Trickling Rain in Te Anau and Meandering Around In Milford Sound

Trickling Rain in Te Anau and Meandering Around In Milford Sound

We woke up and had a bit of a slow start to the day as there were some important things to do while we were in Wanaka.  First order of business was to find a decent place for coffee.  At the hostel, it was instant coffee, so we were wanting a nice cuppa for the day...
Wandering Down The West Coast: Punakaki, Haast, and Wanaka

Wandering Down The West Coast: Punakaki, Haast, and Wanaka

I got up before everyone else, and it was a Sunday, so I thought that I would take advantage of the global phenomenon of people sleeping in on Sunday mornings, and go for a run down the coastline which was beautiful, winding, and past massive rock walls as the road...
Golden times in Golden Bay

Golden times in Golden Bay

Up and at ‘em early in the morning so that we could be in line for the ferry by 7am, that was going to be leaving by 8am.  We wolfed down some coffee and breakfast before we left the hotel, and then headed out. On the ferry, the kids were happy to find out that there...
World War Wandering in Wellington

World War Wandering in Wellington

We woke up and packed the car up to head down to Wellington on the 27th, which meant that we had to take the fully loaded car up the hill at River Valley. To apply an ounce of prevention, I got out of the car and walked up the hill to prevent the car from bottoming...
A River Valley Christmas Vacation

A River Valley Christmas Vacation

We left National Park, and headed south on Christmas Day to get to our next destination, River Valley Lodge. By the pictures, this looked like it was going to be a nice forested retreat with comfortable rooms, and a homey kind of feel to it. The drive out to the lodge...