With such little space in the city they have just built UP! Walking around you can't help but be amazed by how vertical the city is.
Our island home was just the most amazing setting, a tiny South Pacific island off the mainland of Fiji, only accessible by boat and comprising 3 Bure bungalows, a small dormitory and a communal meal and entertainment building. Max guests while we were there: 8.
A typical overnight stop. Throughout the country they fully embrace 'freedom camping'. No guarantee of any kind of facilities, but with views like this, We'll certainly forgive them!
It's unbelievable how empty the roads are here, literally 90% of the time you could look around and not see another item of traffic....
Oh and the lakes, did I mention the lakes...? Just wow.
Road tripping, there can surely be no better place to do it than the South Island of NZ.
Here's another of Saskia's video productions to help show just how amazing this Island is...
As a few people noticed from our postcards, our trip was slightly orientated around food, and Ferg Burger in Queenstown was one such must visit place. The que was outside and along the street but it was totally worth it in the end...
Our driver was great, full of interesting facts and also very generous with his stops to let us all get out and take in the scenery.
Glacial country... even though this was mid summer, they had had a massive dump of a snow just a few weeks previously.
South Island roads 😘
The Fjord itself is explored by boat, massively deep and with mountanous sides it really is an experience.
It's also one of the wettest parts of the country, we were amazingly lucky to be there on just about the only clear sunny day in weeks.
Our captain basically drove right into this waterfall, I got a quick few photos before running inside for cover!
and we're back on the food theme....! Hokitika was another suggestion from some good friends who said the Gluten Free Pizzas make it a must visit... And well, it didn't disappoint as Saskia can attest...
and it's Amazing Geothermal activity. This was a place called Thermal Wonderland...
...where water boils up from deep in the Earth, bringing with it a stunning colourful display of minerals, and lots of steam!
another location which I'd seen photos of and couldn't wait to get the opportunity to visit and take some of my own.
A boiling mud pool!
Take your pick at pronouncing this Maori town's name...! (The upper name is the abbreviation)
This is the reverse view of the above, our Bungalow was 2nd one up out of 3 and what you can see is the entire accommodation.
Walking a few meters back from there and you're on the beach. It felt wonderfully remote and the views down the coast were simply beautiful.
For New Year's we were invited over by our next door neighbour to join their party! Which as you can see, included this Veal Roast. (back to food again!) 😋
Much singing, dancing, eating local fruit and drinking local drinks. Our host (in the middle here) is a rum brewer, which was handy!!
Followed by the Best New Year's Day ever!!
Carlos standing proud by his beloved Land Rover.
See what happens when you don't have a Land Rover!
I don't even think the pictures do this island justice.
This was actually how we travelled all day, clinging on while traversing up steep roads and down cliff lined paths. Awesome way to experience the island, one of my favourite days of the whole trip without doubt.
The Audio tour is voiced by actually former prison officers and inmates, the level of realism is outstanding and it provides a fascinating insight to the working of the former home to the Worst of the Worst.
5 people escaped from The Rock, 3 of whom were never found... these are the cells they broke out from.
Complete with mocked up heads to fool the guards.
We escaped The Rock! fascinating visit, we fully recommend it.