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May 11, 2006 - ** New Zealand contact details**

Back in New Zealand, hopefully staying for 6 months over the ski season. Will send residential address when I have it, until then my contact number is: International +6421174055 / 0211074055 in New Zealand. Please don't use my UK mobile number as it's bloody expensive! Will hopefully set up Skype soon to stay in touch better.

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Jul 10, 2005 - Queenstown

Drove to Queenstown stopping at the original bungy site. Started to snow a little and was freezing - so we only watched a couple of people jump outside then watched from the safety and warmth of the big screen inside! Drove to our hostel - Bungi backpackers... hmmmmmm. A dorm of 6 - five blokes and me however we both got the last two top bunks! Not the worlds best hostel but it was sleepable! Went into town and ended up staying for the duration at World Bar where happy hour lasted a long time - drinking the local beer called Shingles...

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Jul 5, 2005 - Boarding and falling!!

We had a great 5 days skiing and snowboarding on Coronet Peak nr Queenstown. The weather was pretty warm which was nice, but meant that it was a little icy underfoot (or ski!!). Lucy and Laura had ski lessons and me and Andy started out on snowboards for a change. Really enjoyed having a new sport to try, but we both seemed to spend quite a bit of time on our bums (not because we were rubbish - Andy certainly wasn't) but because when you start and finish a run (esp when learning) you start on your backside and finish on your backside too!...

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Apr 27, 2005 - Wanaka & Queenstown

Stopped over in Wanaka for an evening en route to Queenstown, That night just had a few beers and the following morning stopped in a place called 'Puzzleworld'. It was full of little puzzles, a giant maze and some cool visual illusion things. AFter this we went on to Queenstown. We stopped at the Kawarau Bridge bungy on the way. (My first of 4) Was a cool experience jumping of the first ever dedicated bungy site. was an awesome rush. That afternoon we arrived in Queenstown and that evening we went up the mountain to do the 'Ledge' Bungy...

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Apr 26, 2005 - NEW ZEALAND - Queenstown

Billed as adventure capital of the world, Andrew has been like a bairn in a sweetie shop since arriving...in fact he likened it to being like Christmas as a 9 yr old........so what adventures did we get up to???? What this space, meanwhile hear is a wee clue.... www.basejump.com Jenny is not so enthusiastic... As Anne and Andrew speak of 120m high bungee jumps, Jenny has spent her time looking up the section in the guidebook on activities for children and even they are too extreme for her... In the end we had a pretty tame time in...

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Apr 26, 2005 - Queenstown

The Adventure capital of New Zealand! And boy it proved it!! Arrived on Monday night. Decided Tuesday afternooon would be a good time to try out 'Riversurfing' so did the Gondola trip up the hill and did the Luge at the top. The 'Luge' is really just a plastic go cart which can gain quite a speed down the track - I like to think of is as comparable to a one man Bob-Sleigh coz that makes it sound really cool!! So thats the Luge, but what on earth is Riversurfing? - I hear you ask. Well, basically its zooming down a river on a boogieboard....

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Apr 21, 2005 - New Zealand - Routeburn Walking Track!

I am SO NAIVE!!! I had no idea how high 1250m is and if I had you would never have got me on this walk in a million years!!! Most people know I have a fear of heights.......well I ended up walking on a rock ledge at 1300m and survived!!!! I was SOOOO proud of myself and smiled for at least 12 hours afterwards. I then enjoyed looking down at the valleys and other views for the rest of the walk! Fingers crossed I have faced my fear head on and the escalators at Waterloo will cause me no further problems! Long story short, most of you have...

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Mellons on the Move

Mar 22, 2005 - QUEENSTOWN!!!!

So, first off - I've updated some of the photos - up to Taupo. I've lost the CD with all my skydiving photos so I have to take the negatives back to the store to get another one. Those will be coming soon, I promise!! Anyway, Queenstown has been amazing. We arrived on the first day from Wanaka where we were for one night. I spent the entire night there in bed since I had a horrible cold. Luckily the one night in cured me and I felt much better the next day. After arriving and getting settled in, we all wandered around town trying to find...

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Mar 7, 2005 - The matukituki valleys

I'm getting a little behind with all this web stuff. But after and inbetween visits to wanaka I made my off (again) walking up a rather stunning alpine valley called the matukituki. It started off badly with an attempt at hitching, on a bad weather day meaning I was wet before I even started, and then becaues of the heavey rain the fords over the roads were too deep for the car and I had to make my way up the now flooded road for an extra 6 km befoer even seeing the track beginning. But putting that aside it all went well, up the partly...

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Nov 18, 2004 - Queenstown

Back in Auckland after some good days in Queenstown. I really like that place, probably my favorite because of it's setting, size, and things to see and do. We had a couple of days where it started out foggy and rainy, but they usually ended up real pretty. Each one of those days, the high mountain tops would get a good dusting of snow but would loose it when the sun came out in the afternoon. Going to the airport yesterday, I realized how many new large hotels/resorts were under construction. That place won't be so small much longer, don't...

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Oct 4, 2004 - Queenstown x2

Monday was a complete day of chill!! I didn't do much except laundry and shoppping, oh and I went on the Lord of the Rings tour, which I was a bit disappointed with. The one in Wellington was excellent and well worth the money, but for this one, we had a new guy, who had only done it once before!! We spent most of the tour in silence. But we did get to see some beautiful scenery along the way. In the evening, I met up with Danzil, Diane, Beverley and louise and we went for a nice mexican meal, before having a couple of goodbye drinks.

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Sep 14, 2004 - Queenstown Trip 1

Tues 14/9 Sunny, but cold wind Hung around for the 8.45am bus to Queenstown (adventure capital of NZ!) - an 8hr trip. Mush & Brent appeared, and asked if I would like to go down in the car with them, which is great, a much quicker trip, and some good laughs, with photo stops en route. All went well till 1pm, then we ended up behind a house, yup, a prefab house being transported down windy bendy roads, so we turned round, and went a different way through Waneka (big ski area), but there was a sign saying that you had to have snow chains, so...

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Pippa on Tour

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