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OZ with mum and dad

ca rim et ram comme tartine et boterham :D

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wooohw... I'm really trying to catch up here, but it's not going to be easy!!

I'll just do part today and part another day... time... snifsnif, wish I could buy some more. But anyway, instead of wasting it by whining about how little I've got...

Woohoo, mum and dad are in OZ :)
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mum and dad in the Belgian Beer Cafe with French Fries in Brisbane!

okay, maybe not the best pic, but very natural!

So me mum and dad where waiting for me at our hostel in Brisbane (New Farm). We stayed in Brisbane for a couple of days walking to the city every single day. We saw the koala sanctuary (not that good, but saw some koala's anyway), the museum and art gallery, the botanical gardens and of course Queen St Mall.

On the 4th of May we got up really early in the morning and left for a long ride to FRASER ISLAND :) :) (me very happy) We left Brisbane at about 7am and arrived at Lake McKenzie... somewhere in the afternoon. After sitting in the back of a jeep for hours, first being shaken around because of the stop-and-go kinda traffic in brisbane and then because of the not-sealed roads on fraser, you don't really care what time it is anymore as long as it's time to get out of the jeep and stretch your legs! We had a dip at Lake McKenzie and got a chance to work on our tan (thank you!).

okay, I have just been writing for about 45mins... I was almost finished (ALMOST, just had the last couple of days to write down!) and then ... everything I just wrote vanished! So I'm gonna publish this part already with some pics on and I'll finish up writing pretty soon, but not now (computers are soooo frustrating!).

Hi everyone, I know I promised to finish up soon, but I really didn't have the time, nor do I now! Just a quick update, I'm working in Childers now, picking tomatoes ... I get up every morning at 5 and start working once the sun provides enough light to see the red tomatoes in the green plants. At the moment work is really slow coz it's so cold, so I'm gonna look for another job. Most desappointing about the job is the pay, coz I'm working under contract (I get payed per bucket) I don't earn a lot of money at this moment. But anyway, I'm staying here until the end of August (unless of course I don't find another job) and then I start travelling with Celien :D
I'll try and finish up my story about travelling with mum and dad asap!

C ya soon ;)

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Finishing up on New Zealand

Kaikoura, Picton, Wellington, Taupo and Auckland

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Just saw I forgot to finish up the trip to NZ...
My last couple of worryless days in NZ were spent in Kaikoura and Picton.
Kaikoura is a nice little quiet place where you can mostly see sea wildlife. I went on a snorkling trip to swim with the seals, and they really come close up! Of course, no pics from the snorkling (water and camera...not a good idea!) but got some pics later on when my feet were back on the dry land...

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this is the kindergarden for babyseals :)

I also made a nice walk around Kaikoura and saw a beautiful sunset.
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Kaikoura view

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The sunset.

Then I went on to lovely Picton and stayed in the Sequoia Lodge again of course! I did a part of the Queen Charlotte Track (8h walk) and here are some pics of the btf view!

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Queen Charlotte Track 1

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Queen Charlotte Track 2

Then I went on to Wellington and found out I needed some kind of new income... had a bit of a cashflow-problem there. Lucky for me it was just my bday :) so no worries (for some while anyway).

Still, had to watch the money so I went on to Taupo and stayed there for a couple of days without doing much...

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Taupo, hot water springs - 12pm in the rain...
like I said, not a lot to do

Then I spent my last two days in Auckland and did nothing special. Just hung around at the hostel and went for a wild goose chase of The Matrix Reloaded and Animatrix (on VHS!), but hey at least it was fun! Thx again Mark for that wonderful day ;)

And then I took the plain back to good ol' Syd...

Posted by melissaf 04:05 Archived in New Zealand Tagged backpacking Comments (1)

just some pic's

I haven't had the time to upload yet...

semi-overcast 23 °C

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Scream in the rocks

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Sunrise in Queenstown...

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... as we were leaving Queenstown at 7am

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me

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at Auckland Museum

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Still at Auckland Museum

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byebye Wellington (on the crossover to South-island)

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hello Picton

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Curio Bay Bckpckr, the view from our veranda

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Curio Bay, sea and rocks

I think that's about it... in 5 days I'm back in Sydney! I can't believe these last 5 weeks have gone by so fast. I'll be happy to see the ppl in Sydney again, that's for sure, but I'll defenitly miss NZ!
At the moment I'm taking it easy in Taupo, having a couple of days of doing nothing but sitting around and dragging myself down to the lake :) I'm enjoying my last days of NZ.

Well, see ya later for a next update from Aussie ;)

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The South Island 2

Wanaka, Queenstown, Tuatapere, Stewart Island, The Catlins, Dunedin, Queenstown, Twizel, Rangitata, Christchurch

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Whaaw, on my way over to the internetpoint I had to reconstruct my travels since Wanaka, 'cause I've been in so many places now!

