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Feb 4, 2009 - Glenorchy

Jet boat tours are readily available here in Queenstown. The one we selected included the ride on the Dart River, a hike and and 4 wheel drive through the countryside. We could have ridden to Glenorchy with the tour company, but we were so glad we drove there on our own. The route to Glenorchy along Lake Wakatipu was a treat. At times the narrow road and tight curves made it a bit too exciting, but the views of the mountains across the lake more than made up for it. Glenorchy, a thriving metropolis of 450 souls, seemed to exist solely for...

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Oct 12, 2008 - Queenstown - Glenorchy

Depart Queenstown: 3171 km (09.45) Up around 8.00 this morning but still on the road before 10.00. Headed north back towards Frankton and the Remarkables ski area. The weather was perfect. Clear, blue sky with only a few clouds over the mountains to the north. We parked in car park at the bottom of the resort road and had a nightmare bus journey up to the resort. It was actually 13 km to the top and the views en route were amazing. But we decided that the driver was trying to make the journey as adrenaline packed as he could, skidding round...

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Dec 14, 2007 - Glenorchy to Queenstown South Island 25 to 27 November 2007

Jeff We awoke to a dismal day and was glad we had not got up early to attend an adventure outing; all of the hill tops were covered in cloud and it was not difficult to imagine how they came to use this area for the 'Misty Mountains' of the 'Lord of the Rings'. After driving around the head of Lake Wakatipu we took the tourist literature's word that to the north is the glacier-capped Mount Earnslaw, (9243 feet above sea level), and to the west stands Mount Alfred at a mere 4,507 feet above sea level. I suppose we must have them on our...

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Jul 13, 2006 - Waiting for the avalanche to clear in Te Anau

We stayed in tiny Te Anau while we waited for the road to Milford Sound to open. It was closed due to avalanches of which there are, annually, up to 200 along the route. Many are huge affairs, which close the two-lane highway up to a week at a time. By the time we had arrived, the road had been closed for 3 days, and we had to wait another 2 days before it opened. To fill the time, we tramped through the primitive looking forest on the Kepler Track, which is another one of the famous routes in New Zealand. The rainforest in New Zealand are...

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Nov 17, 2005 - Te Anau (is)

Eftir góðann nætursvefn í Pounawea þar sem við vorum ein á tjaldstæðinu fórum við að skoða fossa. Heima tölum við um "the most beautifullest waterfall" hér er það meira labbitúrinn að fossinum og umhverfið við fossinn því sjálfir fossarnir eru yfileitt ekki hærri en 20m og vatnsmagn eins og í meðal bæjarlæk. Við löbbuðum að tveimur fossum Purakaunui og Matai. Þeir eru báðir stutt frá veginum 20-30 mín labbitúr. Hjá Agli verða allir labbitúrar að ævintýrum þar sem við Mette erum ýmist risaeðlur eða skrímsli. Hann var nú latur að labba að...

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Apr 4, 2005 - Kepler Track

Kepler Track is one of the 4 "Great Walks" of NZ. They as a nation are very big into "tramping" which is hiking, treking, or whatever you will call it. The great walks are meant to be walks of incredibly scenery with well kept trails and it proved to be so. As we were planning our trip we found that the DOC recommends the trip of 68 kilometers be done in 4 days and 3 nights. We were told that reasonably fit folks can do it in 3 days and two nights if you wish to camp, our plan. There are 3 huts on the circuit and a couple other places to...

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