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Apr 26, 2007 - Mahinapua

We left Westport and stopped for a walk at Cape Foulwind, once again I didn't do the walk, but there were some very nice views. Scottie (the driver of our Kiwi bus), me and some others who weren't walking waited for the rest of the group at the other end of the walk. Whilst we were waiting we saw a Weka bird, a native New Zealand bird, flightless as before man introduced animals they had no predators. Once everyone had finished the walk we headed towards Punakaiki. At Punakaiki we had a short 20minute walk to see the Pancake rocks and...

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Apr 22, 2007 - No clothes fancy dress party! & Diaper rash!

Not much to tell about today, so won't bore you! Headed further south, spending the night in Lake Mahinapua. Tonight we were the company of Les, the oldest bar owner in New Zealand, at age 82!! His bar and hotel were only open for Kiwi Experience, unbelievable that he is able to still put up with bus loads of backpackers!! Every night there was a themed fancy dress party held here. Our theme was a no clothes fancy dress. I ended up having wearing plastic bags, unbelievable how hot they are, can't believe that babies don't get diaper rash...

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Mar 10, 2007 - MAHANAPUA - New Zealand

Heute hielt die Strasse ein unplanmaessiges Spektakel fuer uns bereit. Kiwibus rammt Kleinwagen! Dank eines Bremsversagens des Busses kam zum Glueck niemand von uns zu schaden, der gerammte Kleinwagen jedoch, braucht wohl ne Generalueberhohlung. Die Lenkerin, eine arme aeltere Dame kam gluecklicherweise mit einem Schock davon. Fuer das naechstgelegene kleine Staedtchen wohl mindestens das Hightlight der Woche forderte das ganze Unfallkommando inkl. Feuerwehrbrigade auf, welche auch schon 10 Minuten spaeter eintrafen. Die 3 Feuerwehrleute...

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KARIN GOES FAR

May 20, 2006 - Nelson/ Lake Mahinapua/ Franz Josef

it's been a pretty cool couple of days, the ride over from Wellington to Picton was very cool, the ferry went through the Malborough sounds and the views were amazing, i'll post pics when i get to a place with a socially acceptable internet connection hehe... the ferry was delayed by about a million hours (you've got to love New Zealand public transport hehe)so we didn't get into Nelson until sunset so we didn't get to see all that much there... a lot of the people did tandems at Skydive Abel Tasman so i got to mock them all hehe... we then...

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May 10, 2006 - Westport to Lake Mahinapua

We left Westport at 10:00 am and went to do an early morning walk along the West coast. We walked along Cape Foulwind to the closest point to Australia which is still really far and then saw a seal colony at Tauranga Bay. We then went to the Punakaiki Pancake rocks and saw some "cool" rock stratification. I was one of only a couple of people who actually did the walk because most people were hung over and hungry by then, but it was worth it. We then went to Greymouth and through Hokitika to a small hotel near Lake Mahinapua. This pub/hotel...

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Feb 13, 2006 - Mt Cook - The Tallest Mountain in NZ

13/2 Mini bus picked us up at 8am. We thought about cancelling it as the weather was bad, but changed our mind. The weather looked OK in the morning. Made our way there, stopping along the way to take photos. Got dropped off around 10, being picked up at 3pm. Just enough time to do the Hooker Valley walk, 2.5hr each way. Really good hike, over two swing bridges, great views of Mt Cook. Really have to motor some to get there and back. No hanging around on the bridges, had lunch by the Hooker Lake - close to the Mt Cook and turned around and...

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Tripping 2005/06

Feb 6, 2006 - Franz Josef

Ok well this is annoying, I just wrote out this whole thing and just as I was about to save it, it signed me out. So Franz Josef is one of the only places where people spend more than one night along the West coast, but that is only so they can climb N.Z's fastest moving glacier. And of course with my luck, the day I decided to do it, it decided to rain all day. I spent 6 hours up on a glacier in the rain. I'm still glad I did it because I saw some really cool stuff (blue ice, ice caves etc). The only issue is that becuase it was raining I...

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Jan 12, 2006 - Westport to Lake Mahinapua

Hi there! Next day we headed to Greymouth to pick up some more people, and then a bit further down to Lake Mahinapua. This night the driver thought it would be cool if all dressed up in black garbage bags... Since this particular group of people had been travelling together for a long time, they thought it would be fun too. It just not my "thing", so I went to the beach at 20.30 and enjoyed the beautiful sunset for 1,5 hours. Later I joined the bar, and at midnight we were a small group going in the forest to look at Glow Worms. That was...

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Jan 7, 2006 - Hokitika and the Beautiful Blue Gorge

Left Murchison at 10am and headed toward Hokitika which is NZ's major centre for the working of greenstone (Jade). Read about a drive to Hokitika Gorge, which was recommended in the lonely planet. It was a 66km round trip to the gorge but it turned out to be well worth it with the colour of the gorge being something neither of us had ever seen before. Apparently it's something to do with the very fine rock sediment that flows through the river that helps give it that milky baby blue colour. A couple were getting married next to the when we...

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Sep 27, 2005 - New Zealand - Hari Hari

We drove from Abel Tasman over to Westport so that we could drive along the coast line which is a very scenic route. We stopped a few places, like looking at the pancake rocks and the blow hole but the weather wasnt great so we pushed on down the coast, stopping for a supermarket dinner in Greymouth. We past a backpackers place in Hari Hari which looked ok and decided to stop for the night. We set off early the next morning and headed down towards Queenstown. We stopped at the Franz Josef Glacier for a little walk up to the view point. This...

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May 31, 2005 - Franz Josef

I'm now in Franz Josef, a little town on the West Coast which is famous for the glaciers nearby - the Fox and the Franz Josef Glaciers, which I'm going trekking over tomorrow. Met Nico in Wellington, it was extremely cool to see a familiar face, but now i've got to get used to travelling with someone again! Still having a great time on the Kiwi bus, and Nico seems to to be enjoying it and has been getting to know all the friends i've made on the bus in the last 2 weeks. It feels a bit weird that i've had a whole month away! I n some ways it...

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May 13, 2005 - Oops, and onwards - Lake Wanaka & the Glaciers

Oops, when I put the photos up on last entry I must have had Rob Roy on the brain. We were in Lake Wandaka, where you are inundated with a number of Rob Roy acitivies to choose from; Rob Roy Stream Track, Mount Roy, Rob Roy Glacier, er and a few others. However, in the photos of Dunedin, it is NOT Rob Roy in the picture, but Robbie Burns! Sorry about that. Well, Lake Wanaka was cool. The weather forecast was abysmal for the day after our arrival, but in fact we were blessed with the most gorgeous day imagineable, with amazing views of the...

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