Author Archives: Norman MacPhail

About Norman MacPhail

Life is too short to live the same day twice.

Part VIII: Banks Peninsula, Marlborough, Farewell Spit, Abel Tasman and Christchurch.

On Tuesday 4th December 2012 we woke up to more stunning Summer weather. Really love the climate here. It was a beautiful 110km drive to the gorgeous Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula. Banks Peninsula and its hills were formed by … Continue reading

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New Zealand Part VII: Arthur’s Pass, Moeraki Boulders, Mt. Cook and Avalanche Peak

On Tuesday 27th November 2012 we left Greymouth to cross over to the East coast via Arthur’s Pass. We followed the route of the famous Tranzalpine railway line. In the heart of the Southern Alps, Arthur’s Pass National Park has … Continue reading

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New Zealand Part VI: Queenstown, Bungy, Canyon Swing, Wanaka, Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers and West Coast.

On Monday 19th November 2012 we found ourselves back in Queenstown, but this time we were going to explore it properly. After three great walks in two weeks, the only thing we wanted to do was relax and maybe experience … Continue reading

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New Zealand Part V: The Fiordland Great Walks: Kepler, Milford and Routeburn inc. Milford Sound Cruise.

We loved Te Anau straight away with the beautiful lake and mountain range around it. This would be our base for two weeks as we attempted three Great Walks: The Kepler, The Milford Track and The Routeburn with a couple … Continue reading

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New Zealand Part IV: Dunedin, Otago Peninsula, Southland and Te Anau.

On Sunday 28th October 2012, as we were flying over at 37000 feet, we realised that the South Island was going to be completely different to the North Island. We could see Mt. Cook (3755m) and its neighbouring peaks covered … Continue reading

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New Zealand Part III : Waitomo Caves, Lake Taupo, Tongariro and Auckland

On Sunday 21st October 2012 we left Tongariro the background with loads of volcanic steam coming from its crater. It’s not just the cone that is dangerous, most volcanoes have different bits erupting all over the place. We hoped it … Continue reading

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New Zealand Part II: Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Wanganui and Taranaki.

After a lovely sleep only 49 km away from Whakani (White Island) New Zealand’s most active volcano we headed to the East of the North Island. What an epic drive it was, for all 120km of it. We said goodbye … Continue reading

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New Zealand Part I: Northland, Coromandel, Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty.

On Monday 1st of October we landed in New Zealand, our last country on thisĀ amazing holiday! We were so looking forward to exploring New Zealand, especially as it has beenĀ compared to Scotland not only because of its rich Scottish history … Continue reading

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OZ Road Trip. Part VI: Return to NSW feat. Canberra, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Sydney

It was quite unbelievable that four months in Australia had nearly come and gone. Time has gone past so fast for us here, even faster than six months in Asia. Australia has been truly fantastic. On Friday 7th September 2012 … Continue reading

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OZ Road Trip. Part V: Victoria and The Great Ocean Road

On Friday 17th August we crossed the border from Southern Australia into the state of Victoria. It may be pint-sized compared to the colossal kilometers of some states, but Victoria packs in just as much variety, wilderness, remoteness, guts and … Continue reading

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