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The Thomases’ Grand Antipodean Adventure (10) – Te Anau – an unexpected stop

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here – mainly owing to not having time from a combination of family and work. As noted in the previous post, we were meant to be driving to Milford Sound and … Continue reading

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The Thomases’ Grand Antipodean Adventure (9) – Queenstown day 2

A walk and a soak Having managed a good nights’ sleep in the hotel, and following rest the previous day, it was time to set out for another adventure, albeit returning to the same hotel in the evening. New Zealand … Continue reading

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The Thomases’ Grand Antipodean Adventure (8) – Queenstown day one

A relaxing day in Queenstown After such busy days and new places everyday, we had organised three whole nights in Queenstown, at the Mercure Queenstown Resort hotel. This hotel had excellent lake views, and a pretty decent restaurant and bar. … Continue reading

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The Thomases’ Grand Antipodean Adventure (7) – from the forest to the lakes

Collyer House to Queenstown (Otago) Haast Pass This was a day of travel (and we both had mild colds), but which showed how much contrast New Zealand has to offer. We woke up to more traditional West Coast weather (otherwise known … Continue reading

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The Thomases’ Grand Antipodean Adventure (6) – Along the West Coast in sunshine

Okarito to Collyer House (Haast) via Fox Glacier (click map / zoom out for full view) Segment six of our trip saw us wake up in our Hutel in Okarito in lovely sunshine (apparently quite a rarity on the “Wet … Continue reading

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The Thomases’ Grand Antipodean Adventure (5) – Blue rivers, beautiful coast (NZ)

Arthur’s Pass to Okarito The next day of our adventure sees us drive from Arthur’s Pass, to the tiny settlement of Okarito (population 30). Along the way we took a variety of scenic detours: a walk in the Otira Valley, … Continue reading

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The Thomases’ Grand Antipodean Adventure (4) – Arthur’s Pass (NZ)

Another Instalment It’s been a while since I last posted on this topic, and since there is still a lot of the trip to go, I’d better add another day. The last chapter had us getting to Sydney airport for … Continue reading

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The Thomases’ Grand Antipodean Adventure (3) – Sydney

As promised last time around, next stop on the trip was Sydney. Flight time from Singapore was about 7.5 hours, which wasn’t really enough for a solid night’s sleep between Qantas squeezing another dinner into us and them waking us … Continue reading

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The Thomases’ grand antipodean adventure (2) – Singapore

Singapore Following on from my previous post, 12 and a half hours of flying later and we landed, about 1 degree north of the equator in the lovely city of Singapore. Changi airport is (for those used to London Heathrow) … Continue reading

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The Thomases’ Grand Antipodean Adventure (1)

The first of many! At the end of 2012, Mrs T and I set-off for a big trip – three and a half weeks visiting Australia and New Zealand. Our “excuse” for making the trip was that we wished to … Continue reading

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