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Saturday, 29-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
hansfords ahoy!

G'day everyone!

First of all, sorry for taking a little while to update this page, but the last time i tried to update it my computer crashed and lost everything! so here i am trying again...........

Two weeks ago my parents came over and stayed with me for a week. It was such a blast! It was such a jam packed week, i think all of us are still recovering now! the first day mum and dad arrived we hit the town and sampled quite a few of the local wines at Dales bar, was a great night to catch up with each other and tell lots of tales about whats been going on in each others worlds! we hadn't seen each other since last May so there were definitely lots of catching up to do! the next day we took a tour into Milford sound which was magical - saw seals, dolphins and a yellow eyed penguin. its such a beautiful part of the world down there.
Dad and i went fishing on one day in lake Wakitipu and managed to bring home a couple of rather nicely sized rainbow trout for dinner! cooked them up in the oven and boy they were fantastic. i'm not much of a fish eater but this just melted in your mouth! mmmm yummy!
We went for a ride up in the Gondola to the top of ones of Queenstowns best lookouts and had some lunch, took a lot of photos and then headed back down to earth!
The highlight for all of us i think was the Dart River Safari - we were driven into and around some beautiful forests and then walked around the forest where Boramir (from Lord of Rings1) was shot by arrows. BUT then came the highlight - jetboating. we jetboated up and down the Dart river (Isengard from Lord fo the Rings) for an hour and a half. was hilarious! dad was sliding all over the place bashing into everyone and mum came out rather wet! 360 degree turns - was awesome.
I took them both out to the best place in town for lamb shanks which dad was hanging out for and we also went out to Amisfield winery and "trusted the chef" basically lots of courses all depending on what the chef felt like making! i think we were there for 3 hours and didn't stop eating or drinking! was so full after it, but we played bocci in the sun and was just a great way to spend our afternoon!
the week went so quickly and i wish it could have lasted even longer! was an awesome week - thanks for everything mum and dad!
we've been doing lots of other stuff too! so those updates to follow
Love Jac and Dale


Sunday, 9-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Our home - Queenstown

the campbell clan and Jac @ milford sound
waterfall at milford sound
us and the cruise boat
Hello again!

A couple of weeks ago Dales Auntie and Uncle stayed with us and the four of us went on an overnight road trip to the spectacular Milford Sound. we broke the trip up with an overnight stay in Te Anau and a visit to the glow worm caves. spectacular. then an early start the next morning, a visit to a Chasm and we were on our way to the sound. a fantastic cruise around the sound and then a visit to the underwater observatory! was a great trip - hey pat - how bout that letter? hahahaha

We can't put any photos of our activity this week cos we went river boarding! was a bit hard to take photos when we were being whisked down the level 3+ rapids on a boogie board! At one stage I (Jac) got stuck in a whirlpool which just happened to open up and swallow me under! was the scariest thing ever! was under water for only a few seconds, but i was being spun around and the board was ripped out from my hands then all of a sudden i was spat out and ended up on the otherside of the river! aaggghhh! last week i fell off the horse and then this week got swallowed by a whirlpool! think i'm going to take it easy this week!
My parents arrive this week so get to do a few more touristy things with them! Can't wait to catch up with them.

Hope alls well with everyone! and talk to you all soon!
Love Jac and Dale


Saturday, 1-Oct-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
the start of our photo pages!

jac and dale
Dale and his horse Spider!
Jac and Ginger!
hello everyone!

thanks for coming and checking out our photo page! Dale and I are still living in Queenstown, NZ where its finally starting to warm up and get a bit summery! I tell you what 2 winters in a row is definitely enough for me and will say right here and now - never again! haha. i really miss the sunshine! winters cool fun when theres plenty of snow around to go out and play in but sun kicks arse!
We went horse riding along the dart river just out of glenorchy where a few scenes from Lord of the Rings was filmed. it was pretty cool! cantering along the river bed and walking through deep crossings in the river! My horse had a mind of its own most of the time, but I still had a really good time! Dale turned out to be the star of the day starting to canter past us while we were just trotting along! SHOW OFF! haha

anyway heres a few photos of our day - see if you recognise any of the places from LOR!
Love
Jac and Dale


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