… Unfortunately, short and amiable taxi rides make for very little blog content. Apologies. Who can forget the Melbourne fiasco of December 16? Clearly, all of us, quite easily… … More 47. Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
…As accurate as this fact may be, it’s also hideously boring, so I promise not to mention it again. Please keep reading. I have children to feed.
(I don’t, but that is what those in the trade call “artistic licence”, or, in layman’s terms – “lying”)… … More 46. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
If there are two things that will endear me to any city, it’s probably chocolate and rugby. Given the presence of a Cadbury factory and a successful rugby team in Dunedin, there are no prizes for guessing how this blog is going to go… … More 45. Chocolate
There are few greater pleasures in life than checking out of a Base Hostel, so it was with giddiness and glee that we departed the fiery depths of hell of Base Queenstown for our Milford Sound trip on a sunny morning. Milford Sound is one of the most impressive sights in New Zealand, or so … More 44. Bigmouth Strikes Again
Queenstown. Basically every driver and person we had met had espoused the glory of this place, supposedly the best on earth and the greatest town ever. Given their fervour I was also pretty sure it was the scene of the birth of Christ and location of the Holy Grail. Our journey began, somewhat more subtly … More 43. The Queen Is Dead
Our first stop after leaving Westport was Cape Foulwind, which sounds much scarier than it actually is. Unless you’re scared of long one way hilly walks, in which case it is exactly as scary as it sounds. Kiwi Experience have a habit of making you do a walk first thing in the morning. They say … More 42. Elephant
As the South Island came into view spectacular scenery surrounded us, made all the better by brilliant sun and cloudless skies. Erik (Chief) and I were on deck appreciating nature’s wonders and the stunning untouched beauty of New Zealand. Below deck, Katie and Leanne were asleep, nature’s wonders clearly secondary to a midday nap. We … More 41. Fire
Our first impressions of our new driver Si were that he was a bit mad. As it turned out, we were wrong. He was completely mad. He was however, very funny, even if that humour did play hopscotch along the line of acceptability. … More 40. Tales From The Riverbank
LAST TIME ON LETSCALLITAGAPYEAR… From behind the village walls came a drum beat and war cries, the sound of aggressive Maori warriors approaching to challenge us. Chief stood firm. A Maori canoe, a waka, appeared from around the corner and the warriors emerged… Our chief, Erik, stood in front of us with 4 other chiefs … More 39. From The Ritz To The Rubble
‘If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest from home I’ve ever been’… Today was the day all the nerds (Im including myself so it’s okay to call them nerds) had been waiting for – we were leaving Waitomo and headed for The Shire, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the quintessential New Zealand … More 38. A Thousand Trees