A Travellerspoint blog

January 2019

Around Queenstown

South Island

On 15th we drove to a few different vineyards on the outskirts of queenstown in the Gibbston valley (on the road out to Cromwell).
We found most of these wineries only sell wine to take away rather than to sit in and drink so we bought a bottle and found a nice place to park along the Crown Range road with beautiful views. We stayed here for the night.
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16th was Chris’ 30th birthday! We drove to Arrowtown which is a small town outside of queenstown famous for gold mining and we also went to Lake Hayes. We both loved Lake Hayes and said it would be a lovely place to live.
We found a winerie called the wet jacket which had a bar and outside area where we had a couple of glasses of wine and some food.
We stayed at the bungee jump car park this night as we needed to be up early in the morning for some casual work nearby.
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On Thursday/Friday and Saturday night we worked at the Gibbston Valley Summer Concert, setting the stage up and putting it away once it was finished.
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On Saturday day time we went back to Lake Hayes and walked all the way round it.
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After work on Saturday evening we made our way to Cromwell as we were due to start work at a vineyard in Alexandra (near Cromwell) on Monday. We camped out next to the Clutha River.

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Lake Manapouri to Queenstown via Milford Sound

South Island

From the swing bridge we drove to Manapouri which is just below Te Anu.
We walked along the lake and stayed in the ground of a motel.
It was a sunny day so also did some jobs on the van.
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The next day we started the long drive up to Milford Sound. First stop was Te Anu which was much bigger than I thought it would be. We followed the lake up the Milford Highway. This is a no end road which takes you as far as it can towards the sound. It takes 2 hours each way from Te Anu.
We had a cruise of Milford Sound booked at 9am on Sunday so we got as far up the highway at as we could on the Saturday. This took us to Lake Gunn where we fished for the afternoon. Chris caught 2 rainbow trout making the scores now 3-3!
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We stayed at a DOC campsite at the south of the lake.

In the morning we got uk early and drove to Milford Sound. The scenery was beautiful even though it was raining! There were waterfalls everywhere along the Rocky Mountains.
We did our cruise in the rain and got wet as we stood out on the deck to get a good view. It was impressive travelled down the sound to the Tasman sea.
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After the cruise we drove back to Te Anu and then inland towards Queenstown. We stopped at the south of Lake Wakatipu and smoked some of Chris’ trout. The weather wasn’t great again so we decided to keep moving and get up to Queenstown.
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We camped along the road to Glenorchy at 25mile creek on the north part of Lake Wakatipu.
In the morning we drove back to Queentsown to apply for jobs and then drove back along towards Glenorchy to do a walk. The scenery is amazing along this drive, it’s called the road to paradise and I can see why.
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We got close to the Routeburn track which is one of the NZ Great Walks (I would like to do it at some point) and did a shorter track to Lake Sylwen.
On our way back down we stopped in Glenorchy and walked around the lagoon and ended up camping in the same place as we did last night.
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Dunedin to Invercargill via Lake Mahinerangi

South Island

We drove from the peninsular to central Dunedin and spent the day in the city. I thought the city had a nice feel to it, more European than Christchurch, and I would be happy to work there.

From Dunedin we travelled to Lake Mahinerangi. The drive was lovely, back out in the countryside and we hardly saw anyone. It’s amazing how you can leave a city in NZ and within minutes you are out in the sticks.
We camped for the night at the lake and I caught a brown trout... 3-1 to me in fish catches now 😁
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The next day we did some jobs on the van and drove back out to the coast and south. Our next stop was Kaka Point. A cute little beach/surf village and I picked up some local honey.
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From here we were going to travel to nugget point which had been recommended but we decided not to as it’s a no end road so you have to come back down the same way and we didn’t know what else it would sho us that we hadn’t already seen.
We kept driving along the coast into the Catlins and stayed the night at Catlins Lake which is a salt water lake.
We weren’t that impressed with the Catlins compared with the rest of NZ.
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From here we drove along the coast and stopped off at Curio Bay and Slope Point which is the most southern part of mainland NZ.
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We then carried on to Invercargill to stock up on supplies, pick up our fridge and do some washing. We didn’t spend much time here at all and decided to keep going and stayed 1 hour out of Invercargill at Clifton swing bridge.
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Moeraki to Otago Peninsula

South Island

We travelled back to Moeraki to go to Fleurs restaurant for lunch. The food was amazing, we had green lipped mussels and a fish taster to share which included moray eel, monk fish, sole, grouper and orange roughy.
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We then drove inland to the Waikouaiti River where we were going to stay for the night. We were parked in a lovely place next to the river but we didn’t have any reception and I had planned to speak to my friends for the first time since we left so we drove to Karitane and stayed there instead.
We went for a walk on the beach in the morning.
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We then drove to the Otago Peninsular via the coast road. It was a windy road but so picturesque! Every corner and hill we went up/round had a great view.
Once on the peninsular we drove up to the top to Pilots Beach to see the albatross colony and seals. We saw two albatross circling round Taiaroa Head, they are huge! And we saw seals on the beach.
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We then drove to the south of the peninsular to Sandfly Bay to see sea lions and the yellow eyed penguins which are both extremely rare, we managed to see both though!! The beach was stunning and we were able to walk right past the sleeping sea lions.
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We parked up on the road in a lay-by with a great view and stayed here for the night.
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Black Point to Shag Point via Oamaru

South Island

We left Squids house later after dinner and drove to a place called Black Point irrigation pond about 15mins from Kurow.
Squid recommended this place for some more fishing.
It was very dark when we arrived so we just picked somewhere near the water to park up and camp.

In the morning we fished in the pond and Chris caught a fish too!
We had our first experience of gutting and filleting the fish (squid did this for me the day before) and it went better than I thought it would.

From Black Point we headed to Oamaru which is the next big town/city and on the coast. We stocked up on supplies in Oamaru and headed down the coast to find somewhere to camp for the night.
We didn’t spend much time in Oamaru as it didn’t seem like there was much to see unless you are into steampunk.

We stopped at a place on the beach, right on the Waianakarua River mouth and decided to stay here for the night.
We cooked Chris’ catch of the day and it was delicious!
We did more fishing in the river mouth in the morning but didn’t find anything.
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We continued following the coast line south and stopped to see the Moeraki Boulders. This is a place of interest but really is just come round rocks on a beach.
We went for a walk in Moeraki Village, it was a sunny day and we saw our first seals in NZ!
There is a famous restaurant here called Fleurs and we are coming back for lunch tomorrow as they couldn’t fit us in today.
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We meandered further down the coast, but didn’t want to go too far having to come back to Moeraki tomorrow, so stopped at Shag Point freedom camping area. We found a great spot which backed onto the beach.
We walked the beach and cooked my catch which again was very tasty!
It was so hot during the day it was hard to sleep at night, but this meant we were able to star gaze, the stars were so clear!
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We woke up looking out to sea, but the weather had changed from beautiful sunshine to rain!
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