A Travellerspoint blog

Back to Auckland for some Kiwi Hospitality...

...we love Kiwis.

semi-overcast 18 °C

Auckland

Kade, Ava, Kian - The Kids of Jonah and Delia - Who We Stayed with in Auckland

Kade, Ava, Kian - The Kids of Jonah and Delia - Who We Stayed with in Auckland

Delia, Nate and Kids at Mt Eden (Volcanic Crater)

Delia, Nate and Kids at Mt Eden (Volcanic Crater)

Ready to Jump

Ready to Jump

Auckland Bridge Bungy Jump

Auckland Bridge Bungy Jump

Auckland Waterfront

Auckland Waterfront

The last 3 days of our year could not have ended with better people. The Merchants welcomed us, strangers, into their home in Auckland with open arms. These typical New Zealanders, trusting, generous, hospitable, made us feel right at home. We felt so comfortable, they were like long lost friends.

So this ends our year away. Did we change you ask? We left with hopes of changing our outlook on life and getting back to basics and we certainly succeeded. We've slowed down our pace of life, and have realized to appreciate and take advantage of what is right in front of us. We feel grateful for every moment that occurred during this past year, the good and not so good. We've learned, we've grown, we've laughed, we've fought, we've triumphed, and we've succeeded. The people, places and time spent together will be with us forever.

We thank each and every person we met along our journey. We have learned from each of you and you have each influenced us.

We hope you have enjoyed following our blog. Love Julie and Nate.

Posted by ontarions 07.01.2012 15:00 Archived in New Zealand Comments (1)

Big Finale at Blue Mountains NP...

...last stop in Australia.

all seasons in one day 11 °C

Kanangra NP

Kanangra Walls Hike

Kanangra Walls Hike

Jenolan Caves

Looking Out The Devils Coach House

Looking Out The Devils Coach House

Stromatolite in Jenolan Caves

Stromatolite in Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Cave Formations

Jenolan Cave Formations

Shall Formation in Jenolan Caves

Shall Formation in Jenolan Caves

Formations in Jenolan Caves

Formations in Jenolan Caves

River Cave in Jenolan Caves

River Cave in Jenolan Caves

Blue Mountains NP

Three Sisters from Katoomba

Three Sisters from Katoomba

Nate Julie and Matt in Katoomba

Nate Julie and Matt in Katoomba

Matt and Nate at Katoomba Falls

Matt and Nate at Katoomba Falls

Kings Tableland and Jamison Valley

Kings Tableland and Jamison Valley

Up the Giant Stair Case to Katoomba

Up the Giant Stair Case to Katoomba

Jamison Valley in Blue Mountains NP

Jamison Valley in Blue Mountains NP

National Pass Hike

National Pass Hike

Hiking the National Pass Track

Hiking the National Pass Track

Red Frond along National Pass Hike

Red Frond along National Pass Hike

Wentworth Falls along National Pass

Wentworth Falls along National Pass

Us on Flat Rock

Us on Flat Rock

Julie Rachel and Matt Drinking Hot Coco

Julie Rachel and Matt Drinking Hot Coco

Heading to Sydney from Katoomba

Heading to Sydney from Katoomba

Posted by ontarions 29.12.2011 14:37 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

One National Park After Another...Down the East Coast!...

...wherever Cliff would take us...

sunny 20 °C

Arakoon State Cons Area

Trail Bay Gaol in Arakoon State Cons Park

Trail Bay Gaol in Arakoon State Cons Park

Trail Bay

Trail Bay

Sunset BBQ at Trial Bay

Sunset BBQ at Trial Bay

Inside Trial Bay Gaol

Inside Trial Bay Gaol

Trail Bay Gaol

Trail Bay Gaol

Hat Head NP

Smoky  Cape from North Smoky Beach in Hat Head NP

Smoky Cape from North Smoky Beach in Hat Head NP

Crab Smooches at Hat Head NP

Crab Smooches at Hat Head NP

Eastern Grey Kangaroo in Hat Head NP

Eastern Grey Kangaroo in Hat Head NP

Hiking to Smoky Cape Lighthouse in Hat Head NP

Hiking to Smoky Cape Lighthouse in Hat Head NP

Crowdy Bay NP

Sea Arches in Crowdy Bay

Sea Arches in Crowdy Bay

Kylies Beach in Crowdy Bay NP

Kylies Beach in Crowdy Bay NP

Wallingat NP

Wallingat River Sunset Reflection

Wallingat River Sunset Reflection

Breakfast at Whoota Whoota Lookout

Breakfast at Whoota Whoota Lookout

The Grandis

The Grandis

The Grandis (76.2m) Tallest Gum Tree in NSW

The Grandis (76.2m) Tallest Gum Tree in NSW

Karuah NP

Warm Sunrise along the Karuah River

Warm Sunrise along the Karuah River

Watagans NP

Misty Morning in Watagans NP

Misty Morning in Watagans NP

Gap Creek Falls in Watagans NP

Gap Creek Falls in Watagans NP

Watagans NP Campsite

Watagans NP Campsite

Dharug NP

11Km Circuit in Dharug NP

11Km Circuit in Dharug NP


Sandstone Retaining Wall for Great Northern Road

Sandstone Retaining Wall for Great Northern Road

Julie on the Old Great Northern Road

Julie on the Old Great Northern Road

Great Northern Road in Dharug NP

Great Northern Road in Dharug NP

Posted by ontarions 21.12.2011 13:32 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Laid Back Byron Bay...

