One Trip EVERY Month Challenge – Eastbourne, New Zealand

Having just had a 6.2 magnitude earthquake, I am glad that I visited New Zealand before New year and not after. Technically, within the last month thus meeting the requirements of East of Malaga’s New Challenge: One Trip Every Month, which you will find here. January – Eastbourne ferry from Wellington -a 30 minute trip across Port Nicholson to Days Bay where kayaks can be hired and an assortment of cafes/shops/galleries can be found.

Oriental Bay


Wellington Harbour: Your Departure point

Walk along the esplanade, passing Te Papa museum until you come to the pontoon at Lambton Quay with the blue catamaran “The Dominion Post” ferry that will take you to Eastbourne.Eastbourne1New Zealand 20136

Buy your ticket at the EastWestferry office opposite and cast your eyes back over Wellington city proper across the brilliantly turquoise  wet stuff. One way ticket costs $11.00 for adults.

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Stay on board while the ferry docks at Matui/Somes island to pick up passengers.Once a prisoner-of-war camp and quarantine station, the Department of Conservation now manages the island and the walking trails Note: the tiny island could make a great destination for a day trip with a picnic basket, (no retail facilities), exploring the flora, the lighthouse and the bird-life that makes this place its home.

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Final approaches to Days bay and disembark at Eastbourne jetty, which doubles as a dive platform for teenagers!


Upon disembarkation from the ferry, enjoy an ice-cream (Hokey Pokey is a must), or if the weather turns inclement, a hot chocolate from ‘Chocolate daze’ Cafe is strongly advised!

Eastbourne A 10 minute walk from Days Bay is a trendy assortment of shopping. But a walk along the beach is free!

There is plenty of time to purchase a special gift or some souvenirs at Van Helden Gallery, before the return home.

Van Helen Gallery, Eastbourne, New Zealand

If you wish to take an alternative route home, there is only one road in and out, and this can get pretty freaky in high tides or storms. And no guard rails in case you wander off the road. Beware!


Eastbourne, North Island, New Zealand – One trip every month challenge – January. The destination for february is something to ponder about.

One trip EVERY month


Transportation – Photo theme from “Where’s my backpack?”

Christchurc, New Zealand: methods of transport. Which I doubt is running anymore due to constant earthquakes and tremors which have devastated the city.
Christchurch, New Zealand: methods of transport.
City Circle Tram, Christchurch, New Zealand

Photo theme – Transportation

Quickly I found some photos to participate in this theme. They are all from New Zealand with the exception of the last photo. To see the orginator for this idea, visit:

 Ideas to post from http://wheresmybackpack.com/2012/12/14/travel-theme-transportation/

Both of the methods of transport,  in the above two photos, I doubt, are running anymore due to constant earthquakes and tremors which have devastated the city of Christchurch in 2010 and 2011. We visited the city less than 2 weeks prior to the first big earthquake that devastated the city centre.

The tram used to do a tourist circle around the city centre. The city centre is now a ghost town and the tracks buckled beyond use, I suspect. And no tourists to patronise the tram. The gondolas used to travel up the mountain at Lyttleton for a fantastic view of the area around Christchurch and the Port of Lyttleton. Lyttleton was the epicentre of the earthquake. No gondolas anymore, me thinks…..

But the punting business is up and running again I believe…. not the usual method of transportation, but rather nice and relaxing.

Punting on the Avon river
Punting on the Avon river

Some more photos from New Zealand – land of mud pools, quakes and fantastic scenery and nature.

Wellington, New Zealand. Cable Car….ala San Francisco
Arahura Ferry- Queen Charlotte sound  - New Zealand
Arahura Ferry- Queen Charlotte sound – New Zealand








My final photo is from 2011 on a bus tour through Europe. More mountainous country, but no earthquake danger this time.

Inside a coach, on tour through Switzerland and Europe








Oh! I forgot to add the weirdest form of transport that I have seen. It was on the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark.


How do you get around? Our dependence on transport is certainly something we ponder about a lot.