New Zealand

Snapshots from life on the road

Snapshots from life on the road

Tomorrow we give up our lovely Jucy Crib camper van after a fortnight on the road.  What a great way to see the country.  The important numbers … Distance covered – 2,336 km Ratio in which we took responsibility for the driving (and will therefore take responsibiliy for paying the speeding fines) – 3:1 Height […]


A walk on the glacier

A walk on the glacier

Today we went for a walk on the Franz Josef glacier (where Jane’s birthday photo of me came from) – a few more photos for you to enjoy…


Happy Birthday to Stu

Happy Birthday to Stu

Stu, marking the final day of another year with a hike on Franz Josef glacier  


‘Embrace the fear’…

'Embrace the fear'...

…is the slogan of NZone, the Queenstown-based skydiving company which has been on our radar for about seven months.  Way back when we were planning this trip, we decided that a skydive would be a cool thing to do, if terrifying.  Frankly, though, it’s not that scary when you’re just sitting there in the pub […]


Exploring Fiordland

Exploring Fiordland

We’ve just spent two great days exploring New Zealand’s Fiordland.  From our campsite in Manapouri a van, a boat, a bus, and then another boat took us out through the vast Doubtful sound to the Tasman sea.  It’s supposedly one of the rainiest places on earth.  I guess we got lucky. By contrast we were […]


The art of incongruous cooking

The art of incongruous cooking

When we worked out travel budget, way back in autumn 2010 (a fine joint effort, where Jane took responsibility for researching likely daily costs per country, plus the likely contingency costs of additional activities, and I made it into a lovely spreadsheet with ‘Alert – you are over budget’ warnings and live currency feeds from […]


Two days in Middle Earth

Two days in Middle Earth

Another two days, another two walks, neither of which turned out quite as expected. The first was supposed to be a brief visit to a viewpoint from which one can see icebergs floating on a lake at the foot of the Tasman glacier – the biggest glacier in New Zealand. A leaflet from the amazing […]


Mount Cook National Park

Mount Cook National Park

Yesterday we left Christchurch in the rain, and spent a very strange jet lagged few hours winding our way down through deserted farmland (bar the sheep) to Mount Cook National Park, stopping only for a much needed nap in a town car park somewhere.  Jet lag and the airport floor were catching up with me, […]


Another day, another country…

Another day, another country...

Well this is all a bit weird.  Just over three week ago we were in Laos.  Then we went to Cambodia.  Stopped briefly in Sydney for three nights, and now we’re in New Zealand. We arrived a little late to make spending NZD$160 on a hotel room worthwhile, so opted for the airport floor route.  […]



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