Desley Mullins

Joined July 2017Living in: Brisbane City, Australia
  • Day10

    Christchurch

    January 12 in New Zealand

    We drove from Dunedin to Christchurch and spent most of the day looking around the city. We walked from our hotel, across Hagley Park, through the botanical gardens to the city centre. It was sad to see that there is still so much damage from the 2011 earthquake. The Cathedral is still a crumbling mess and a lot of the streets are cut off due to major construction.

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  • Day9

    Dunedin

    January 11 in New Zealand

    We arrived in Dunedin at about 11.00am and went to see Larvach Castle which is south of the city. It's very pretty with views back towards Dunedin and out to the end of the peninsula to the ocean. We then went for a walk around Dunedin and saw the Cathedral and the Town Hall. All in all a nice city and not as "touristy" as the other places we've visited.

  • Day8

    Gibbston Valley Winery

    January 10 in New Zealand

    I went on a lovely tour of Gibbston Valley Winery just outside Queenstown today. Went into the "wine cave" and saw the oak barrels where the wine is matured and tasted four of their different wines. Then I had a two course lunch with matched wines. BBQ lamb leg with 2015 Pinot Noir followed by the chocolate tart and salted caramel ice cream with the Special Reserve Pinot Noir which I later found out is $120 a bottle 😳 Lastly, a quick spin around the shop and the cheesery. A very luxurious day indeed 😊Read more

  • Day7

    Day trip to Milford Sound

    January 9 in New Zealand

    Today we went on a full day bus tour to Milford Sound - another big day, leaving Queenstown at 7.30am and returning at 8.45pm. We saw lots of beautiful scenery on the way there, and also during the cruise on Milford Sound. It was a bit rainy and windy at times which wasn't too bad, mainly because it meant there were more waterfalls to see ☺️ The captain of the boat drove the front of the boat right up to (and into) the waterfall, which was invigorating to say the least!!!Read more

  • Day6

    Queenstown

    January 8 in New Zealand

    After another long day of driving, we arrived in Queenstown at 3.30pm. We have a stunning view of the town and the gondola ride up the mountain from the balcony of our apartment which we will call home for the next three nights. We had a look around town and then went for a ride on the gondola. There are amazing views from up there - looking down on the town across the lake. We also had a close encounter with a crazy bungy jumper from our gondola on the way up. 😳Read more

  • Day6

    Lake Tekapo

    January 8 in New Zealand

    We left Christchurch early and headed south west to Lake Tekapo where we saw the beautiful little Church of the Good Shepherd which sits on the edge of the lake. We also stopped to see a hydroelectric power installation at a waterfall called "Roaring Meg".

  • Day5

    Wellington to Picton to Christchurch

    January 7 in New Zealand

    We caught the Inter-island ferry from Wellington to Picton early this morning. It was a little bit rough in the open sea but quite enjoyable. We met a lovely NZ couple from Napier (him) and Hastings (her) who are traveling around the south island on their honeymoon. Chatting to them made the 3.5 hour boat trip go quicker. The sea surrounded by mountains coming in to Picton was gorgeous. We then drove nearly 5 hours to Christchurch. The trip was made slower by roadworks through areas damaged by the 2011 earthquake. The beaches here were also beautiful and its amazing to see the railway tracks running right beside the beach. Finally got to our gorgeous Christchurch hotel at 6pm.Read more

  • Day4

    Napier to Wellington

    January 6 in New Zealand

    We said goodbye to Napier this morning and drove south to Waipukurau, which is where my great grandparents got married. I don't know which church they got married in - Anglican or Presbyterian - so I took a photo of both. We arrived in very windy Wellington at lunchtime and went on the Cable Car ride to the top of the hill overlooking the city and the harbour - beautiful!!!

  • Day3

    Napier

    January 5 in New Zealand

    We had a wander around Napier today. It's a lovely seaside town with stunning Art Deco architecture. We then went for a drive to Bluff Hill for an amazing view over Napier's port just in time to watch a cargo ship slowly make its way out of the port, with the help of two little tug boats.

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