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Apr 17, 2005 - Down the Tasman Sea Coast
After 3 nights in Motueka we headed south down the west coast. The north end of the South Island is the major fruit production area for the country. We drove thru huge river valleys of hactacres (acres X 3+)of orchards odf ripe apples, oranges, kiwis, grapes, pears and things we couldn't identify. The farms are huge and civilization sparce. Eventually we crossed a range of large hills and worked our way out to the coast of the Tasman Sea. That coast is impressive - we stopped at the National Park with the "Pancake rocks" - a gorgeous...Jump to full entry
Apr 12, 2005 - Franz Josef Glacier
Drove through great mountain and lakes scenery to the West Coast. Stopped at the beach for a sandwich lunch break, seconds later beeing surrounded by sand flies - fortunately I had the insect repellent with me. Two dolphins played in the water - that moment Ian and I had the idea of swimming with dolphins (see Kaikoura). We arrived in Franz Josef at 4 pm, checked into the Rainforest Retreat & Forest Park Lodge (69$) and left right away to walk to the glacier. The Franz Josef was first explored in 1865 by Austrian Julias Haast, who named it...Jump to full entry
Apr 10, 2005 - Pancakes Anyone ? Shanty Town ?
We set off from Westport nice and early in the morning aiming towards Greymouth....en route we stopped off at a strange and very small place but interesting nonetheless.....we went to see some 'Pancake' rocks - noone knows how they were formed in layers really but they are ! There are also blowholes there as well which didn't happen to blow as the current wasn't very strong that day. After leaving the rocks we hit Greymouth and decided to visit an old fashioned Gold Mining Shanty Town. We travelled on a steam train, bought old style sweets...Jump to full entry
Apr 1, 2005 - Seals, Pancake and blowholes
Om 06:30 ben ik er uit, het is net licht en ik ga over het strand de zonsopkomst tegemoet. Ik maak een paar mooie foto´s. Maar het is nog wel koud en als ik terugkom bij de camper heeft Tineke de bedzooi al opgeruimd en is er koffie. De doelstelling voor vandaag is de westkust, Westport (225km) of Greymouth (290km). Op pad komen we onderweg de langste swingbridge van NZ tegen. Het valt ons tegen, we gaan er niet eens in. Hij zal niet langer zijn dan ´n 15 meter. We rijden door naar Westport, een stadje in het noord-westen. Iets voorbij...Jump to full entry
Mar 31, 2005 - Faith Week, Day 6
We hitched a ride in the morning with a guy from England who now lives in Australia. We spent about 7 hours with him, riding up the west coast. This was probably my favorite day because the scenery was gorgeous and it was a sunny day. Since he was a tourist, he stopped at many of the lookout points, which was great for us! When he realized what our situation was, he bought us each fish and chips and Coke for lumch. We were happy. We rode with him all the way to Franz Josef Glacier, which we hiked up a ways to see. After that, we hitched a...Jump to full entry
Mar 14, 2005 - TranzAlpine Train & Greymouth
Got up early to catch the TranzAlpine train across Arthur's Pass to Greymouth. Arthur's Pass is the highest of the four passes across NZ's Southern Alps. The train ride was nice, starting out across the Canterbury Plain from Christchurch and climbing up into the mountains. There were some excellent gorge views, though most of them seemed to be on the opposite side of the train from our seats. We arrived in Greymouth around 1:30 in the afternoon and set out from the train station to find our hostel, the Kainga-Ra YHA. It turned out to be...Jump to full entry
Mar 14, 2005 - Day that shook me, if not the world.
What a holiday this is turning out to be....it's got everything. I was woken this morning at 4am to the bed being rocked from side to side, and not too gently. An earthquake, 6.1 on the Richter Scale, lasting 30 seconds, well out to sea in the Cook Strait, 150 kms deep, so no reported injuries, but felt in both islands. Tour of South Island began today: Nelson-Murcheson-Westport-Cape Foulwind-Punakaiki-Greymouth-then inland to Lake Brunner for overnight. 23 degrees C 73 degrees F. Yet another incredible drive, on through the Buller Gorge to...Jump to full entry
Mar 5, 2005 - West Coast Bad Weather!!!!
We came across to Greymouth again, through Arthurs Pass from Christchurch. We were meant to go swimming with the dolphins, but the weather is ,xodkrlgfhvncvm. Another words really bad, so we can't go swimming with the dolphins, which is a real bummer!!!!! Tomorrow we go to Kaikoura, so will try to go swimming with them there.Jump to full entry
Mar 3, 2005 - Hokitika
After leaving Fox, about 25 mins up the road we got to Franz Josef Glacier. We went for a walk to the glacier from the town for about an hour. It looked very similar to Fox so we were glad we had done our glacier walk there as we had heard that they cost almost twice as much in Franz Josef. Continuing north up the coast we had no real plan where we were going. After the glaciers there isn't really that much to do on the west coast. After a few hours we arrived at Hokitika. This was quite a nice little town on the coast. It's famous for its...Jump to full entry
Feb 13, 2005 - Greymouth and the Franz Josef Glacier
(Updated by: Giles) The day we took the long and windy journey to Greymouth was, appropriately, very grey. We stopped twice along the way at both times getting soaked, the first incidentally being at Cape 'Foulwind' where both the wind and the rain were rather foul, the only ones who didn't seem to mind were the seals which we were ushered/encouraged/pushed off the bus to see. Greymouth was still grey when we got there, however the hostel, 'Noah's Ark', lightened the place up with every room having a specific animal theme. The journey to...Jump to full entry
Feb 8, 2005 - Mahinapua
Here's where you all get a giggle! Went to a Pub in Mahinapua and was told it was fancy dress, like, on the DAY we were going so not many people had a chance to get costumes. SO, after some bribing we all managed to secure an outfit - from the GIRLS!! Dont really need to say much more, just check out the pics - HILAROIUS night but preceeded an AWFUL day ahead what with the amount of wine that was drunk, UH! Had to bolt off the coach at the first stop that morning to deal with a major involuntary stomach movement! Urrgh! Shortly afterwards...Jump to full entry
Jan 30, 2005 - A step back in time!!
Our first stop was at the Coaltown Museum. When we arrived the man that worked there played a video about the coal. The video definately gave us an idea about what it was like back in the times of pullies and hand tools. The museum had heaps of things from back in the 1800's. They even had things from ladies shoes and childrens card games to ships steering wheels and old crates from the coal mines. After visiting the museum we went on the the Mitchell's Gulley Gold Mine. It was a full outdoor experience of old times with just one difference...Jump to full entry