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About to rent a campervan? Here are my top tips.

Thinking of renting a campervan or motorhome for your next holiday? Perhaps you are thinking of buying a van and you want to try one out first to see if the experience a really your cup of tea. Campervan holiday. Hiring a campervan or motorhome (and for simplicity I’m just going to say campervan from […]

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The great gingerbread decorating competition of 2019.

The competition was fierce at my niece and nephews place this year as their annual Christmas Eve gingerbread house decorating competition unfolded amidst much high spirited yelling and sugar-rush shenanigans. As co-judge to the event the pressure was on. At risk, the possibility of a total icing, M&M and jelly bean food-fight apocalypse, should an […]

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Our first earthquake

For our first dinner out since starting the trip we visited ‘Winnie’s’ a pizza bar in Queenstown that had an eclectic retro-sports bar vibe, and more importantly a large open fireplace. Here I quickly wolfed down a large veggo and a pint of Tomahawk beer, and then another pint. This induced a decidedly frisky and […]

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Slacking in Rakia Gorge

Up early we headed off with some excitement to pick up our campervan from Wilderness Explorers. She is a little smaller and a little younger than Ripley so we have named her Newt (SciFi fans will totally get this). Originally we were planning to head northwards, winding up the east coast of the South Island […]

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Trip packing: my essential to gadget ratio.

Leaving for our New Zealand camper-van adventure on Friday. Looking at the long-range weather forecast we can anticipate cooler temperatures than we had expected and a high probability of rain along our route. Never mind. Adventure is an experience best served wild and misty. Though we have had to slightly rethink our respective wardrobes. When […]

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Soap on the Clyde

Kelly has a few days off so we decided to scoot down to one of our favourite local(ish) destinations, Bermagui. The name Bermagui (pop 1,500) is probably an adaption of permageua, meaning ‘canoe with paddles’in the language of the original custodians of the land. It is a quiet little township in the off season. Beautiful […]

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Sleeping in the volcano.

Ok. Its an extinct volcano. Allegedly. Mt Franklin was created by a large volcanic eruption 470,000 years ago. Untold tonnes of ejecta, including granite, basalt, red & green olivine, megacrysts and scoria formed a high cone rising above the plain. Today the crater is a free camping reserve set amongst thick stands of deciduous and […]

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When travelling, keep​ your EMERGENCY medical information with you.

HAVING UP TO DATE INFORMATION ON YOUR MEDICAL CONDITIONS, DRUG ALLERGIES, NEXT OF KIN AND CARE DIRECTIVES IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS. YOU SHOULD CARRY THIS INFORMATION ON YOU WHEN TRAVELLING. ALWAYS. Despite initiatives such as the My Heath Record (somewhat controversially) being rolled out in Australia, your health records may not always be readily accessible […]

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How to call an ambulance.

Perhaps you are out travelling on the road, or away on holidays, or perhaps you are just minding your own business at work when it happens.Making a triple zero (000) call for an ambulance is usually going to be a stressful and difficult experience. Taking a little time now to read about what happens when […]