Boulders, Steampunk and Richie McCaw – Invercargill to Kurow

The very un-Bavarian Bavarian motel had everything we needed; a powerful hot shower, a comfortable bed and our own cooking facilities allowing us to keep watching Harry Potter in the morning whilst also indulging in pancakes and taking full advantage of our rapidly dwindling calorie deficit.Upon leaving Invercargill, we spent the next 3 days bouncing … Continue reading Boulders, Steampunk and Richie McCaw – Invercargill to Kurow

A Dunedin Art Attack and a Papatowai Scrap Heap Challenge

From Milford Sound we drove straight across the country to the east coast as we were a couple of days ahead of schedule due to the weather earlier in the trip. With time to spare we thought we would drop in to Dunedin, which hadn’t made the cut previously, before heading back to the south … Continue reading A Dunedin Art Attack and a Papatowai Scrap Heap Challenge

A delightful respite from the rain and more beautiful views up to Glenorchy and the Routeburn Track

After two days of very little exercise and poor weather we were both feeling a bit cabin feverish and decided that the best thing to do would be to go for a run. So we found ourselves back in Wanaka, far sooner that we had ever intended, limbering up for a jog around the lake. … Continue reading A delightful respite from the rain and more beautiful views up to Glenorchy and the Routeburn Track

A spectacular day at Arthur’s Pass and an interesting night in a nursing home – Greymouth,Moana, Arthur’s Pass & Hokitika

On first appearance, Greymouth isn’t anything particularly special and was simply going to serve as a place to buy some new flip flops; James’s 2 dollar ones were giving up the ghost. However, we soon found that it was a lovely town for a leg stretch with some quirky shops and cafes and a dose … Continue reading A spectacular day at Arthur’s Pass and an interesting night in a nursing home – Greymouth,Moana, Arthur’s Pass & Hokitika

A whole array of wildlife from Reefton to the Pancake Rocks; birds, seals and the dreaded sandfly

After a wonderfully relaxing evening in the dry, we woke up to beautiful sunshine and were definitely in need of a walk to stretch our legs. We headed out to Victoria Forest Park to tackle the Murray Creek Track, a 10.7km loop through forest dotted with redundant mines. The area had been heavily mined for … Continue reading A whole array of wildlife from Reefton to the Pancake Rocks; birds, seals and the dreaded sandfly

Henna and dreadlocks, from camping to damping and some necessary home comforts

After packing up our site at the River Inn we made our way to the northernmost point of the South Island, Farewell Spit. The spit is 27km sandbank that is constantly extended and reshaped by the sea. You can’t actually access the far end without some sort of special permission so we just went for … Continue reading Henna and dreadlocks, from camping to damping and some necessary home comforts

Our first days on the South Island, a minor hissy fit and beautiful Abel Tasman National Park

A quick preface to our South Island adventure; we had 4 weeks available to us and below is a picture of the map that we had annotated with what we wanted to see. Yes, Caro was in charge of the map and no, James was not allowed to touch it.The point is that, despite being … Continue reading Our first days on the South Island, a minor hissy fit and beautiful Abel Tasman National Park

Taranaki, the Forgotten World Highway, Tongariro and the relative merits of long drop toilets

We had come to Turangi with the sole purpose of undertaking the Tongariro Crossing and so, when our crossing was cancelled the night before due to gale force winds, we rearranged our schedule to come back in a couple of days when the weather looked more favourable. Instead we headed south the following morning through … Continue reading Taranaki, the Forgotten World Highway, Tongariro and the relative merits of long drop toilets

Soaking up the scenery in Te Urewera and Christmas in Taupo

After leaving Rotorua we had our first, and to this day, only, bad experience whilst camping. We had pitched up at a free campsite at Lake Aniwhenua and, as it was December 23rd, the site was extremely popular with Christmas campers. The spot was beautiful and we had enjoyed a stroll along the lake, and … Continue reading Soaking up the scenery in Te Urewera and Christmas in Taupo