Some more lovely scenery pictures.
Above, Mount Cook, which is middle of the South
Christmas dinner at cousin Sammy's and Steve's
place in Clyde on the Clutha River.
Steve doing his thing on the Clutha river, Graham
was lucky enough to get a tour of the gold rush area.
One of the many huts the prospectors lived
The beautiful Missy.
And of course Matches.
Wanaka, in the middle of the South Island - a beach
on a lake with the snowy mountains in the back. Just
Lucas and Sammy enjoying the benefits of being
Taking the long walk back to the sea.
I think the picture explains itself?? (The photo on
the sign is the Niagara Falls in North America, and above it can be seen the NZ
We met this farmer who was originally from Wales,
emigrated many years ago taking a short break with his horse, travelling and
riding along the south islands beaches. It just so happened the sealion
(right) wanted to get in on the act.
Where the Albatrosses hang out.
And some other birds?
Freedom camping: the closest we managed to sleep to
the waters edge.
The famous boulders at Moeraki - a very
unusual sight, complete spheres of stone.
Lucas having agreat time at Caroline Park at
Dunedin (he was too little to be allowed on the bumper boats on his
A taste of France in Akaroa, the only french
settlement in New Zealand. I have to say they do seem to capitalize on
this a little bit - charging tourists $4 for a stale croissant,
In the background, our home for three weeks.
Not quite up to the standards of Catacaos.
Gray was wondering if there was a Jersey connection
in Akaroa as well as a French one - there were various Journeaux, Le
Lievres and Langlois buried here.
What earthquake country is all about. Just as
we were about to leave, there was another one measuring 4.8 while we
were at the airport. Time to go!!
Christchurch city centre - completely closed off,
the remains of the Cathedral fell while we were in New Zealand - all very
shocking, how do you get back on your feet after this? Since the first
earthquake they have had over 9000 aftershocks - how do you live like
I will not bore you all about how beautiful it was
in New Zealand - the scenery is just breathtaking, so very dramatic. The
place is so worth a visit, but if you can not make it, watch The Lord of the
Rings as most of the stunning scenery is in the films.
We arrived back in Australia on New Year's Eve, and
are living back on the boat while we find a buyer.