Saturday, January 03, 2009

A picture is worth a thousand words...

But even in this case, pictures don"t do New Zealand justice. You have to experience it. A friend told me before we left that "New Zealand is my favorite country" I thought it was a bit odd to have a favorite country but now that we have been there, I could'nt agree more!

We are back in Bangalore, safe and sound and a bit sleep deprived. Today (Sunday) will be spent doing 15 loads of wash, unpacking, banking, ironing, starting to pack again....

In the meantime (ie before we get around to our next blog) check out New Zealand:) (note, these are backwards to forwards of our trip, I loaded the photos backwards...)
As far as the distance travelled:
Starting Mileage: Kilometers: 107501
Mileage: 66798.02
Ending: Kilometers: 110189
Mileage: 68468.22
Total: Kilometers: 2688
Miles: 1670.2
Sir how did this dent get here? I have no idea, must have been there before. Well it doesn't matter you have the full insurance. Good. I will look up the previous trip log and see if this dent was over looked. Can you take me to my hotel I have a flight to catch!

Billy, Cooper and Kay yucking it up at the park on New Years Day.
Leanne and Dom at the beach:) It was COLD!

Kay and Billy climbing the sand cliff at the beach (South Australia).

Jimmy and Cooper swimming in the Southern Ocean on New Years Day while the rest of us were in polar fleece.

Kay, Jimmy, Duane, Dom, Cooper and Billy hiking up to see the kawalas and kangaroos.


Jimmy in the Anarctic Storm room at the Anarctic center sledding on an ice slide in shorts.

Kay and Billy in the same storm room.
Jimmy Kay and Billy measuring how they stack up against live size penguins.

Basektball man in Christchurch Cathedral square.

Mommy and Kay picnicing in Christchurch (Billy is the photographer of the next 2 photos)

Daddy and Jimmy( Photo courtesy of William Murphy)
Seal colony in Dunedin peninsula - cubs were 5 days old.

Kay and Billy on the 8 wheeler tour

Blue penguins nest on Dunedin penisula, you could walk right up to it!

Dunedin penisula wild seal and the kids at the beach

Optical illusion at PuzzleTown's restrooms.

Maze at Puzzle Town

Really weird anti gravity room at Puzzle Town, Tracy thought she was going to puke, the kids loved it.

The blue blue blueness of everything in NZ. The sky, mountains and lakes. Wankana.

Hike up to top of highest point in Wankana

Veiw of Wankana from highest point


Suspension bridge in the rain at Fox Glacier, a raging river was right below us and Jimmy kept jumping up and down, Tom was not impressed and I think it brought back bad childhood memories.

Same bridge, can you see the whitewater?

Fox Glacier

Waterfalls on the hike to Fox Glacier

Forging the stream to get to Fox Glacier

No worries, Billy's raincoat says "Fire Chief" we were in good hands in case of an emergency.
Cmas day drive to Fox Glacier

Cmas day drive to Fox Glacier

Cmas day drive down the west coast on the way to Fox Glacier

Even the rivers are torquious blue.

Power Ranger on Cmas day

Glamor queen on Cmas day

The 3 musketeers opening gifts - Cmas day

All the "goods" on Cmas morning

Cmas Eve night after Santa visited

Silly boys with their name tags on their mouths, we think this was the only time Jimmy was quiet the whole trip and we wished it had lasted longer.

Pony rides on Cmas Eve

Horse farm on Cmas Eve

Our 6 meter camper - The Griswalds anyone?

Nelson kayaking at Cable Bay

Billy paddling Tom home

A secluded beach swim mid kayak trip

You cant keep the boys out of the water

Believe it or not, in all these photos, the water really isnt this blue. Its bluer. Its truly unreal and gorgeous

Kay being paddled around

JImmy with our new friend Margarita from Spain.

Tom's new friend with his crab

Kayaking through caves

Jimmy had fun:)

Drive to Nelson from ferry

Ferry ride from Wellington (north island) to Nelson (south island)

Wait, are we in India?!!

Drive from Waitomo Caves to Wellington

An angora rabbit shearing expedition

No animals were injured in this expedition and infact the rabbits were practically asleep

Waitomo Caves and glo worms (or maggots as the locals call them) Auckland to Waitomo Caves

Glo worm boat ride through the caves

Maori warriors with the boys - they loved it! Auckland

Auckland - sort of an island San Francisco with more boats than you can see
Auckland, the start of our adventure