New Zealand 2019 Part 2

After 10 days of skiing our son Damian and his 3 boys headed home to Sydney on the 20th July. We in turn picked up a small hire car to do some exploring on our way to Auckland to catch a plane home on the 31st July. So eleven days of discovery. As we had never been to New Zealand before this trip we were treating the 11 days as a reconnoitre for planning future visits to the land of the long white cloud. 

We certainly discovered that there is a lot to see and only giving it 11 days I guess, was somewhat of an insult to NZ. On leaving Queenstown we headed up the centre of the South Island and then headed for the east coast at Christchurch. I guess curioslity about the damage casused be the Earthquake/s came into play. It certainly was a shame to see all the damage that is still obvious after 8 years. Of course not helped by the follow up earthquake in 2016.

Office buildings and shopping malls that are left idle until money fore repairs or demolition becomes available was a very sad site, but the locals are very positive about their city.

You can see from our map here our route to Auckland.

The things we observed about NZ are:

  1. The people are very friendly.
  2. It is very cold this time of the year.
  3. Their coffee is sensational. I don’t think we had a bad cup for the whole 3 weeks.
  4. The scenery is spectacular.

See the gallery below and let the descriptions speak for themselves. Click on the small icons for large image and/or slideshow.

Hopefully I will get time to put together a short video over the next couple of weeks.

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8 Responses to New Zealand 2019 Part 2

  1. Cliff McIver says:

    Some realey great photos Graham .
    NZ is very photo graphic.
    We look forward to your next trip and more
    wonderful photos
    Cliff & Robyn

  2. Nik says:

    Lovely Photos Graham!

  3. Kay says:

    Wow – it’s like Tassie on steroids! Hubby and I plan a trip there sooner rather than later and hiring a motorhome is the most likely option at this stage. Your photos are excellent – thank you and enjoy your future travels πŸ™‚

  4. Kevin & Helen says:

    Very much enjoyed your NZ escapade…. as they say a picture paints a 1000 words (or something like that). We must put NZ on our travel schedule.

  5. Lorraine Gray says:

    All such beautiful photographs Graham, very hard to pick a favourite.
    Love Lorraine x

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