Quickenberry Lodge & Guesthouse Quickenberry Lodge & Guesthouse
The Washpenn Falls The Washpenn Falls
Lake Tekapo and Parkbrae Estate Lake Tekapo and Parkbrae Estate
Lake Tekapo Flight Lake Tekapo Flight
Lake Hawea - Hunter Valley Station Lake Hawea - Hunter Valley Station
Holly Homestead Holly Homestead
Bach on the Beach Bach on the Beach
Murchison Lodge Murchison Lodge
Aporo Pondsiders Aporo Pondsiders
Abel Tassman Kayaks Abel Tassman Kayaks
The Crescent Guest House B&B The Crescent Guest House B&B
The River Lodge The River Lodge
Mount Ruapehu Mount Ruapehu
The drive to Te Urewera The drive to Te Urewera
Te Urewera Treks Te Urewera Treks
Huka Falls Huka Falls
Fern Cottage Fern Cottage
Day with Hone Day with Hone

After a lot of searching and arranging we where finally on our way: New Zealand. Yes! Five weeks and several thousand kilometers of road lay waiting for us, leaving the winter for late summer.

Since we had such an early flight we've booked a room at the van der valk hotel near Schiphol Airport. We had some snow on the way there and at times it was interesting but we made it just fine.After we arrived we checked in had some dinner and went to bed early.

We got up at 5 (very little sleep that night) and headed to the long stay parking facility at schiphol, which reminded me of a skating range. A short bus ride later and we where at shiphol, fairly close to where we actually had to be.

Checking in came with a little hick-up I forgot to enter my entire first name so that had to be corrected and when boarding I found out I put my deodorant in the wrong bag, bad boy very lethal stuff deodorant. So lost that one ...

Boarding the plane was neatly ordered by kids and old folks, people with money, club members (dunno which club) and "the rest", meaning us. All this was done by a kid who was heavily in touch with his feminine side and a set of card board sings reminiscent of those used to indicate boxing rounds.

We flew with Singapore airlines and I have to say these are a friendly and professional lot.

The Ambassador Transit Hotel in Singapore was quaint you had a fairly decent size room complete with shower and a closed curtain. No window, just a curtain hanging in front of a wall as if to cover a window.


Venue Island
Quickenberry Lodge & Guesthouse South
Parkbrae Estate South
Hunter Valley Station South
Holly Homestead South
Bach on the Beach South
Murchison Lodge South
Aporo Pondsiders South
The Crescent Guest House B&B North
Kapiti Island Nature Lodge North
The River Lodge North
Te Urewera Treks North
Lakestay Rotoiti North
Ambiente Matakana North
Fern Cottage North
The Woods B&B North