Category = ‘travel’

The long journey

The holiday began with approximately 30 hours of packing and sorting... split by the London fireworks in the middle.

Cook Strait Ferry

Our time on the North Island has come to an end – for a couple of weeks at least. Today we took the Cook Strait Ferry from Wellington (North Island) to Picton (South Island). It was a rather bizarre a..
Category Travel
Tags ferry food

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
Tag weather

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

Haast Pass

The route from Franz Josef to Queenstown goes through the Haast Pass – and like Arthur’s Pass it is mostly flat, following the course of rivers (very sensibly) while having some climbing sections. We ..

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
Tags beer food wine

Arthur’s Pass (take two)

Again, having seen yet more massive storms approaching the West Coast, we altered our plans: to delay visiting Punakaiki Beach Camp by 24 hours, so we could weather the storm in Greymouth (which is tr..
Categories South Island Travel
Tag weather

Auckland Airport

Well we’re finally here... our last meal in NZ, shortly before our flight leaves for Heathrow via Singapore. This is breakfast for ‘one’... we shared it! A glass of MiruMiru sparkling wine to wake up ..