New Zealand WW1 Centenary Trails

I’m feeling a little pleased with myself after a WW1 Centenary Project Team working for the New Zealand Government saw one of my images and asked for my permission to use it in their project materials. It is displayed on their website and on printed banners (to be placed in libraries and schools around the…

With our Grandchildren in New Zealand

We’ve having a very good time in Wellington, New Zealand with Cathy and our two grandchildren We arrived here last Thursday and have had an active time with mild, but very windy weather. This city has really been living up to its name of being ‘Windy Wellington’. Yesterday we saw a woman literally holding on…

A Long Weekend In New Zealand

We enjoyed a very pleasant few days last weekend in the Little town of Martinborough in the Wairarapa Region and in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. We stayed in the little town of Martinborough (about 90 minutes drive from Wellington) for two nights at this very nice boutique hotel. Martinborough is the centre of…

Wanaka

This is the town that we were in last year when the famous Wanaka Challenge was being held. We actually became one of the few people to get lost in this little town when we were deviated away from the main street to avoid the finish of the marathon. Ts event is on again in…

Milford Sound

We are now in the bustling town of Wanaka having spent the last few days in the Fjordland region of Southern New Zealand and visiting Milford Sound. We stayed in the ‘frontier’ little town of Te Anau which seems to have as many hotel rooms as it does houses. It is very much a tourist…

Around The Lake to Glenorchy

We had reserved our final day in Queenstown for a trip to the top of the lake to the little town of Glenorchy. On the previous night, we had another spectacular sunset and I was able to take a relatively decent night photo of Queenstown. We had a leisurely start and left Queenstown at about…

Lake Cruising

Today was a very gentle day – not enough excitement to even increase our heart rate. a big change from our previous two days – but still very enjoyable. We spent the day travelling to Walter Peak Station at the other end of Lake Wakitipu on the vintage steamer, the TSS Earnslaw. The TSS Earnslaw…

Thrill Seeking- Day Two

Chris continued his adventures this morning with anoadventistarly start – the Nevis Swing.This is apparently the largest swing in the world. You start by being suspended 160m above the canyon floor and on your release, you find yourself accelerating through the canyon at a crazy speed of up to 150kph+ in a 300m arc. There…

Thrill Seeking – Day One

We began our list of adventure activities this morning with an early start on the 7:45 am Shotover Jet ride. This was the only time that we could book to enable Chris to do his combo experience of Jet Boating and White Water Rafting. It was very interesting being up so early. The long distance…

Exploring Queenstown

Tuesday was a busy day for us on our first full day in Queenstown. After breakfast, Chris, Audrey and I walked down the steep hill into town while Jill and Cathy took the car. After finding a parking spot, our first stop was at the most outstanding place in town – the AJ Hackett booking…

Entertaining Violet

iPads are a great piece of technology. At four, Audrey has been an adept user for some time. This time it was very useful for keeping little Violet entertained during our flight. I hope that the people in nearby seats were not too offended with all the animal noises.