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Dec 2, 2013 - Rainbows on a sunny day

We had breakfast here at the B&B then headed back to the Pancake Rocks. The purpose of the re-visit was to experience the blowholes at the rocks during high tide. We were not disappointed, if fact, we stayed on for over an hour and a half. There were two major blowholes that produced "major eruptions" and a spot or two in addition that sent up very minimal amounts of mist. The waves being sent through various passages also produced a loud thunder-like sound. Plus the breeze was such that both the major holes sent spray over the walkway when...

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Dec 1, 2013 - Pancake (Rocks) served with a windfall of Wekas

We drove away from the Lewis Pass Motel having some glimpses of the nearby mountain tops dusted in fresh snow. At one point we had a little rainbow in front of a mountain with fresh snow on top! We hoped for a clearing so all the mountains would be clear of clouds at one time, but that may have taken half the day. We had only gone a very few miles when Dave spotted a rail beside the road, so we slowed down and pulled a U-turn. Sure enough, it was a Weka. A Weka is a large, (over 2 pounds) flightless rail endemic to New Zealand. This one let...

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Feb 5, 2013 - Greymouth

Today we hopped on the train and headed west! We found a tour in town that was out to the west coast on a scenic train ride called the tranz alpine. Other than it being an extremely long day sitting on your ass, it was actually pretty interesting. We left christchurch at 8 am, and enjoyed our 5 hour ride to the west coast. It was supped to be 4 hour one way, but they were doing track repair, so we were held up a few time. We past through some pretty interesting country on the way. Starting out on the Canterbury plains, heading into the...

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Engagement honeymoon

Nov 11, 2012 - wild west coast

We would like to send our thanks to everyone who is keeping in touch with us via comments on our blog or by e-mail. These communications are like candy to a baby (or beer to a Kiwi) so we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate them. A nice leisurely start to our day - YIPEE!!! Motueka town centre is about 4 blocks from the ocean so before we left town we wanted to see their beachfront. It is quite unremarkable but has potential to be wonderful as it is yet another great stretch of beach. I guess beaches are a dime a dozen in NZ so...

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May 16, 2012 - Christchurch to Greymouth and on to Franz Joseph Glacier

We had a great travel day. It started off sunny with some clouds and no sign of rain although it cooled off through the day. The Tranzalpine train trip over the mountains and through Arthur's pass was a stunning 4.5 hrs trip with snow capped peaks and dense deciduous forests and grass lands. While on the train we met three delightful university students who were working in New Zealand and returning to home to the fall to continue their studies. They were from Germany, Austria, and Montreal. We were amazed how widely travelled they were for...

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Apr 16, 2012 - Rock Pancakes and Blowholes

Hello all, Okay, you are drining along a coastal road and you see a sign "Rock Pancakes and Blowholes" can you drive past that? No, of course not. Even if you are on a 4-5 hour drive. It rang a bell with me from one of our guide books so we parked up and investigated. Stragely Petrina didn't walk into the enterance on beach side of the road to the wonder of nature, instead she walked into a cafe. I had no idea she was so hungry. It wasn't until she emmerged and said "I thought rock panckes were like rock cakes or something, but I saw the...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Mar 18, 2012 - Chill day in Greymouth

We slept long & good last night, hearing it rain off & on thru the night. Had funky NZ bacon with poached eggs for breakfast. We took walks on the beach & collected rocks. I love the sea! This is called the Tasman Sea. We decided to take a chill day & relax after all the long driving days we had had. I did laundry & read. Mark watched rugby in the TV room of the campground. We checked email & updated the blog. At sunset, we took a glass of wine to the beach & found more precious rocks. Shelling in Texas & rocking in New Zealand! Gotta love...

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Mar 17, 2012 - Up the west coast to Greymouth

Whitebait? A delicacy? What? Ok, we had heard about this bait that is seasonal from Oct-Feb that everyone is crazy about. We drove down this gravel road to this small house with a shed that said Curly Tree Whitebait. Out comes Tony, a 30 something fisherman of 5 generations to cook whitebait on the outdoor griddle. They are translucent minnow looking fish that when mixed with egg & grilled are the most amazing thing to experience on a slice of bread with a little lemon, salt & pepper!  Omg! We loved it!  Bought some raw for later & headed...

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Feb 5, 2012 - Franz Josef, Greymouth and personal injuries

Originally we were going to bypass the Franz Josef glacier as we had walked right up to the one at fox but we are really glad that we didn’t. The glacier was brilliant like a huge snake winding its way down the valley. The ice was all blue due to the compression which made it look very South pole. The night before we had met up with Cheryl and Deborah both from the gold coast and we saw them at the glacier today as well, in fact one of the photo’s that we took of the glacier had only 2 people in from a great distance and it turned out to be...

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Dec 4, 2011 - Cape Foulwind, Pancake Rocks, Greymouth

Our original plan upon leaving Lewis Pass was to go north to Reefton and then turn south-west to Greymouth. However, we decided to take our hostess’ advice (Liz at Lewis Pass Motel) and turn north instead to enjoy the beautiful mountains in Victoria Forest Park, go through Paparoa National Park and see the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. The drive was very winding, mountainous and beautiful, as Liz had told us. Westport is a small, commercial town with nothing to recommend it, but the drive south from there is lovely. West of Westport is Cape...

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Nov 4, 2011 - Hitch hiking

Friday, Nov 4th Time to leave the rain and head for the sunshine. It had been raining for two days and not much to do in the rain. So time to move on. I was planning on spending a day in Arthurs Pass and then a few days in Castle Hill for some bouldering, but that all changed. About ten minutes outside of Greymouth I picked up a hitch hiker named Ross. I said 'Why not?' I could use the company and I'm sure he could use the ride. So as we headed to and through Arthur's pass I learned a lot about him. First he was a 'Traveling Irishman' and...

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Nov 2, 2011 - So more rain...

Wednesday, Nov 2 So... after another night of tossing and turning sleeping in the back of the car (who ever sleeps well in a car?) I woke up to more rain. Woohoo! So after consulting the camp owner, who was also an avid climber, and heeding the advice from a friend I kept moving. I didn't have lots of time to be idle and stagnant. So on to Greymouth I traveled. 4-6 hours later, I arrived in Greymouth, immediately checked into a hostel and proceeded to take a long shower. So guess what? Still raining in Greymouth. Apparently west coast was...

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