Larnach Castle History and Gardens

Larnach Castle History is interesting. Despite being located on New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula, the castle was built and owned by an Australian of Scottish descent. William Lanarch was that man and his story is a dramatic one. It was fresh in my mind as we explored the extensive castle gardens. Larnach Castle History The William […]

Road Trip New Zealands South Island Part 3

Queenstown. Adrenalin Rush Part 3 of our South Island Road trip begins in Queenstown is the self-proclaimed bungee jumping, canyon swinging, jet boating, snow skiing, luging capital of New Zealand. Movie Location Tours But Queenstown has more to offer than pure adrenalin fuelled activities. Movie Location tours are popular – three of the many movies made nearby […]

Road Trip New Zealands South Island Part 2

Part 2 of New Zealand’s South Island road trip kicks off at Hope River in Canterbury, zig-zagging toward Christchuch before cutting back through the alps at Arthurs Pass to Hokitika on the West Coast. The route passes glaciers, threads between twin lakes before arriving at picture-perfect Wanaka, with a finale of the highest main road […]

Road Trip New Zealands South Island Part 1

The compact size and undoubtable beauty of New Zealand sets the scene for an unforgettable road trip. Forget long stretches behind the wheel on this adventure and be captivated by the impressive changes of scenery of the South Island. Think of the grand scenery of Canada (10 million square kilometres) condensed into an island covering […]

Kaikoura A Meal of Crayfish with a side of Whale Seal and Dolphin

This post is linked to Nancie’s Travel Photo Thursday over at BUDGET TRAVELERS SANDBOX. In the Maori language, Kaikoura means Meal of Crayfish, and true to it’s name, the town is famous for alfresco crayfish dinners from CARAVAN-LIKE CAFES by the ocean. To nature lovers Kaikoura means Whales, Fur Seals, Dusky Dolphins and Albatross. Some […]

Fantastic Friday in Milford Sound

Milford Sound 1st February, 2013 22 degrees/winds 2kmh/part sun and part shade   This Friday the spotlight is on the New Zealand classic – Milford Sound. Finding a good day to visit the sound can be difficult as Kiwi weather can be treacherous. In late November, 2008, a strong wind blew… But the views were […]

Elephant Rocks near Oamaru New Zealand

Have you seen The Chronicles of Narnia?  If so, then you will have been nearby before – in Aslin’s Camp.  Once sand at the bottom of the ocean a mere 25 million years ago, then compressed into limestone, Elephant Rocks have been shaped by wind and water erosion into this mammoth collection. Elephant rocks are […]

An interview with Gumtree Farmstay host in Oamaru, New Zealand

Staying at Farmstays can save a lot of money and they are often located in picturesque places, but even the prettiest views are easier to find than the chance to get to know a local, and that is where a farmstay really delivers. At Gumtree you are welcomed whole-heartedly into a family home and working […]

Liebster Blogging Award

I would like to thank Lisa from New Life on the Road for nominating me for this blogging award. For those who haven’t heard of the Liebster Blogging Award before (including myself) – Thia is how the Liebster Award Works : 1. Link back to the person who nominated you and thank them.  2. Answer the […]

Oamaru Surprise!

                           Source of this Photo only: newzealand.com on Pinterest Public Gardens By Laura Appleyard We first heard of the Oamaru Public Gardens from the Tourist Information Centre, where they were given the thumbs up for our growing “must visit list”.  Now, Oamaru is […]