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Oct 6, 2011 - South Island - Day 4 The Glaciers and The Trans Alpine Railway

We were up early to visit the Frans Joseph Glacier which is a 12 km long glacier located some three miles from our motel. Together with the Fox Glacier it is unique in descending from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres above sea level, amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest. We had a good walk towards the Glacier then headed for Greymouth for the train to Christchurch. Got there in good time and sat in the sun and had a sandwich before joining the train for our journey across Arthur's Pass and down to...

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Apr 24, 2011 - NZ Day 22, Noah's Ark - Happy Easter

Woke up to a puddle of water right next to the tent. It poured sometime during the night. Foggy morning with the sun trying to peek through. Went for a hike through the marsh land in the nearby park. Went down to the Okarito Lagoon and found two local boys around 10 fishing off the dock. The one boy was manning the fishing line while the other was trolling a plastic round tubular vessel that had rocks and one crab in it. He brought it out of the water to fill it with pieces of bread that he said attracts the tadpoles and this is the bait...

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Mar 25, 2011 - Karamea to Greymouth to Methven

A relaxing morning exploring the tiny village of Karamea.basically like Quemado..a gas station, general store, and information center..ONly 92 students in K-12 in the entire town. We visited a few local walkways, bird sanctuaries, and saw a wood cutting demo by competitive woodcutters who had the sharpest axes I have ever seen. they were preparing for a local competition this weekend in town..they also compete with log cutting against australia..their major rival. The guy who demonstrated was 73 yrs old and just awsome with his...

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Mar 22, 2011 - TransAlpine Train

Up early to catch the train to Greymouth. We have not seen the devastation in the center city of Christchurch as it is blocked off and under patrol. We took a detour around the park to get to the train station. Verne and I took the train to Greymouth and Peter and Ali met us. We got put in the children's car. Actually we only got to Arthur Pass by train,took a bus the rest of the way. 2 days every 3 months they do repairs on the Otiro tunnel; today was day 1 so we had to bus through Arthur Pass. Beautiful scenery-mountains and glacier...

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Jul 16, 2010 - Greymouth

I left Nelson early this morning and headed down the coast to Greymouth. On the way we stopped at a fur seal colony and the Pancake Rocks (which are apparently really impressive/famous - I couldn't see it myself) The bus was really quiet today though as some had gone directly to the glaciers and others were staying in Nelson. This evening we went to the Monteiths Brewery for a tour and tasting - which was fun despite not liking any of the beers on offer! I did however quite like the crushed apple cider they make and we even got to pull a...

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Mar 18, 2010 - Greymouth - Mar 18

March 18, 2010 Today we were leaving the lovely, winery filled region of Marlborough and heading to the west coast of the south island. The start of our route took us across country and it was such different scenery to the north island, as everyone had told us. The north island was very hilly as a result of the volcanoes that were present there whereas the rolling hills and valleys here in the south are more as a result of glacial conditions. The drive to Greymouth was quite long so we did a few short stops along the way. The first of these...

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Feb 27, 2010 - Greymouth and Punakaiki

Feb. 12 Marianne: Traveling to the west coast of the South Island, we had to cross the New Zealand Alps. This involved traveling on a very steeply climbing twisting road. NZ drivers tend to be quite aggressive. At one point we passed the scene of a severe accident, where one car had lost control and veered headlong into another. Rescue personnel surrounded one car, trying to get people out. The other car was totally crunched. Yikes. There were also numerous rental campervans huffing up the mountainous roads; very difficult to pass. There is...

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Feb 8, 2010 - Wake up to find out ....

that you are the eyes of the world .... Blues, greens, stars, trees, mountains, streams, valleys, lakes, oceans, seas, rivers, canyons, waterfalls, rainforest's, rainbows, glaciers, fiord's, snow, ice, clouds, sun, moon, coral, crayfish, seals, dolphins, Saints! I wish there was a little door somewhere that you could go through and wind up in my head for a while before getting thrown out on the side of the highway! The things I've seen, oh the things I've seen. This past week has been exceptional. I have travelled up the West Coast of the...

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Nov 9, 2009 - fox glacier-greymouth

Vandaag eerst naar het uitkijkpunt boven Fox Glacier geweest en daarna doorgereden naar Franz Glacier. Daar een hele ploeg aan het werk gezien die zorgen voor geleide wandeligen op de gletsjer. Het is een serieuze kmo want er werken 70 mensen voor het bedrijf. Alleen al voor het onderhouden en uitkappen van de trappen en aanbrengen van koorden als reling in het ijs om boven op de gletsjer te geraken, waren er 5 man constant bezig. Het is verboden om kort bij de gletsjer te komen en zeker om hem te beklimmen zonder begeleiding. In januari...

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Oct 14, 2009 - Biere und singende Schweine

Der 14.10. begann...ihr habt richtig geraten...frueh, aber auch interessant. Da wir an den beruehmten Pancakerocks halt machten. Gut, warum die nach Pfannekuchen benannt sind hat sich mir nicht so ganz entschlossen. Dass mus definitiv nen Ami oder Englaender gewesen sein, denn wen man in der Felsformation, die zweifelsohne interessant ist, Pfannkuchen sieht, dann doch eher diese kleinen dicken amerikanischen aus der Fertigmischung. Unser Zielort Greymouth loeste weniger Begeisterung aus, den in dem Ort, der groesste an der Westkueste...

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Aug 16, 2009 - Greymouth

So, we're off across to the west coast of New Zealand, and staying in Greymouth this week. What a difference a mountain range makes! It's much cooler on this side of the island and in contrast to the last month of blue skies and sunshine, rain with grey cloud cover seems to be a fairly consistant theme here. Grey Western Coastline I've rented a little house about two blocks of the main street called Coulson Cottage. It's cute, and well supplied with everything we need. I've been making good use of the kitchen the last few days, cooking...

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Apr 26, 2009 - Arthur's Pass

Set off from Christchurch around Mid day and decided to go over the Arthur Pass which has spectacular scenery (Apparently) but when I got there the weather had turned and it was raining hard. Waterfall were impressive as a result! Stopped at Castle Rocks and a place where a river gouged a hole through the hill side (good for caving) passed Greymouth and realised I was close to the sea so called into a campsite so I could see the view in the morning. Oh! crossed NZ longest swing bridge.

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