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Milford Sound

sunny 9 °C

Just as well we’ve been on holiday already for 2½ weeks… we’re as laid back as the New Zealander’s. Our pilot for our flightseeing over and into Milford Sound was so chilled out, we wondered if we’d ever take off! With 2 burly Oz women, we eventually enjoyed a wonderful flight from Wanaka to Milford over many a glacier and Mount Aspiring at 3000m. Once again, the day was so clear we could see right up the snow-capped southern Alps to Mount Cook, some 160km away! After landing, we went on a cruise up the Sound out to the Tasman Sea, up to the waterfalls as well as the local penguins and seals. The highlight of the day was when a number of different pods of dolphins joined us for a swim for about 20 mins! I’ve uploaded a video!!!! It was truly amazing and I was literally hanging off the boat trying to see them as they hooked onto the bow of the boat for the ride – enjoy!

Felt very smug when everyone else had to pop back on a long coach journey to Queenstown or Wanaka, and instead, we jumped back into our little plane. Finished the day with a local beer overlooking the lake sunset.

Posted by peterzoe 01:11 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

New Zealand

Wanaka

sunny 6 °C

Absolutely not a cloud in the sky from several thousand feet, meant that we could see hundreds of miles of snow capped mountains stretched revealing virtually the whole south island west coast out of the left window of the plane! Things went very smoothly picking up our car and we headed straight for the Skyline Gondola to catch a glimpse of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu before it got too dark. Headed (unintentionally) over an equivalent ‘Snake Pass’ to Wanaka on the beautiful lake where our first ‘motel’ experience has been positive – nice having the car right outside. Packed with heli-skiers, Wanaka is a buzzing, yet gentle place. Got our bearings, a bottle of wine and a good night’s sleep.

Posted by peterzoe 01:10 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

Goodbye Oz

sunny 19 °C

Well.... today we leave Oz feeling relaxed and refreshed after our luxurious upgrade in Sydney. Yesterday's Bridge Climb was quite spectacular and not at all strenuous - thoroughly recommend! We were very fortunate to miss the rain which had been forecast all week and enjoyed saying goodbye to Oz over a couple of cheeky cocktails on the 36 floor (slightly regretting with such an early start!).

We're heading now for New Zealand South Island and the self-drive part of our trip - wish us luck!!! Will write as soon as we can. Hope all are well xx

Posted by peterzoe 13:42 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Sydney

semi-overcast 20 °C

Well, we're ticking off the big sites very quickly now, Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Sydney all in 1 week! Our room (or rooms) is amazing and we're very much enjoying being part of the Horizon Club with it's complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and free evening bar with canapés. Spent ages taking photos of our panoramic view of the Harbour. Went to Manly today for a visit and also to catch the other views of the Opera House and the Bridge from the harbour itself. Watched the surfers for a little while. Tonight we went to the Opera House to watch The Merry Widow, which was quite special. Still keep looking up at the place and having to pinch ourselves to realise we're actually here! Tomorrow we're doing the BridgeClimb (weather permitting)! Wish us luck! Check out the new photos :-)

Posted by peterzoe 06:53 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Ayers Rock/Uluru

sunny 25 °C

Ayers Rock blew our minds! Sunset, sunrise and walking round it - we couldn't get enough of it..... should have let Peter climb it! Lots of free wine on our various tours, as well as good company we picked up along the way - magical and a laugh at the same time.

Posted by peterzoe 06:13 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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