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Mar 10, 2014 - Aoraki/Mt. Cook

Actually I am writing this Tuesday am, because we did a lot of hiking yesterday, getting “high” on the scenery, and we were exhausted last night. We got up to clouds, but they burned off as we drove up the valley to Aoraki/Mt. Cook (Aoraki is the Maori name, Mt. Cook the English name). Our first stop was the visitor centre, to get our bearings. They had some excellent views and some interesting exhibits, about the Maori who only visited the area in the summertime (see the photo for why – no clothes), to the early climbers who tried to...

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Mar 9, 2014 - On the road

Our first order of business this am was the Te Anau DOC Wildlife Centre, where native birds, some endangered, can be seen. We saw Takahe (tah-ka-HAY), Grey Ducks, Shelducks (supposedly midway between ducks and geese, whatever midway means), Mallards and Canada geese (introduced), Keas and Kakas (parrots) and a Red-crowned Parakeet. The Takahe are being raised in captivity because they are severely endangered—young are reintroduced to the wild in safe locations. In with the Takahe we saw a wild Pukeko that had flown in on its own. The...

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Mar 31, 2010 - Mount Cook and Twizel - March 30-31

March 30, 2010 As it turned out, the drive was not as bad as I’d thought it would be but unfortunately neither was the beer last night. The resulting thumping heads were not ideal for a day in the car but we coped! As we were about to leave we saw Alex and we offered him a lift. He was going to Oamaru which was on our way so he hopped in with us. About an hour into the drive we stopped off at a place called Moeraki. Here, lying on the beach, are the Moeraki boulders. These are huge spherical boulders which just line the beach and stretch...

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Apr 20, 2009 - Mount Cook NP

Needed to check Malaria tablet requirement for South America. Get my drugs and set off to Mt Cook via Ashburton. Arrive Mt Cook village but cannot see any mountains due to clouds and rain. Go to Planetarium and watch 3D show with a lecture about our place (as a planet) in the universe. The next morning I started the day freezing cold and the clouds were low in the sky so still not able to view the huge mountains that sored above them. I got up and went for a quick walk to Kea point which supposedly takes 30 mins there and 30 mins back. This...

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Feb 26, 2008 - Olveston House and then on to Lake Ohau

Before we left Dunedin this morning we stopped to tour Olveston House. Built in 1904, the house contains extensive collections of art, antiques and knick-knacks. The house remained in the same family that built it until the last member died and left it and all its contents along with a nice trust fund to the City of Dunedin. It still contains all the original furniture and decorations from 1904. (I kept thinking that our old farm house was older, but I don’t think anyone would pay to see it.) Our next stop was at the Moeraki Beach Boulders....

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Jun 17, 2007 - Mt Cook

After our final week of work we headed back for a night with Dave and Jo before starting our next tour of the south island. We headed off south and made it to the beautiful Lake Tekapo just after lunch. We stopped and walked around the church of the good sheppard and took lots of photos. Then we headed on to Mt Cook. We had heard stories from almost everyone we met saying that its always cloudy at Mt Cook, you'll never get to see anything. However it was our lucky day and we had a lovely crisp clear afternoon, with perfect visibility. We...

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