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Up North

Last time I was up North I took a few nice photos. Heading up again this weekend. I’m not sure I’ll get many chances to take photos but I’m sure it’ll be a lovely weekend 🙂

Whitehead, Co. Antrim

Whitehead, Co. Antrim

Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim

Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim

Islandmagee, Co. Antrim

Islandmagee, Co. Antrim

Islandmagee, Co. Antrim.

Islandmagee, Co. Antrim.

Yes the last two photos were taken out the car window 🙂 I should really wind the window down next time!

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A few pics from my travels in the South Island of New Zealand and a quick stop in Auckland in the North…there are too many to describe them all or even to fit them here but these are a few of my personal favourites 🙂

NZ Alps

NZ Alps

Inside the glacier at Franz Josef

Inside the glacier at Franz Josef

Outside a diner in middle of nowhere, NZ

Outside a diner in middle of nowhere, NZ

Bungee toilets :)

Bungee toilets 🙂

Moeraki Boulders

Moeraki Boulders

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo

Whale off coast of Auckland

Whale off coast of Auckland

Dolphins off coast of Auckland

Dolphins off coast of Auckland

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Christchurch New Zealand 14th February 2008.

I was destined to fall in love with New Zealand, I knew it before I got there. The fact that I would arrive on St. Valentine’s Day was just the icing on the cake as far as I was concerned. However it didn’t get off to quite the start I had hoped with my flight from Melbourne arriving late on Valentine’s night, in a downpour of epic proportions.

The downpour lasted for the whole two nights and one day that I spent in Christchurch first time round and I was delighted to get the hell out of there on the second day for my Magic Bus trip around the South Island. When I returned two weeks later however, I had fallen in love with New Zealand for sure and Christchurch welcomed me back with open arms and sunny blue skies 🙂

Here are a few photos from the second time round in Christchurch-I’m pretty sure I took feck all the first time in the rain 😦

Christchurch Art Museum where I spent most of my first (rainy) day in Christchurch looking at beautiful paintings.

The tourist tram, really just for lazy tourists, Christchurch is significantly smaller than even Dublin!

The main square in the city is called Cathedral Square so named thanks to this stunning cathedral.

Life size chess! Well not actual life size, but lots bigger than normal.

The Wizard gives one of his lunch-time sermons. This guy comes out in his ittle car most days with his ladder and stands up there to give some sort of speech. This particular day it was how women’s love for shopping was the ruination of society and men are lazy slobs-he was a very funny guy. There might be a clip or two of him on Youtube (not my clips).

Magnolia flower in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. I’ll spare you the rest of my flower pictures!

That was all from little Christchurch, but I’ll fill you in with my travels around the South Island next. There are many picture so it’ll be very hard for me to choose. Very, very hard.

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All on my own this time, yay! My sister joined her friends back in Adelaide and I headed to Melbourne from Sydney so finally I was all on my own and sooo looking forward to it. Here are some photos of my favourite bits from Melbourne 🙂

There is an open public area known as Federation Square in Melbourne, this was a photographic exhibition on show at the time called ‘All of Us’, there was a photo of one person to from every nationality living in Australia – over 400 if I remember correctly! (I am open to correction cos I can’t find the website!)

Some of the architecture around Federation Square.

A real live stick insect at the Melbourne Museum, hehe.

One of many cosy little side streets in Melbourne, it’s the most ‘European’ of the Australian cities apparently.

A bit of Melbourne graffiti.

This is Puffing Billy, a steam train running through the Dandenong Mountain ranges outside Melbourne. I’m glad to see on the website that despite the recent bush fires, Billy is still puffing. I had great fun on this train hanging out the windows, I’m such a big kid!

While in Melbourne, I also took a road trip down the Great Ocean Road to Grampian’s National Park, there was absolutely stunning scenery over all of the 3 days but here are a few photos just to give you a flavour of what it was like.

This view was well worth the long, hot climb to get there.

Seeing wild kangaroos at dusk out in a small town in the middle of the bush – priceless.

I think that’s enough for the minute…that’s the end of my Australian adventure. If any of you are enjoying the travel aspect of these posts and would like to read about some more far-flung and some unusual places try out theantitourist.com, a collective travel journal.

Next stop for me, Christchurch, New Zealand 🙂

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