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...
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...