New Zealand

Tuesday Nov 14 2017

Traveled from Fox Glacier to Greymouth, stopped at Hokitika Gorge and later waked along the beach in Greymouth wher Ted finally found a stick to help him walk along the beach mmmm a bit late Ted

Monday 13 Nov 2017

Today started a bit dismal as our helicopter flight was cancelled due to the poor weather. However by 1pm we had a break in the cloud and up we all went for 30 minutes.

A great time by all was had flying, landing and building snowmen then taking off again to return to base. followed by a walk through the enchanted forest to visit the glow worms. 

Sunday Nov 12 2017

Queenstown to Fox Glacier Today we checked out the lakes and rainforest even found time to check the warm spring! yes it was warm

Saturday Nov 11 2017

Today we cruised down Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station on the Earnslaw, wonderful weather and a great BBQ lunch.

Friday Nov 10 2017

Te Anau to Queenstown

Thursday Nov 9 2017 

Today we traveled to Milford Sound a little wet but still a wonderful day. as we waited at the tunnel pesky birds similar to a parrot were busy destroying any rubber or antenas on the cars, one of them had a go at our hire vehicle, which was cute until we realised what was happening.

Wednesday Nov 8 2017

Today we traveled along the southern Scenic route Invercargill to Te Anau which is the gateway to Fiordland and Milford Sound. Overnight the area had some snow which was quite a surprise as it is unusual for this time of year, a little cool but wonderful for the photographers in the group with many stops along the way. 

Also stopping at the Clifden Suspension Bridge for a quick look.

Tuesday Nov 7 2017

Quiet day today in Invercargill with a trip out to the Bluff with views out to Stewart Island and up to the lookout which was very cold for those not rugged up.

Back into town for a look around and a restful afternoon. Some found the stumpary which was very interesting for the photograpers. Rained later that day with the promise of snow in some areas ahead us.

Monday Nov 6 2017

After an early breakfast at the Good Earth Cafe we then headed off from Dunedin to Invercargill passing Lake Waihola a popular venue for the locals having a picnic.

The historic town of Milton was next then Balclutha which had a distinctive arched concrete bridge where we had morning tea.

We also stopped at Purakaunui Falls and Mclean Falls where we had lunch at the Whistling Frog then on to Niagra Falls NZ.

A stop off to see a lighthouse along the Curio Bay was wonderfull as we were blessed to find some sea lions on the beach and along the foreshore in the long grass, what a surprise for us.

Overnight in Invercargill.

Sunday Nov 5 2017
After breakfast at a local café, we drove out to the steepest street in the world, followed by a visit to the botanic gardens then into the city centre for some retail therapy before catching the train out to Taieri Gorge. We experienced sunshine, rain, wind, and hail all in one day.


Friday Nov 3 2017
Late afternoon flight from Brisbane directly to Dunedin. Accomodation in Dunedin. Arrived in Dunedin quite late (2am) Saturday morning so looking forward to getting a good nights sleep, whats left of it.

Saturday Nov 4 2017
First full day in Dunedin is over. After breakfast at 9am we drove out to the Otago peninsular where our first stop was Larnach Castle. The day started very misty with low cloud which didn't lift entirely until late afternoon. We then went out to the Royal Albatross Centre before heading back in along the harbour to Dunedin. Dinner at the local pub which was a little noisy due to New Zealand playing Scotland Rugby League.