Posted by: The Travelling Mallorys | January 8, 2016

Images on this site

The images on this site only display if you click on them. It’s all thanks to flickr changing some stuff.

You can still enjoy our witty prose in the blog, and just click or tap the images to see them.

There’s a saved version on the Wayback Machine that has images on it, if you prefer.

Here’s a selection of snaps so you can see the kind of pictures we’ve taken.

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Posted by: The Travelling Mallorys | May 10, 2011

Disney World and Universal in Orlando, Florida, USA

On our way home we went to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida.

Going out on a high!

Our friends Simon and Erin McFairbarneany were already there and we met them at the hotel we were all staying at.

Us and the Never Ending Voyage posse

Us and the Never Ending Voyage posse

We were pretty exhausted after flying from Auckland to Los Angeles then onto Orlando. It had taken us 26 hours, but thanks to time differences we arrived just three hours after leaving New Zealand.

That completely melted my mind, and jetlag was a feature of our six days in the theme parks second only to FUN FUN FUN!

On the first day we went to Read More…

Posted by: The Travelling Mallorys | April 20, 2011

Rotorua, Katikati, the Osbornes and our campervan adventure in the North


We’re back!

Hello everyone, and sorry for the very long delay since our last post. We are sure you have been on tenderhooks! Due to an ongoing lack of wireless we haven’t been able to update as efficiently as we, and no doubt, you would like.

Internet life has been a lot like this: 
You got mail

You got mail

So what have we been up to since you last heard from us?

Well we spent a week in Rotorua first. 

Posted by: The Travelling Mallorys | March 31, 2011

Taupo a go-go!

What a week! In our last post we told you about our upgrade to a lovely apartment here in Taupo. Well, that set the tone for what has been a brilliant week of relaxing with a little bit of doing cool stuff.

Gavin outside Anglers Lodge where we are staying

Gavin outside Anglers Lodge where we are staying

The first couple of days it was rainy, but we didn’t mind one bit as we’d planned on taking some time to enjoy being out of hostels, watching telly, cooking nice food, drinking nice wine, doing aerobics, washing up and so on. So that’s what we did.

And we saw a few of these too.

Sunset over Taupo as seen from our window. Don't worry - we know how lucky we are.

Sunset over Taupo as seen from our window. Don't worry - we know how lucky we are.

Once the sun came out we set about exploring the locality, kicking off with a stroll to Huka Falls via the hot stream.

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Kia ora good evening, as they say on the news. You will be pleased to hear we have successfully avoided rum since the recent episode and our livers are almost fully functional once more.

Thank goodness! We had a day or so of recuperation before ticking off the final few things there were to see and do in Wellington and the surrounding area.

We’d been to most of the famous attractions, so we ended up spending our last few days at pretty random places. We took a walk into The Hutt and ended up at a Polish Festival, which was ace! There was dancing and I ate a sausage.

For Gavin, it doesn’t get better than that!

Dzien dobry my friends. Dwa piwa.

Dzien dobry my friends. Dwa piwa.

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Posted by: The Travelling Mallorys | March 17, 2011

One week in windy Wellington

Our first two nights in Wellington were spent at the YHA in town – the most expensive hostel we have stayed at so far, but it is a 5 star residence.

And you say I never take you to nice places!

Well, it wasn’t exactly the Ritz was it, but it was fine for a couple of nights.

We still had some wine left over from our Marlborough trip, so we drank that and I got a bit mischevious.

32 years old and still sticking it to the man

32 years old and still sticking it to the man

Such an embarrassment! The next day we moved into Read More…


Yep, you know who was getting more excited the nearer we got to the tippety top of the South Island, and therefore nearer to her spiritual home, the Marlborough Wine Region!

Well actually, it is your favourite wine that comes from there isn’t it?

Oh yeah!

But first dear readers, we departed the fair city of Greymouth with heavy hearts…only joking! We dove onto the bus yelling, drive, man, drive! But do you know what, our driver had forgotten 2 of his passengers, so just as we cleared the Greymouth border, we had to turn around and go back!!! Would have been funny if it wasn’t so excruciating!

Anyway, we did finally make it out, and our next stop was 6 hours later in sunny Nelson. We stayed in the Lovebug room at The Bug backpackers, a cool and classy backpackers.

For once!

Yes dear.

Dinner at The Bug

Dinner at The Bug

We came to Nelson as it is the Read More…

Posted by: The Travelling Mallorys | March 1, 2011

Grotty Greymouth and the Monteith’s Brewery Tour Letdown Debacle Shenanigans

Back in Franz Josef we sat and listened to two ditzy but lovable English girls recount all the things people had advised them on their tour of New Zealand, which included such useless gems as

Auckland is just get in and get out


Christchurch isn’t worth seeing

so when people said that Greymouth was a deadsville town with nothing in it we took it with a pinch of salt. After all, everyone in Australia said Canberra was going to be crappy and we loved it. Don’t listen to the doubters right? Well, in this case wrong!

Greymouth at peak going-out time

Greymouth at peak going-out time

Greymouth isn’t just a deadsville town with nothing in it, it’s a massive hole of broken despair. The only tourists you see are queueing at the iSite tourist information place to book the first bus out of here. The only locals you see are Read More…

Posted by: The Travelling Mallorys | February 28, 2011

Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacer and the frozen West Coast

Last time you heard from us we were waiting to get into our Wanaka room having just jumped off the bus from Queenstown. The bus ride had been fun – our comedy Scottish driver kept us entertained and the bus had no heating this time, so we arrived in Wanaka very chilly!

Obviously there is some pre-requisite that buses to and from Queenstown have to lack any environmental controls….

Wanaka then. Lake Wanaka is the third largest lake in New Zealand, and surrounded by Mount Aspiring and his little cousins, it is pretty as a picture, literally.

Lake Wanaka

Gavin with his new stick alongside Lake Wanaka.

We decided to dip a toe in the world of YHA and plumped to stay at the Purple Cow Hostel. What a great decision! One of the best hostels we have ever seen. Lovely room, huge kitchen, massive TV room and the best common room ever with this amazing view.  Read More…

As previously reported we had a week to go on our latest HelpX assignment. This week I took over on the computer as I had a cold (poor me).

I started to tick off the jobs that we were a bit apprehensive about doing – carpeting and tiling. I’m not famed for my handyman skills, but I’ve never really given that much of a go, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out. I had to use carpet tacks to fix a carpet that was a bit loose and dangerous, and I did a pretty good job.

I think you enjoyed making a lot of noise with the hammering.

It’s true! After that I tiled an area around the new shower. I wouldn’t let myself loose on my own bathroom floor with something like that, but our host family showed great faith in me and I was determined to do a good job. I prepared the floor, cut the tiles and everything. Here’s what it looked like when I was done.

Looks good doesn't it?

Looks good doesn't it?

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