Photos: Auckland Weekend Adventure

In November a friend of mine from Europe was visiting Auckland. I went across for a weekend to show them around my hometown.

Below are some photos from that day, they were taken at Mt Victoria, Long Bay, and Western Springs Speedway.

The highlight of the day was capturing a photo of a tui in the bush at Long Bay.

NZ Winter Adventure – Part Six: Wanaka to Queenstown

Cardrona Hotel

On my final day in the South Island I drove from Wanaka to Queenstown, did some sightseeing and jumped on a plane to Auckland.

My day began at midnight where I stayed up until the clocked rolled over so I could change my flexi-time airfare to a later time in the day allowing me to see more during the day.

I chose to drive from Wanaka to Queenstown via Cromwell as the previous day I had done the faster Crown Range route (via Cardrona). Along the route I stopped at Lake Dunstan to take in the amazing scenery.

Lake Dunstan

Lake Dunstan
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NZ Winter Adventure – Part Five: Skiing at the Remarkables

On my second day in Wanaka I went skiing at the Remarkables with some friends from China.

The Remarkables are much less extreme than Treble Cone, which was good as my knee was still very sore from my tumble the day before.

The Remarkables

While the crowds were rather small and slopes less steep, off piste was rather icy so it was easy going for much of the day.

Empty Ski Area at the Remarkables
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NZ Winter Adventure – Part Four: Treble Cone

My first day in Wanaka started with a decision to go skiing at Treble Cone for the day.

Treble Cone isn’t too far from Wanaka, however, it is one very impressive and dangerous drive to get up the mountain.

Early morning over Lake Wanaka

After turning off the highway you travel up the mountain on rough gravel with hairpin turns and no safety barriers – I would not want to travel this road with snow and ice. Continue reading “NZ Winter Adventure – Part Four: Treble Cone”

NZ Winter Adventure – Part Three: Christchurch to Wanaka Road Trip

Following a weekend exploring Christchurch, Methven and Ashburton I drove from Christchurch to Wanaka. Direct driving time for the 430km trip is just over five hours, but in reality it takes all day. Starting out from Christchurch right on 9am, I first stopped at the Cookie Time factory which is located on the outskirts of the city.

Cookie Time Factory
Cookie Time Factory

Having bought far more cookies than I will care to admit, I then continued down State Highway One to Geraldine. At Geraldine I turned inland and headed towards the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo.

State Highway 8 Before Tekapo
Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

From Lake Tekapo, I then continued along State Highway Eight until descending into Lake Pukaki. The full beauty of Lake Pukaki cannot be stated in words or captured in photographs. Across the far side of the Lake rises New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook. The whole lake is surrounded by mountains and on the edge of the lake was a fresh salmon sashimi cafe where I had lunch. Continue reading “NZ Winter Adventure – Part Three: Christchurch to Wanaka Road Trip”

NZ Winter Adventure – Part One: Christchurch

In mid-September I went to New Zealand for ten days for a short holiday. The trip began with a flight from Sydney to Christchurch. This was the first time I’ve visited Christchurch since 2009. After landing, collecting my bags and picking up a rental car I drove into the central city. As I drove through the suburbs I didn’t see any damage from the various earthquakes that have rocked the city over the last five years. However, once I got into the CBD I was surprised by the extent of the still visible damage and empty streets. The rebuilding has produced a number of impressive new buildings but there is still much more to be rebuilt – and even buildings left to be torn down. Below are a few photos taken around the city.

Tramping in Karekare

Launch of Electric Trains in Auckland

Rangitoto