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  • Day14

    Owaka to Curio Bay

    December 26, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Today we travelled to Curio Bay with stop off at the Whistling Frog Cafe and McLean Falls. Extremely fortunate to swim with Hector Dolphins in the surf (Southern Ocean!) and watched the Yellow Eyed Penguins come on to the beach. Drove to Waupapa Point Lighthohse and saw the fossilised forest. We stayed the night in Bayview Backpackers, Waikawa.Read more

  • Day59

    Day 59/72: Christmas!!!

    December 25, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Merry Christmas!!!! What an exciting day. So strange waking up on Christmas day to sun and heat, we even had a white Christmas if you count the snow that was sprinkled on the mountain peaks around Glenorchy. Tom called his parents and wished them a Merry Christmas Eve night, and then we opened our stockings! It was great, sitting there in the van with a cup of tea, fairy lights, Christmas tree, holly and mistletoe hanging around. Not traditional but great fun!

    We then went out for a run before it got too hot. Beautiful scenery, running around the smaller lakes of Glenorchy with santa hats and saying Merry Christmas to other people out for walks. We got to the main lake and ran along the jetty, threw our stuff down and jumped straight in to the amusement of many a tourist who took photos. One woman had recorded the whole thing and sent us the video! Very odd way to start a Christmas day!

    We then ran back to the campsite and had shower and cooked ourselves a well deserved Christmas breakfast of eggs/bacon or salmon on toast. Feeling very pleased with ourselves, we chilled out and unvelied our other presents for each other, and then went to find a spot on the lake. We drove around to the other side, which was a bit of a catastrophe because we ended up doing through a ford and then getting to a bigger one and having to do a 17 point turn on a tiny gravel track and going back up a very steep hill, where we stopped at the top to walk down to the lake edge only to be attacked by flies and mosquitoes and upon trying to leave, lost the car key so couldn't escape! We scurried and slapped for a good 5 minutes before locating the lost key in its very safe place on the gear lever and getting away faster than a car from a bank robbery. We then swatted all the flies in the van for the rest of the journey back to Glenorchy, listening to Christmas songs and stopped at the lakefront we were at that morning. There is a small park on the front, so we chilled out there for the rest of the afternoon, jumping in the lake when we felt too hot and playing cards, frisbee and snoozing. It was very relaxing.

    That evening, we made our Christmas dinner (chicken and potatoes, simple yet tasty) and tucked into our vast array of cheese that we'd managed to collect over the past few days. It was fantastic, and we had a bottle of wine out of paper cups, and let the sun go down as we chatted and ate. We both called our families on their Christmas morning. A really nice Christmas day all in all, and Glenorchy was a brilliant place to spend it in!
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  • Day63

    Day 63/72: Milford Sound

    December 29, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    We drove out of Te Anau towards Milford Sound, a very famous Fiord in Fiordland. As we drove, we drove further and further into rain, and by the time we got to where our boat was leaving from it was solidly heavy rain. The boat was great, the captain constantly making comments about trying to sell the cappuccinos in the cafe... 'if you look to your right you will see some kayakers in the rain, a great way to see Milford Sound, except of course that they don't have the cappuccinos in the cafe on the lower deck to warm up, so buy yours now!'
    He pointed out loads of seals sat on rocks as we made our way through the sound, waterfalls crashing around us in all directions. It was wet and cold sat on the deck, but the views were absolutely beautiful. Occasionally the caption dipped the front of the nose of the boat right under the edge of a waterfall so we all got absolutely soaked. The photos will explain how beautiful it was a lot better than I probably can.

    The afternoon was dedicated to drying off, having hot showers, and listening to Stephen Fry read Harry Potter.
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  • Day17

    Stewart Island Day 2

    December 29, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    Hired electric bikes and rode out to Lee Bay which is the start of the national park. Joined the Rakiura Track for 30min walk to Small River and spent some time exploring the beach.

    Lunch back in Oban and then on the bikes to Ackers Point. Then over to Golden Bay for a swim.

    In the evening we went looking for Kiwi and had an amazing experience when two came hurtling through the bush chasing one another. They stopped by us and walked between our legs, pecking at shoes and socks before heading on back into the undergrowth. Heading back to the Hostel we saw another along the road.Read more

  • Day15

    Stewart Island Day 1

    December 27, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Arrived at Bluff at 8.30am to catch the ferry to Stewart Island. Whilst waiting to see if we can get a seat on the 9.45am crossing I went to get coffee and tea from the local cafe and was treated to a museum tour and cinema experience of Aurora Australis whilst waiting - only in NZ!

    We managed to get on the 9.45am boat and with a strong breeze and good swell we had a roller coaster of a ride, arriving at Oban around 1 hour later. After collecting our bags we headed straight for the hotel bar for a ginger beer to settle our stomachs.

    Having re gained our land legs we checked into SI Backpackers and pitched our tents on the lawn. Time to go exploring...

