New Zealand – parting thoughts.

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I’ll make no bones about it – I loved New Zealand. In total, I was there for 35 days, drove nearly 6000km, camped out eight times, stayed in twelve different hostels, and took over 3000 photos. I travelled to the …

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Christchurch

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On 22nd February 2011, at 12:51pm, an earthquake of magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale hit New Zealand’s South Island. Centred 10km from the centre of Christchurch, it caused massive amounts of damage to the city and 163 people …

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Dunedin

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I arrived in Dunedin, on the east coast of the south island, late in the afternoon with no booked accommodation. Fortunately, the first place I tried had availability, and luckily it was a really nice place too. Central Dunedin is …

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New Zealand – Invercargill to Dunedin

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After the scenic excesses of Fiordland, its was almost a mental relief to head towards Bluff – the southernmost town in NZ. The land flattened out, the roads became straighter, and more farmland appeared. There were a large number of …

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New Zealand – Glaciers and Fjords part II

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The next stop, after a relatively tedious drive, was Te Anau. A pleasant little place in it’s own right, but it’s prime advantage as a location is that it abuts the massive mountain ranges that form Fiordland in the south-west …

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New Zealand – Glaciers and Fjords part I

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I’ll start this post with a couple of apologies. I hadn’t initially intended on this blog being such a day-to-day diary sort of thing, but the posts appear to have evolved that way. I promise to skip out the relatively …

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New Zealand – Wellington to Franz Josef

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I was booked into a private room in Wellington – partly to recover from my previous stormy night, and partly to escape the traumas of yet another hostel dorm. In this case, it was a good move – each night …

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New Zealand – south of the North Island

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After leaving Auckland for the third time, I headed straight down to Rotorua – known locally as Rotovegas. It may be thus named in the same way as Stalyvegas – big aspirations, but ultimately seems a vacant. It also has …

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New Zealand – Northlands and Coromandel

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Well, it’s been some time since I updated you all with my travels – and I have driven so many miles since then. My time in New Zealand is drawing a close as I write this, so expect a flurry …

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