It had been about 11 years since our first amazing adventure to New Zealand where we threw caution to the wind, jumped into a camper and toured the better part of the south island. Needless to say, expectations and eagerness were high to do it all again but you know that thing about best laid plans and ol mate Darwin? Yes, well, they had other ideas.

Losing the first day to camper hire company woes then the whole second week of activities on the west coast to cyclonic winds were a definite set back, battling 100kph winds in a big ol mobile home was not something we wanted to experience, the 60kph ones heading towards Queenstown were bad enough! That aside, with 24/7 access to a kettle and a toilet, the open road was still our oyster.

The country itself certainly never disappoints so rambling text in these entries will be slim but there will, of course, be plenty of photos!

Geraldine
First night we stayed at The Farmyard holiday park in Geraldine. Unbeknownst to us on our previous trip, these working farm holiday parks are easy to come by and are great when travelling with little ones. (Oh, I forget to mention, the biggest difference from the last trip is this time we have two extra little humans in tow!). These farms of course have a bunch of tame animals you can hand feed. We grabbed a couple bags of feed from reception (couple bucks each) and quickly made friends with the locals. Llamas, donkeys and rabbits were a big hit, there were also some rather pushy little pigs and chickens all too eager to nab stray pellets.

Lake Tekapo
We chose to stay at the Lake Tekapo Motel and Holiday park purely for its location, which was pretty much right on the lake (and just down the road from Tekapo Springs ice skating rink). A mere ~100m to have water lapping at my feet was perfect for the pre-dawn struggle to get some sunrise photos.

Thankfully the early rise was worth the effort with the sky turning it on with some beautiful colours and cloud formations.

Lake Tekapo is also home to the NZ dark sky project making it an ideal spot for some astro photography…on clear nights. Added to the “next time” list.

Tekapo Springs is a water, ice and snow park depending on the season, being winter we were keen to check out the snow tubing and the large outdoor ice skating rink. The line for the tubing was long and slow, so ice skating it was! While also quite busy, the wait was minimal.

Travel tip: they do package deals for their attractions

Travel tip: on the way out of Tekapo Springs, stop at the little grocery store for one of the most scenic little flying foxes/ziplines next to the lake.

Well the Good Things Festival certainly lived up to their name bringing back the essence of what made previous institutions like Big Day Out and Soundwave great. Nice variety of bands across multiple genres, minimal clashes and room to move! Stand our performance of the day would have had to of been Babymetal who managed to get two stage full of punters bouncing to songs about chocolate! In one word, they, like the rest of the day was simply FUN! Fingers crossed we get to see them bring it back in 2019! 😀

Check out the bunch of pics below!

Offspring



Dashboard Confessional



Stone Sour



Smith Street Band



All Time Low



Dropkick Murphys



Tonight Alive



Bullet for my Valentine



The Used



Babymetal
(Babymetal PR authorised photos at The Music magazine Brisbane )



Make them Suffer



Northlane



Waterparks



WAAX

Metal-core double header! Local lads Parkway Drive with Massachusetts mates Killswitch Engage fighting the rain with flames… lots of flames!

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Killswitch Engage

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Parkway Drive

Lit, turnt, hook, chain, all the things! We’re still looking for the words to describe the night but one thing’s for sure, the guys and gals at G-Shock sure know how to throw a party! 😀

Sneaker Freaker’s sophomore collaborative effort, the top to toe, mandible to abdomen make over the DW5700 aka the “Redback” was this year’s reason to celebrate and the rather appropriate event date of Oct. 31st led to impractical clubbing costumes and overly risque ensembles amongst the streaming beer and cider and steady flow of hors d’oeuvres (seriously the sliders and ribs were amazing! I’ve also never seen so many people fight over cauliflower before haha)

G’s on the field – it was quite the G-spotters paradise! Limited editions like the Burton Rangeman to the current GWFD1000 Frog, higher end faves – the MTGS1000 and MRGG1000 and even a rare in the wild DW8195 Gundam were nestled amongst the summery colours of the DW5600CMA and the GA400CM rasta twins, 5600/6900’s from the Redout 35th anniversary series and a generous helping of G staples.

Special thanks to the hard working teams behind G-Shock Australia, Sneaker Freaker and the great staff at the Belleville Melb. For putting together another awesome event – makes the tiring, delayed flights with budget carriers worthwhile!

Till next time guys!

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Rising local Brisbane stars Smoking Martha hit Woolly Mammoth for their last Aussie show of the year before heading off on a European tour!

09.22.2018

Whoa! What a night! Another top notch afternoon and evening from the CF guys and gals! There were pretty of sore legs and heads the next day, that’s for sure!

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Aussie funk phenomenon The Bamboos with live in powerhouse vocalist Kylie Auldist bought that fat juicy funkalicious to The Triffid.

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Pendulum finally brought their infamous live show back to life on the back of their new “Reworks” album and they didnt disappoint! Local Brissie lads, Earthlings backed them up on the national tour.

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Earthlings


Pendulum

  

Escape the Fate played a sold out crowd at the Triffid!

02.27.2018

Birthday drinks and a boogie to some classic rave anthems mixed by some of the eras greats all on vinyl? Don’t mind if i do! Candee Flip delivering yet another fantastic night of fun and good times.

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