S: New Zealand 2011
FC: Austin and Janelle | Go on a Real | Kiwiland Adventure | January 3-30 2011
1: Here we are at the start of the trip, ready to leave the Calgary Airport Jan 3, 2011 | The map of the road trip!
2: The first day was spent checking out the Ilam gardens | Cute little ducklings about to go over a waterfall!
3: The Christchurch Botanical Gardens
4: Dinner at Dux Lux | Goofy shopping in Christchurch | Earthquake damage!
5: We had a 2 hour surfing lesson in Sumner. It was a cool and rainy day, but we had the beach to ourselves. Austin got up on the second try! Janelle... took a bit longer but got it in the end!
6: GORE BAY | Austin got chased by his first seal at Gore Bay!
8: Oamaru and the Moeraki Boulders
9: Katiki Point, Moeraki
10: Moeraki's Yellow-Eyed Penguins
12: We ate peanut butter and sugar sandwiches for lunch in the Botanical Garden. Janelle fed her crusts to the birds | Getting free internet in the Octagon | Visiting the Geology Department building on campus | Austin tries out the local spring water at Speight's Brewery
13: St Kilda's Beach | Dunedin's Train Station | We spent a rainy afternoon at the beach playing games and making sand turtles
14: ... AKA Doom Day #1 for Melba's radiator | Portobello & the Otago Peninsula | Little Owl | The day began beautifully... but of course the clouds and rain arrived right in time for our hike
15: Fiordland & Milford National Parks
16: Milford Sound
17: DOC campground near Hokitika | Queenstown | Hokitika | Mt Cook & the West Coast | Pancake Rocks | Early morning swimming in a cold lake, Hokitika
18: Kayaking Abel Tasman | We spent 3 days kayaking the National Park. Both nights were spent at Observation Beach. We had it all to ourselves, except at lunch time, when lots of families would park their boats for a picnic. The wind was very strong, so we were often paddling through some huge waves! A seal colony was on as island 20 minutes away. On the last day, a seal from the colony joined us for a few minutes; later, a Little Blue Penguin fished around us!
20: Later, Austin may have won the rematch, 16-0
21: Penguins & Seals!
23: Castle Hill
24: Cave Stream
25: MELBA | hotel, motel, Holiday Inn! | We gotta move these refrigerators We gotta move these color TV's | It was the summer of '69 | Black velvet in that slow, southern style | Girl, I travel round the world and even sail the seven seas Across the universe I go to other galaxies Can you meet me halfway? | I'm tryna find the words to describe this girl without being disrespectful
26: MEMPHIS MELTDOWN | BIG BIKKIE and other NZ treats