Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Zealand Month #3

Month #3 for the LEWIS! family in NZ.  Highlights included trips to Wellington and Wanaka, exploring the Catlins, time in Te Anaua, a backpacking trip on the Kepler track, attempts at surfing, moving into the house we will stay in for our remaining time here, and watching the first 6 Star Wars movies with Ada.  Above is a short video of some of our early adventures here.

Google deep dream rendition

Near Wanaka

Wellington. Travelled there for a conference early December.

Date night hike in Aramoana.

A proper office.

Nice digs.

Ada's school Christmas violin performance

Fresh fruit in central Otago.

Lake Wanaka


View from my seat on my semi-regular commute to Invercargill.  Massive turbulence on this one. This clinic day was bookended with conspicuous and pitiful vomiting into a plastic bag.

Young Jedis.

Nugget Point in the Catlins.

Nugget Point.


Boogie boarding in Curio Bay over Christmas break.

Curio Bay
sweet Junie.
start of Kepler track.
start of Kepler track.
Kepler track
Junie had the queen of spades.
ego-less communion with eucalyptus
Te Anaua
Ada made this hat.

Te Anaua


Not a bad view from our crib.

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Zealand, month #2

We are closing in on 2 months since we moved to New Zealand.  Here are some photos of the last month which includes a 10 day trip we took all around the South Island in our van.  Most of these nights we camped out in the vast array of 'holiday parks' that offer tent/campervan sites along with a kitchen and showers.  These are a great and cheap option, especially if you are doing extended camping with small children.  The kids survived the trip and Kiwi the Campervan held up with only 1 flat tire and a bit of overheating.  

Fox Glacier
Franz-Josef Glacier
Thanksgiving meal: green-lipped mussels we harvested ourselves in Golden Bay
Takaka beach
in Golden Bay
Trail run from Aramoana near our house.
Moeraki boulders
hike in to Fox Glacier.
Ada at Franz Josef glacier
pancake rocks.
evening beach walk, I forget where.

good pals on the Taeiri Gorge Railway.
my new set of wheels! definitely wants to go faster than my skill set allows.
The Old Ghost Road mountain bike ride.

Old Ghost Road. This section of trail was pretty sketchy.



Start of our overnight backpacking trip, first of its kind for little Junie.

Looking out to Arthur's Peak.

Staying at Whariwarangi Hut. We hiked in from Wainui Bay on the Abel Tasman track. 

Abel Tasman

Hike out, Abel Tasman

a LEWIS! on Lewis Tops. 

Moereki Boulders

Speaking our minds.  This pic was from soon after we arrived in Dunedin.

Sunrise in St. Leonards, from where we are living.


Yellow-eyed penguin, Green-eyed girl.