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Apr 22, 2006 - Wanaka's puzzle world

Wanaka had just had their "Warbirds over Wanaka" weekend over Easter which saw the town double in population! (Air Show) We saw it when it had had time to recover. It was a quick stop, but an interesting one. The lake was pretty and the Puzzle World was different altogether! Inside they had a maze full of "smoke and mirrors" type illusions. In the front entrance, they had a puzzles and games room where families could sit and do puzzles all day or until their heads burst with confusion!!! We were entertained by the leaning towers outside and...

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Feb 2, 2006 - Leaving Doubtful

Sunrise above the sound was great. The sun rising slowly over the mist and wisp of clouds, surrounded by looming cliff walls, totally silent except for the few brave souls who got out of bed to snap pictures. Later in the morning, we ran into a pod of Dolphins in water. They love playing in the wake of the boat and were very happy to cruise along side us for a while, jumping in and out of the waves and spouting water. After we disembarked and took the water shuttle back to the car, we discovered that sand flies like to follow you home....

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Dec 11, 2005 - Arrowtown/Wanaka - Chinese and Cinema

K: On the way to Wanaka we stopped at the historic Arrowtown, historic because its a mining town and the old wooden buildings have been restored to hold trendy cafes and touristy shops. I wanted to go there to see the chinese settlement that has been conserved as a reminder of the chinese miners. I couldn't help but feel a bit sorry for them leaving home while young men and then ending up alone and old and living in a wee hut - no thanks. We stopped in Wanaka to break up the journey north to the glacier regions and plus it had a boutique...

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Apr 5, 2005 - Wanaka via Glenorchy

Well, Queenstown is the adventure center of NZ and we found it a bit over the top touristy so we headed north to Glenorchy for a very scenic drive up the coast of Lake Wakatipu and beyond that we headed toward Paradise. A drive that ended up more like a trip through someone's pasture as we forded several rock bottomed creeks and eventually got to a place ol' Tippy just wasn't going to get across as the washouts were simply too deep. That is where we found evidence of some crazy cross breeding as shown on the road sign. Wanaka is also the...

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Feb 28, 2005 - Wanaka

Wanaka is located on the shores of the lake of the same name. It is another adrenaline activity centre although after Queenstown we were just using it as an overnight stop. We arrived late afternoon after an amazingly scenic journey through Haast Pass - one of the passes across the Southern Alps. Two hours of mountains, gorges, rivers and lakes. Wanaka itself is a tiny town mainly catering to tourists. All we did there was stock up on a few supplies, catch up on emails and wander around the town a bit before getting an early night and...

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Feb 9, 2005 - A night on the tiles

Dropped Vinnie off about 1/2 an hour into the journey this morning, as he was hitching off on an ambitious route involving unsealed roads and motor camps to somewhere that appeared to be in the middle of nowhere. Each to their own, but rather him than me! It seems to go without saying that the scenery on the way to Wanaka was as captivating as ever. It's amazing how quickly you get accustomed to the landscape being constantly picturesque - I have to keep reminding myself that Oz wasn't like this, and involved large stretches of trees,...

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Down Under Tour '04

Oct 10, 2004 - barup...wicked

Hey all, So I left you with my predicament of having no place to stay. I went to a small cafe and sat outside and enjoyed a glass of wine. One of the bartenders picked up on my accent and asked where I was from. It turns out that he is from chicago and has been in new zealand for two years and is looking in to moving back to the states and wanted to learn more about the pacific northwest. Anyway, be it as it may he found out that I had no place to stay, and he had a friend that he was dog sitting for...so I got a bed in return for looking...

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