Our ‘Seal’ of Approval

On Saturday we travelled down the coast from Blenheim to Kaikoura. We pulled over many times to take in the scenery. With lots of driftwood and pebbles on the beach we had to spread our message…

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One of the hightlights was Ohau Point where you can find a colony of breeding seals. We even got to see a mother feeding her pup. They were very cute clambering over the rocks. Some were also wrestling each other, while others were perched on the edge of the rocks getting pummelled by the waves and some just living the life -basking in the sunshine…

We stayed the night at the Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park and enjoyed an awesome fish burger with wedges from a very busy fish and chip shop -‘Coopers Catch.’ We enjoyed our dinner at the seaside.

On Sunday, we departed Kaikoura for Hanmer Springs (2 hour drive). Before leaving Kaikoura we went to Point Kean where you could get a bit closer to the seals…

After checking into our airbnb -for 2 nights this time (yay!) we decided to go for a 2.5hour hike in the bush to see a waterfall. It was quite an adventurous path and gave our new hiking shoes a real good opportunity to be broken in…

After all those stairs …it must be time for us to relax in the thermal hot pools… (and enjoy a ‘goody goody gum drops’ ice cream… and an iconic kiwi drink)…

Our airbnb hosts also recommended a drive up over Mt. Isobel and through New Zealand’s largest station. The gravel road followed the Clarence River and after 40kms of driving (with a few stops to open and shut the gates, and to cross the many narrow one-lane bridges) we came to the scenic Lake Tennyson…

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Gemma

Cruising ‘Overseas’

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On Friday we left Whanganui at 8am in the morning with Kadin’s parent’s car to start our three week South Island adventure. We arrived at the ferry terminal in Wellington to be placed at the front of the queue…

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The three and a half hour journey went quite quickly, with perfect calm conditions and we were spoilt with picturesque views of Marlborough for the last hour or so…

We checked into our airbnb for the night in Blenheim which was right across the road from one of the many vineyards and also had a pool…

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We enjoyed Blenheim town by night and day…

On Saturday we visited some of Marlborough’s vineyards…

We continued our drive south, pulling over regularly to take plenty of snaps of the stunning landscapes…

A real highlight was Yealand Winery just out of Sedon (recommended by our airbnb host), which had a great cellar door with an interesting film about the winery, tasty wines (of course)… but also a very scenic drive around the vineyard with friendly animals to meet along the way…

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These are not lambs!!!  Yealand’s wanted to find a sustainable way to keep the grass down between the rows without losing grapes. The owner originally started with guinea pigs… but the hawks swooped down and put an end to that. Next up were the Kune Kune pigs… but they worked out how to jump up on each others back to reach the grapes too. So he thought long and hard and then found a breed of miniature sheep, Baby Doll… perfect lawn mowers, yet too small to reach the grapes! You can look out for the Baby Doll wine in BWS or Dan Murphy’s in Australia (and most liquor shops in NZ).

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Gemma

So Many Shades of Green

We’ve enjoyed our first few days in New Zealand with family in Whanganui.

The grass is always greener on the otherside in New Zealand – as we saw when passing by this paddock with the silky swaying grass…

Mt. Ruapehu also greeted us from Kadin’s parent’s new place.

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Mt. Ruapehu

We spent the evenings walking around their property feeding the fish in the pond, spotting the rabbits and quails (and quailets) on the lawn, and having daylight until 9pm.

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On Thursday we went to Bushy Park and spent a few hours walking through the native bush and looking out for some of New Zealand’s birdlife…

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A few more snaps of Bushy Park…

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Gemma

It All Begins

 

 

(Sock Credit: Tram Do)

2019 has arrived and we’ve arrived to Perth airport. Big thank you to Samantha, Trent and Bobbi for having us and the early morning drop off…

We’ve already decided that we probably have too much luggage and may need to have another re-pack in New Zealand… so hard to know what you’ll actually need for a year (and so many different seasons to cater for).

The airport was super quiet this morning which of course meant we both had the explosives test done on us at security. Passed with flying colours! We have Qantas Lounge access this morning but the sign at the door said no thongs …which of course meant Kadin had to do a quick change. Luckily he had some shoes with his carry on. Although I thought that the Woodsiders would get a real kick out of him being bounced from the lounge because of his attire.

Our first stop is Wellington, New Zealand. Catching up with family and friends and we’re going to be tourists in our own country first with most of January tripping around the South Island.

I will try to update the blog every couple of days or so… and try not to bore you all with every little detail.

Have fun at work!

Gemma

2019 – Coming Soon!

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Hello!

If you’re reading this then you have successfully located our online blog.

Kadin and I are flat out preparing for our big trip. It’s December already, so not long now before this site will be up and running like us!

We’re really looking forward to our year of travel and hope you enjoy sharing our adventure with us through this site.