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Feb 8, 2006 - Magic ride to Greymouth

Today was an amazing day. Around each corner was a more beautiful beach that just took our breath away. We had a short ride, but stopped along the way to check things out. There was a point called "foulwinds" (Michael's new nickname) and close to that was a really good seal colony, better than the one we saw kayaking. It was a very auspicious day for Janet- she was shat on by a sea gull, right on the nose (see picture). We went out and bought a lottery ticket as soon as we could. After that stop, it was on to Pancake rocks and the blow...

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Feb 4, 2006 - Greymouth - Here is where our Magic journey begins

4/2 Got up early today to get a free bus to the train station. Lots of people were there waiting for the one bus. When the bus turned up a small scale riot broke out. Two young newly-weds who were waiting there first missed it, but the driver said the next one will be arriving shortly. Next bus pulled in and all hell broke loose. We pushed our way in, throw our bags in and took our seets. The driver said 'All going to the airport?' We replied 'Ye very funny.' But he really was going to the airport and we all had to get off. Eventually a bus...

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Tripping 2005/06

Jan 31, 2006 - The West Coast

As it turned out our new mobile phone charger decided to break so we had to head back to Nelson for a new one. A bit of a pain but it meant another night at the Waterhouse's! It was fun to see them again and we got to recharge for a night before heading south. We had a long day driving from Nelson to Arthur's Pass National Park, with a couple of stops along the way. One was at Punakaiki to see the 'Pancake Rocks,' series of limestone rock formations formed over thousands of years. Pretty cool. We arrived at Arthur's Pass, missed the legal...

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Jan 23, 2006 - Trans Alpine

We rode the TransAlpine train through the Southern Alps with spectacular views all around us. We climbed up to Arthur's Pass through dense rain forest - very little snow on the top and then descended to the eastern side. The alps, of course, cause all the rain to be dropped on the western side of the island and when on the east, you are suddenly and dramatically in arid land. Rolling dry, scrubby hills, followed by irrigated farm land. Very beautiful. Every small town along the way boasts of a bus ride to tour the Lord of the Rings sites....

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Jan 16, 2006 - Hoki

After our little jaunt up a glacier, we set off straight away to get to Hokitika, a small town famous for Greenstone or Jade. It was on the way toward the road that would take us to the Eastern Coast, so was ideal really. Was quite a cute little town, with a nice clock tower stood in the middle and some gothic style churches. We visited some Jade factories, and boy is that stuff heavy! They had a slab of it in the middle of the floor, and I tell you, you wouldn't want to drop it on your foot!

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Gone Gallivanting

Dec 29, 2005 - Punakaiki

Punakaiki rocks and it definitely does. Stunningly beautiful cost where the limestone cliffs have weathered to look like a stack of pancakes. Also has a very nice café which serves .. yes you guessed it ..stacks of pancakes loaded with fruit and maple syrup. Of course I resisted ... the temptation to say no that is. Had to be done, I'm afraid!! Another 7lb on, oh well. Good job I've got a nice personality?!! Followed the spectacular coast road round to the aptly named Greymouth, the largest town on the west coast. Didn't hang about long -...

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Di and Jaz On Tour

Dec 21, 2005 - Pancakes anyone?

I thought I knew what rain was, being from Canada's we(s)t coast and all, but this is ridiculous! You know when you're driving down the highway and you've got the intermittent wipers going, and that's just fine. Then, it starts raining a little harder so you dial up the notch a bit to make them go a little faster (after mistakenly putting on your turn signal in the middle of nowhere because the handles are reversed). Then, it gets a bit stronger so you go to slow-continuous on. You figure that ought a do it, but no, it keeps on coming. You...

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honeymoonplanet

Dec 14, 2005 - Hokitika

This was about 20 minutes up from Fox glacier, so we drove up last night after the glacier. We found a lovely lake to park next to in a campsite - Lake Mahinapua. In the morning we drove to Hokitika town. It was quite a small town so afer having a wander the weather was so nice so we went on the beach. We met Clare later in the afternoon and stayed back at the lake that night too.

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Dec 14, 2005 - Greymouth, Hanmer Springs and probably the best hostel...ever!

We stopped at Greymouth for a night to break up the journey to Hanmer Springs. It seems to be a pretty dull and uneventful town but was home to the most gorgeous hostel ever! This made a refreshing change from the prison style dorms I have become accustomed to! (Greg and Amy, you guys know what I am talking about, right?!) This place was comfortable, brightly decorated and had the most amazing facilities, including free Kayaks, mountain bikes, a hot spa and a gymnasium! Oh and free freshly baked, warm chocolate muffins.Yum! We reluctantly...

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Dec 8, 2005 - Hokitika

Nou na een relatief korte busrit ben ik nu dan ik Hokitika! De Greenstone capital. Ik verblijf bij een hostel genaamd "The Just Jade Experience". Een hostel dat wordt gerund door een jadekunsternaar genaamd Gordon Wells, ook wel de "Mad Kiwi". En nu weet ik ook waarom. Hij houd nogal van humor. Verder heb ik hier nog een paar aardige mensen ontmoet! Een ier genaamd Amen, Kana (japans), Sarah, Katja (duits) en Jorden (amerikaan). Verder was alle staf japans, voornamelijk doordat de vrouw van de Gordon japans is. De eerste dag zijn we m'n...

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Dec 7, 2005 - Runakaiki - The Pancake Rocks

We started our 2 weeks journey around the south island of New Zealand. First we drove to the west coast where we saw a big colony of seals in Cape Foulwind next to Westport. The Tasman sea was very ruff and they struggled a lot to get out of the water... Poor seals! After that we drove south, we wanted to stay in Greymouth overnight but it was alreday getting late when we arrived next to the Pancake rocks so we decided to stay in Runakaiki overnight. that was a very good choice as our hostel was in the middle of the forest and only a few...

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Dec 7, 2005 - Greymouth

Uiteindelijk aangekomen in Greymouth. Hier ging Sarah een andere kant op dan ik. Ik zou hier in ieder geval 1 nachtje blijven om te kijken of het wat is. Dus ik naar m'n hostel, was allemaal niet verkeerd. Maar in het plaatsje zelf was niet heel veel te beleven. Er waren een paar kleine kunstgalerijen, waar ik dan ook heen ben gegaan. De avond heb ik naar de zonsondergang gekeken op het rotsachtige strand. Ik heb daar 3 uur gezeten, en lekker tot rust gekomen! De volgende dag ben ik nog naar de Monteight's brouwerij geweest voor een...

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