Australia Day 27 and New Zealand day 1

Sunday December 29, Perth Another lazy day. Breakfast in Perth, then the train to Fremantle (Freo as the Aussies call it ). We walked the downtown, full of tourists, busy coffee shops and all the usual stores. Then a free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus to South Beach for a swim. Lovely, and after dipping … more

New Zealand days 2 to 6

Tuesday December 31 to Saturday January 4 It has been a quiet fun week with Mike and Liz. We ended 2013 with a good New Year's Eve dinner in an excellent Auckland restaurant with Mike and Liz, spent a quiet New Year's Day in Auckland, and the remainder of the week north of Auckland with … more

New Zealand days 15 to 21, Routeburn Track

Monday January 13 and Tuesday January 14, Queenstown A quiet two days. Haircut, purchased food for the upcoming hike, cleaned and waxed the boots, got one of Inge’s boots repaired (part of the sole had come loose and needed to be reglued), and we bought some additional warm clothes. The weather turned sunny and warm, … more