Yearly Archives: 2008


Back in me own bed 2

Well now safely back home. Hong Kong was great but I didn’t get around as much as I’d have liked as I was a bit out of sorts. After valiant attempt to get out gadding on first day had to go back to bed and sleep off the impending lurgy and jet lag. Next day was feeling a bit better so hopped on a ferry to one of the outlying […]


The Goddess she’s left me… 12

Well today is a very sad day for me, (but not the saddest… that comes in a couple of days time). Just returned the Goddess of Love, my home for the best part of the last couple of months. Boo hoo 🙁 However much has happened since last post, and much could still happen. 4 days at least til I start the final leg of my journey home. Here I […]


Golden Bay 3

Well I’ve been having a chilled and very lovely last few days. Whilst in Motueka went to Marahau at the start of the Abel Tasman Track a couple of times for lazy afternoons on the beach. It’s been really hot here what’s a girl to do… Marahau…a busy NZ beach! On my second visit to it was still really hot, so big walk out of the question (well that’s my […]


Motueka – chill time…

The rest of my time in Karamea was great. Made a good decision to stay another night. In the morning got chatting to a bloke called Warren over brekky. Top geezer. Got some more good geological action. After a long drive down a gravel road, barely getting out of second gear and definitely not getting out of third got well into Kahurangi National park and a couple of cool caves. […]


Gouging out a gorge of my own at Hokitika 2

Cruisy day yesterday. Late start then eventually I got myself down to Hokitika Gorge. Before I even got a chance to see it though, I’d backed myself into a small and very innocuous looking puddle. 10 mins of wheel spinning and burning rubber later and I was getting nowhere. Luckily there were a couple of people about. Firstly nice French woman tried to help and we jointly got nowhere. Then […]


What a difference a day makes 2

Yesterday the rain finally stopped so I got to see what all the glacier fuss was about. Fox Glacier is pretty damn awesome. Fox Glacier: After me glacier fix, stopped off at Franz Josef Glacier for lunch then made my way slowly up to Hokitika. But first… a stop for a few hours in Okarito, for an awesome walk up to Okarito Trig and panoramic views of 3 Mile Lagoon […]


Grey day at the glacier 1

Pissing down with rain here at Fox Glacier today but the plan is, if I stay in this cybercafé long enough the weather will clear enough for the roads to the glacier to reopen. Damp weather has in no way dampened my spirits though. It’s still warm and the view is still there (well the bit that’s not under cloud anyway). Had a really nice meal last night in Café […]


West coast adventure begins… with a feast for the sandflies 3

I am fast running out of adjectives to describe the wonderfulness of my journey. Sadly said goodbye to Wanaka this morning. I thought Lake Wanaka was big but… Lake Hawea just outside is bloody ginormous. Must have driven for a good 40Km and was still driving down just one side of it. Stunning, stunning, drive up to Fox Glacier (haven’t visited yet as it took me all day to get […]


Bad hair day at Aoraki / Mt Cook 3

Have been having an amazing couple of days. Left Wanaka yesterday for a trip to Aoraki (which is the Maori name for Mount Cook and means cloud piercer) and an overnight stay. A stunning drive pretty much all the way, and on entering Aoraki National Park the views were just breathtaking. Blue-glacier covered mountains, milky turquoise lakes… Aoraki: Lake Pukaki: Stopped off at Glentanner about 25Km from Mt Cook Village […]


Beautiful day for a bike ride…

Today, I went for a beautiful bike ride from Wanaka to Albert town around Lake Wanaka. Compared to the saddle on the bike I had for my ride on Otago Peninsular, this saddle was fit for the princess and the pea. The guys at Thunderbikes on Helwick St. were great, helpful, good directions (not that it was at all difficult but very patient) and nice bikes. The ride itself was […]