View from the Top

We have been back now for a month and, like most of you, are ‘stuck’ at home due to the virus. Ah well, life goes and we are using the time for some projects we are working on. Staycation at Marina Bay Sands Three weeks ago, we were lucky...
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East Coast and the Best of the Rest

After the West Coast and the Southern Alps, it was time to hit the East Coast for the last part of our NZ adventure. Steampunk and Penguins Oamaru was our first stop on the coast. The small but charming city is home of a Victorian Quarter with a lot...
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West Coast and the Alps

After our epic adventure in the Abel Tasman National Park, it was time to head down the West Coast before crossing over to Wanaka and beyond. Rainy West Coast The West Coast greeted us with rain and wind which is not unusual for this part of New Zealand. Our...
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Wellington, Sting Rays in Picton and Hiking for Pros

After we had dropped Hazel’s parents and sister-in-law off at the airport we headed northwest to Whanganui for three nights. Relaxing Whanganui The next day we explored two nearby gardens in beautiful weather. The Bushy Park Wildlife Sanctuary is home of a lot of birds in a protected cold-tempered...
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The Ring of Fire

Leaving Hot Water Beach and the Coromandel Peninsula behind us we headed South towards Rotorua. Karangahake Gorge However, on the way there we stopped at the Karangahake Gorge. The region was once full of mining activity. While strolling along the gorge we came along what is left of it....
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Hello New Zealand – It’s us again

As promised seven years ago we are back in New Zealand. An early flight from Hobart via Sydney brought us to Auckland. Up North After spending the first night near the airport in a nice Airbnb with three super friendly cats we were heading north for a few days....
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Hobart – and that’s a wrap for Australia

After having toured beautiful Tasmania for two weeks it was time return to Hobart to round up our 10 weeks in Australia. Our first stop on our drive from Queenstown to Hobart was the Nelson Falls. Although they only had a limited amount of water the nice setting made...
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Tasmania – the North and the West

Next stop on our tour around Tasmania was Launceston, the island’s second-biggest city (read here part I). Launceston On the way, we stopped at the small town of Ross to visit the historic Wool Centre (guess whose idea it was) and town museum. A nice stop for a relaxed...
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The Tasmanian West Coast

After our wonderful time in Victoria, it was time to leave the mainland and head over to Tasmania. Historic Porth Arthur After a short one hour flight to Hobart, we took over our Mitsubishi ASX rental car and re-stocked up on gear and food. Our first destination was White...
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Via the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne

After our good workout in the astonishing Grampians, we headed back to the coast to what is probably the most famous attractions in Victoria – The Great Ocean Road (drum roll pls.). Great Ocean Road As we couldn’t find any campground with space along the coast we stayed one...
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