Category = ‘south-island’

Spring Creek Holiday Park

We arrived at the park around 6pm, as it is only about 20 minutes from the ferry terminal.  The owner was really helpful, and said that as we are staying three days, after tonight he should be ab..

Highlight Wine Tour

Marlborough Wine Trail Super neat vineyards! Today was all about wine. We were collected from the campground at 9.50am, and dropped back at 5.00pm, having spent the day tasting wine – 32 different win..

First BBQ

We moved to a much nicer spot by the creek this morning... Just a few sites down from our new spot is the campground’s pet eel (!) which Jess wants to feed at some point. Here’s the update on Jess’s a..

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Just outside Blenheim is a world-class aviation museum, which opened in 2006. Due to Sir Peter Jackson’s interest in aviation, he is now the chair of the trust which manages the museum, and his involv..

Feeding the eels

Before we left Spring Creek, Jess wanted to make sure she fed the resident pet eel (!). It turns out he (Eddie) has some friends as well. And because they live on a holiday park, and fed by the visito..

A long wet drive

Well it had to happen eventually... we have just arrived in Christchurch, about two hours later than planned, because a) the weather was appalling and b) the main road was closed so we had to do a big..
Categories South Island Travel
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Having arrived later than we hoped, we didn’t have as long to explore Christchurch as we had planned. However we still managed to have a wander through the city centre. In 2010 and 2011 Christchurch w..

Arthur’s Pass

It was a long drive... but wow, what a good one! Arthur’s Pass is a long road across the Southern Alps.  Interestingly it wasn’t as up and down as we were expecting, after the road from Auckland ..
Categories South Island Travel

Franz Josef Top 10

This is the sort of sign to get my pulse racing... as we left Arthur’s Pass and drove down the coast, we could see the snow-capped mountains in the distance getting ever nearer... I’ve been looking fo..

Glacier Heli Hike

Hiding from the sandflies... Our day began early – as we opened the van it was filled with sandflies. They are a serious nuisance here on the West Coast. Here’s Jess dressed up so avoid them..! We arr..