Jess and I visit New Zealand (January 2019)


The Central Otago region (which is where Queenstown and Arrowtown are) is known for its wine... so off we went to try the pinot noir wines here (apparently the speciality of the region). The first was..

Te Anau-Milford highway

We are still alive...! Ironically the post I tried to upload to say we’ve had no wi-fi or cell service for days, in a brief glimpse of 3G signal, failed to upload... Anyway, we are now a long way behi..

Milford Sound storm

We knew a storm was coming from the weather forecast – so we had decided to move our time at Milford Sound forward by one day, to enable us to see it in the sunlight. And what a good job we did! The r..

Stirling Sunriser

When we booked our spot at the Lodge, we had the opportunity also to book a kayak trip with Rosco’s Milford Kayaks – which we did!  We chose the Stirling Sunriser trip: you take a water taxi out ..

Te Anau Top 10

Driving back to Te Anau from Milford was quite sad – we’d had an amazing time, despite the awful weather, and it’s one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever visited. I am so grateful we made the d..

Still alive...

We’re still alive, but we’ve been without Wi-fi and mobile network coverage for a few days - hopefully we’ll be able to find some decent Wi-fi to post some updates and photos later today.
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Cargo at Waitiri Wines

The person who had served us our wines at Akarua Winery recommended Cargo Brewery as a great place to stop off to taste some beers and have some lunch. As our journey from Te Anau to Lake Tekapo took ..
Categories South Island Travel
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Mount Cook

On the way to Lake Tekapo from the South, you pass by Lake Pukaki, which points directly at Mount Cook (the largest mountain in NZ, at 3764m high). The rule of thumb is, if you can see it, drive to it..


The reason we chose to come to Lake Tekapo is because it is part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve –Â an ideal place for looking at the stars. One of the most amazing experiences of my life was looking up ..

Mount John

Our campground for our stay at Lake Tekapo is at the foot of Mount John, where the University of Canterbury has an observatory – to take advantage of the dark skies. Crazy water colour! Somewhere..