South Island Holiday: 30th March - 24th April 2000
Thu 30-Mar	Auckland - Wellington	

		Drove from Auckland to Wellington (from 12 Noon).  Stayed at Sheryl and Matt's for
		the night.

Fri 31-Mar	Wellington - Nelson	

		Took Ferry to Picton - Amazingly calm across Cook Strait.  Took coastal drive to
		Nelson, and Stayed with Uncle Russell in Richmond.
Sat 1-Apr	Nelson - Marahau

		Drove to Collingwood for Farewell Spit Tour.  Afterwards drove back to Marahau for
		the night.

Kaiteriteri Beach, Abel Tasman National Park (on drive to Collingwood)

 

Pupu Springs, on way to Collingwood

Sun 2-Apr	Marahau - Nelson	

		Sea Kayak Day Trip - 'Golden Sands & Lagoons'.  Awesome!!
		Drove back to Uncle Russell's (Nelson) for the night again.

Sandfly Bay, Abel Tasman National Park - lunch venue.

Mon 3-Apr	Nelson - Westport		

		Visited Redwood Cellars and Mac's in Nelson, then Drove to Westport.  Nothing to do
		there!

Tue 4-Apr	Westport - Franz Josef

		Drove to Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks), Greymouth, Shantytown.  Stayed in Franz Josef.
		(Had planned to take flight over Glaciers/Mt Cook, but to wet/windy).

Couldn't stay here - Booked out! - Shanty Town, Greymouth

Wed 5-Apr	Franz Josef	

		Drove to Fox Glacier and did Heli-Hike in the morning, and then back to Franz Josef
		for Guided Glacier Walk in Afternoon.  Both absolutely incredible!

 

Ice Cave Franz Josef Glacier

 

Franz Josef Glacier

Thu 6-Apr	Franz Josef - Wanaka	

		Drove to Wanaka to stay - Visited Puzzling World.  Backpackers room with a great view
		of Lake Wanaka!

It wasn't me!!

 

Lake Wanaka

Fri 7-Apr	Wanaka - Queenstown		

		Drove to Clyde for sightseeing.  Went to Goldfields (Kawerau Gorge).  Visited
		Arrowtown, then drove to Queenstown for next few nights.

		Went on Earnslaw Cruise across Lake Whakatipu.  Went up Gondola - Rode Luge and had
		dinner.

Lake Dunston, Clyde

 

Goldfields, Kawerau Gorge

 

Walters Peak Homestead - farside of Lake Whakatipu

Sat 8-Apr	Queenstown	

		Shotover Jet in the Morning; Parapenting in Afternoon from 4000ft up Coronet Peak
		- wanted to go straight back up again!  Drove to Kingston for Kingston Flyer trip.

Shotover Jet, Queenstown

Parapenting from Coronet Peak, Queenstown

Sun 9-Apr	Queenstown - Te Anau	

		Drove to Milford Sound for Milford Wanderer/Observatory Cruise.  Te Anau Glow Worm
		Cruise in the Evening.  Stayed in Te Anau.

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound

Mon 10-Apr	Te Anau		

		Doubtful Sound Cruise / Manapouri Powerstation (all day tour).  
		Stayed in Te Anau again.

Doubtful Sound Cruise

Tue 11-Apr	Te Anau	- Invercargill	

		Drove to Invercargill, Curio's Bay/Petrified Forest (Catlins District), and miserable
		Bluff.  Stayed in Invercargill.


The old Water-tower, Invercargill

Wed 12-Apr	Invercargill	

		Flew to Stewart Island.  Did some Sightseeing, visited Department of Conservation 
		office and Museum.  Went on 'Billy the Bus' Tour, and went to the Gumboot Theatre.
		Back to Invercargill for the night.

Lee Bay, Stewart Island

Thu 13-Apr	Invercargill - Dunedin	

		Drove to Dunedin (via Purakaunui falls and Nugget Point).
		Speight's Brewery Tour, Dunedin (yummy).
		Stayed in Dunedin until the 16th.

Nugget Point, The Catlins

Fri 14-Apr	Dunedin		

		Olveston House, then Taieri Gorge Railway Journey.  Beautiful scenery.

Sat 15-Apr	Dunedin		

		'Monarch Ultimate + Lanarch' Tour; picked up in Classic 1965 'S' series Jaguar, went
		to Lanarch Castle, then to Albatross Sanctuary; Next Cruised around end of Peninsula;
		Yellow-eyed Penguin Colony; and Finally, cruise back into Dunedin.  Amazing day/tour.

Lanarch Castle

 

Yellow-eyed Penguin @ Yellow-eyed Penguin Colony!

Sun 16-Apr	Dunedin	- Oamaru	

		Drove to Oamaru, seeing Moeraki Boulders on the way.  Saw Blue Eyed Penguins after
		sunset at Oamaru.

Mon 17-Apr	Oamaru - Methven		

		Drove to Lake Pukaki to try to see Mt Cook (Cloudy again).  On to Lake Tekapo, Timaru,
		Temuka, Methvan.  Stayed in Methven due to planned Hot Air Balloon ride in the 
		morning.

Somewhere near Twizel (on way to Lake Pukaki)

 

Lake Benmore (below dam) - On drive between Oamaru and Lake Pukaki.

Tue 18-Apr	Methven	- Akaroa	

		Due to go Hot Air Ballooning - but too windy (went on the 22nd instead).  
		Drove to Akaroa for the night.  A very lovely little French town.  
		Some great vineyards too!
Wed 19-Apr	Akaroa - Christchurch		

		Akaroa Mail Run Tour (8:45am-2:00pm).  Drove to Chistchurch.  Awesome Backpackers 
		(Dorset House).  Dispite cloud cover, had dinner at Montebello's Restaurant at top
		of Gondola.
Thu 20-Apr	Christchurch	

		General sightseeing around Christchurch, Tram, Art Centre, Cathedral etc.  Punting on
		the Avon in the evening by candle-light!!

Fri 21-Apr	Christchurch	

		TranzAlpine to Greymouth and back.  It was even fine there!
		
Sat 22-Apr	Christchurch - Kaikoura	

		Hot Air Ballooning 6am in Methven (finally), with Champagne Breakfast (Awesome trip,
		even if somewhat crowded!!)  Drove to Hamner Springs - Too many people/Kids due to 
		Easter.  Had a quick look around, went to 'Indria' maze and continued drive on to 
		Kaikoura.

Sun 23-Apr	Kaikoura - Greytown	

		Whalewatch - Most people didn't see one, including me :-(  
		(turned back early due to bad weather coming in).  
		Drove to Blenheim and visited Prenzels and some Vineyards.  Drove to Picton,
		travelled on Lynx back to Wellington (4pm sailing).  Drove to Greytown for the night.

Mon 24-Apr	Greytown - Auckland	

		Boo Hoo - Drove back to Auckland, for work on Wednesday! :-(