John's Around the World Adventure 2005/2006

Travel time: December 2005 - June 2006  |  by John Davies

New Zealand: South Island

From Wellington, we took the ferry over to the South Island and in turn picked up our newly adopted 'hound' rental car. Nelson, our first stop, was an interesting small town and a pretty chilled out pub scene. Following Nelson, we chose to stop on the west coast to break up our long journey south. Greymouth, a small, dismal industrial town was the venue, and if it had not been for the nice hostel we stayed in, it would have been one not to remember!!

Nelson Centre

Nelson Centre

Beautiful Coastline close to Greymouth

Beautiful Coastline close to Greymouth

From here, we planned our trip to the Fox Glacier, the least popular but arguably most spectacular Glacier. Our trip here certainly did not disappoint, in fact was a highlight of our trip! We chose a half day trek, put on our hiking boots and spikes, and off we went, climbing up the glacier. This was truly awe-inspiring, viewing such a huge moving chunk of ice ripping away at its surroundings.

The vast expanse of the Fox Glacier

The vast expanse of the Fox Glacier

Climbing the Fox Glacier, hiking boots and spikes in tow!

Climbing the Fox Glacier, hiking boots and spikes in tow!

Fox Glacier Peak

Fox Glacier Peak

Next was a trip to Lake Wanaka and with it a taste of real New Zealand red Cider. Fantastic, just like the scenery!

Lake Wanaka and it's Snow-Topped Mountain Surrounding

Lake Wanaka and it's Snow-Topped Mountain Surrounding

Queenstown was our furthest destination south, regrettably missing out on the highly acclaimed fjordland due to time restrictions. Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand, testament to this, we had to give jetboating a try, speeding through canyons, performing 360 degree turns, and lots of water being splashed about. Partying is notoriously good in Queenstown and we had a good night on the tiles here.

Kiwi Statue, Queenstown

Kiwi Statue, Queenstown

Quueenstown

Quueenstown

Queenstown

Queenstown

Shotover Jet Canyon, Queenstown

Shotover Jet Canyon, Queenstown

Site of the Shotover Canyon Jetboating Adventure

Site of the Shotover Canyon Jetboating Adventure

We ended our wonderful adventure in NZ in what turned out to be my favourite city, Christchurch. The city had much to offer including its many lively bars. One that stood out in particular was the Holy Grail Sports Bar, so big it had a full wall sized TV screen and football terracing as the seats! The trams, river and excellent shopping options also made Christchurch a pleasant experience to end a highly positive adventure in New Zealand.

Christchurch Tram District

Christchurch Tram District

Christchurch Cathedral Square

Christchurch Cathedral Square

© John Davies, 2006
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The trip
 
Description:
Following masses of preperation my trip of a lifetime was finally a reality. Beginning in the adventurous New Zealand, before taking in delights of Australia over Christmas. Bali was next on the agenda, trading in the comfort of the West for drastic cultural differences of East Asia. The modern city of Singapore next acted as a stepping stone for travel over-land through Malaysia and island-hopping around Thailand. My Adventure finally ended amongst the neon scyscrapers of Hong Kong.
Details:
Start of journey: Dec 01, 2005
Duration: 6 months
End of journey: Jun 02, 2006
Travelled countries: New Zealand
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Malaysia
Thailand
Hong Kong
The Author
 
John Davies is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 15 years.
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