October - November 2016
  • Day23

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    November 7, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    The countryside in New Zealand is differnt from coast to coast. The West side is harsh and weathered whilst the eastside is picturesc with its rolling green hills. All of the country is amazing and green and there is water a plenty. Gods country really.Read more

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  • Day20

    Christchurch

    November 4, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Back in Christchurch this afternoon after a lovely drive from Hanmer. The weather is lovely but windy in Christchurch and the wind is cold coming off the alps. Staying at the Amber Park cararvan park and it is a lovely little park.
    Day 2, headed off to the city this morning to see whats happening in there. We caught a bus into the city centre and walked to Cathedral Square to catch the tram which was a hop on hop off tram. We walked past the city Cathedral and it was an in your face reminder of the earthquake that struck Christchurch back in 2011. The biggest earthquake to hit New Zealand in 80yrears. It was interesting to see the amount of work going on to rebuild the city and to realise the magnetude of the devestation. Entire roads were being ripped up not just because they were damaged but because the infrastructue underground was badly damaged. Entire buildings have had to be demolished from site deemed too dangerous. The city in their wisdom decided to get shop holders up and running again by having them sell out of shipping containers. This has proven a novil idea and is working well. The tram is an excellant way to see the city.
    Day 3, went to the Riccardon Market for a look. It was ok but we expected to see some homemade things like jams and cakes etc. Thre were none of these. Popped into a pub for lunch and had a fish and chips. The fish was Gurder fish and it was delicious. The food was good but the women where cranky. Next off to the Antartic Centre. This is a great attraction and we all thouroghly enjoyed it.
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  • Day19

    Hanmer Springs

    November 3, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    Arrived at Hanmer Springs this afternoon around 4pm after leaving Nelson at lunch time. We stopped on route for a pie at Wakefield and this was delicious. It had started raining at smoko and continued to rain all the way to the outskirts of Hanmer Springs. The wather was lovelin in Hanmer on arrival but a littlle windy. We met up with Ron and Gail and Barb and
    Gary. It is a balmy 10degrees here this afternoon.
    Next day we headed off to the thermal pools. These were amazing. Only spent a few hours there and then went for a quick walk up town to have a look at a couple of shops. Hanmer is a lovely little town.
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  • Day17

    Nelson

    November 1, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 11 °C

    Kiwi and Kellie's place. Landed in Nelson and went for a run up to the shops at Richmond. Met up with Kellie and had lunch at the Stable resturant near the shopping centre. Got some groceries at the pack and save for tea. Kiwi cooked up a lamb roast for dinner. It was beautiful.
    Next day we were suposed to go fishing but the weather was too windy so Kiwi took us around the place and showed us a few things. We went to a hippi self supporing comunity and had a date scone and tea. Bloody beautful. We also got some fresh unhomoginised milk out of the dispenser. Cost us $2.50 for the litre and we had to bring out own bottle. It was delicious. We moved on from here and went the Muture were Kiwi grew up. This place was first settled by Germans many moons ago. The distict grows grapes for wines and hops as well as sheep of course. We had a real fruit icecream and Kiwi cooked us up a really nice dinner of scolops. blue code and we had venisin and gourmet sausages to. Kellie was headng out to an Abba tribute show which she managed to get a couple of tickets for Gail and I and the trhee of us went into the Theatre Royal for the show. It was great.
    Next day we stayed until lunch and then headed off to Hanmer Springs. Gail and Ron left early as they were meeting Barb and Gary at the Kahuna caravan park to head down the coast through Blenheim and onto Kikora to see the seals. From there they headed into Hanmer.
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  • Day16

    Kaiteriteri

    October 31, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    After leaving Murchison at 2pm we drove to Kaiteriteri. Took us around 2hrs . The road was windie in some places but amazing scenery along the way. We arrived at Kaiteriteri and was suprised by the bay in which it is situated in. Lovely wee place to stay the night.Read more

  • Day15

    Murcheson

    October 30, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Stayed overnight at the Riverview Camp gound. Wondered around Murchison around lunch time. Not much open on a Sunday. Filled up with fuel and parked up to have lunhc at the Commercial Hotel in town. Had a great steak sandwhich and chips. Went onto the van park and got a spot for the night. The van park was located near the town cemetery and by a river. The river was lovely but too cold to swim in.
    Next day Clint and I left the others as they went onto Nelson. We took a jet boat ride on the Buller river. We also had a go at the cable harness ride across the gorge. We had to walk across a long suspention bridge to get to both the cable ride and the jet boat. All great things to do.
    Once we finished at the canyon we went back into town and had a pie from the blue tea shop. These were homemade and bloody beautiful.
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  • Day14

    Greymouth

    October 29, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    On route to Greymouth we pulled into Shantytown. This was a place that took you back to gold rush days and the timber boom. Interesting place that they have set up to show you the old shops and steam train etc. There is eve an old China town. We also panned for gold here which was nice to see how they pan gold. All in all, I think it was a little pricey but the visit was interesting and informative.
    We pulled into Greymouth and stayed at a Council run van park of sorts. Rather perculier but not bad. The showers were hot and went for a while. It cost us $2 for the hot water. The toilets and showers were clean though. They even had a public laundry. We did a walk around the town centre and looked at the dirty water in the river. This was probably the most dirty river we have seen in New Zealand. Not much here in Greymouth really to look at.
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  • Day13

    Hokatika

    October 28, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    So we showed up here smoko time on Friday and we pulled into the New World carpark and parked up. We headed across the road to the Regent picture theatre and had a pie and coffee. Clint and I had a lamb and kumera pie fresh out of the oven. these piese were amazing. One of the best pies we ever ate. That might have had something to do with the weather outside to. It was raining heavy and it was windy as well. Miserable day really. The locals said it was a beautiful day yesterday of course. Apparently it is snowing today on the eastern pass from Wanaka. It is suposed to clear up tomorrow. Lets hope so as this weather is terrible to do anything but read or watch movies.
    Next morning was much better. We headed up to the Hokatika Gorge. This is worth the 30 minute trip out. The gorge is well signed how to get there and there is plenty of parking. Great to visit even if you are not the most fit person. The day we went the water was green but on a day that it hasn't been raining the water is a beautiful turquios blue.
    We came back into town to head north to Shantytown/Greymouth but we stopped for another pie at th regent theatre. Just as good as the day before to it was.
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