In Mid-2018 I did a weekend trip to New Zealand, below are a few of the shots from an overnight trip form Auckland.
I’m so angry with the Terrorist events in Christchurch. I’m angry at the rhetoric over the years in Australia towards anyone from a different or non-White background. I’m angry that Australia is so quick to label someone different as a threat. But when it comes to your own, you export them to my homeland, they destroy the peace as people are praying and the rhetoric is less.
Where’s the call to strip this Australian of his citizenship? Where’s the call to stop and ban all types of people with extremist white nationalist views? Why are major political parties in Australia, this morning, still publishing attack ads against immigration? Why is the news headlines labeling the attacker as a “angel” or “working class”.
There are hundreds of Australian based social media pages that express and support these extremist viewpoints. Why are there events in Melbourne this afternoon where speakers are encouraging these viewpoints to grow? Extremism is a disease that is nearly impossible to cure, once someone is radicalised there is little hope for rehabilitation. Yet these pages and groups remain. I’m all for free speech, but not for active and permitted hatred towards the other.
It’s time to stop saying “Australia is racist” and time for Australia (as a whole) to do something meaningful about it.
In late winter 2017 I travelled to the Far North of New Zealand. Over two days I took the long route back to Auckland.
The photo gallery below shows the highlight of the trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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”
After spending an afternoon exploring Christchurch I met a friend at Christchurch airport and drove to Methven for the night. The following morning I slept in and was woken by housekeeping (they were stunned that people were still sleeping on such a beautiful day).
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.