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Feb 19, 2006 - Wanaka-Te Anau

We have arrived in Lord of the Rings area and we all know how beautiful that is, it seems unfair this country has a much of this incredible scenery especially as most of it is also located in no mans land.... Even though I sleep thru most of the trip, once I do wake up it is absolutely striking each time. We make a quick stop for lunch in a hustling, bustling and hopping Queenstown. The B&B in Te Anau is adequate again after a real down at our farmstay. The next morning we get picked up by bus and transported to a boat that takes us over a...

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Feb 12, 2006 - Fox glacier and trip to Wanaka

It is warm and dry here in Wanaka and we have big smiles on our faces!! We experienced at least one meter of the seven in rain that they get near the glaciers. It started on our trip back from Franz Josef glacier and lasted until the next day when we rode out of the mountains to the coast again. That was a total of 20 hours of solid rain. The Eskimo's have 50 words to describe snow and I now have 50 to describe rain, mostly staring with 'f'... But now we are dry!! Have some great photos of the passes we went through on the way and also the...

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Feb 4, 2006 - More from the magical South Island

After our glacier walk we hit the road heading south for about an hour. We found a small trailhead carpark and spent the night there. Over the hour or so that we ate dinner, we counted about 5 cars drive past on State Highway 6, the main road on the West Coast. After breakfast we drove a bit down the road to a nice walk through beautiful dense 'bush' that ended at the beach. The beach had lots of sandflies and we had forgotten the camera, so we stayed there for about a minute. On the way back we saw a group of old farts in brand-new...

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Jan 24, 2006 - Fox Glacier to Lake Wanaka

We set off along the coast into even emptier countryside with hardly a building. At Bruce Bay the road ran alongside the beach so we stopped to have a short walk. The road climbed up to high viewpoint at Knight's Point where we could look along the cliffs to a rocky point and a beach where seals were resting. Unfortunately the sandflies attacked immediately so we were glad to get away. At Haast the road turned inland towards the mountains going up the Haast Valley. The river spread itself over a wide glacial valley with a view of snowy...

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Jan 17, 2006 - Fox Glacier to Wanaka

Hi again! Today I travelled with Kiwi Experience to Wanaka. It's a long drive and we still took time to do some lovely walks once in a while. Good stuff. On the way we drove thorugh Haast Pas and thereby crossing the Southern Alps to get to the dry side.. On the coastal side of the mountains it rains about 5-7 meters a year, and on the dry side only about 1 meter.. Quite a difference. These numbers are not in the mountains but in the towns and flatlands and so on. It rains a lot more in the mountains themselves. For instance at Fox Glacier....

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Dec 27, 2005 - Wanaka

We got up, got packed, then went round and had some breakfast and said our goodbyes to Mo, Angela and Hana. We then drove on to Wanaka, with Mel at the wheel. Wanaka was absolutely beautiful - a big blue lake with a backdrop of lush green mountains and a really chilled out atmosphere. It is beautiful in the sunshine, and I expect it is just as lovely in the winter when it is a ski resort. By the time we got there we were all starving so we walked into town straight away to get some dinner - we opted for a lovely (but quite expensive)...

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Dec 26, 2005 - Wana (fill in the blank)

These guys have the coolest name for a town, and they all use it to the max for business potential. There's the Wana-Ride? Taxi company - the Wana-something to eat? Takeaway spot on the beach - the Wana-some new clothes? Department store - and even the Wana-check your E-mail internet place! What else could anyone possibly Wana?? Ha, ha, I kill myself sometimes.... Two peanuts are walking down a dark alley - one was assaulted (read a salted)... What no more jokes? I tell bad ones? OK, have it your way... It's your BLOG too... Wanaka is a...

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Dec 13, 2005 - Mount Cook to Wanaka - NZ

We are heading South from Mount Cook over to Lake Wanaka. Another beautiful Lake surrounded by pituresque mountains. The journey was amazing aswell as we drove through valleys and through the mountains of Lindis Pass. The land started to look different here, almost arrid compared the lush green of the National Park we had just come from. We found a perfect rest/picnic area to park up for the night, right beside a pretty little creek and we made it to Wanaka for brekkie by the Lake in Wanaka. Something about Wanaka, the atmosphere of the...

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Nov 16, 2005 - Wanaka

We finally left Franz Josef and stopped over in Wanaka for a night before we head to Queenstown. Wanaka is a really pretty town with a huge lake and snowy mountains behind which is our view from the common room of the hostel. We went to the cinema last night, it's a kind of special cinema. They have couches, armchairs, beanbags and even a car instead of normal seats and they have an intermission where they serve up home-made cookies straight from the oven and home-made ice-cream. The cookies have to be the best cookies in the world. This...

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Nov 15, 2005 - Canyoning in Wanaka

Today we went canyoning. What is canyoning you ask? Well in two words f***ing brilliant. We got picked up at 9am along with other would be canyoners and driven forty or so minutes out of Wanaka to the canyons. After getting kitted out in four layers of wetsuit, wind vest, booties and helmet we learnt the basics of abseiling and then took on our first water slide of the day. An experience to say the least. Sliding down 10 metres or so of smooth rock into a glacier fed pool of icy water. A good way to wake up! Next up a 15-20 metre abseil...

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Nov 14, 2005 - Puzzling World

We arrived in Wanaka in what seemed like next to no time and after the mundane checking in, eating, banking found our way to Puzzle World which we had passed on the way in to town. Our first challenge was to find all four corners of a huge maze. Naturally we went round and round in circles but completed the task in 24 minutes. It then took another 20 to find our way out! The next treat was visiting the various halls of illusions. Huge holograms, faces that followed us around the room, and another that allowed us to defy gravity sliding...

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Oct 2, 2005 - Queenstown to Milford Sound and back again

Dear all, Well, you'll all be pleased to hear I have calmed down significantly and in the last week have only gone snowboarding, kayaking, horse-riding, played mini-golf and thrown myself off on relatively tiny (43m) bridge. Quite tame really. Except for the mini-golf which was highly dangerous and which I lost miserably. I thought I should post another update even though it's less than a week since the last coz it's been a very mad, full week. Snowboarding was v cool - up in the Remarkables here in Queenstown this time - I actually tried...

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