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  • Day110

    SUP, art and boating around Wanaka

    January 17 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    With Cathers free from work, we all got up for a 3 mile jog to collect the car from friends house.
    Then prepped lunch and SUPs and headed off for an adventure.
    We paddled to Ruby island which is in the middle of the Wakana lake. Great little place to swim and chill out. I did some painting whilst the Carhers and Hannah did some colouring in.
    The sun was baking so dipped in and out all day.
    We paddled back and met Pete back at the house.
    Then met up with some other friends Taylor and Sonia and went out on their boat for a swim and a fish. Soaked the girls with a few bomb shells.
    Ordered a few takeaway burgers and chilled out at home with some G and Ts. Great day!
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  • Day111

    Gibbston Valley Festival

    January 18 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Got a 9am bus down to the festival. Probably a good 10,000 people there. Saw Billy Idol, Smash Mouth and a few others. 8pm arrived very quickly and we were back on the bus before we knew it.
    Hannah seemed to have smuggled some extra booze in, as she was definitely feeling the most tipsy by the end of the day. Had a jolly good shoulder snooze on the way home.Read more

  • Day109

    Back to Wanaka

    January 16 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Drove past lake Wakatipu, through Queens town back to Wanaka. The drive was amazing, with stunning mirrow views over the lake. Had one moment when we thought we were going to run out of fuel, but the Mazda seems to keep on going on empty 😁.
    Met up with Cathers, went for a swim in the lake and some did some painting. The girls did some colouring in. Very cultured!
    Met up with Pete after he finished work and went to meet Sophie and Aubrey to try some lazer clay pigeon shooting. Great fun!
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  • Day31

    Craft Beer Tour

    February 27 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 22 °C

    What a day - no alarm, not too much program (just a relaxed craft beer tour in the afternoon😂), no hurry... Anyway, I was active, too, at least in the morning. After waking up at 9:00 am (last days I sleep very badly at the hostels), I went for a run at the lake. I was not in a good shape though. I ran some 10 km, but I really had to fight to make this happen, after 6 km I was already about giving up. At noon I was picked up for a craft beer brewery tour. I was the only participant, but it was great anyway. So, I had a lot of time to talk with Lewis who runs these tours. First, he took me to the Altitude Brewery on the fringes of Queenstown. Pretty small location with a cool atmosphere with skis and lift seats on the "terrace". They have some twenty beers on tap. I could choose five of them which was not so easy😀 Well, I think, I had a good mix with a plisner, a pale ale, an India pale ale, a sour and a stout. I liked them all, well, the sour (it is sour!) for me only matches a hot summer day/evening when you want a really refreshing beer. Then, Lewis took me to the Cargo Brewery about half an hour away from Queenstown which used to be a winery before it was turnt into a brewery about two years ago. The tasting room is an old church. There, I could taste four beers together with four corresponding small dishes: a refreshing lager wih some cheese, a wheat beer with a spicy sausage, an India Pale Lager with some jalapeño cheese balls, and a porter with a chocolate cake. All went really well together. I did like the wheat pretty much because it had some notes of banana, also very nice for a hot summer evening. I think, I had never drunken an India Pale Lager before. It has a more interesting taste than a regular lager. After Cargo, we had some spare time before going to the last brewery. Lewis took me to Arrowtown, a little town which was founded in the gold rush of the late 19th century. I am happy, I could see it. On my own, I would never have gone there. On the way back to Queenstown, we had to wait for a rescue helicopter to land on the road. There were also many police and fire brigade cars. It must have been a heavy crash, but we could not see any details. Lewis decided not to wait for the road to be opened again, but to turn and take another road. We came into Queenstown over Queenstown hill. I was flashed by the view on Lake Wakatipu, the mountains and Queenstown - amazing! The weather had become so nice again. When we started the tour there were many dark clouds and Lewis expected it start raining soon. Fortunately, the clouds pushed along with only a few drops of rain. The last brewery - the Searchlight Brewery - was in Queenstown again; a pretty hidden location in a commercial/industrial area. Here, I could chose four from sixteen beers, again not easy, but I went four a "wheat" (not so special like the one before, but also good [close to a "Kristallweizen"]), a brut IPA (very special), a red ale (very nice to drink), and a milk stout (a nice sweetness from the added milk). At Searchlight, I could also visit the brewing area with the malt mill, the heating tanks as well as the brew tanks - pretty small, considering that they have sixteen beers on tap. I also bought a bottle of beer there which I am going to enjoy the next days. Searchlight was the end of the great tour. I thank Lewis, that he ran it even though I was the only customer. After the tour, I got some stuff organised for the weeks to come and went for dinner and a beer at a craft beer place in town where I could get a 15% discount because I had gone on Lewis' tour.Read more

  • Day18

    Cargo Brewing

    February 11 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We intended to go to the Cargo Brewing pop up pub at Arthur's Point last night but didn't make it, so we were very happy when we saw this sign on our drive. We pulled in and encountered a huge and lovely green space with tons of games and toys for kids of all ages. We spent a really lovely hour or so playing in the sun and trying their beers.Read more

  • Day32

    Food and Wine Tour I

    April 11, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Heute war ein echt schöner Tag, auch wenn es ziemlich geregnet hat. Wein- und Essenstour war angesagt. Meine Mitarbeiter waren ein älteres Ehepaar aus San Francisco (die waren schon auf jedem Flecken der Erde, haben über 2.000 Weinflaschen im Keller und waren/sind im Maklerbusiness und haben jüngst die Grundstücke gekauft auf denen Apple sein neues Headquarter baut) und ein 25-jähriges Pärchen aus England (beide angehende Anwälte). Das war total spannend sich über Wein, Reisen, Politik und andere Sachen zu unterhalten. Musste mich zwar richtig anstrengen, aber das hat so viel Spaß gebracht. Hier war unser erstes Tasting von fünf Weinen und fünf korrespondierenden Tapas.Read more

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