In 1984 Tim Austin was into his second year as an Electrical Apprentice - proud to be both learning a trade and also saving up some cash.
Having bought my first car - a Rover 2000 TC, and accrued two weeks of holiday - the first tour, alone, of parts of New Zealand.
Although still on a budget, the choice of accommodation would not extend to five-star hotels, but rather joining the YHANZ - Youth Hostel Association of New Zealand.
YHANZ provides cheap dormitory style accommodation at many popular - as well as less popular but more remote places.
The route taken included stops at the following towns (and cities) of between 1 and 3 nights at each.
Starting at Bluff - my then home town and moving through to:
- Te Anau
- (Lake) Wanaka
- Haast - on the South Island's west coast
- Franz Josef
Returning to Bluff.
By the time I had got back home to Bluff - that poor old first car had long lost use of fourth (top) gear and was soon to be "traded in" for car number 2.
This first journey was a clockwise drive around the South Island.
Many of New Zealand's National Parks are named after explorers who are reputed to have first landed at the location - for example Franz Josef and Abel Tasman.
Some towns and cities have streets named after Commonwealth countries, counties and towns - for example, Christchurch is renowned for its "Englishness": Cambridge Terrace, Armagh Street, Gloucester Street, Hereford Street, Manchester Street, Worcester Street, Oxford Terrace . . . and the list could go on.
Below is a selection of images caught during this journey - more images will be added here as I go through photo albums and select what are perhaps the better images.
All images below were taken by Tim Austin.