It's a long way to go from Perth to New Zealand. They time it takes is longer than you expect. It's better now than it use to be, with direct flights. I jumped Perth to Auckland and then to Queenstown.
I didn't get much sleep on the first connection, I normally do better but I must have been too excited. This meant I basically crashed on the second leg, only waking up when we started to descend.
I had booked myself into a nice hotel on the edge of town. Not much effort required to get some breakfast first up. I got some fresh air and some supplies and headed back to my room for a couple of hours nap.
I made myself get up and showered and ready to go out for dinner. I am really glad I did. It was an absolutely gorgeous day that turned into a beautiful summer's evening. I had a good feed and then wandered around town for another couple of hours before heading back to the room.
After Queenstown and headed down to my friend's place in Balfour. This is where I primarily stayed on my trip. Of course I didn't actually take any pictures of the place....
One day I headed up to Dunedin to see an old friend. It is mostly the same, I didn't venture too far, I was intent on seeing my friend more than the place itself.
I also headed through to Wanaka for a night. I did some nice tikki touring, going through Waikaka and Heriot to Ettrick.
We then headed back home through Tuatapere, Ohai and Nightcaps.
My brothers and sisters were all going to be in one place for the first time in 3 years at my mum's late on Boxing Day, so I headed down there to join them. Southland certainly put on some lovely weather for us.
Magnet was very happy to see me and Reece when he got home.