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Oct 29, 2011 - Picton

Heute hiess es leider schon wieder Abschied nehmen von unserem hübschen Strandhäuschen. Wir haben die Zeit in Tata Beach sehr genossen. Als erste sind wir nach Nelson gefahren, wo wir die CDs mit unseren Hochzeitsfotos beim Fotograf abgeholt haben. Bin schon gespannt auf die restlichen Fotos. Anschliessend sind wir weiter nach Havelock gefahren, der Hauptstadt der Green-lipped Mussels. Dort haben wir für ein Mittagessen im Mussel Pot (http://www.themusselpot.co.nz/) halt gemacht. Gemäss Patrick waren die Muscheln dort ausgezeichnet. Ich...

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New Zealand 2011

Oct 24, 2011 - Drive, drive and more drive....Boo Hoo's.......

After my nightmare sleep we got on the road just after 7 with the goal to drive the 650km to Wellington and catch the 18h25 ferry across to south island. Big day of driving the JL!!! We had to stop off at Colin and Heidis as we had left our towels there and they belong to the JL. W nice to see them but was very brief as we were an hour behind our original timings.  We stopped at the shops in bam ridge where we bought some food for lunch later and dinner in case and had our breakfast in the parking lot. Colz loving the trailer aspect to life...

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Buses,Babies & Bokke

Jul 12, 2011 - NZ Blog Eight - Picton

Monday 4 July - Fox Glacier to Murchison Today is our biggest drive of our holiday although we are intending a few stops to take in the sights and we were on time chewing up the bitumen for a couple of hours before our first stop at Hokitika home of the greenstone and its subsidiary cutting, polishing and retail outlets. We also had brekkie here and then strode the pavements around the little town for a look and we wondered into the only store in town that sells “ruby stone”. The owner is a very interesting 75 year old man originally born...

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Mar 17, 2011 - picton, nz hiking queen charlotte track

yesterday we visited the Zealandia wildlife refuge, road the cable car in Wellington, and took the ferry across the Cook Straits to NZ's south island. We then got a boat shuttle from Picton to POrtage..where are staying for 2 nights ..each day we take a boat shuttle to a cove to start hiking parts of the Queen Charlottle track..which is about 50 miles long from one end to the other. Today we did only part of it from Ship Cove to Fa?. ship cove is where capt. cook landed in 1770..we hiked undulating hills along the coast for 8 miles and then...

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Hiking New Zealand

Dec 28, 2010 - Ferry Ride to Wellington

Hello! Today we are leaving the South Island, and hopefully the rain! We woke up in Nelson, and if it was nice, we were going to spend the day there and take the ferry tomorrow. But, of course, it was still raining! We decided we weren’t going to stay in Nelson, but we were going to go to Picton to catch the 1:10 ferry to Wellington. The drive was only supposed to take about an hour, but it didn’t end that way. We started the drive, and then we got to the main road that would take us to Picton, it was closed. Because of all the flooding,...

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Jul 14, 2010 - Cook Strait and Picton

Yesterday morning Nikki, Claudia and I went our seperate ways - Nikki has done the South Island already and is heading back up to Auckland, Claudia was headed to Nelson and I was heading for a couple of nights in Picton. To get to the South Island you can either fly or take a 3 1/2 hour ferry ride in old cross-channel ferries. It's a peaceful ride with some lovely views (although probably nicer in the summer when its much nicer to sit outside). On arrivel in Picton I checked into my hostel - The Villa - a really really nice (albeit cold)...

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Jul 6, 2010 - Kaikoura to Picton

We'd come to Kaikoura for several reasons – it was supposed to be scenic there, there was a variety of marine wildlife to be seen and, simply, it was about halfway between where we started and where we'd be getting the ferry to the North Island from. Our run of luck with the weather had ended though, so the mountains being so close to the sea didn't count for much as they were covered in cloud. Probably the biggest draw to Kaikoura is the chance to go by boat, plane or helicopter to see whales. We had a dilemma with that, as all options...

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Apr 4, 2010 - Arrivee en ile du Sud

Voila, nous sommes sur l’ile du Sud après trois semaines passes sur l’ile du Nord. Le ferry nous depose a la petite ville de Picton. Il y a tout pres d’ici une bonne randonne : le Queen Charlotte track. Il faut normalement quatre a cinq jours pour completer la marche mais nous preferons en faire juste une petite partie. Nous restons deux nuits dans un camping, seuls au milieu de la foret. Alors que nous nous attendions a de la pluie, nous nous reveillons sous un soleil magnifique, ce qui facilite bien notre marche de 25km. Les sentiers en...

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Apr 3, 2010 - Queen Charlotte Track

Zojuist de Queen Charlotte Track beeindigd. Donderdagmorgen na wat geslapen te hebben de I-site van Picton binnengestapt bij opening om 09.00u en te horen gekregen dat het heel snel zou moeten gaan indien ik dezelfde dag nog aan de trek wou beginnen. De meeste trekkers of mountainbikers beginnen eraan met de watertaxi van 8 of 9 uur en de enige mogelijkheid om aan de start in Ship Cove te geraken is de boot te nemen. Ik kon nog een boot nemen om 10u en dan was het mogelijk om de eerste etappe van een 27km af te werken. Dus gauw 2...

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Mar 22, 2010 - Picton

Its raining as we drive along the Marlborough sounds to Picton. The backpackers we are staying at has maybe made a mistake with our booking, but we get upgraded to the fully furnished apartment. There is little to do in Picton but we find the teeny tiny cinema and they are playing Max Manus (a Norwegian film)!! Its strange to be in NZ and listen to Oslo dialect, but I am happy to have the English subtitles!

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Team FroJo 2010

Mar 15, 2010 - Picton

From Lake Taupo I headed to the south island so I first got a bus to Wellington, the capital. From here I took the ferry that connects the two islands. The crossing offered some stunning views of tree covered islands sticking out of the turquoise ocean. After 4 hours I arrived in Picton. Like most places in NZ, Picton is set in a beautiful location. But as beautiful as it was I had no intention of staying here due to my limited time in NZ. However, as much as NZ is a tourist hotspot it is also a very sleepy place where everything closes at...

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Jan 21, 2010 - The Queen Charlotte Track

Well, I'm back in the land of the living after a few days out walking the Queen Charlotte Track. The last day of the Milford was amazing but I will fill in the blanks later as the QC was worth telling you about. I arrived in Picton last Sunday evening having flown from Queenstown. On Monday morning I packed up and headed down to Picton harbour for the boat out to Ship Cove. After reading the information boards about how Captain Cook came back here several times (it's a lovely spot, I can see why), I set off just after 11. Immediately there...

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