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Oct 11, 2006 - West Coast, South Island

We drove through the beautiful Buller gorge to get to the west coast. The gorge was shrouded in mist and cloud which made it even more beautiful (hard to know that I suppose when we have never seen it in the sun but were being optimistic). There are waterfalls and gorgeous rivers everywhere along the road. Then we hit Westport (after driving through Longford believe it or not). There wasnt much to the town but we went to Cape Foulwind outside the town to see the fur seals on the rocks, so cute. From here we continued onto Punkaiki to see...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Oct 10, 2006 - Pancake Rocks and Greymouth

Spent the afternoon today driving down to Greymouth, stopping off at Pancake Rocks on the way. The drive down was through plenty of spectacular scenery - the steep hills of Southern Alps meet the Tasman Sea and the road goes along the small parts of flat land between them and often finds itself hugging the sides of the hills on the frequent occasions when there is no land. All the way the weather was grey and moody, with the wind up making some very big waves which went crashing in to the rocks and beaches along the way. I was also...

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Geraint's World Trip

Aug 7, 2006 - Westport - Poo pub

Poo pub! Fancy dress theme was Toga party...took inspiration from a certain turtle costume I saw once and covered myself in my white poster paint to make myself paler- the extra 2 dollars, effort & 1am shower to get it all off was worth it- won a Canyon Swing in Queenstown for the best costume..worth $139, get in! Evening of drinking games and boogying, happy days!

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Jul 4, 2006 - Driving to Hokitaki...enjoying the little things

What's so wonderful about New Zealand is that there is just so much to see on the drive from one place to another. Great snow covered mountains loom behind two-lane freeways; gurgling rivers carve out their paths in between hills; deer, lamb, cattle, goats, and sheep dart to and fro (we even saw one goat jump on top of the back of a sheep); birds flit around; beautiful lakes and waterfalls are plentiful so it's easy to stop and explore them; huge 15 ft waves crash continually against pancake rocks on the rocky, rugged coast...it's these...

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Jun 21, 2006 - Greymouth

Didnt really see much of Greymouth as we literally got a bed for the night, went to the supermarket and left the next day! What I can say though is this place is freezing! Even my teeth were cold! We did have a cool hostel though which was a bit like a nursery as all the rooms were animal themed and it was called Noahs Ark, but I appreciated the 'pigs den' that we were aptly put in! (Jenny you would have loved it..everything was pink!!..NOT my colour!). Next day we got up in the nice sunshine and managed to get a ride quite quickly with an...

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May 23, 2006 - To Greymouth

The following day was to the mining town of Greymouth, on the west coast of South Island. As the tour got further south the landscape got more dramatic, which can be seen with the magnificent Pancake Rock formations (see if you can guess why they have this name). Greymouth, as its name implies, is not the most picturesque town around. Built for shipping and mining industry it has retained it's industrial feel and so is not really noted for its tourist vibe. The hostel for the night was Noah's Ark, where each dorm is based upon an animal:...

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May 13, 2006 - Greymouth

Zaterdag 13/5 Vandaag zijn we via een hele mooie weg langs de kust naar Greymouth gereden. Zijn bij de pancake rocks gestopt en hebben daar een stuk gelopen en hebben daarna lekker een grote beker warme chocomel gedronken. Kwamen daar nog een spaceship auto tegen en hebben we weer een dvd kunnen ruilen. Aangekomen in Greymouth hebben we even een flesje wijn en een doos bonbons gehaald voor Frans en Els, een nicht van mijn moeder waar we morgen naartoe gaan in Christchurch.

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May 11, 2006 - Vestkysten inkl. gletcherne, Franz Josef og Fox

Efter Nelson og en fin oplevelse i Abel Tasman var det tid til komme ned langs vestkysten som skulle vaere helt fantastisk og ganske rigtigt. Vi startede ud med at koere til Nz's laengste swingbro/haengebro, som var en tand for skarp for mig men over kom jeg, ja og skam ogsaa tilbage. Det var saa en tilfoejelse til min liste over ekstremsport. Nej vel.... En swingbro er jo ingenting.... Der kommer bedre og mere livsfarlige ting bare rolig. Samme dag tog vi til Westport for at se Nz's stoerste ynglende flok saeler. Men det var en stor loegn...

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Trip of Life

Apr 24, 2006 - West Coast wonders

Hokitika - ...a town founded on greenstone and gold and even today, the tourists flood in to visit the jade factory. The beaches were rugged and change often causing a lot of ship wrecks in the early years. They were worth a wander though as this is the only place in the world apparently where you can find Ruby Rock (Goodletite). Needless to say, we didn't find any. We chatted with a fellow from South Africa in the Jade Factory for a while. It was interesting comparing stories on moving to another country and the subtle differences in...

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Apr 22, 2006 - Westport - Lake Mahinapua

Left Westport at 9am and drove to Cape Farewell, the most westerly point of NZ. Here we went on a walk along the coast for about an hour, and got to see some seals on the way. The bus then picked us up and we drove to a place called Punakaiki, where we had some lunch, then went on a short walk to look at some Pancake Rocks (stratified lime stone stacks which had been eroded away over thousands of years). The bus then carried on and stopped in the town of Greymouth. Here we replaced a few of the items Nina had lost in her day bag and bought...

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Apr 20, 2006 - Baz Vegas

Saturday dawns a beautiful sunny day, though you can tell it's autumn as it's cool when the clouds come over. We breakfast at a remote cafe along the coast, much needed brease & hairy dog. Thankfully we get a lift back to the pub as we're in not feeling much like walking. We join the guys at Bone Idol, designing and lovingly crafting a piece of cows shin bone into funky pendants. The guys running it are very laid back and good fun, so it turns out to be a very enjoyable afternoon. hands are a little shaky when using the Dremmels, but we all...

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Apr 18, 2006 - Hokitika!

well since I had no choice but to leave the glaciers i made my way a few hours north along the west coast to a small town called Hokitika! Its a big place to buy jade and the main reason I came was that I heard from Joan that at one of the hostels you can make your own jade necklace. So yesterday I made one. You pick out the design (or design your own), I picked the "fishhooks" they are said to mean, peace, prosperity, good health and goodluck over water and I liked the design. Although this particular one was $85 but still a nice reminder...

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