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...
Christmas in National Park and the Tongariro Crossing Region

Christmas in National Park and the Tongariro Crossing Region

We jammed the car full of our stuff (which was now bursting at the seams with the extra Christmas gifts that we had bought), and drove a short distance down the road to an amusement park. It was Debs turn to go out for a little shopping, so I took the kids and we had...
Outta Auckland and Romping Around Rotarura

Outta Auckland and Romping Around Rotarura

The flight from Sydney to Auckland was pretty uneventful, as they usually are, but the fun really started when we hit the tarmac. It was later in the afternoon, and Christmas was fast approaching.  The kids had been bugging us to go see The Grinch as a way of...
Back in time in Bothwell…

Back in time in Bothwell…

We packed up our stuff after a nice nights stay at a small cottage resort just outside of Port Arthur, and then the kids and Deb popped over to the community centre across the road to have a game of basketball while I played Tetris with all of our crap, I mean...
Trekking The Tremendous Three Capes Track

Trekking The Tremendous Three Capes Track

We had to get up early so that we could get to Port Arthur for late morning as we had to check in a couple of hours ahead of our 12:30pm ferry departure. It was going to be a beautiful day…the sun was shining, mist was rolling over the Tasmanian hills, and the car was...