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Mar 18, 2017 - Haast, New Zealand

Saturday, March 18, 2017 Haas, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” - Caskie Stinnett Amen, sister……. Woke up with the alarm at 7:00 and just couldn’t get my eyes open until about 7:30. It was a fogged-in morning up here at the summit and the wind had died down some but it was still misty and chilly. Took our time getting dressed and eating some breakfast. Couldn’t see a thing this morning but fog so we headed on down the mountain towards Wanaka about 10. As we descended, the fog...

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Feb 16, 2016 - Rain and no vacancy

We had not seen rain since the first week of December in Stockholm. We've seen enough in the past 18 hours to make rainy Olympia seem like Tucson. The original idea was to visit Fox Glacier as we made our way south on the west coast. Cloud cover and heavy, forceful, drowning rain changed our thinking. We simply drove. Slowly and carefully, of the white knuckle type. There are many one way bridges here. Right of way for opposing traffic is established by signing. Only once has a combination of a very long bridge, heavy traffic, low...

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Feb 25, 2014 - Wellington crossing to South Island and to Haast

Hi everyone, a little delay on our latest entry due to a lack of reliable WiFi Our last update had us in Wellington and we were parked up waiting for the early morning ferry. We found a motorhome park that was on the dockside which was effectively a Carpark, a great location but extremely noisy. We didn't get much sleep, rose at 6am on Wednesday morning and drove onto the ferry ready for it to sail at 8am. A three and a half hour crossing had us arriving in Picton on South Island. (Photo) We took the coastal road and drove on a narrow bendy...

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Feb 12, 2013 - Haast

Drove south along the coast again today. We are now at the little town of Haast, population about 300. It was named after the Austrian explorer Julius von Haast who was here in the 1860's. The Haast Eagle is also named after Julius von Haast. This bird, if living today, would be the largest eagle on earth. They have been extinct since about 1400. The Moa, a giant bird similar to an ostrich was hunted to extinction by the native Maori people by 1400. The Haast eagle used to attack and kill Moas. When its food source became extinct, the...

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Find Tom 5

Jan 31, 2013 - Haast and Jackson Bay, West Coast NZ

Haast is named after the German geologist Julius von Haast, the first European to explore the Franz Josef Glacier. Haast is made up of several small settlements spread over a 50 km radius and include Haast Junction, Haast Beach and Haast. It's a bird watcher paradise. Unfortunately we had too little time to really get into the bird watching, even though we brought our binoculars, specifically for that. We did get in one of our hikes in Jackson Bay, have to keeep moving...

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Andie Mini Trip 2012

Mar 16, 2012 - Heading to West Coast

HOW CAN IT JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER?!?! We had the most interesting day driving  nearly 7 hours across the most beautiful land. After taking off from Queenstown, we chugged up Crown Range Road, the highest road in NZ! The views are vast & indescribable. Tall, rugged mountains that appear soft & ferns growing out of rock cliffs everywhere u look! Kauai-like! Stopped at a 149 year old hotel for homemade cheese scones in Cardrona. Ummm! Some NZ'ers from Nelson stopped by to visit us at our table on the back lawn. We talked for a long time &...

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Oct 5, 2011 - South Island - Day 3 The Trip to the Glaciers

After clearing up the apartment and saying goodbye to Mt Beetham Street we started on our trip north via the west coast to the Frans Joseph Glacier. We travelled through terrain with snow clad mountains clear lakes sharp bends and valleys with green fields and thousands of sheep stopping only for a coffee and cakes until we reached the Tasman Sea at Haast We went through the Haast Pass road which follows an ancient trail used by Maori travelling to the West Coast in search of pounamu/greenstone/jade/nephrite and was only opened for motor...

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Sep 16, 2009 - Día 14: Hokitika - Haast

Hoy el laguito ha resultado no ser tan espectacular como el de ayer, pero no estaba mal. Las instalaciones no eran tan guays, pero es que este costaba 3 lerus por persona y noche!! Hoy vamos a ver dos glaciares, el Franz Joseph y el Fox. En NZ hay un montón de ellos, pero lo inusual es que estén tan al Norte y tan cerca del mar. Estos dos quedan a unos 6 km. Cogemos la frago y tras dos horitas y media de camino llegamos al primero. Andamos unos 45 minutos desde el aparcamiento y llegamos al frente del glaciar. Es ESPECTACULAR! Ahora mismo...

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VIAJE A KIWILANDIA

Jul 20, 2009 - Haast

This morning kicked off with a walk around Lake Matheson which is famous for its reflective views of the Southern Alps and Mount Cook in particular. It was a cold and frosty morning which made for an ideal view and good photos, and that was followed up with a walk to the face of the Fox Glacier before my travels had me heading further south towards Queenstown. The already fantastic scenery has gone up a notch if thats possible as the scenery becomes more alpine, its all a landscape photographers dream.

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Where's Malcolm?

Oct 7, 2008 - Hokitika - Haast

Depart Hokitika: 2580 km (09.50) It's 18.25 and we're in a pretty crummy motor park in Haast, which is basically a collection of dwellings, a fuel stop and an empty, tiny supermarket and nothing going on. We've already been here an hour and had a cup of tea. There's not much to see or do and the fact that we are surrounded, in very close proximately, by about 30 other campers is enough to keep us shut up inside! Not our idea of a good time sitting in a car park with other tourists. Anyway, Nick will make us a nice dinner and we might even...

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Feb 29, 2008 - Fox Glacier to Haast

Traveling today. Rain and more rain. Fox Glacier to Haast, February 29, 2008 We were up early as usual and down to breakfast at 8 o'clock. It was heavily overcast and drizzling or raining most of the time we were driving. First across a wide valley inland, into the rugged forested area and then out to the sea coast. At Bruce Bay we stopped at the beach for a few minutes to look for smooth, oval, white stones which are a tourist attraction. A quick stop at Knights Point lookout was spectacular but not a photo op due to the weather. We...

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Feb 20, 2008 - Jade, rain forests and glaciers

Back on the bus to Hokitika, where we visited a jade factory (and of course showroom). The Mauri call jade Pounamu. Another name is greenstone. Of course this particular stop was not a cheap stop. Be sure to ask about Frank’s ring and my bracelet and earrings when we see you next. We continued down the highway, traveling through dense rainforest to the World Heritage Westland National Park. The coastline is rugged and the plant life abundant. The annual rainfall on the east side of the Alps is around 6 inches a year and on the west side...

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