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Feb 28, 2007 - Arthur's Pass National Park

Today we are leaving the YMCA and starting our journey by Spaceship. We bought a penguin print this morning and wonder how long it will take to frame... Headed to Arthur's Pass National Park. It didn't take us long to see the mountains outside of Christchurch. We headed through the Torlesse Range on the way to the park and saw 3 caravans of Rhodes kids. We could start to see the Southern Alps too. Planned on camping at Arthur's Pass until the sandflies drove us to the coast. We drove on to Hokitika and camped at Lake Mahinapua - formed by...

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Jan 3, 2007 - Arthur's Pass

As we proceeded west we began to see why people say that the South Island is beautiful. Wonderful scenery, the Southern Alps, came into view at every turn in the road. Castle Hill, on the way to Arthur's Pass, was fascinating. Huge great rocks protruding up from the earth, mother Natures Stonehenge. It is still revered as a holy place by the Maoris and part of it is a protected reserve. When I see scenery and terrain like this I always think how wonderful it would have been to have this as a playground while growing up. It's the little boy...

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Feb 9, 2006 - Greymouth to Authur's Pass

We spent two nights in Greymouth and did a round day trip for the day to Authur's Pass. This was inland towards the east thought the southern Alps of NZ. The roads and the sights were amazing! Very cool engineering on the gourge road, with some tunnels and aquaducts for mountain streams to fall over the highway. The traffic was heavier that we expected due to a big endurance race that was taking place. It's called the Coast to Coast, (Greymouth to Christchurch) and it involves a 60km bike ride, 23 km cross country running, 67 km kayak, and...

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Jan 17, 2006 - Arthurs Pass

Well we drove over the really high bit of the Zealand road network, and it wasn't too bad, but our poor Honda Civic could only manage 2nd gear up the final bit, but it was actually really steep! There were warning signs on our approach to Arthurs Pass saying that it wasn't recommended for cars with trailers because of the steep and winding roads... But it's all good and I'm now a fully fledged mountain driver!

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Oct 17, 2005 - Franz Joseph Glacier - Arthur's Pass

The hike up to Franz Joseph Glacier was well worth it. You could walk right up to the tow of the glacier and touch it. While we were there, we watched as worker from one of the local tour companies that do guided walks right onto the glacier was cutting a track on the side of the glacier. Looked like pretty hard work!!! After soaking in the view and a few rays, we made some Inukshuks and left them to enjoy the view in our absence. When we got to Arthur's Pass, the skies were overcasted. Wanting to get a better view of the pass in the...

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May 11, 2005 - Arthur's Pass

Drove down through Arthur's pass today. Usually a spectacular view of the mountains, but still a bit rainy today so all was a bit obscured! Managed a few wee walks though, found some interesting fungi on a forest walk - bare in mind I live in Shetland and there's not many forests to walk through there so it is novel to see such beings! Oh and delightedly I found some interestin rocks nearer to Christchurch! Turned back North and am in Hanmer Springs for the night.

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