to the house just around 10km outside Napier and about halfway to Henderson. Back to not having to hunt out free Wifi for a couple of days 🙂 that night beer and

Dedicated to miss the match

Saturday, brought with it a relaxing morning in town with a little research online along with a lovely cuppa tea. In the afternoon I took a wander of around 8km around the walkways around the edge of the lake. Its a very lovely walk encompassing sulfur bay. This walk finished just south of the Polynesia Spa. Returning to the

Rotorua, grumpy man, kiwi, sheep and free wifi!

Wednesday, this morning brought with it me still feeling washed out and not 100% luckily only an hour ride to Rotorua from Taupo. This I took Nakedbus to get there for around $20. I arrived just before 11am, then walked around 500m to the YHA from the central bus stop. I thought I would be

Taupo Timelapse

This is the best of the 3 time-lapses that I tried over Taupo lake. Will be trying more soon!