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Apr 16, 2006 - Franz Joseph to Greymouth

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE We slept really well last night - me from my exercise and Michael from all the beer! And thankfully I can walk today. My legs feel a tad tired but no aches and pains as expected. After our declicious, huge, brekkie in town - on top of our chocolate eggs from Kerrie and Gavin - we all drove on to Okarito and went on the Okarito Trig walk (approx one hour). The views of the Southern Alps on one side and the lagoon on the other from the top was worth the effort. We then drove on to Pukekura where we went to the Bushmen's...

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Apr 12, 2006 - Back on the road

Back to the campervan for a bowl of cereal, then off to the dumping station. Then we're on our way at 10:30 under the beautiful, warm sun. We pass Lake Mapourika and since there is a lay by we stop to take a picture, or several, of the mirror-like surface. In Whataroa we top up the diesel - you just never know what's ahead!!! En route we pass a couple of NZ lawnmowers - that would be a couple of fluffy, rotund sheep!! Mount Hercules - "Mount" is a word synonymous with "hair-raising" - what goes up in a very serpentine fashion, then comes...

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Apr 10, 2006 - Demi adventures outside her comfort zone

Being that I am still the only one in our family driving in New Zealand, I am falling a bit behind on my journal. Uncharacteristically, Molly just doesn't have any interest getting behind the wheel. As a consideration, I was allowed a few hours this morning to sit at the Web Shed in Westport and do some updating. They opened at 10:00 so after a lazy morning I plugged into their Internet connection, checked emails and downloaded text and pictures till noon. From there it was off to Greymouth. At 13,500 people it's the largest town on the...

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Apr 8, 2006 - Greymouth via Punankaiki - Nelson

Today we hooked up with the lovely Johan in Greymouth for coffees in a very funky Camden town type cafe. We nattered all morning swapping stories and got the low down on the North Island and it was such a shame that after trying so hard to hook up for beers that we had just missed each others emails and had to settle for our caffeine breakkie instead (big hello John and trust your still having fun.) We dragged ourselves away lunchtime and stepped on the gas briefly stopping at Punankaiki to see some wicked blowholes and pancake rocks before...

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Mar 26, 2006 - Greymouth

und schon war es wieder morgen und es ging richtung westkueste nach greymouth. auf dem weg nach greymouth haben wir viele tolle stops gemacht. den ersten am killenny lookout, der war zwar nicht so speziell. dann haben wir in westport und tauranga bay seal colony gehalten. viele seals gab es zwar nicht zu sehen, doch um so schoener waren die beaches und die umgebung. am nachmittag hielten wir dann zuerst im paparoa nationalpark, in welchem wir den truman walk machten. wir liefen durch regenwald und ploetzlich stand die wunderschoene kueste...

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Pemel's Adventures

Mar 21, 2006 - Arthur's Pass National Park

We had a brief visit to this lovely National Park to see what all the sype was about. Unfortunately Chris was still a little ill so I (J) did a hike to one of the ski fields alone, checking out what a ski run looks like in the summer-madness-ski lift noticeboards and no info!

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Mar 17, 2006 - Hokitika, New Zealand

And it was just one great town after another. Hokitika is a coastal town with great charm and personality. They have little town streets lined with mom-and-pop shops and even a little bell tower in the center of town. We were again lucky enough to find an amazing hotel! This was log cabins located right on the beach with great views. The lot was 5 acres and it had everything from motel rooms to family cabins to tent sites. And best of all, there were areas with a variety of farm animals--alpacas, chickens, sheep (of course), a few cows and...

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Back at home.

Mar 7, 2006 - Jurassic Park

I thought I was in New Zealand but I have to say the scene is more like Jurassic Park. I've had to stop taking photos else I'd never get anywhere, either that or drive off the road on one of the many hairpin bends as I try to take a photo through the windscreen. I reall wish I had a much better vocabularly to describe the scenes because I really cannot do it justice. I left Nelson at 9am, having had my best nights sleep so far, to a wonderful blue sky, which the sun was begiining to warm already. Unfortunately it only took me about 10km...

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Oi you! Ugly

Mar 3, 2006 - GREYMOUTH

As with Most travelers on a tight budget, I will take nearly anything that is for free.....mostly you'll get little things that may come in handy and sometimes you may get a free lunch.....but today I got a free car!!! After looking into what seemed to be the deal of a lifetime, there were obliviously catches in the fine print, which mind you weren't all that bad either. Deal is that some rental car companies will let people relocate cars for them, so all you need is a drivers Licence and you have a free car for 24hours and within that time...

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Jonesy's Journey

Feb 16, 2006 - Fox Glacier

We left at 7:30 this morning on our way to Fox Glacier driving over Haast Pass and Haast River. The views were spectacular of course, and there were snow capped mountains that we passed on the drive. We were surrounded by rainforests as well. On our way we stopped at Thunder Falls which was a great lookout at waterfalls only a five minute walk from the road. We stopped at Arnolt Point on the Tasman Sea which is normally a very cloudy area but it was bright and sunny when we were there. We took a helicopter ride to about 3/4 of the way up...

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Nadia's Travels...

Feb 15, 2006 - Hokitika - Fox Glacier

As you can imagine with no pharmacy, no gas stations and no ATM's there were also no internet connections or cell phone recptions during this part of the trip. NZ continues t be a gorgeous, gorgeous country, sometimes it is even just too much. Our stay at the Hokitka B& B was lovely, no pics at this time, but I'll make up for it in the next leg.

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Feb 8, 2006 - Nelson - Greymouth

So, jetzt bin ich also auf dem Magic Bus und ganz ehrlich... es ist halb so schlimm wie ich gedacht habe. Die Leute sind vom Alter her bunt durchmischt - wuerde sagen von 20 bis 50! Eigentlich ist es mir fast etwas zu ruhig und gesittet ;o) Habe mehr Stimmung erwartet aber die Busfahrt verleauft bis auf die Kommentare unserer Busfahrerin 'Flash' sehr ruhig. (Keine wilden Partyspiele, kein Geschnatter...). Daemlich ist, dass es ca. 30 Leute sind; waeren die Gruppen kleiner waere es wirklich eine angenehme Art rum zu reisen.. aber so bin ich...

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