Akaroa
Travel

Friendly Friday Challenge- Meet Jan and John

"We have more in common than we often realise." Christchurch - 2 weeks before the first earthquake, Cathedral square Just two weeks before the first dreadfully unexpected earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, way back in 2010, a Kiwi friend had hooked me up to meet Jan and John - two residents of this fair city,… Continue reading Friendly Friday Challenge- Meet Jan and John

Queenstown
Travel

The Top Spots of Queenstown, New Zealand

Things to do in Queenstown Queenstown's idyllic waterside location means you are spoilt for choice of things to do and its compact size means you are never far from the spectacular lake, which is fringed by snow-capped peaks for much of the year. Take a wine tour, cruise the lake, stroll through beautiful gardens, visit… Continue reading The Top Spots of Queenstown, New Zealand

Punting on the river
Travel

Re-Visiting Christchurch before the Earthquake

They thought they were safe. Although New Zealand sits atop the "Ring of Fire," where the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates join, there were no known fault lines where 25,000 people lived for 160 or more years, building beautiful churches, universities and homes. One day, in 2010, that changed forever. Christchurch, located on the south… Continue reading Re-Visiting Christchurch before the Earthquake

monument 9 11 christchurch
Architecture, Travel

Christchurch Cathedral – Now Lost

The Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, was an impressive piece of religious architecture and a tourist draw-card for the small city. Sadly it's now gone, due to two large earthquakes that occurred back in 2010 and 2011. I was lucky enough to visit just two weeks before the first earthquake. History of Christchurch For Christchurch… Continue reading Christchurch Cathedral – Now Lost

Skiing Bitihorn Beitostolen Norway
Travel

Skiing in New Zealand

Several years ago, we endured a heart-stopping trip to The Remarkables Ski Fields in the South Island of New Zealand. Australians flock to the NZ ski fields, every year, as it is more cost effective for them, than skiing in the limited fields in Australia. Finally, we arrived! After the 8 Kilometre, nail-biting transfer to… Continue reading Skiing in New Zealand

ski area New Zealand
blogging, Travel

Risking Life and Limb to Ski in New Zealand

Queenstown On the way to Cromwell... To reach our destination in Queenstown, we'd had to firstly cross the Canterbury plains and central Otago - Mckenzie country, take lunch at stunning Mt Cook, had a tea break at Omarama and Cromwell before traversing the very scenic Lindis Pass, before finally reaching Queenstown. Lindis pass' Along the… Continue reading Risking Life and Limb to Ski in New Zealand