A relatively short journey to our first visit to a visibly volcanic town on Lake Taupo. We had another busy day visiting Huka Falls ,a meadery,craters of the moon with all the volcanic steam,a earthquake simulator and lunch at the Huka winery.It's a hard life.
We started the day with a very interesting coach tour of the city with it's very steep streets,we visited the Te Papa museum ,had lunch in a Belgium restaurant Leuven on the corner of Featherstone street, there was also a very smart crafts market on the waterfront near the museum.
We went on the whale watching trip early this morning but unfortunately no whales were forthcoming but amazingly we were given a large refund so it's one of the towns famous crayfish meals tonight.This afternoon we visited an amazing place where young seals were frolicking beneath a waterfall Ohau Falls.
Another fabulous journey first visiting the Pancake rocks at Punakaiki, then the seals at Cape Foulwind then travelled through the Buller River Gorge before arriving in the alpine ski town of Hammer Springs.
We left Queenstown about 9am visiting the Chinese settlement at Arrowtown,we also visited the museum.We then moved on to Bannockburn and visited the Carrick winery where we also had a nice meal. On the way into Wanaka we tackled the maze at puzzling world.
An absolutely beautiful day with mountain to lake sunshine, we started off with a trip up the nearby gondola to see fabulous views, up there was bungee jumping ,sledging and other white knuckle activities. We had lunch at a super restaurant on the wharf followed by a boat trip across the lake on a steamboat to Walters Peak farm for a sheep shearing exhibition.
Another brilliant journey, although we tried to fit too much in with visits to Nuggett Point to view penguins,Purakaunui waterfall and the most southerly point of New Zealand at Slope Point and the fossil forest at Curio Bay.Te Anau is a beautiful place on the lake.
Te Anau campground is right on the lake, from there we went into the Fjordland national park to Milford Sound.We also had a boat trip on the Fjord on the Milford Mariner.Later onn the trip we visited the underwater observatory.
We set off early for the nearby town of Twizel still with marvellous views of the mountains,we also made our first visit to a winery at Kurow. Then it was off to visit Oamaru and the beach Beachey head hoping to see penguins but unfortunately we were too early,we did however see basking seals, after that it was the Moeraki boulders before heading off to our campsite in Dunedin.
To help us get over our jetlag we spent our first full day touring Christchurch,we could see why it is called the Garden City, its hard to accept spring flowers in the autumn. After the trip we had a briefing with the motorhome hire company Kea who explained a few basic differences in driving rules.In the evening we had an excellent dinner which helped us get to know our fellow travellers.
After a long and tiring journey we arrived in Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand still suffering after shocks from the large earthquake but damage did not appear to be as bad as the TV had portrayed.We were met at the airport by Steve and Jane our efficient tour escorts.