Melbourne – Days 46 + 47

Melbourne – Days 46 + 47

Melbourne- what a city! So diverse and so vibrant! And also so hot! We experienced the city as a place with really dry, hot winds and temperatures well above 30 degrees. You found yourself wandering about the city, thinking it was warm and you might need a refreshment, maybe some stirring in the air. But when it actually happend and a slight breeze came up, it was just like in the middle of the desert, where every bit of wind…

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Christchurch- Days 42-45

Christchurch- Days 42-45

After our spectacular swim with the dolphins we made way to Christchurch for some relaxation and sightseeing, but also to pack up to continue our trip. Or at least that was the plan… However, one of us managed to get a blister on the heel from wearing the flippers on the dolphin swim, which eventually got infected, which in turn resulted in a fever and a bad infecton. Bottom line: 3 days of walking into hospital to get IV Antibiotics…

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Day41 – flippering with Flipper

Day41 – flippering with Flipper

Day 41 we did one thing, and one thing only (apart from sleeping/ chilling/ reading..) and that was swimming with wild dolphins. In order to do that we had to get up really early (we were supposed to be at the dolphin center by 5:15 in the morning), with the tour starting at 5:30. So what we did there (in short): get a wetsuit, take spare cloths, get in the bus, which brings you to a boat and a massive…

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Steampunk, a broken Death Star and hours on the road – Days 39+40

Steampunk, a broken Death Star and hours on the road – Days 39+40

Usually, I put the info about route we drove at the end of my posts. This time I am making an exception given the almost 750 and large number of places involved – you might lose track otherwise. On Day 39 we set off early planning to reach Lake Pukaki in the evening. We picked this location because Lake Pukaki is said to be embedded in a beautiful landscape, embraced by snow covered mountains including the 3724m high Mount Cook…

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Te Anau to Dunedin – Days 37+38

Te Anau to Dunedin – Days 37+38

On those 2 days we did drive a lot. As you see below: The weather was only “ok” and not “brilliant” (it was cloudy, but dry- we might be a bit spoiled here) so we didn’t really feel like being outdoors too much. So on going to Invercargill we decided on the scenic route (not the fast one) only to see some…. … nothing. Don’t get me wrong- the scenery was still good, but just not as breathtaking as further…

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The sound of Milford… Days 35+36

The sound of Milford… Days 35+36

is a mixture of the hissing noise of the winds in your ears plus the sound of the waves – which we had the pleasure to experience on Day 36 (Day 35 was declared and lived a lazy day). To get to Milford Sounds from Te Anau you have a couple of options. One is, of course, to drive there by yourself, get a on a bus tour, get on a VIP-bus tour or go by helicopter. Whilst we would…

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Leaving Queenstown – Day 34

Leaving Queenstown – Day 34

As I have been asked regarding the skydive: no, I didn’t jump. As I mentioned before, Queenstown is a place where you discover your limits and this was just one I couldn’t overcome at that point in time. Maybe later, but I’m not sure about that yet. After all, I’m not too good with heights.. And this already brings me to the activity I was set on doing: Paragliding. Yes, I know- you also¬†¬† find yourself strapped in a harness,…

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Throwing myself out of a perfecly working plane – Day 33

Throwing myself out of a perfecly working plane – Day 33

As mentioned in Katha’s last post – Queenstown is New Zealand’s mekka for adrelanine seekers and has a wide range of more or less thrilling activities to offer from which we picked 3 for Day 33 of our trip. The first one was an experience I had been longing for for quite a while – skydiving! As most really cool things, this activity also started at rather uncool times of the day… ‘be at the drop zone at 6:00am’ I…

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On our way to Queenstown – day 32

On our way to Queenstown – day 32

Again, this was one of your days where our main focus was to travel. Only this time we made way to Queenstown, the capital city of Adrenaline-And-Trill-seeking-Wonderland. Certainly a place to explore ones limits, where you’ll find out what you can or wouldn’t do, but more to that later. In order to get to this place in the first instance, there was some driving to do, as you can see below: So what you don’t see on this map (it…

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Blue iced Franz – Days 30+31

Blue iced Franz – Days 30+31

Up to now, the days in and around Picton and Nelson were bench in terms of being unexciting. However, Day 30 of our trip had even less to report on. In fact, we started the day at the campground in Greymouth and our only goal for the day was to drive to Franz-Josef – the village at the bottom of the famous Franz-Josef-Glacier. The roads were endless, winding themselves up and down the mountains in sometimes quite narrow – nothing…

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