Category Archives: New Zealand

Queenstown revisited.


This little township is somewhere to come back to.  It is always re-inventing itself but the main drawcard is the spectacular lakeside scenery.

Make sure you stay downtown as the roadway into Queenstown, along the lake is very busy all of the time.  Any hotels along this route are way too noisy.  Air conditioning in summer is also a necessity.

The road from Queenstown to Glenorchy is spectacular with lots of picnic spots and photo opportunities.  Many walks commence from Glenorchy.


Try the Earnslaw day trip and BBQ lunch – it was a great day out despite being a very touristy experience.  The steamboat trip in the sunny weather was enjoyable with the horn sounded when we arrived at the sheep farm.  The shearing display was littered with kiwi jokes and the skilful sheepdog display was interesting.  Lunch was full of magnificent kiwi produce and consumed on the lakeside patio.

Lots to do, plenty to see, just take lots of money!


In awe of Hillary – Inspiring Mount Cook.

How inspiring to think that Hillary trained here and went on to conquer Everest.

The DOC office has a museum to the climbers of days past including hob nail climbing boots and documentaries on the many mountain rescues mad regularly on Mount Cook.

A great village with a few options for dining.  Camping is some distance from the village. Lots of walking options including a tramp to Hooker Glacier.   Make the effort as the scenery and environment is worthwhile.

The Te Aroa track ventures close to the road in this area.   Get inspired -hop out of the car and go on a walking adventure from the top of NZ to the bottom!


From the ocean to the mountains… too easy in NZ!

It is a quick trip from the pristine harbour of Akaroa to the splendid valley that is Arthur’s Pass.  Visitors can drive to this location or catch the train – with a station at Arthur’s Pass.

There are a few accommodation options at Arthur’s Pass with many people choosing to camp or stay in their RVs.  There is a useful DOC office which will provide plenty of advice about the various hikes on offer.  Make sure to visit the DOC office to make the most of your time tramping.

We stayed four nights and enjoyed a variety of hikes which included waterfalls and magnificent viewpoints.  Make sure to bring some food along with you as food is expensive in this location.  Look out for some pretty native flowers and those cheeky parrots – the Kea.



Antipodean Escape

Summer Holiday Escape

What better way to wind down after a busy year than to jet off to the South Island of New Zealand.

It is a quick flight over “the ditch” from Brisbane to Christchurch.  Easy to organise a hire car for pick up at the airport and then a leisurely drive out to the tranquillity of Akaroa.

This beautiful village is set on a magnificent harbour, formed by the flooded crater of an extinct volcano.  There are a range of walking tracks on the surrounding hillsides and the opportunity to take a harbour cruise.  The day cruise means getting up close and personal with the tiny hector dolphins.  There is an option of swimming with these beautiful creatures however they seem very happy to swim alongside of the cruise boat.  Lazy NZ fur seals sunbake at the entrance of the harbour.  A great day out to enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and natural beauty of this special place.  A beer watching the sunset is always a good option to end a busy day.

Dining and shopping options are limited outside of the arrivals of cruise ships, when I am  sure the place springs to life.  Fish and chips is always a great NZ dining choice!

Make sure you take the time to drive out to this pretty French inspired New Zealand enclave.