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Jul 19, 2013 - A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.~Lao Tzu

The West Coast As I left Wanaka, heading to the West Coast, I picked up a hitchhiker just outside of town. She was tall and thin and had a huge backpack that must have weighed at least 50 lbs. We got all of her gear in the trunk and went along our way and no sooner had she introduced herself as Marketa, from the Czech Republic, when we saw another young backpacker. I had just enough room for one more so we stowed her gear away and off we went. They were both heading exactly where I was, Franz Josef Glacier. Marie from Paris about 22 I’d...

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Apr 8, 2010 - Nelson Lakes NP

Zopas in Hamnar Springs aangekomen, een klein stadje op een 2 uur rijden van Christchurch en vooral bekend omwille van zijn warm water bronnen. Iets voor de middag mijn 3 daagse trip in het Nelson Lakes NP afgerond. Ik heb er het Travers-Sabine Circuit gedaan. Dit is een 80 km lange tocht die beide meren van het NP aandoet nl. Lake Rotoiti en Lake Rotoroa en over de Travers Saddle, 1787m hoog, gaat. Maandag om kwart voor 12 eraan begonnen en vandaag om kwart na elf beeïndigd. De eerste dag had ik volgens de brochure een 8 uur durende tocht...

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Jan 6, 2010 - Many Rivers to Cross.....

I had to rummage for my earplugs in the middle of the night due to various snorers, but apart from that I slept quite well. For breakfast we had porridge and watched the clouds nestling in the valley and swirling up around the hut. We set off at about 8:45 back up the scree slope to the ridge line and started with a fairly easy uphill climb. After an hour or so the views were stunning, right across the Southern Alps and out to the Tasman Sea. The terrain started to get really rocky so when we stopped for a break I had to put one pole away...

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Jan 5, 2010 - Quintessential Marlborough

We left Kaikoura after breakfast and headed northwards to Blenheim where we visited the Forrest Winery, whose slogan is 'quintessentially Marlborough'. After the introductory Sauvignon Blanc tasting we got to taste 4 more of their wines including a really nice Arneis. Not a grape I've come across before but definitely one I will be trying again. We got to St Arnaud around 3 and got loaded up for our hike in the Nelson Lakes National Park. My pack weighed an absolute ton (well, about 12 kg is my guess, which is WAY more than I usually carry...

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Sep 14, 2009 - Día 12: Wellington - St. Arnaud

Hace un dia un poco gris pero cuando uno esta de vacaciones Que mas da!! Madrugamos (unos mas que otros, ya sabeis) duchita, desayuno padre en la furgoneta y a hacer un poquito de turismo en Wellington. Y digo poco porque a las 14 horas cogemos el ferry a la isla sur y hay que estar alli 1 hora antes! Nos vamos al Te Papa; un museo supercompleto sobre Nueva Zelanda; no solo sobre su formacion geologica, tambien sobre sus ecosistemas y sobre su gente. Esta muy bien; a mi que no soy nada amiga de los museos me encanto! Creemos que ya sabemos...

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VIAJE A KIWILANDIA

Jan 15, 2009 - St Arnaud and Pancake Rocks

We had a fairly leisurely start the next day, after the girls had had a good run around in the campsite playground. So glad we acted spontaneously and did the heli ride the previous night as the weather was foul when we woke up. We headed north up the West Coast, towards a spot where there are ‘pancake rocks’, at Punakaiki. Quite a journey and we had planned to stop somewhere on route, but as the weather was poor, and we were all feeling relaxed and jolly in the camper van, we just pushed on. We stopped just north of Greymouth for a picnic...

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Mar 23, 2008 - Happy Easter!

We slept in today until 8:30! We didn't enjoy our nice traditional Easter breakfast of hudanutcha(sp) (Croatian sweet bread) and hard boiled eggs. We had a feast of eggs, hamburgers, mac & cheese, peas and pizza. We needed to eat up our leftovers because we are moving on and losing our refridgerator. After mass (where the priest gave candy to all the kids) we found a farmers market and got some good fruit. We are now going to relax at the beach for a bit and head south to Nelson Lakes National Park. One thing we noticed about New Zealand is...

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Mgirls

Nov 19, 2007 - St. Arnaud

St. Arnaud is a beautiful, peaceful, town. We stay at the Backpackers Lodge and eat at Ma Maison. The food is really great around here. Tom can get beef, and I eat seafood, lamb, and whatever local cuisine I can try. P.S. to Janet-I think Tom is eating more greens than ever! P.S.S to Janet, Tom D, Jim, Brian, Ron, David, and any other cyclist out there-When we descend I think of how much you would all enjoy these descents-they are pretty fun!!!

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Nov 17, 2007 - Cycle St. Arnaud

We cycle from Hu-HA Bikepacker's Lodge to Nelson Lakes area, St Arnaud, and back. Lots of quiet country roads with a little 2 mile climb at the end of a 55 mile ride. The Hu-Ha was a great place for us to stay (farm-stay), we had the place to ourselves! After the ride we drive to Greymouth.

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Oct 25, 2007 - St Arnaud to Westport South Island, New Zealand 20 to 21 October 2007

Jeff Our camp was at Kerr Bay on Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park. This alpine region is at the northern limit of the Southern Alps where ancient glaciers have shaped the dramatic landscape. The park contains a series of mountain ranges up to 2,340 metres high, (over 7,600 feet), and the Alpine Fault which runs the length of the South Island cuts through the northern boundary of the park. The above was news to me. It is only a week ago we awoke to the news an earthquake of 6.5 on the Richter Scale occurred at Milford Sound....

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