...amazing scuba site at Julian Rocks!

semi-overcast 24 °C

Byron Bay

Tallow Beach

Tallow Beach

Blue Tongue Skink

Blue Tongue Skink

Julian Rocks in Byron Bay (Our Scuba Dive Site)

Julian Rocks in Byron Bay (Our Scuba Dive Site)

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron

Cape Byron

Sunset Surfing

Sunset Surfing

Bundjalung NP

Coffe Rocks at Black Rocks Campsite in Bundjalung NP

Coffe Rocks at Black Rocks Campsite in Bundjalung NP

Sunrise at Bundjalung NP (Strange Face in Rocks!?)

Sunrise at Bundjalung NP (Strange Face in Rocks!?)

Illuka Nature Reserve

Rock Person at Iluka Reserve

Rock Person at Iluka Reserve

Wave Conducting at Iluka

Wave Conducting at Iluka

Exploring Iluka Nature Reserve

Exploring Iluka Nature Reserve

Sunrise and Smashing Wave at Iluka Nature Reserve

Sunrise and Smashing Wave at Iluka Nature Reserve

Dorrigo NP

Us on The Skywalk at Dorrigo NP

Us on The Skywalk at Dorrigo NP

View from The Skywalk in Dorrigo NP

View from The Skywalk in Dorrigo NP

Old Male Cycad in Dorrigo NP

Old Male Cycad in Dorrigo NP

Julie and Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo NP

Julie and Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo NP

Posted by ontarions 18.12.2011 11:37 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

Lush Lamington NP

sunny 24 °C

Lamington NP

Tree Top Walk in Lamington NP

Tree Top Walk in Lamington NP

Heading Up into the Canopy

Heading Up into the Canopy

Julie 30 Meters Up into the Canopy along the Tree Top Walk in Lamington NP

Julie 30 Meters Up into the Canopy along the Tree Top Walk in Lamington NP

Inside Strangler Fig

Inside Strangler Fig

Look Up Hollow Strangler Fig Tree Lamington NP

Look Up Hollow Strangler Fig Tree Lamington NP

Wallaby and Joey at Green Mountains Campground

Wallaby and Joey at Green Mountains Campground

Elabana Falls Lamington NP

Elabana Falls Lamington NP

Elabana Falls along Toolona Creek Track

Elabana Falls along Toolona Creek Track

Waterfall in Lamington NP

Waterfall in Lamington NP

Birds Nest Fern

Birds Nest Fern

Antarctic Beech in Lamington NP

Antarctic Beech in Lamington NP

Antarctic Beech Tree Stemming from 2000 Year Ago in Lamington NP

Antarctic Beech Tree Stemming from 2000 Year Ago in Lamington NP


Brave Bush Turkey

Brave Bush Turkey

Looking into NWS from the Border Track in Lamington NP

Looking into NWS from the Border Track in Lamington NP

Hoop Pine

Hoop Pine

Springbrook NP

Best of All Lookout in Springbrook NP

Best of All Lookout in Springbrook NP

Best of All Lookout in Springbrook NP

Best of All Lookout in Springbrook NP

Blackfellow Falls in Springbrook NP

Blackfellow Falls in Springbrook NP

View from Twin Falls Circuit in Springbrook NP

View from Twin Falls Circuit in Springbrook NP

Antarctic Beech Tree in Springbrook NP

Antarctic Beech Tree in Springbrook NP

Twin Falls Circuit in Springbrook NP

Twin Falls Circuit in Springbrook NP

Inside Natural Bridge Cave

Inside Natural Bridge Cave

Looking Into Natural Bridge with Waterfall

Looking Into Natural Bridge with Waterfall

Top of Natural Bridge Cave in Springbrook NP

Top of Natural Bridge Cave in Springbrook NP

Nimbin

Little Girl Waiting for Ice Cream in Nimbin

Little Girl Waiting for Ice Cream in Nimbin

Nightcap NP

Jaffle Iron Goodies at Nightcap NP

Jaffle Iron Goodies at Nightcap NP


Goanna at Nightcap NP

Goanna at Nightcap NP

Lumbering Goanna at Nightcap NP

Lumbering Goanna at Nightcap NP

Goanna Climbing Tree at Nightcap NP

Goanna Climbing Tree at Nightcap NP

Cliffs of Nightcap NP

Cliffs of Nightcap NP

Posted by ontarions 14.12.2011 12:57 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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