New Zealand 2009

Patty and Steve’s Adventures


South Island



International Antarctic Centre


Dolphin Encounter


          Abel Tasman Coast Track


Pancake Rocks, horseback riding, and day tramping

Franz Josef

Glacier Hike


Lake cruise, Walter Peak farm, gondola, gold panning

Te Anau and Milford Sound

Glowworm Cave, Helicopter tour, and Milford Sound cruise

Doubtful Sound

Sea kayaking

Dunedin/Otago Peninsula/East Coast

Cadbury Chocolate Factory tour, Yellow-Eyed Penguin Reserve, Moeraki Boulders


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The map to the right shows our campervan route in purple.  We started in Christchurch and headed north from there, completing the loop back in Christchurch two weeks later.  We put a total of 2620 km (1628 miles) on the campervan.



North Island



Te Papa museum, cable car, and Botanical Gardens

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro Crossing day tramp


Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World, Rangitoto Island, Sky Tower, and Auckland Museum


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North Island train route (the “Overlander”)