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jamespaul’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 03 Jan 2007

Location: te anau, New Zealand

Map31/12 Leisurely drive to Werribe Manson and park for new years eve - surprise Xmas present. Drove throiugh Melbourne taking in st Kilda, the quays and Williamstown - where we lunched. Following check -in at mansin, we walked the sculpure trail, endingup at the winery for VIP tasting nad tour! An excellent evening followed, srating with canapes and champagne inthe bar. Dinner was superb ( menue available). The wine - considered to be one of Australias top ten - another gift is well worth a try ( Cullen - Margearet River-Diana Mandeline - Cabernet Survignon merlot 2004). We danced the new year in - and saw the new year in with more campagne - compliment of the house. If you want a pamper ( which we didn't do or a rest - this is the place)
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our readers.

1/1/2007 After leisurely brekfast, toured the mansion and gardens, before a visit to the open -range zoo, which was fascinating, with animals really close. Finished the day off with more drinks by the Yarra river.

2/1/2007 Early start for flight to Christchurch and NZ. We have enjoyed every minute od our time - and hospitality in Australia - we will return. Ex flight gave us views over Tasmania, Franz Jospeph Glacier and Mt Cook. Scenic flight fron Christchurch to Queenstown provided even more splendid viewd of Mt Cook, the NZ alps and lakes. Finished the day with a walk aroungd Queesns town.

3/1/2007 am drove to Te Anau, passes through wonderful scenery and 'hillbilly' homesteads - like a step back in time., Locals very welcoming however, and coffee good! Pm lake cruise to golw work and limestone caves - magnificent. Sun shone all day. Shattered and in need of an early night!