    A short walk over to Bathing Beach to cool off in the water and then an evening walk looking for Kiwis which had been spotted on the path to Bathing Beach a fewnights earlier. We had no luck and with final walk through the bush, along fuchsia walk decided to call it a night.
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  • Day41

    28-11 Te Anau: Milford Sound

    November 28, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    De weg was minder druk dan ik had gedacht, al lijkt het vanuit een andere auto altijd minder denk ik. Toch blij dat ik het gedaan heb, het was knetterhoog keer 2,1 bijna ongeluk gezien en eerlijk gezegd vond ik de busreis met stops en verhalen van Sacha leuker dan de "cruise". Kea's gezien. Brutaal als de neten, 1 pikte in mijn been! Sacha laat ons crayfish zien. En ik vond de "chasm" echt magnifique, maar alle foto's zijn raar geworden. Ook leuk "the misty mountains" van In de ban van de ring.
    Er gingen ook erg weinig minuten in de cruise van 2 uur, nl 100. We hadden van mij nog wel wat langer bij de Crested pinguins mogen stoppen, al schijnt het beremazzel te zijn dat we ze überhaupt gezien hebben in dit seizoen.
    Op verzoek van Annemiek (😉) vlak na thuiskomst mega onweersbui. Gaat zoals het hoort: goed dus. Hoera!
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  • Day46

    3-12 Riverton

    December 3, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Het onweer van gisteren levert vandaag mooie dampen!
    Geen spectaculaire dag, maar ik ben happy. Nog iets warmer dan gisteren, het asfalt zweet soms teer en dat klinkt alsof je op bubbeltjes plastic rijdt. Ik heb mijn schouders en nek ingesmeerd met zonnebrand. Klein stukje vergeten. Auw.
    Grappig al die mensen (inclusief ikzelf) die steentjes uit grind vissen, omdat iemand een bord heeft neer gezet: gemstone beach. Ik hurry met de tent opzetten, zodat ik nog wat plakspul op die lijntjes kan smeren, hopelijk droogt het dan nog voor het onweer. Nu (19.45) wel wat wolken, maar het zou mij niet verbazen als er niets gebeurt😀.Read more

  • Day48

    5-12 Curio Bay

    December 5, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

    Nou, Murphy heeft in een deuk gelegen vandaag. Bui na bui. Als ik niets aantrok werd ik zeik, als ik wel iets aantrok was het droog voordat ik weer fietste. Hahaha. Zonder overdrijven wel 6 keer of vaker mijn regenpak aan en uit getrokken. Dat was ook wel wat er te doen was onderweg. De wind was gelukkig zuid-west waardoor ik hem niet te vaak pal tegen had en soms zelfs mee. Mijn laatste heuvel kreeg ik kado, ik werd gewoon omhoog geblazen. Nog geen dolfijnen gezien. Ik denk dat ik morgen blijf.Read more

  • Day44

    1-12 Manapouri: Doubtful Sound

    December 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Ja mooi! Ik heb de boot van 7.15 genomen, scheelde 40 dollar, en inderdaad fantastisch licht. Wel 10 keer wakker om te kijken of mijn wekker het wel deed.
    Op de boot over Lake Manapouri (ook héél erg mooi) wist de schipper nog iets interessants te vertellen over Milford Sound. Raar dat ze dat daar niet vertelden. De schipper op Doubtful deed dat trouwens ook niet, raar. Ze hebben 7 ijstijden gehad in 300.000 jaar. Bizar gewoon. En dat kan je soms zien aan de stapjes op bergen langs de fjorden. Echt leuk. Nu ook de crested pinguins echt goed gezien. Gaaf. Morgen weer echt fietsen, ook zin in.Read more

  • Day45

    2-12 Clifden

    December 2, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Sommige dingen zijn te groots voor foto's. Links en rechts bergen met hun top in de wolken, ik door een breed dal met weilanden en heel veel bloeiende brem. Mjum, ruikt zalig. Gemiddeld stroomafwaarts, die heuvel had ik al op de kaart gezien. Viel me toch niet mee en hij was niet eens heel hoog of steil. Kijk ik op de thermometer: 36 graden. En gisteren nog met hemd, t-shirt, dunne en dikke trui en regenjack met capuchon op voor de kou op de boot. Goh, dat mijn lijf dat dan ff niet snapt. Raar hoor.
    Ik probeer nog de Clifdon caves, maar dat is me toch te eng (smal en laag) en te donker met alleen een telefoon als zaklamp. Twee gloeiwormen gezien, ik vind het best en ga terug.
    Eindelijk een gratis camping. Ik ben er knetter vroeg en blijf toch, ondanks dat de volgende "echte" maar 14 km verder is. Veel te leuk.
    Wéér onweer, het rommelt lang van te voren, dus ik heb mijn tanden al gepoetst en geplast,stormlijnen vast (al was het nog windstil). Gelukkig maar, het is op zijn Nieuw Zeelands; in het kwadraat. Op die 2 aanbindlijntjes na, houd ik het binnen droog. Best een beetje eng. Blijft ook boven mijn hoofd hangen🤢
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