Barry and Jans adventure In Australia and NeW Zealand

Our lovely Singapore Airlines stewardess

Loved flying with Singapore Airlines. They presented us with a cake and champagne for being on our honeymoon. So funny! Barry kept saying in a stage whisper " when did we get married?" Great flight. Over 100 movies to watch. No sleep though and our eyes are hanging out; as the picture shows. Now in hotel room and going out to have a few beers to help us sleep. Ps Barry's crashed and I'm wide awake πŸ‘€

Day 2 - Singapore πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬

Slept really well and was out quite early. Went to museum at Changi for WW 11 atrocities with Japan. Very interesting. Extremely hot. Nearly got thrown off bus on way back for not having correct money. A lovely Singaporean man stepped forward and paid our fare! Went on evening tour of Singapore. We look rather damp in this photo. The humidity is playing havoc with our hair.

Overnight flight to Sydney and didn't sleep a wink. Dumped our bags at our airbnb and went off to circular quay and a ferry ride to Watson Bay for fish and chips at the world famous Doyle's. Frippin hot day suddenly interrupted by the biggest dump of rain. We both fell asleep on the ferry back.

Sydney harbour bridge
Sydney opera house

Pleased I took these photos as it's hardly stopped raining since.

Took the ferry to Parramatta and ate Turkish (as you do in AU). Met up with our niece, Shelley and Pat, in their very nice hotel. A complete coincidence they are in Sydney the same time as us

Of all the bars in this town, you had to walk into mine

Got absolutely soaked walking back from meeting Shelley and Pat. Boy, when it rains here, it goes for it.

A crumpled pair of tourists

15th March 2017. Back to ferries again and over to Manly beach. Big surf area but surf was messy. Took more pictures of opera house. It was supposed to rain all day and didn't so very happy about that. Then took another ferry to Cockatoo island to see convict cells from the 1800's. Barry fell asleep on this ferry too. Back to Nina's and Barry questioning her about Putin and Crimea. Nice light conversation 😩

16.3.17. - absolutely hissed down as we walked to another incorrect bus stop. The bus drivers are getting used to throwing us out at traffic lights or giving us a kindly talking to about flagging buses down! Oops. Took another ferry to Darling harbour and took shelter in a coffee shop for over an hour. It was monsoon conditions.

A very wet Darling harbour.

Off to Auckland tomorrow.

Uneventful plane journey to Auckland and picked up by Joseph our airbnb host. Joy of joys, it's not raining! Airbnb is different and doesn't seem as nice as Sydney but it's ok. Not sure about sharing one bathroom with 9 people. Could get a bit crowded! Chatted to our hosts for a couple of hours and put the world to rights whilst eating Chinese takeaway. I'm hoping our diet will improve over the next 3 weeks when we have more control in our motor home, otherwise we'll come home stones heavier. Off to pick up our van in a few hours. 😁😁🚎

18th March 2017

Picked up our van and headed North of Auckland. Didn't drive too far and went to Snells Beach. Lovely afternoon. Barry used beach BBQ to cook our steak dinner. It's lovely here.

Snells Beach

19th March.

Shortish drive to Leigh and to a basic but great motor home park. Beautiful day. Very sunny and warm and we're both glowing. Walked along beach but bit too stoney to swim. Loving our van. To use the satellite dish you have to take a compass bearing and point the dish vaguely in the direction of North. Needless to say we nearly lost the great big sky dish as we didn't store it properly. Hopefully it'll still work. Watched rugby in the pub and had a few NZ beers. A good day.

Thermal springs outside of Waiotapu. Stayed at Waikite thermal pools.

Thermal activity

Bowentown overnight Freedom camp. Beautiful. Will update better when have better wifi! But we're very happy and brown and fat!


We're at a very unattractive Freedom camp car park in Wellington awaiting ferry tomorrow to South Island. Hopefully our fellow motorhomers don't snore as there's about 20 vans in the car park. All cheap skates! Found a bar doing happy hour in Wellie. We were happy about that as it's not cheap here. Then onto a restaurant and NZ lamb. Really nice plus house g & t. We were going to walk back to van but it was hissing down so took a very expensive cab ride instead. Wages must be a lot higher here as everything is very dear. It'll be dinner in the van tonight! Wellington seems really nice. Sort of don't want to leave North Island. We missed a lot of it but happy with that otherwise we'd have spent all day driving and weather was too good to want to do that. Off to South Island today - 26th March - so all new places to see 😁. ps we're brown, fat and happy and not necessarily in that order 🀣

Pulled off of State high way 6 and onto a very quiet country lane. Very quiet and beautiful.

Stayed overnight in Stoke near Nelson with Barry's friends Val and Eric.

Buller gorge swing bridge.

Off to east coast of South Island and pancake rocks. Beautiful area but we were there at the wrong time for the tides and to see the blow holes.

Pancake rock land. Stunning.

In Ross tonight. Gold mining country. We walked around old mining area and had a beer and meal in the pub. Massive fireplace with drift wood burning cos it's winter here!

31.3.17 - Last nights freedom camp. 1076m high at a scenic lookout. Windy but beautiful

Our bedroom window for the night.

1.4.17 - Queenstown. An adrenaline and fun filled town set by a beautiful cold lake. We went on the TSS Earnshaw, a steam run boat , for a trip across the lake and for a gourmet BBQ , which was very very nice, and then for a sheep sheering demo. Lovely day. Pretty hacked off with extortionate fees for very basic campsite, in Queenstown, but they had us by the short and curleys! By coincidence Pat and Shelley were in town so we met up with them for a drink which was very nice

And he had another 2 puddings after these ones!

2.4.17 - left Queenstown and got on the road to Omerama. No idea what was there but cracking day and beautiful scenery. Barry drove all of it.

Arrived Omerama and during evening the air raid siren went off but no one in the other vans moved so we decided, if it was an earthquake, we'd soon find out. Turns out it's the way the local volunteer fire crew are called to an emergency.

3.4.17 - drove to Woodbury and stayed in a DOC site for $5 and no one else was there. Result! Cold and wet day. Drove via Lake Tekapo and the church of the good shepherd which is on the site seeing tour but not sure why! We did want to go to Mt John observatory but that's for star gazing and it was daytime when we were there. Site is designated by UNESCO as one of the tenth darkest places on earth.

Church of the good shepherd at Lake Tekapo.
And then cyclone Debbie visited.

7th April and monsoon weather in Christchurch. We got on the tram and visited the quake museum to get in the dry and keep warm!


8th April and off to Melbourne and to meet up with Jans bestie - Jane. She hadn't seen her for nearly 4 years.

Loving Melbourne and the weather gods are looking down on us.

Off on a wine tour in the Yarra valley. Lovely day. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Don't ask why there was a unicorn there. Something to do with the owner being Chinese

Then we took a tour around Melbournes parliament. Loads of gold leaf. Far more relaxed than our parliament.

Melbourne parliament building

Off to Port Fairy with Jane, Steve, Paula and Tom. An Easter holiday for them and an opportunity for us to see some of the Great Ocean Road.

Walked 12kms to see Australian and NewZealand seals playing on rocks and in the surf. Lovely day. Lunched at nearby beach cafe.

And it would be so wrong to not mention all the geology caused by volcanic action; so patiently explained to us by Steve Macklin. Thank you Steve.


Found this Koala sitting in a tree

Port Douglas.

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