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Aug 21, 2007 - Travelling the West coast .. in glorious sunshine

The trip over the Lewis pass was fabulous in the sunshine. Every corner changed the gap we thought we would be going to pass through. There was alot less snow than we expected as we had heard others had been turned back without snow chains the previous week and we found the road was unexpectedly good. We stopped and had a few walks into the bush to see waterfalls and moss laden trees before we went to Westport where we walked to see the fur seals again. Today we wandered down the coast from Westport stopping at all the different coves and...

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Mar 23, 2007 - Greymouth

We left Westport and made our way down the coast to Punakaiki, home of the Pancake Rocks. We made it there pretty early and the rocks were spectacular, the coastal area around the rocks even more so. We had an agenda today though, so we had to move on. We were on our way to Greymouth, home of the famous Greymouth River and more importantly, Monteith's Brewery. Now there is a lot of good beer in New Zealand but, to Matt at least, Monteith's is the finest. I didn't have much interest in beer brewing because Greymouth had another asset: lots...

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Mar 10, 2007 - Punakaiki

I'm going to be brief here because I've gotten so far behind. from Nelson we made for the casot and the "Pancake" rocks at Punakaiki. I don't usually like to hurry when travelleding, but I had to get down to Milford to start my trek on the 16th, so it meant moving a bit more quickly than usual. Enroute, we stopped off at "Cape Foulwind." I resisted taking the "pull my finger" photo, but yes, my mind went through all the jokes. We stayed at a great ECO-Hostel called Te Nikau retreat. Nikau is the name for the palm trees with the leaves that...

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Reilly on the Road

Mar 1, 2007 - Barrytown

Barrytown We set off around 9 for the day long drive to Barrytown, a simple town of some 40 inhabitants, we were staying in the only pub (also a backpackers) in the town. Along the way we got to drive along one of the worlds top 10 scenic drive and do a 45 minute walk past a seal colony. It was at some stage during this walk that my already suffering legs (from the previous days walk) decided they were not going to have any more of this walking business. At some stage (I'm not sure when) my left knee started to become really painful to walk...

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Rich Goes Travelling

Mar 1, 2007 - Okarito Lagoon and Hokitika

After a rough night at Lake Mahinapua we did a hike to Swimmer's Beach and then drove back to explore Hokitika. The town is famous for its jade. It did not disappoint. After a lunch by the Tasman Sea, we bought necklaces and rings. We drove on to Okarito Lagoon for our next campsite. Again, on the Tasman Sea, but the sandflies were bad again. More guarded we all got a better night sleep and no problems with mosquitos. You can see the Southern Alps more clearly here and are getting excited for the glaciers tomorrow. Kim

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Feb 23, 2007 - In the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Franz Joseph.......

This was a spectacular highlight of the South Island. We learned that a glacier is simply the remaining winter snow that the summer melt has been unable to remove from the cooler heights. Each year another layer of surplus snow is added to the glacier. Eventually, with time, it turns to ice and moves down the valley to melt away in the warmer temperature of the lower altitude. With the help of our guide, Kevin, and our ice talonz, we made our way up the glacier. Some parts of the climb were pretty chall enging and Kevin had to pick up...

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Feb 20, 2007 - Shantytown

Although Greymouth was very grey for most of the time, there were some highlights. We enjoyed our time at Duke's backpacker's. Our hosts Shoshi and Dori recommended we visit Shantytown, a recreated 1900's pioneer town and inspired by the great coast gold rushes of the 1860's. It was great!!!! Sisley and Ethan got to pan for gold, ride a steam train, and dress up in prospectors clothes. At the end of the day we all got a feel for how hard life was for the immigrants, such as the Chinese, who came to New Zealand in search for gold. We met a...

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Jan 30, 2007 - Day 59 - Nelson to Greymouth

Today I set off on the Magic bus again to travel down the West coast to Greymouth. Our driver today was Richard and it was a quiet bus -only 11 people so there was plenty of room to sprawl across two seats! I met Nora again, the German girl I'd last seen in Auckland so it was good catching up with what she'd been doing. We had a photo stop to see the Buller River, unfortunately it was looking a bit murky instead of the glorious blue which the driver assured us it usually was. As we drove through the Buller Gorge the weather must have gone...

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Jan 15, 2007 - Greymouth

Nelson to Greymouth Down in to West Coast and we followed the coastal road with its views of wild, surf-pounded beaches, rain-forests and the Tasman Sea. Stopped at Punakaiki to see the (apparently famous) "Pancake Rocks". Ended the day in the spectacularly unremarkable town of Greymouth. So named because - wait for it - it sits at the mouth of the Grey River. Clearly the highlight of the locals' day here is the arrival of the TransAlpine railway which runs across the Southern Alps from Christchurch. Sad but true; arriving in Greymouth must...

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Jan 4, 2007 - Punakaiki

Punakaiki is where we went to see the Pancake Rocks and blowholes. (Sounds a little like a morning business meeting) The rocks were different in that they are in thin layers stacked up like a piles of pancakes. The blowholes, well, the holes were there, but no blows. The sea was calm and so there was no performance that day. You win some and lose some. As a gentleman, that I would meet later, said, "descriptions in New Zealand are somewhat prone to exaggeration." Actually there was more blow in the public toilets across the street.

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Dec 11, 2006 - Western Coast of South Island, New Zealand

After the Milford Track, Laura and I were, unfortunately, under a bit of time pressure--we had only 3 1/2 days to make it to the northeastern tip of the South Island and the ferry that would take us to the North Island. So, after spending three straight days on our feet, we spent the next couple on our butts, driving up the west coast of New Zealand. It's a pretty barren place--there's not a lot of room between the mountains and the sea, so there aren't a lot of people, the roads are incredibly windy, and the scenery isn't particularly...

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Nov 24, 2006 - Christchurch to Greymouth

Christchurch has lots of bikeways, even through the middle of town. I did hire a bike and did a guided tour. Some consideration had to be given to cars as some of the bikeways are also with cars and trams. Luckily everybody missed me. So I've left the Rugby town where they seem to know nothing about cricket, basketball or rugby league. Caught the train today to Greymouth. Very dull and rainy up the range that seperates east from west. Still snow on the mountains and the melt is keeping the rivers and hydro stations going. It is cold....

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