But let me think... last entry was in Wanaka, so from Wanaka I went to ... Queenstown!! The city of excitment and adrenaline. They have one of the highest bungee-jumps there (it was where bungee was born btw), jetboating, skydiving, paragliding... and everything else that makes your hart pump a bit faster. I did one or two of those things, but for the moment its still "eyes only". I've got it on dvd and that dvd is travelling to Belgium at the moment and I will only publish what I did once the dvd has arrived at it's destination :)

As promised, my dvd has arrived at its destination and everyone has survived the viewing ;) I did a canyonswing in Queenstown. That means that I fell down for 60m from a 105m high ledge and did about three of the biggest swings I ever did in my life with the greatest view ever.

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DSCF1389.jpg On the way to Milford Sound

From Queenstown we travelled on to Milford Sound, where we did a cruise. (Effe uitleggen: ne 'sound' is 'tzelfde als ne fjord, verschil is da ne fjord gevormd werd door ijs en ne sound door water). Beautiful, of course (what isn't beautiful at this side of the world??).
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We stayed overnight in Tuatapere... the capital of (believe it or not) sausages!! I must honestly admit that I didn't taste the world-famous sausages since I'm not really a sausage-kinda-girl, ej (picked up some nz slang as well :))

We bussed a long to Invercargill where we dropped of the ppl that didn't wanna go to Stewart Island. Of course I did go (I'm here to see it all!) Stewart Island was magnificent! We stayed in beautiful cottages and Randall played the guitar in the evening on our veranda while we were having a glass of wine ... perfect! The next day in Stewart Island... not so perfect = RAIN! Our first full day of rain, and when I say full day, I mean from morning 'till evening! But brave as we are, we put on our hiking and rain gear and left to Ulva Island. I think Ulva Island did lose a bit of it's charm 'cause of the rain since it's a bird sanctuary. As Toby put it: the birds where probably all home with a cup of hot choclate watching a dvd...
First thing the following morning we took the ferry back to the main (is)land.

Next stop was ... The Catlins... aah, the beautiful Catlins :) :) I was staying in the perfect little beach-house... yes on the beach! Unfortunatly, here again the weather wasn't completly with us... rain again. And the little house might be very cosy and beautiful, without a TV or internet there is not a lot to do when it's pouring rain. We (Kathryn and me) had the good luck to meet Christine who was kind enough to offer us a ride to the Cathedral Caves and the Mclean falls and lake Wilkie. One of the most beautiful things we saw though was just around the corner... the petrifying forest (have no clue about spelling, but you catch what I'm saying, right? Sweet as!). The petrifying forest is at the sea... There used to be a forest there some 40 (?) million years ago and when the trees fell they fosselised (enfin, they became fossiles...). Absolutly gorgeous with the see bashing into the rocks with all their force! And another great thing, not even as far as the corner, we could watch the dolphins while we were sitting in the couch :) :)
Of course on the day we left the sun was brightly shining... typical!

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From there we went to Dunedin (I think). Again we met Christine there who offered us another ride with her to go and see the albatross. You know, those really big sea-gulls ;) Anyway, we saw some albatross flying over our heads, so we went further very satisfied that we didn't pay 40 dollars for a tour where you are not garanteed to see any flying albatross's (that's a lot of s-ses!). On we went to sandfly-beach. Hmm, the name alone doesn't sound appealing... but we were ready for them (the sandflies I mean) after we covered ourselves in very strong insect-repellant. Off we went down the sand-dunes, crossing ppl who told us not to go down 'cause the climb back up was so hard, but we didn't listen. And that was a good thing too! On the beach was a big sea-lion waiting for us. Just snoozing his afternoon away... wonderful live those animals have! And a bit further we saw two yellow-eyed penguins! a very endangered species, very rare to see! After spending about an hour - an hour and a half on the beach we started to climb back up to the car. Christine, in the mean time, was still taking pics of all those animals down there, really completly concentrated on the penguins. After waiting for half an hour at the carpark, seeing that Christine still wasn't moving away from the penguins, we (Amrit, Katrhyn and me) decided to take the kind offer of a couple of friends from Israel to drive back with them. But before going to the hostel we went to see the blue penguins! They are the cutest animals ever. They're really tiny. After a while thouhg, we couldn't see much of them anymore, because it was getting really dark and so we went back to the hostel. On our second day in Dunedin we took the scenic train-ride to Middlemarch and back. Beautiful ride in an old train... whether it was worth its money... I still don't know.

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DSCF1569.jpg Sandfly Bay, Dunedin

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DSCF1591.jpg Sealion, Sandfly Bay

DSCF1695.jpg The steepest street in the world, Dunedin

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The next day we left Dunedin behind us and travelled back to Queenstown. I only stayed for one night since I had already been there. From Queenstown you can take the expressbus to Christchurch, but it's quiet a long ride, so I stopped for 1 night in Twizel... Rain and rain and rain and rain... so what did I do: got nice and cosy with the couch watching tele and eating chocolate :) A perfect lazy day in my book.

