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Jul 12, 2005 - Greymouth

Well i got to Greymouth, so i can finally start my trip down the West Coast. My bald friend managed to hitchhike 6 hours to the same hostel though! - despite me slipping out at the crack of sparrows this morning, hoping noone would notice. The minibus journey was basically over a place known as 'Arthurs Pass,' due to the guy that found the route in the 1800's across the Southern Alps that run down the spine of the South Island, dividing it into two halves. It was stupendously beautiful and goes high into the alps and back down the other...

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Jul 4, 2005 - Greymouth

We hit the road to Greymouth, can now see where it gets its name from! The drive was wicked through the mountains but the rain, drizzle and cloud made it a bit unappealing to get out the car! Arrived at our hostel, free beer on arrival, although see the photo... is this the smallest beer you have ever seen?! A nice night in front of the wood fire watching tv...

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Jun 30, 2005 - Let it snow

It was very cold in Greymouth so after a quick walk around to see the mouth of the river Grey (had to be done!) we went in search of a warm café. I had a bowl of french onion soup (strangely savoury for me) whilst Greg had a fat blueberry pancake served with slices of banana and a bowl of maple syrup. After a little wander around the shops (to buy exciting things like aeroplane-friendly nail clippers) we went to the internet café we'd found on Monday to send a congratulatory e-mail to my cousin Catherine as we'd received a text from my Mum...

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Jun 27, 2005 - Bumpy buses

Oh boy, another early start! We're not very good at getting up when the alarm goes off (especially when it's at 6.30am) so by the time I dragged myself out of bed to turn on the gas heater (we're taking it in turns!) and check the time, it was 6.53am already! Somehow we managed to jump out of bed, get dressed and ready to go, clear the room and check-out of Stonehurst by 7 o'clock. How on earth did that happen?? After all that effort, our bus was 20 minutes late, humph! Our first bus trip of the day was to take us across the South Island...

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May 22, 2005 - Greymouth, New Zealand

My morning according to Lonely Planet Guide Books: "One of the world's great rail journeys is the TranzAlpine's traverse of the Southern Alps between Christchurch and Greymouth - it begins near the Pacific Ocean and ends by the Tasman Sea. Not so long ago, this popular rail journey, now made in the comfort of specially-designed carriages, was undertaken in a ramshackle railcar. In times of bad weather and road closure, it was often the only means that West Coasters had to get to the eastern side of the Divide. The TranzAlpine crossing...

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May 21, 2005 - Grey Grey Greymouth

Monday 2nd May: Our drive to Greymouth was wet wet wet. It poured and poured....so we decided to go quad biking! We had a good time but all of us wished that we could have gone faster! Jenny had a little fall but she was ok, just a little bruising. It was a shame as I'd done quad biking when I was younger in Wales and loved it, but this time around it didn't seem as exciting. After the biking finished we got a lift to our hostel. It was in this car that we first got chatting to Chris and Jim (you'll hear more about them later!).... The...

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May 19, 2005 - On The Road Along The Tasman Sea, Pancakes & Hokitika

Leaving Dood & Heather's feels scary - as though we'd forgotten in eight quick days what it meant to be travellers. Back in the van I didn't know what to do, but after a few moments of confusion inspired facial expressions I remembered that the left pedal was the clutch, the middle one the brake, and the right was for propelling us forward, back towards Motueka, and onward on what continues to be the journey we had hoped to have. After completing a few necessary errands in Mot we pointed the Possum firmly in the direction of the Tasman Sea...

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May 15, 2005 - Walking, Wellington and...

We are now in Wellington, staying with our friends from Borneo, Billy and Nicole. We caught the ferry at the unsocial time of 5.30am and arrived in fog and rain yesterday morning. The previous day we finished the Queen Charlotte track, a 71km 3 day walk back towards the mainland (on the South island) from a peninsular (Queen Charlotte Sound). As you are now aware this was our second three day walk in New Zealand but thankfully this walk was for those of a less adventurous persuasion as a boat picked up and dropped off your main bags for...

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May 10, 2005 - Jade Experience

Drove to Hokitika on the West Coast (about 5 hours) to go to this hostel where they help you carve the design that you drew for a jade necklace. I didn't know what I wanted to do but eventually came up with something I really liked after about 2 hours of drawing (and, no, it is not a stick figure--which is of course usually the limits of my drawing). It took about 2 hours to carve and another 5.5 hours to polish it. The polishing was done by yours truly and I am quite proud of this. The only thing is the guy who does this experience might...

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Off to New Zealand

May 8, 2005 - West Coast (Greymouth - Picton)

Well after all the excitement of the glaciers we headed up the west coast in search of some warmer weather. Our first stop was the sleep town of Greymouth which is sat on the shores of Lake Karoro. It appeared to be an industrial town with a lot of big boat action happening. We only stayed one night and the next day went kayaking on Sawyers Creek which lead us into the lake. It was bloody freezing, I had opted for an open kayak hoping a bit of sunshine on me legs might keep them warm, but Catherine & David opted for the closed Kayaks to...

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Nanny Goat on tour !

May 6, 2005 - Greymouth

Right then, in Greymouth, and the blurb was accurate - it is tiny and everything shuts at 5 o clock! We got here at six so that was a shame... made it to the supermarket but that was it. Our bus driver is sooo awful and cheesy, the one i have had on all the other trips was really cool and funny and quite a goodlookio (Reena and Lynds wld have loved him) but this one has a ponytail and is sooooooo cheezy. he can't ever say something straightforwardly, ie he keeps talking about the gold rush and he can't ever say gold, he says 'shinyish,...

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Apr 23, 2005 - Mahinapua

What a cool day, Spent the day looking for outfits for the tarts and vicars party at the 'Poo Pub'. Eventually found what i needed and borrowed some stuff off the girls on the bus. Anyone whos done the Kiwi Bus on the SOuth island should remember the poo pub. Its run by an 80 year old called Les and its part of the hostel so our lot were the only ones there. Had an awesome night, spent $140 and got absolutly smashed, in my lovely tarts outfit. Didnt really go to bed and just before the bus i walked out onto the beach (after getting changed)...

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