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Feb 24, 2016 - Inside the long white cloud

For years, we have relied on our own efforts to adventure. Whether climbing Mt Saint Helens, bicycling in Europe, or camping in the Black Rock Desert, we have planned and carried out the plans. This trip, we have relied on tour companies. For India, the advantages were enormous. In New Zealand, we do not have the equipment, knowledge, or time to get to remote spots or to adventure. Just as well. Much of the visitor access to New Zealand parks and wilderness is through tour companies ferrying visitors. The Franz Joseph glacier off Mt. Cook,...

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May 2, 2015 - Day 10 to Manapouri

Very cool first thing so stayed in bed till 9.30 Good day for driving once it warmed up a little, headed off out of town continuing on the Scenic Southern route, up thru Riverton and Tuatapere. Nice farming country, lots of big rivers with water in them (bit different from Hawkes Bay)and super vistas of wide open beaches. Hardly any traffic on the roads so easy to take my time and see all there is to see. Got to Manapouri early afternoon, not much to see after I checked out the departure point for tomorrow's cruise so headed to the...

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Mar 5, 2014 - DAY 10: Dunedin to Manapouri

What a difference a day (and 185 miles) makes! The cold, wet and windy weather continued overnight. At least we weren't still in Christchurch though - they seem to have had the worst of it...damaging winds, floods and power outages - sound familiar? Anyway we headed off west in the pouring rain this morning, and the weather soon began to brighten and the rain cleared. When we stopped off in Gore at lunchtime things had dried up and the sun was coming out. By the time we had had a wander around the varied selection of shops the sky was blue...

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Jan 24, 2012 - DOC and sandflies

The drive from Invercargill to Manapouri is just incredible, its on the scenic highway and you can see why they call it that. Every time we turned a corner there was another amazing vista. The roads are almost always empty and you seem to have the country to yourself. I said this will be a big change when we get to Bangkok and Saigon. There was a small town on the way called Tuatapere which bragged that it was the sausage capital of NZ so that had to be seen. The town was basically a long street with a few bordered up shops and an info...

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Oct 14, 2011 - Manapouri

Heute haben wir die Ostkueste verlassen und sind nun an der Westkuest in Manapouri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manapouri). Ein verschlafenes Nest mit einer Tankstelle und einem Restaurant. Dafuer einer umso schoeneren Lage am Lake Manapouri. Zudem ist dies unser Ausgangsort fuer die morgige Overnightcruise in den Doubtfull Sound (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubtful_Sound) mit Fjordland Expeditions (http://www.fiordlandexpeditions.co.nz/). Von daher werden wir uns erst wieder am Sonntag aus Queenstown melden. Bis dann.. Liebe...

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New Zealand 2011

Apr 25, 2011 - Doubtful Sound (it's really a fiord)

We spent two nights at Manapouri Lakeview motel in a room overlooking the gorgeous lake and snow capped mountains. On the Monday Anzac Day we did a huge trip out to Doubtful Sound which evolved across across the lake to a waiting coach that took us across Wilmot Pass.Forty-five minutes later at Deep Cove we boarded the Patea Explorer for a three hour cruise. We saw fairy penquins and playful dolphins along the way. The weather gave us four seasons in the three hours which was a great way to experience the fiord and its many faces. Lots of...

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Jun 18, 2008 - Manapouri and sounding Doubtful!

Wed 18 - Fri 20 June 2008 - Manapouri Travelling through beautiful NZ countryside and farms where mountains are covered in lush forest and snuggle up to one another like sleeping giants, I make my way to Manapouri on ice-cold Lake Manapouri - gateway to the fiords, with misty peaks, glistening lakes and utter remoteness. I found this terrific hostel arrangement (and incidntally one of the cheapest places I have stayed in here in Oz and NZ). It was a bunkhouse / hut on the farms hillside, overlooking the lake, no electricity, a pot-belly...

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Jan 2, 2008 - The Milford Track and Doubtful Sound South Island 11 to 13 December 2007

Jeff Our start to the day involved an early rise, more photographs from our pebble beach, a two mile drive to the dock at Te-Anau Downs and a wait for the tour bus to arrive from Te Anau. We are day walkers who have not paid for the guided tour. Most of those on the bus will have paid £63 for the guided walk; we paid £37, the cost of the boat journey. Soon we were on our way. The journey up the lake will take 1 hour. Thirty years ago it took 2 hours and when Quintin Mackinnon took his guided tours the journey to the head of the lake took 2...

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Aug 27, 2007 - A wet day on Doubtful sound

We stayed at Manapuri for the night before our long day to Doubtful Sound.The campsite was a very quirky campsite where the owner had built every chalet differently ...rather like larger versions of John's (Wright) Wendy house he built for Abbi!...all painted in different colours.It sprawled into a woodland and was very quiet and was certainly different from the nose to tail 120 caravan park of Queenstown. The day of our trip to Doubtful Sound was sunny when we left in a small boat across lake Manapouri for a 45 min ride and the day...

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Apr 21, 2007 - Te Anau and the Kepler track

left queenstwon for te anau, a tiny town with nothing to do except sit around watching movies whilst i was waiting for hut prices to drop to do the kepler track on the cheap. did pass one day by cycling a 40km round trip to lake manapouri where i sampled one of the 16 flavours of hot chocolate available at the local cafe before heading back. on my way back i stopped at this crazy museum which was basically two garages of crap these old people had accumulated over the past 40 years. for the first ten minutes i though what on earth i was doin...

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Mouzer's World Tour

Apr 18, 2007 - Queenstown to Tuatapere via Milford Sound

Queenstown is meant to be a two day stop but because of the timetable for the bus going south we had to leave immediately and at 8:00 we hopped back on a bus with Karlan to go south. The south part of the trip ends in Queenstown so I will stop there on the way back. Today is our Trip to Milford Sound which is famous for its stunning scenery. The bus drive down went through areas of stunning scenery past lake Wakatipu and many waterfalls before going through the Homer Tunnel which took 30yrs to complete, and onto Milford Sound. At Milford...

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Mark's Trip 2007

Oct 31, 2006 - October Update II

I have a few days in Queenstown the next week, on Introduction to Wine and Spirits courses. I travel over the night before, and after a stroll round town and a bizarre meal at a pizza restaurant I spend the night in a small but perfectly formed studio apartment. Tuesdays Wine course is great, and proves a real insight as well as a chance to meet lots of cute Hospo girls from Q'town. Charlie & Eva arrive in the late afternoon, and we enjoy pizza together on the lakefront as the sun sets. My Monday-night recce of town plus 'networking ' on...

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