Andy & Jane
New Zealand
16 September 2007 - 13 March 2008
(Updated 24 March 2008)


Departure from Blackthorn Cottage

Arrival in Auckland

Our van and home!

Trying out the tilly lamp

First brew-up on storm kettle

Andy's kitchen fitting

First camp - Whanganui River

Piha Beach - near Auckland

Piha Beach

Native bush - Tongariro National Park


"Tramping" in Tongariro National Park

Mt Ngauruhoe

Ash on Mt Ruapehu following eruption

Ruapehu views

Skiing on volcano - Ruapehu (prior to eruption)

Tongariro National Park

Silica Rapids

Launch for Whanganui River Journey (Taumaranui)

Whanganui River Sites

Fossils on Whanganui river bank


Whanganui River site

Confluences into Whanganui River

Department of Conservation (DOC) Campsite

Our tent and tarp

Jane meets baby Possum!

Creating 'mist effect' for picture above

Cave on Whanganui River

Gorge inlet off Whanganui River

The famous 'Bridge to Nowhere'

Last working paddle steamer on the river

Fitting sailing rig to open canoe

Old live-in buses at Wanganui town campsite

Bubbling mud video clip

First sailing trip near Taupo

Big Tree!

Tongariro Crossing Hike

Hot spring video clip

Steaming hot springs in mountainside

Tongariro Crossing Hike

Driftwood and pumice - Taupo

Huka Falls

Seascape near Whakatane

Looking down on Whakatane

Paddling in ocean swell nr. Whakatane

Kahawai caught off kayak

Ann and Des

Whakatane Garden Supplies

Seascape en route to Bay of Islands


Horse Mussel, wife, big shell

Husband returns home with dinner

Hermit Crab

Sting Ray

Jane's 'Leatherjacket'

Mummified Puffer Fish


Jane paddling

Shipwrecked mariner

Idyllic Maitai Bay

Surging swell off Karikari Peninsula

Kahawai (top), Wrasse (bottom)

Fellow campers at Maitai Bay

Cape Reinga (Northern Point)

Rainbow Warrior Memorial

Matauri Bay

The Broken Islands


Pretty shells

3-day paddling trip from Matauri Bay

Jane's Snapper

Native bush

Tane Mahuta (Giant Kauri " Lord of the Forest")

Yakas (giant Kauri, 7th largest)

Adopted dog

Native bush


Big moth

Cross section through tree fern

Coromandel hiking

Mauri 'waka' - War Canoe model

Port Charles

Crossing from Coromandel to Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island Expedition

Another Snapper for dinner

Mussel farm - Great Barrier Island

Seal basking - Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island

View of Coromandel (crossing back)

Ann & Bill – Our new friends at Port Jackson

View of Port Jackson

Windy day on Lake Taupo

Views from the Bluebridge Ferry; Wellington to Picton; 6 pics...

Day hike up Mt Arthur; 12 pics...


Pete and Helen’s place in Nelson; 2 pics...

Tree Ferns; 2 pics...

Paddling Abel Tasman National Park; 7 pics...

Click the image to see a video of what happened next!

Pottery we threw ... note the slip on surname!

Andy's new hang-glider arrives

Click image to see an early attempt at gliding

Hang-gliding video clip

Andy And his instructor Kevin try on harnesses

Kevin’s place; Mapua (flat rented there); 3 pics...

Takaka Hill launch; 3 pics...

Fellow student pilot, Nadav from Israel

Hang-gliding video clip

The Fun Bus ready to tour South Island

Andy’s first flight as qualified pilot; Marybank, Nelson; 5 pics...

Does my bum look big in this?

Paraglider handling video clip; Early paragliding training; 4 pics...

Paragliding video clip

Jane’s new wing; Blue & yellow “Karma”; 4 pics...

Paragliding video clip

Panorama of Marybank (Nelson) flying site (beach landing)

Havelock from Graeme & Lorraine’s home

Marlborough Sounds Xmas Exped – 2 weeks 54 pics...

Weka (a flightless bird) video clip

Wining and dining in style

D’Urville Island Wilderness Resort; our Christmas treat!

Our Christmas tree

Rosie Bywater

Pete Bywater

Day at the beach (Rabbit Is.); Andy, Helen, Peter,  Yvonne, Pete

White... a sensible colour to wear in a cave?

Buller River views; 4 pics...

Buller Swing Bridge

Open canoe trip down the Buller; 10 pics...

Bush tramping; 10 pics...

Granity, West Cost – The rather steep launch!

West Coast rock formations

Lake Karniere paddle; 4 pics...

Mt Greenland summit view

Old gold mining tools

Franz Josef Glacier; 8 pics...

Sea Kayaking from Jackson Bay, West Coast; 11 pics...

Coronet Peak launch and view across to The Remarkables

Andy launches from Coronet Peak, Queenstown - video clip

Arial photo of landing field

Perfect camp spot at Moke Lake

A drink in Queenstown with Anna and Hippo

Queenstown views;  5 pics...

Setting off on the Kepler Track (3 day tramp)

Lake Te Anau view from Kepler Track

Luxmore Cave

Kepler Track views; 17 pics...

“Extreme crapping”

Lake Gunn, Southland after the rain; 2 pics...

The road to Milford Sound; 2 pics...

Milford Sound video clip

Milford Sound boat trip views; 7 pics...

With Barry at his home in Te Anau

Lake Hauroko video clip

Lake Hauroko, Fiordland

Jane 'ground handling' at Lake Hauroko

Jane 'ground handling' at Lake Hauroko

Coastal walk at Purukanui Bay and camp site; 8 pics...

Views from State Highway 8 – Canterbury

Clay Cliffs near Omarama

Sightseeing tour nr Rakaia with Hippo; 7 pics...

Paragliding back at Granity, West Coast

More arial photography!!

West coast sea kayaking with Richard; 4 pics...

Back at Barnicote in Nelson - video clip

Howells Hole near Takaka; 6 pics...

Hang-gliding video clip


Logging terminal at Picton

Onaero with its fossil cliffs; 5 pics...

Rangitoto Island views; 4 pics...

Auckland Graduation parade

Jane swam across this bay!

Donna and Justin with baby Josh (right) and friends

Last views of Auckland

Arrival at Heathrow

Alan Morton   2 August 2008