September 18-21, 2018 What a difference a couple days made. The sceneries captured our attention the entire drive from Te Anau to Queenstown. The deluge of the recent snowstorm polished everything and under the shining sun, the spring grass is emerald green and looking at the clouds we can understand why the Maori named this … Continue reading Sun and Fun in Queenstown
September 17 & 18, 2019 Woke up to constant drizzle which had kept on through the night. As we made coffee the snow began. What was a wonder at first turn into worry as we fretted about the drive from Wanaka to Queenstown then Te Anau. By the time we packed and drove out of … Continue reading Doubtful Sound from Te Anau
September 15, 2018 Lake Wanaka is figuratively linked to "That Wanaka Tree". It stands forlornly close to the lakeshore and at high tide covered completely by water. The image evokes serenity and isolation. In reality, the tree is rarely left alone except maybe at nightfall. It is dwarfed in size and beauty by many other … Continue reading Hello, Hawea, Here for Roy’s!
September 13& 14, 2018 Leaving Lake Tekapo and heading towards Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, passing pastoral scenery along the road, we realized New Zealand South Island is made for road trips. Roads are uncrowded and the scenery unfolded like a National Geography gallery. The weather has been cooperative with our travel itinerary making us … Continue reading Oh My, Mount Cook
September 12, 2018 Landing in Christchurch, we took the direct route to Lake Tekapo driving the southern non-scenic hwy 1. After the incident in Rotorua, we played it safe and not detour to scenic Hakatere Potts Road off Methven to hike the spots made famous in Game of Thrones. Gray clouds gathered near the mountains … Continue reading Lake Tekapo
September 11, 2018 Rotorua town center seemed bustling at rush hour as we drove in from the airport. Nothing felt like the first time driving on the wrong side. High anxiety. Our designated driver kept turning on the windshield wipers whenever he signaled to turn. We googled for places of business directly on our left … Continue reading Steamy Rotorua
September 10, 2018 New Zealand, a land made famous by Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, a country ruled by a Prime Minister who gave birth while in office, a land represented by a powerful rugby team that performed menacing Haka before each game, a pair of islands with well preserved Maori culture, and not … Continue reading Hola to Auckland