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Dam, Dam, Dam. Oamaru

After saying goodbye to our kind hosts, Marj & Murray, and our fellow guests we headed roughly north. We want to see the area around Mount Cook and possibly do a hike. We figured we’d look at Omarama, check out the weather and make a decision there.

The road out of Alexandra soon took us […]


We spent most of the morning in, watching the world news, sitting on cushions. Outside the sun was shining so we figured we should do something. We decided to head to Clyde.

Marj suggested we might try a place called Monte Christos just outside Clyde. It was more of a childrens play garden but I […]

Otago Central Railtrail

Here is our account of our three day cycle ride along the Otago Central Railtrail.

Day 1 – Alexandra to Lauder

Having had a pretty good three day forecast and been frequently told Otago was the warmest and driest place in NZ at this time of year we prepared for rain but dressed for warm […]


With no excitement in our bones to explore much around Invercargill we limited our tourism to visiting the hardware store where “Bert’s” Indian motorcycle (better known from the movie “The Fastest Indian”) was on display along with a number of other old motorbikes.

From there we headed north. The weather forecast for […]

Christchurch Earthquake

We have just become aware of an earthquake hitting Christchurch that has caused a lot of damage and some fatalities. We are well away from there and felt nothing. We are obviously ok. Our concerns right now are for our friends Frank and Karen who may be still in the area. UPDATE – we have […]