On our 2010 trip we drove south from Otorohanga along the west edge of the Tongariro National Park and on to Whanganui. Later on that trip we stayed at Taupo and viewed the mountains, Tongariro, […]


My plan for today had been based on spending last night in the Mokau area, a couple of hours further down the road than we had been able to make it last night. Inevitably that […]

Grey nomads

Today was our transition from quality accommodation in Queenstown to life on the road in a campervan. My plan was to fly to Auckland, pick up our campervan from Britz around midday and drive about […]

Cardrona and beyond

Today was our second bookend day intended to buffer our trip to Doubtful Sound yesterday. We had no firm plans though I had penciled in a trip to Wanaka and we had an invitation to […]

Doubtful Sound

This was the day we were waiting for. Our real purpose for being in Queenstown was our Real Journeys trip to Doubtful Sound. I was awake at 5:30 am so I showered and dressed before […]


Our reason for being in Queenstown is our trip to Doubtful Sound tomorrow. Because that requires an early start and getting here involved a late arrival it seemed prudent to allow a day between arriving […]

Getting to Queenstown

Since our early return from our USA trip last year long trips to faraway places have been off the agenda. Hence when Qantas had an offer with some incentive, which I now forget, a short […]

Sayonara Japan

This was our last day in Japan. There was no need to rush because our flight was scheduled for 9:00 pm, leaving plenty of time for some final exploration. We needed to check out from […]


This was our full day around Tokyo. Majella had wondered a few weeks ago about getting a guide or some form of tour. I did some searching and discovered Tokyo Free Guide. There is an […]

Gora to Tokyo

My plan for this morning had been to check out of our hotel at Naka-Gora and reverse our path via the cable car and Hakone Tozan train to Odawara where would catch a Shinkansen to […]