The next day I said goodbye to Kathryn who was staying for a bit longer in Twizel and went on to Rangitata (in the snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). Now there's nothing to do in Rangitata (so you probably won't find it on a map), the only reason why ppl go there is to raft. It's supposed to be one of the best places to raft in the whole of NZ... and I am enclined to believe that. They have to rapids of grade 5... for those who are frowning wondering what that means (never mind, I only found out when I got there) -> there are 6 grades of rapids, 1 on the bottom (really easy) and 6 on the top (not possible to raft without flipping over), so you can imagine that grade 5 is ... pretty wild! But it was so much fun! I really enjoyed it! And the sun was shining, so how much more do you want!

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And from Rangitata I ended up right here where I am now... and that's Christchurch. I'm staying a bit out of the centre, which suits me just fine. Yesterday I went to the Belgian Beer Cafe to have a Kriekske :) :) and wander around the city. Today I did al the arty stuff, went to the Arts Centre, The Art Gallery and the Arts and Crafts Market (all that without spending any money, halleluja) and relaxed in the Botanical Gardens. The weather is fine again (see above) and I'm crossing my fingers that it might stay like that for the next two weeks while I'm still in NZ!

This is a short overview of my next stops: Kaikoura, Picton (end south, begin north), Wellington, Taupo and Tarangora Crossing, Bay of Islands, Auckland. That is of course if all goes according to plan, and in my experience nothing ever does, so we'll see what happens. She'll be right :)

c ya next time

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The South Island 1

Picton, Nelson, Marahau, Barrytown, Franz Jozef, Makarora and Wanaka

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Oef... I got a lot to catch up on!

So I took the nightbus from Auckland to Wellington and then the ferry to the lovely little Picton. Now there's not a lot to do in Picton, but the hostel (Sequoia Lodge) is absolutly wonderful!! If one of you ever goes to Picton it's the place to be! I only stayed there one night, but if I have the time I'll stay there a bit longer when I'm on my way back to Auckland.
We were supposed to be picked up by the Stray-bus at the ferry-terminal at 11.45 h... yes, supposed to... Me and 3 other guys actually missed the bus! Now it was not completly our fault. We were all looking for a bus with the big letters "STRAY" on but it was a white bus (instead of the normal orange bus) with "Ritchie's" written on it and of course nobody told us that they are from the same company and sometimes Stray uses Ritchie's buses. So this Dutch guy (of course) got on the phone with stray and got them that far that they payed for our ticket with another buscompany to Nelson where we caught up with the stray-bus :) all good, as they say here.
We got dropped off at Marahau where we stayed for two nights. I did a walk there in the Abel Tasman National Park (23 km!!) that took us about 7 hours, but it was a beautiful walk.

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On friday we left and drove to Barrytown and on the way we made some beautiful stops ...

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Barrytown is a town of ... nothing, absolutly nothing. There is a population of 40 and there were 40 persons on our bus, so we actually doubled the population of that little town when we were there! Now you're probably wondering what we were doing there. Well, there's a pub, so we went there to party basically. Not me though, I have partied enough in Sydney. That doesn't mean that others didn't party, like the guy in our dorm that ended up puking all over Kathryn's (Ireland) clothes at 4.30 in the morning! So that was Barrytown... a lovely experience.

Than we made our way up here, and here is actually Franz Jozef. On our way we stopped at this little museum in the middle of nowhere, where they kind of explain about how it comes there are so many dear-farms in NZ. They were pretty funny actually. There was also a big black pig!
I'm staying in Franz Jozef for 2 nights (1more night to go) and today I climbed the Franz Jozef Glacier :-)
I know, I said I was travelling so that I wouldn't have a winter this year and now I go and do winteractivities, but it was really great! I did a full day, which means I was up on the ice for about 8 hours. (I'm getting quiet sportive here in NZ, which is a good thing of cours). Didn't make to many pic's, but that's because I was enjoying it to much to have time to make photo's the whole time!

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Then we were off to Makarora for one night... beautiful scenery again (the first scene of the second Lord of The Rings - movie was shot in the Makarora valley). Don't have any pics 'cause we weren't there for long enough. We arrived in the late afternoon and left the following morning.

After that it was Wanaka, and on the way we've seen some btf things :) (there is just nothing "not-beautiful" to see in NZ)

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bleu pools

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Lake Hawea

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Lake Matheson

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Mountain at lake Matheson

Now I'm staying in beautiful Wanaka for 3 nights, so I have some time to relax in this great place!

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Although, it's not all just relaxing, I climbed Mount Iron this morning and this was the reason why I climbed it ...
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So that's it for this time!
c ya soon ;-) and love ya all!!

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