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Apr 13, 2018 - Back to where it almost began on the South Island

Today we left a chilly Haast after breakfast and off to the Glacier region. No coffee availability in Haast so we were hopeful for a decent coffee somewhere in the little towns dotted along our way. No coffee in first two towns. We came over one of the many single lane bridges throughout this country to a banner/flag billowing in the breeze with the word cafe on it and a large timber house in the distance.... literally in the middle of nowhere. We decided to bite the bullet and go on in. It was a salmon farm, gift shop and served breakfast,...

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Mar 30, 2018 - West Coast Wanderings

West Coast Wandering.... We left Blenheim this morning heading to Greymouth with a few planned stops along the way . Being Good Friday we had high hopes for a coffee... our hopes were fulfilled somewhere in the middle of nowhere before St Artaud where we found a hot pink coffee van offering f*** good coffee. They lied. We did chat with a couple of locals and used their toilet which was quite an open affair .... no photos coming as the wifi limits don’t let me upload. A quick side trip to see Lake Roroiki in St Arnaud before heading back on...

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Mar 1, 2018 - Tranz Alpine Scenic Train Christchurch to Greymouth

Our flight from Hobart went smoothly. Jetstar is an economy airline owned by Quantas. It " nickels and dimes " you to death... $10 to Pick your seat, $55 to check a bag, everyone gets 7 kg to carry-on, which isn't much, and they weigh it when you are getting on the plane. If you have too much you have to pay and it goes by the kilo then and it is very expensive. (7 kilos is about 15 pounds, which is the limit!) There are some unhappy people. Even a cuppa coffee or a glass of water costs. Gary jokes that you have to have 4 quarters to use...

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Nov 10, 2017 - Greymouth &Transalpine Railway

Last night I stayed in the small mining town of Greymouth in a budget mothball smelling room above a pub that had a certain charm. Lots of Greymouth seems t have shut down but it has a cute art gallery which had a lovely greenstone display and I had a nice lunch at the Speight's ale house by the station. The main reason for staying there was to catch the Transalpine Railway which I did today and oh my goodness it was spectacular. The scenery of the southern Alps going through Arthur's pass was incredible,the photos barely do it justice. The...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Fox Glacier to Greymouth

October 6, 2017 Awoke today to a bonus day of sunshine defying the odds. Booked our ferry back to the north island on 10/9. We think Britz really took advantage of us when we booked when we picked up the rig in Auckland. Our trip back is $NZ 160 less which is not small change. Lots of ess curves, changes in elevation through forested highway to Franz Joseph Glacier. The sun was out so we decided to take the hike to the glacier face about 1 ½ hours return. The glaciers in this area move much more than others in the world such that they are...

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2017 New Zealand

Mar 25, 2017 - Golden Bay to Greymouth

We spent last night in a 100yr old house next to the hostel which had no vacancy. It was kind of weird to have an entire 4 bedroom house to ourselves! We awoke to an overcast morning so did a short drive up the coast of Golden Bay, but it was NOT a beach day. We drove south west to the coast and down the West Coast Trail to Pancake rocks and then on to Greymouth. Due to the earthquake on the S Island in Nov, 2016, tha main highway along the East coast is closed and will be closed for many more months. This means that everyone trying to get...

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Dec 22, 2015 - Hokitka area/Possum People/ Swing Bridge over Gorge

Put the little town of Hokitika on your list of places to go on the West Coast. There are about 15 varied walks around lakes, gorges, ocean coasts, and forests in this area -- so many you'd need a week to do them all (or more). It is located about 40 minutes south of Greymouth. We walked through the shops in town and stopped at the Possum People shop. Possums were introduced into New Zealand from Australia in 1860 to start a New Zealand fur trade. They thrived ((no predators) and are now considered serious pest and there are numerous ways...

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Dec 21, 2015 - The Wild West Coast - Tasman Sea -Westport to Greymouth

We left our cozy studio apartment in Tasman today and moved to the west coast of the South Island. For those of you planning on coming to NZ someday, beware that the distance charts that tell you the number of kilometers and time to reach a location can be way off if you have to drive the winding, curvy mountain roads. It took almost 6 hours to drive from Tasman to Greymouth --the charts said 3.5. One of the NZ books we were reading confirmed this and warned against being to optimistic about travel times. The drive is pretty but the bends...

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Nov 24, 2015 - Day 3 - KaiKoura / Lewis Pass / Reefton / Greymouth

Hammer Spring. 10AM to 9PM. NZD20/adult. NZD10/child. Maruia Springs Thermal Resort. 08.00-19.30 Gables Motor Lodge Greymouth. Drive to Punakaiki, 45km or 38 min without traffic. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blow Hole. 45 min return. Sunset Point (optional)

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2015 New Zealand

Mar 5, 2015 - Greymouth

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on The West Coast has to say about: “Welcome to the ‘Big Smoke’ of Westland. Crouched at the mouth of the imaginatively named Grey River, the West Coast’s largest town has a proud gold-mining history, and a legacy of occasional river floods, now some-what alleviated by a flood wall. On the main road and rail route through Arthur’s Pass and across the Southern Alps from Christchurch, Greymouth sees its fair share of travellers. The town is well geared to looking...

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May 23, 2014 - Greymouth

2014 Day 15 Distance: 20 Total: 3106 Campground: Top 10 Seaside Greymouth Weather not fit for man or beast. Since yesterday afternoon, there has been constant rain, sometimes heavy, thunder at times, low clouds and winds over 30 mph. Our drive this morning, took us over some winding and narrow roads, then through the forest, with carpets of ferns lining both sides of the road. Morning coffee is becoming our habit and today was no exception and we stopped at Roddy Nugget Café and Bar. Good coffee and lots of old motorcycles and parts and...

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RV Down Under

Jan 12, 2014 - greymouth and the tranzalpin train

Ciao dear friends Tje mprning started with heavy rain, but oitwas not a surprise becaise in this side of the alps on one year fells mote than 7 metres of rain. After a deligtfull breakfast at our hotel te wanuia, we took the bus to greymouth leaving the glacier and the dense rainforest to the costal plain between the mountains and the sea. We arroved in gteymouth just on te to catch the tranzalpine traon to christchurch. We travel through the otira tunnel at artur pass then we followed the waimakariri river with all his history of mone life...

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