The Coromandel Peninsula

Omokoroa Beach A Short drive to the local Bird Sanctuary not far from Omokoroa Beach, we feed the birds as we go round, cool place, pools, nearby estuary, different types of birds. Head north towards the Peninsula stopping in Whangamata on the beach front go for a splash in the sea on the golden sand.… Read More

Haka Falls

Haka Falls Towards Lake Taupo again, high winds over the hills, some blustery parts, hanging onto the steering wheel in parts, stop in the town centre of Taupo to visit the Local Heritage Museum and go for a wander around Taupo itself. Come across the artist shop of artist Graham Möeller, have a good chat… Read More

Whale Watching Kaikoura

Whale Watching, Kiakoura Whale Watch Kaikoura Boarding cards ready, take the coach to the South Harbor and onto the Catamaran, head fast five miles out into the sea, out over the Kaikoura shelf, a drop of 1km, in total 1600m deep, the guides search for sperm whale sounds using a hydrophone, we wait for them to… Read More

End of the Year

Lake Pukatiki Round trip from Oamaru to Timaru via the lakes, Lake Pukatiki first with its crystal glacier blue water, stopped at the iSite with a view over the lake towards Mt. Cook. Have to wait for over an hour for the clouds to clear the view down to the mountains,the peak of Mt. Cook… Read More

Southern Most Point

Slope Point South direction to Gore, a straight run from one side of the country to the other, meet the Americans of Arizona, Bill and Nancy again in a coffee shop in the middle of Gore, what are the chances… funny. Down to the coast, Waipapa Lighthouse with Sea lions lying on the beach. Along the gravel… Read More

Milford Sound

Milford Sound Early start 8.15 for the bus tour to Milford Sound. Only 11 people on board, friendly driver guides us through the approach to Milford. Stop on a number of places, Mirror Lake reflects the mountains in the still water, Kaka Falls the amazing Homer Tunnel. Stunning field of yellow grass with mountain peaks behind,drive over… Read More

Paradise to Bungy Jumping

Glenorchy Christmas but with a difference,  drive along the lakeside to Glenorchy and onto Paradise ! The Stunning twisty lakeside road with views over the bright blue lake Watapitu  to the mountain ranges on the other side. An occasional stop to stare in wonder at the fantastic landscape then on to Paradise along a gravel… Read More

Fox Glacier to Lake Wanaka

Fox Glacier Up early to see Lake Matheson for a quick walk around the lake, due to the low cloud and light breeze, there isn’t any  great mountain reflections on the lake’s surface. Tried the visitors café instead and bought two NZ baseball caps in the gift shop to blend in with the locals !… Read More