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Apr 29, 2007 - Lake Matheson and Wanaka

At 7.30am we all got on the bus and headed through the small township of Fox Glacier to do a 1 hour walk around Lake Matheson. As my knees were feeling slightly better, and I had been informed it was an easy walk, I went along as well. Lake Matheson is known for the amazing reflections you get in it, and you have to get there early before the ducks destroy the surface of the lake. Nothing really prepares you for the sight of Mounts Cook and Tasman being reflected so perfectly on the surface of the lake. If you turn a photograph upside down...

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Mar 25, 2007 - Fox Glacier and Wanaka

We didn't get up all that early this morning so I pretty much missed the best light for the glacier. Oh well. I didn't mind much because there is another glacier nearby that we were headed to: Fox Glacier. It was a short drive and we were able to walk about 45 min to the glacier terminal and this one was no disappointment- it was really cool (no pun intended). The glacier was an icy blue all round the top and there were huge spiky pieces of ice hanging everywhere. It fulfilled my image of a glacier. We drove to a nearby viewing area of Mt....

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Feb 15, 2007 - Wanaka

On arrival we settled down in our hostel and didn't really do much for the rest of the day apart from wander around Wanaka. Wanaka itself is a very picturesque ski town situated on the side of a lake which seems to be running thing in New Zealand. The town was largelymade up of restaurants, cafes and upmarket skiing/walking shops. The drive over to Queenstown from Wanaka was a short one so we had pretty much a full day to explore Wanaka. We started off with a trip to Puzzle World, a museum on the outskirts dedicated to illusions, brain...

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Rich Goes Travelling

Dec 31, 2006 - New Years Eve

Well our looking for a place to stay this New Years Eve was not looking good. Everything was booked out for miles and we really started to worry. One place called around for us and got us booked into this expensive place that sounded really nice. We didn't want to spend $250 for one nights accommodation but we figured we had no choice and just tried to think of it as our New Years splurge. We arrived at the place at Lake Wanaka and although the house was beautiful, it was not as the brochure described it. It was a room in their house with...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Jul 27, 2006 - Weekend in Wanaka

Last weekend, Alison and I headed up the mountains to do a spot of skiing. This being Alison's first weekend skiing, we took things slowly and escaped from Dunedin up to the pleasant town of Wanaka to ski the "famous" Cardrona Ski Field. Alison headed off for lessons on the baby slopes while I found some nice Red runs to try out my new skis. Of course down here the colour coding is all different, but to hell with them, I am talking about the normal intermediate slopes of Europe! My skis are great (if a bit battered from a couple of years...

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Howard on tour!

May 12, 2006 - Franz Josef to Wanaka

After two days in Franz Josef it was time to leave. I thought about hopping off the bus for a couple of days and continuing to explore the glacier region but decided not to. The Kiwi Ex buses are running less frequently and usually full so I could have been in an expensive middle of nowhere for a long time. Add to that, the only things I would have wanted to do was go on walks and there are only so many you can do before things get to be the same. We got on the bus for Wanaka at 8:00 and stopped to get a look of Fox Glacier, the other major...

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Apr 25, 2006 - Franz Josef - Wanaka

Bus left at 7.30am. We were meant to stop at Lake Matheson to look at the reflection of Mount Cook in the water, however, our bus driver said it wouldn't be worth it as the weather was poor. Very dissapointing. We carried on towards Wanaka, driving through the Haast National Park and stopping to look at waterfalls. On arrival in Wanaka we checked into the Wanaka Hotel. This was a really nice place so we decided to stop for 3 nights, which also gave us a discount. We met up with Carling and Marianne, 2 Canadian girls who'd been on our...

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Apr 25, 2006 - Welcome To Wanaka

On the morning that I left Christchurch, the sun decided to come out and play giving a spectacular show of the autumn colours with the sparkle of rays piercing through the early morning mist. As the bus made it's way through New Zealand's Garden City, I noticed some of my old hang outs from 20 years ago, which got me started on reminiscing on yesteryear, reflecting on the past couple of weeks of catching up with family, and thinking of what lay ahead at Wanaka. With the satisfaction and the excitement of it all, I found myself sitting back,...

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Jonesy's Journey

Apr 14, 2006 - Wanaka and Skydiving!!!!!!!!

HEy guys!!!! Well I went skydiving yesterday!!!!!!!!!! I got off the bus in this new town, Wanaka. And it was beautiful, lake surrounded by snow capped mountains and the sky was blue, sun shinning. I thought no better time then today!! So i booked it, then had to wait 4 hours!! I was nervous when I booked it but by the time I got to the airport all I wanted to do was go! I had to sign a special form because I decided to do the 15000 and above 13000 oxygen is less, harder to breath, temp is colder etc but it was fine. There were 2 other...

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Mar 28, 2006 - Wanaka

seit gestern bin ich nun in wanaka. wir hatten einen langen weg von franz josef bis nach wanaka, so dass wir viel zeit im bus verbrachten. der einzige laengere halt haben wir am lake matheson gemacht, indem sich der mount cook and mount tasman spiegelt. der restliche nachmittag oder was davon noch uebrig blieb verbrachte ich damit, ein wenig im dorf und am see herum zu laufen. wanaka gefaellt mir sehr gut und wenn es winter ist, ist es bestimmt noch viel schoener. die naechsten 2 tage werde ich noch hier verbringen und dann weiter fahren...

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Pemel's Adventures

Mar 14, 2006 - Wanaka

After the Abel Tasman experience we finally got back in the car and drove to the first town we came to - Motueka. We just wanted to relax, have a decent shower, warm meal, and a normal bed. It's funny how much this is taken for granted, even if you were only tramping away from civilization for a few days. The following morning we were up and ready for what we hoped to be a short drive to Fox Glacier. It took us about 5 hours to get there, but driving for extended amounts of time here hasn't been that difficult with a constant flow of new...

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Mar 5, 2006 - Wanaka

From the Fox Glacier we had a day's driving ahead of us to our next destination, Wanaka where we stayed with some UK friends of ours (Pam and John) in their newly built house right on the edge of Lake Wanaka. We could certainly see why they have chosen to spend so much time in New Zealand each year! Wanaka is a place of outstanding natural beauty and although the town still attracts many kiwis the area has also developed into a popular destination for international visitors. This sporty, laid back town offers a sharp contrast to the hype of...

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