Auckland | NZ 16/16

Auckland That evening, we landed in Auckland and for the local driving we got a Corolla (again) which was bit stiff and less interesting. I convinced myself and drove it to the Ventura Inn hotel (in the airport boulevard). This is for budget travellers and one can expect really disappointing levels of service. I parked more


Queenstown | NZ

Queenstown – Day II This is Queenstown Part II 15/16. Our temptations for the skydiving grow much here, however, we were sceptical about the weather as the previous day shown the symptoms of a possible storm. To surprise us, weather was clean and sunny. That quickly gave me a thought to postpones the flight to more


Queenstown Part I | NZ 14/16

Queenstown At times, the least expected takes you off guarded. Queenstown is one of them. Queenstown is beautiful, vibrant and lively. I may even call that’s a best place to settle down after retirement. Its that beautiful. Queenstown is dramatic by looks and dreamy to feel. Queenstown sits at the shores of Lake Wakitapu and more


Milford Sounds 2 | NZ 13/16

Milford Sounds (Continued) Next day morning we were awaken by the announcement systems . This time, seals were resting on those rocks near to those cliffs. Too lazy in the morning. (It seems that they prepare that way for the busy day. They got to find 10% of their total weight of fishes to call more


Milford Sounds 1 | NZ 12/16

Milford Sounds – Piopiotahi We reached that departure terminal (for boats/ships) just 30 mins prior to our scheduled time. We redeemed our confirmation with standard boarding tickets and joined those people who were waiting for the same. A bit about this place before we head to our vessel. A little excess to 6 meter (yes more


Milford Sounds Drive | NZ 11/16

Drive to Milford Sounds Oh Where am I going to start. I would need time to collate the things I should write here. I don’t want to miss anything at all. Not even the smallest detail. Miford “sounds”? Na, it doesn’t sound at all. In fact, they should have named as Milford fjord or more


Te Anau | NZ 10/16

Te Anau After those adventurous moments at Shotover river jet, we were on the road for another long journey which clocked 200 Kms. It was supposed to be less than 2 hours and thirty minutes. But the rain and other drivers made it longer to me. Drive towards Te Anau is quite peaceful drive. Lake more


Shotover Jet | NZ 9/16

Lake Wanaka to Shotover Jet @ Queenstown Wanaka means “Renewal of Soul” as in Maori culture. Had I been consulted, I would have named as Rejuvenation of the Soul. Wanaka sits at the Southern end of Lake Wanaka in the otago region. Lake Wanaka is the 4th biggest lake which measures 300 meters of depth more


Wanaka – Road treasures | NZ 8/16

Wanaka – Road Treasure After Ice walking adventure, we quickly returned to our mobile home of that lovely Coralla. On our to Wanaka, we had plenty of lookouts and the very first one that easily can be missed and should be missed is Fox Glacier lookout. We had to drive in single lane mud road more


Glacier Walk | NZ 7/16

Glacier Ice Walking “From its origins high in the Southern Alps, the Franz Josef Glacier descends deep into the lush rainforest of Westland National Park” 25th Jan 2011. We stayed at Alpine Glacier Motel a cosy one for that town. But when you are there in one of the best carved pieces of earth, cosy more


Franz Josef | NZ 6/16

Franz Josef In short time, snow-capped mountains started to mesmerize our eyes. After accompanying other tourist busses and cars, we reached that small little town of Franz Josef. Given that weather, made me to think perfect and ideal time for helihike. We have three lovely peaks out there and two of the best glaciers. Looking more


Punakaiki | NZ 5/16

Seal Colony, Pancake rocks Date : 24th Jan 2011 Wondering, how did I manage this day. I have no clue about it. Entire new zealand trip itself a hazy dream now. Days pass, memories fade. Bless or curse? It was a wonderful stretch covering a long distance from Cape foulwind of Westport to all the more


Cape Foulwind | NZ 4/9

Cape FoulWind Date : 23rd Jan 2011 The wonderful rainy road drive started from Kaiteriteri. A total of 241 kms of pure pleasure with that cloudy weather. When I started working out for this day, I kept westport as the place for the stay. However, we didnt have much to explore in that small westport more


Abel Tasman | NZ 3/16

Abel Tasman | New Zealand 3/9 Lazy! Not you, am bashing myself. But this way managed to stay away from sore eyes for sometime. Starting now and hope I will finish the rest of the NZ articles in one stretch. Comeback my perseverence!! Actually the drive started from Picton and have covered about the queen more


Queen Charlotte Sounds | NZ 2/16

22 Jan 2011 Marlborough sounds & Queen Charlotte Sounds We wokeup that morning with a little hope to see some people in the streets of wellington. But it was sleeping even by 10 am. Our Interislander ferry (actually a ship) which transports everything (yes – everything) from north island to south and vice versa was more


Wellington | NZ 1/16

Wellington ********* Am gonna say this again and again in the all New Zealand posts here.. Driving in New Zealand is an experience of a lifetime.. Am being forced by myself to complete the previous sentence with “Until you face a speed ticket”. Anyhow thats the truth. New Zealand was on the ‘list’ for a more