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Apr 4, 2007 - The Rakiura Track ... and no Lord!

The ferry ride over was only an hour, but what an hour it was. Despite being somewhat of a sunny day, there were almost 9 foot swells which made for a fairly rough ride. The free tea and coffee took a bit of the edge off, but I woulnd up wearing mine as you could well imagine. We arrived into Oban on the Island around midday, and I immediately found the Dept. of Conservation Office and set off on the Track. The Rakiura Track, like the Milford Track I walkes earlier is one of New Zealand's "Great Walks," but unlike the Milford Track, it was...

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Reilly on the Road

Mar 8, 2007 - Stewart Island

Caught the 11 o'clock ferry from Invercargil over to Stewart island; a small 1 level catamaran. It's was pretty windy out, which lead to some pretty big waves, combined with my choice of sitting at the front of the boat I was in for a rough old ride. The boat was constantly rising above the waves only to slam back down again, a bout of sea sickness seemed like it was on the cards. Somehow my I was saved by my amazing ability to fall asleep just about anywhere. No giant waves were going to stop me! I was happily sleeping within 5 minutes and...

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Rich Goes Travelling

Oct 29, 2006 - Stewart Island

This four day event was awesome, aside from not spotting any kiwis. Met up with three people from BC on the ferry over to the island and we collectively decided to go on a three day journey around the Southern Circuit track, starting off with an 18km kayak. Then about 50km of tramping through soggy wet goo. It was fun times. Great trio those canadians (Steve, Jasmin, Chad). Chad and Steve are pro photographers, and Jas an outdoor guide, so we were all very well looked after. Hoping to get a few shots mailed to me from the boys and in return...

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Jan 29, 2006 - Stewart Island

A drive down to Bluff, at the southern end of South Island saw quite a dramatic reduction in temperature, and that was before we arrived on the ferry on Stewart Island! The lady from out B&B picked us up from the ferry terminal and orientated us on what was where on the island. Having unsuccessfully not managed to book kayaking or a Ulva Island Tour we took a trip to see Stewart Island and a stop-off on Ulva Island (large recent project has seen all the rodents removed from the island and now it is flourishing in wildlife). This turned out...

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Dec 2, 2005 - Stewart Island - A Great Walk and Kiwis

K: We got another bumpy ferry to Stewart Island but thankfully it was only 50 mins long and then we went straight off to get our passes for the Rakiura Track. The Rakiura Track is one of the 8 Great Walks of New Zealand and people generally do it over 3 days either camping or staying overnight in the huts. The track follows open coast line, climbs a 300m forest ridge and traverses the sheltered shores of the Patterson inlet. Where the track starts there is a red sculptured anchor chain, this is because, in the Maori legend of Maui, Maui...

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Jul 28, 2005 - Stewart Island

Leaving Queenstown on a beautiful sunny day, we were soon to find out that the road to the Milford Sound was closed due to avalanche warnings. Instead of waiting for the road to open, we head down to Stewart Island, which is one of the southern most points in the southern hemishere...then onto the South Pole. The island is known for its biodiversity, as most pests have been eradicated, and much of the island is protected as a national park. Stewart Island is also the home to the rare Kiwi Bird, and a bunch of other rare birds. The six of us...

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Oct 31, 2004 - Stewart Island

30min drive to Bluff, and took the boat from there. The worst boat ride I have ever done. Only a 1hr journey, but we hit 3m high waves where you could not see the sky. Unbelievable. At least half of the people on the boat were ill at the same time, I felt terrible but held out. Not great weather on the Island so didn't look great. Jane ill which wrote off the first day. In the night we decided to follow a locals' advice and go looking for Kiwis. Went to the local sewage pond, climbed over the fence and waited 'till dark. Waited for at least...

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