Monthly archives: December 2007

Goodbye Te Anau… Hello Wanaka

Had a good night out night before last. Was just wandering along lakeside and was lured into a local bar by the sound of live music. Really good band as it turned out. It seems the mullet (hairstyle as opposed to fish) is alive and well in this part of NZ (or perhaps it never left). Sported by about one in four young drunken lads who together with the great […]

Milford 7

Well the road to Milford and Milford Sound Cruise have completely blown me away. All unbelievably awesome huuuge views. I simply don’t have the vocabulary to describe what the last couple of days have been like. Well they say a picture tells a thousand words so here goes: On the road from Te Anau to Milford … Mirror Lakes Big Mountains … The Chasm: Milford Sound from shoreline walk Waterfall, […]

Te Anau 4

Hurrah, Christmas out of the way for another year. I had a really nice one. Christmas eve mooched round Dunedin during the day. In the evening had really good penguin encounter. Saw loads of them, lots of cute fluffy chicks too and was able to get up close. Got up late ish to a beautiful sunny Christmas morning and had a leisurely Christmas brekky. Then went for a fantastic 3 […]

Otago Peninsular

Well, had a lovely time in Moeraki. Got some more Yellow Eyed penguin action at even closer quarters than I was able to get at Oamaru. If you look carefully you can see them hanging out next to the seals. Met a great guy – semi pro photographer from Holland called Bjorn (yes I know – we had a wee giggle about it too), who gave me some hot tips […]

p p p pick a pp penguin and getting my rocks off! 4

Safely arrived at Moeraki en route to Dunedin after long, long drive from Kaikoura. They’ve got penguins coming out of your ears here. Went to see blue eyed penguins at Oamaru come ashore last night. They are soooooooo cuuuute. They are the world’s smallest penguins a mere 30cm in height and only 1Kg fully grown. Bloody freezing so didn’t hang around to see all 400 hundred come home. Unfortunately no […]

The seagulls flew off with my lunch!! 2

Stomach just feeling settled enough to eat a carefully prepared (and well remembered) sandwich after post-whale-watch nausea. Got sarnie out of me bag and was holding in me mouth while zipping back up (so hadn’t even had a proper bite yet) – Suddenly out of nowhere seagulls and assorted mates attacked me from behind and quick as you like the fuckers swooped off with me lunch! Couldn’t believe it – […]

Whale Watch 2

Can’t believe how lucky I’ve been this trip. Woke up this morning and skies were relatively clear so it was all on for the whale watch. Feeling a little queasy having just returned from a very fruitful couple of hours marine life spotting. Saw 3 male Sperm Whales (Big Nick, Little Nick and Rua- which is Maori for 2 as he has 2 nicks). You’ll have to make do with […]

Kaikoura 2

Had a fab time in Wellington. Was very well looked after by H and D who I met on my last visit to NZ. Ferry crossing was very windy but otherwise ok. Don’t think I will ever tire of the view on the approach to Picton. From Picton a lovely drive into Kaikoura and campsite at Peketa Beach about 7Km outside of town. Camp site is right on the beach […]

Taupo to Wellington and the Desert Road… 3

Had a bit of a lie in yesterday morning – didn’t get up til 7.45! Decided to treat myself to not making my own breakfast so had a hearty one and set off for a morning walk up Mount Tauhara about 5 mins drive away from where I was staying. Thought it might be a good idea to stretch me legs before the long, long drive to Wellington. The young […]

Sky dive 2

So second post of the day but just so excited I couldn’t wait. Mooched around Napier and got to Taupo sooner than expected. On the offchance asked about a sky dive and was fortunate enough to get in on the last one of the day. On board with me were Margaret from Cork not far off pension age, very nervous but very game (despite the nerves had opted for the […]