Phil Vickery

Joined August 2017
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  • Day8

    Fabulous Fun and Stunning Sightings

    August 19, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    First, we went to the Gondola Hut and took a gondola up the mountainside. At the top, we saw some beautiful views of Queenstown, the mountains and Lake Wakatipu.

    Then we went on the luge. We had to go on a chairlift to get to the top of the luge track. Once we got there, it was luge time. We had 3 runs and Ben and Jon went really fast. It was fabulous fun!

    After that, we went to see a kiwi birdlife park. While we were there, we saw kiwis being fed, keas, tuatara, tui and a cricket and other birds, lizards and insects including a NZ falcon.

    Then it was time for our Lord of the Rings Tour. We got to see where the Oliphants battled in Ithilien, the Dead Marshes, Treebeard and his nephew (Frogmouth), the woods of Lothlorien and Fangorn Forest and lots of other locations from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. We also got dressed as hobbits and the boys held real swords that were replicas of the ones used in the movies including Sting and Narsil. We had to be very careful not to hurt anyone!

    We also learned the Maori legend about how Lake Wakatipu was formed. A tanifa / monster captured a beautiful princess and took her to the top of the mountain. A brave warrior crept up the mountain and waited til night, when he poured oil all over the monster and it caught fire. The monster fell down the mountain with his knees up in a Z shape and formed the beautiful Lake. They say the tanifa's heart is still beating and that is why the Lake still rises and falls today.

    After a fantastic tour, we had Japanese food for dinner and a gelato for dessert. That brought our great day to an end.
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  • Day7

    The Remarkable Remarkables

    August 18, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ❄️ -1 °C

    In the morning, Coronet Peak was closed because there was icy winds and low visibility. So, we went to the Remarkables instead. We had an amazing day. Ben and Jon learned to ski backwards and went on the chairlift. They are both really good skiers now.

    When we were at the Remarkables, it started to snow while we were skiing. Sometimes it was really foggy and a bit hard to see. But it was great fun and Jonny had never seen snow fall before. So it was time to throw snowballs at Dad!

    We had a great dinner at nighttime with Benny's school mate Nick, and his sister Sophie and Mum and Dad (Kelly and Will) - so much fun!
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  • Day6

    Benny's Birthday Dinner

    August 17, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    We went to a restaurant called Public for Benny's birthday dinner. There was a telephone booth at the restaurant and a big kiwi too.

    We had lots of yummy pork belly, tasty skirt steak, chewy chicken schnitzel, crunchy garlic bread and chickpea chips. Jon had a lemon, lime and bitters and Benny had ginger beer (so did Mum but with some alcohol in it).

    Then it was time for Benny's birthday chocolate cheesecake. It was really good and Daddy, Mummy and Benny really liked it but Jonny thought it was a little bit too cheesy. After dinner, the boys were really tired and we all headed back to our unit for a sleep.
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  • Day5

    Benny's Birthday

    August 16, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    When we woke, we sang Happy Birthday to Benny. Then it was present time and Benny got 3 fidget spinners. Then we hopped and went up the mountain to Coronet Peak. Jonny went on both magic carpets and birthday boy went on the chairlift to the green run. We had another great day of skiing.

    Then we went to ice bar where it was minus 8 degrees and there were lots of amazing ice sculptures which took between 4 and 8 hours to carve. Ben and Jon had delicious mocktails - Jonny had a Juicy Lucy and a Snowlake and Ben had 2 Sour Sues. It was super freezing in the Ice Bear and the boys had big coats with a fur lined hood to keep warm.

    Lastly, it was time for Benny's birthday dinner.
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  • Day5

    First Day skiing

    August 16, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

    First, we went on the bus and drove to Coronet Peak. Ben and Jon had their first skiing lesson at Kea Club. We were all wearing ski helmets and clicky ski boots that click onto the skis. Skiing is like pushing a car down the hill - you have to put your weight forward and do the S pattern. Ben got to set off on his own and went so fast his skis came off, Jon crashed into another and Daddy crashed into Mummy. The snow was as white as a lamb's fleece and tasted like an icy pole. It as soft as a doona.Read more

  • Day3

    Incredible snowcapped mountains

    August 14, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We arrived in Queenstown at 3pm in the afternoon. There were incredible jagged snow topped mountains rising upwards towards the sky. Even though it was cold, it was a beautiful sight. Our unit had a great view of 2 mighty mountains and a beautiful lake was in sight.

  • Day3


    August 14, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    In the morning, we went to the Auckland Zoo. It was lots of freaky fun. We saw NZ native animals including the kiwi, the NZ fur seal, the Kea, eels and other birds. We also saw other wild animals like the otter, red panda, African rhino, Asian elephants, ostriches, zebras, giraffes and baboons. After that, it was time to travel to Queenstown.Read more

  • Day2

    Auckland Afternoon

    August 13, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    First, we went down to have a good look at the Harbour. Then we looked back towards the Sky Tower and took some pictures. After that, we saw a bridge that looked like it was alive. Finally, we went to the park where there were some really big silos and massive staircases with a platform on top. Then we had some snacks and went out to find a place to have burgers for dinner! Benny was nearly fast asleep by the time we had dinner.Read more

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