Category Archives: The Antipodes

Auckland.

Auckland is our last stop. Tomorrow we start the long journey home. I shall take with me many memories. The beauty and the heat we experienced in the Red Centre. The incredible corals on the Great Barrier Reef. The rainforest … Continue reading

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Rotorua 2.

Rotorua continued to surprise this afternoon. We went into the town which appeared to be a very insignificant if not boring little lakeside town. To our surprise we found an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings of machines and robots … Continue reading

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Rotorua.

This is the wierdest place I have been to yet! The hotel and the village are actually within the crater of a volcano. The volcano is extinct ish, but in many areas the earth’s crust is so thin that if … Continue reading

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The White Chairs!

Before leaving Christ church we visited the white chairs. There are 185 chairs each one belonged to one of the people who lost their lives in the earthquake. Volunteers paint the chairs white and maintain the site! In the front … Continue reading

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Akaroa.

Once upon a time, about 20,000,000 years ago at the South Western end of the Pacific Ocean there was a very active volcano. It erupted time after time and with each eruption it deposited more rock and lava on to … Continue reading

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Christchurch.

We left Franz Josef and started our journey by driving up the coast. Beautiful scenery again at every bend in the road. We¬†stopped for lunch at a little seaside place called Hokitika. A black sand beach that seemed to attract … Continue reading

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Franz Josef.

We travelled from Wanaka to Franz Josef today, quite a long journey. However it passed quickly vbecause we split the journey into 3 parts. The first part was by bus and we stopped several times on tbe way for photos, … Continue reading

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Wanaka.

Rob asked about motor cycling here. These snapped this morning before leaving Queenstown are the only ones I have seen. The drive from Queenstown to Wanaka can probably be accomplished in an hour or so but we took all morning … Continue reading

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Skippers Canyon.

I played truant this morning, slept a bit later and had a leisurely breakfast! This meant I was ready and raring to go for this afternoon’s trip to the ghost village of Skippers Canyon. This area was originally settled by … Continue reading

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Milford Sound.

It was about 200 miles driving to reach Milford Sound from Queenstown but the distance seemed ¬†much less because we stopped several times to enjoy the magnificent views. This is the area where The Lord of the Rings was filmed … Continue reading

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