...Skiing the Remarkbles.
an introduction to NZ. Fantastic scenery and fantastic weather. The journey
down to Queenstown was pretty hectic but once we got there it just a week
of skiing and relaxation. This was Sarena's first attempt at skiing and
Toby's first time on snow in 15 years. It didn't take long for the skills
to come back but the fitness was decidedly lacking. read
...Wheeler dealing at the Auctions
to 2 new friends, Andy and Charlie, who put us up for a while in their
home in Wellington. It gave us the time to go car, job and house hunting.
We didn't have much luck on the job or house front in Wellington but after
some hectic days of car hunting managed to pick up a bit of a mysterious
brute at a, 'No Reserve' car auction. Lets hope its OK as neither of us
had a look at it before we bought it. read
11 months on the road Toby and Sarena finally settle down, For a short
while at least, and move into a great 3 bedroom flat in a small country
town called Katikati which is in the Bay of Plenty on the North Island.
The flat was unfurnished but didn't take too long to get filled up with
stuff. Lets hope it can all be sold when its time to move on. read
...Zorbing in Rotorua.
and Toby managed to break the chains of routine and hijack their new friend,
'Hilly', and went to explore some of the Highlights of Rotorua. Geysers,
Hot Spa's, Mud Pools, Foam Parties, Massive Breakfasts and Hydro-Zorbing!!!
where the order of the day.. read
...Skydiving in Taupo.
Fancy throwing yourself out of a plane at 12,500 feet over a clear blue
lake with snow capped volcanoes breaking through the clouds? We did and
it was fantastic One of our best experiences so far whilst travelling...
to get a glorious day to catch a boat out into the Bay Of Plenty to explore
New Zealand's only active marine volcano, 'White Island'. Unluckily the
sea did get a bit choppy by the time we got there so we had to wait before
we could land on the volcano. The wait was well worth it... read
of the first stops on our farewell tour of NZ was Kaikora on the South
Island. Famous for its whales and dolphins this tiny coastal town didn't
disappoint. 4 sightings of Sperm Whales, loads of dolphins and even a
few albatross decided to come and say hello...read
...Flying By Wire
better way to celebrate Sarena's birthday than strapping her to a plank
and launching her off the side of a valley. Fly-By-Wire is a typical quirky
kiwi past time. Not exactly an adrenaline rush but great fun...read
a short scenic helicopter flight, strap on the talons, grab an ice pick,
and we are ready to explore the pure blue ice of the Franz Josef glacier.
This 5 hour hike took us through tiny crevasses, across gapping holes,
and through mirror like ice caves...read
...Kayaking with Seals
the best to last. A magical two days where spent kayaking up the coast
of the Abel Tasman National Park. The weather wasn't too good, but it
was completely made up for by the playful seal pups who where all intent
on climbing aboard our Kayak...read