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Apr 16, 2009 - Greymouth

Nous avons profité de cette journée pluvieuse pour aller faire la visite de la Brasserie Monteith à Greymouth. Il s’agit d’une des plus vielles brasseries de la Nouvelle-Zélande (fondée en 1858) qui est très petite (seulement 7 employés) mais qui jouit pourtant d’une excellente réputation. Un fait intéressant que nous avons appris lors du tour guidé c’est que chaque employé est responsable de sa production qu’il suit du début jusqu’à la fin. La dégustation des 7 sortes de bières à la fin était aussi excellente (pour le goût mais aussi pour...

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Oct 7, 2008 - Greymouth

Haven't really done much here to be honest. The highlight was was probably the visit to Monteith's brewery. Was an all you can drink sample of beer, followed by an all you can eat BBQ. Bargain! Also went for a walk over to the sea, but was very windy and also pretty cold. Had planned on going quadbiking, but saved the money and went to the Franz Josef Glacier instead

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Oct 4, 2008 - Pohara Beach - South Beach

Depart Pohara Beach: 1907 km (09.30) We left Pohara Beach with clear skies and headed back down the road to Kaiteriteri, then carried on into Motueka, where we stopped for cash and a supermarket stock up, before heading down old highway 61 towards the west coast. As we drove, the clouds rolled in and it started to rain – not a great issue on a driving day, especially as the roads were straight and quite comfortable to drive. We stopped by Mangles River just outside of Longford for lunch and had a quick dash down to the cushing river. As...

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Aug 18, 2008 - Greymouth

Next stop was Greymouth, which was - well small. Stopped at a few nice, scenic places on the way - but I didn't think Greymouth was really anything special. Went on a tour of a Monteiths brewery and got "free" samples of all the beer then an all you can eat barbeque, which was only all you can eat if you chose to eat the sausages. I took full advantage of this and about ten sausages and a few pints of my newly found favourite beer (Monteiths Radler if you're interested) later I felt extremely bloated and was ready to sleep. Some other lads...

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Grand Day Out

Aug 18, 2008 - Naar de West Coast

Opgestaan om 09:00 (ik ben voor Nederland nog 1 uur jarig), wassen, plassen etc., ontbeten en op weg. Naar de Lewis Pass, die gelukkig nog open is, want voor afgelopen nacht was ook weer sneeuw voorspeld. Schitterende rit door de bergen, waarvan we helaas geen foto's hebben. Na Lewis Pass krijg je een enorme hoogvlakte, tussen 2 bergketens. Daar moet je weer uit via Rahu Saddle en dan krijg je weer een heel groot breed dal van de Grey revier. Die mond uit in de Tasman Zee bij Greymouth en daar zijn we nu. Even pauze en wat eten. Ik denk dat...

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Aug 4, 2008 - Greymouth and the Tranz Alpine

There is absolutely nothing to see or do in Greymouth. After taking a buss from Franz Josef to Greymouth I stayed the night in order to catch the Tranz Alpine train the next day. The Tranz Alpine runs from the west coast to the east coast via Arthur's pass. The train is the safest route through during the winter. Unfortunatly the weather was not cooporating and washed out most of the sceanery. I am now back in Christchurch and back on the job hunt.

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Mar 3, 2008 - New Zealand - South Island (Christchurch/Greymouth)

Continued on the train to Christchurch the next day getting in at about 7ish. Only had the evening in C'Church as was on another "scenic" train across the country to Greymouth. This time the weather was good and the train trip was really good, spectacular scenery through the mountains. Also met Izi & Lesley on the train who I couldn't get rid of and ended up spending most of the South Island with!!! Greymouth Although the train trip was good there is not much in Greymouth where the train ends. Only there for one night which was more than...

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Feb 19, 2008 - Alpine train ride from east coast to west coast

This morning we boarded the Trans Alpine Train. This is one of the top train journeys in the world. We crossed the farmlands of the Canterbury Plains before climbing up to the Main Divide. We traveled through spectacular gorges, river valleys and across New Zealand’s largest mountain range, the Southern Alps. One side of the range is arid without much vegetation and the other is lush rain forest. Most of the time we were in enclosed cars, but they also had an open air car for picture taking. It was so packed with people, some who just...

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Jan 15, 2008 - Nelson to Greymouth

We left Nelson this morning heading thru Murcheson and the Hope Saddle stopping at Berlins Café in the Lower Buller Gorge for lunch. After lunch we crossed the Buller River by way of the O'Sullivan Bridge and followed the river thru the Buller Gorge making our way to the "Wild West Coast"...first stop after lunch was Tauranga Bay and Cape Foulwind where we saw another seal colony with numerous young pups....January is birthing month for the seals...and Wall Island, a small island just off the coast...next up was a stop at Irimahuwhero...

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Dec 23, 2007 - Greymouth, NZ

Another early start for us today, as we had a car transfer pick us up at 7:15 a.m. to take us to the Christchurch Train Depot, for our 8:15 Tranz Alpine train to Greymouth. The train ride was 4 hours through rolling hillsides, mountains, tunnels, and amazingly high viaducts. David kicked my butt in gin for about 2 hours, so Dr. Lou I am counting on you to make up for it for me when we get home. We also had a very loud German family next to us, and I discovered that it's my least favorite languages to listen to (no offense to any of you who...

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Nov 6, 2007 - Fox Glacier to Christchurch via Greymouth

Day 31-Trans Alpine RR Woke up this morning and quickly turned on the space heater and jumped back into bed for 10 minutes, then put the space heater in the bathroom so we could take a comfortable shower. Maneuvering in that small room was a challenge, but we did it. When I went to the car, there was a covering of ice on it so the defroster and rear window heater went into high gear. While I was waiting for some clear window, I snapped a few pix of Mt. Cook in the morning sun. Pat and loaded the car and pointed it toward Greymouth. The...

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Nov 2, 2007 - Greymouth

After Nelson the road made its way towards the coast and soon we were driving on a road carved into gently sloping mountains that went down to the sea. The weather was actually really good and I bumped into two German girls I had been chatting to at the halloween party in Nelson so I spent a little while talking to them throughout the day. The first stop was a seal colony, which like the seal colony at Kaikoura was not really up to much. The scenery was quite nice though and combined with the sunshine easily made up for the extremely low...

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