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Mar 29, 2006 - Dunedin via Balclutha & Gore - Te Anau

We stepped on the gas and left Dunedin, deciding to get over to the West Coast and the fine sunny weather as the rain was getting us down. We drove along the coast to Balclutha and then headed inland through Gore and on to the beautiful small town of Te Anau. We stopped for lunch at Lake Manapouri and sat on probably the cutest beach in the world which we had to ourselves. We walked alongside Lake Te Anau later that day with the famous Tip Top Ice Creams (seriously good Icecream) and checked into a 5* holiday park for the night for only...

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Mar 20, 2006 - Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand Monday 20th March Today we got up early and left Queenstown and drove to Milford Sound. Milford Sound is a fjord shaped inlet from the sea on the west coast in Fjordland National Park. The journey took us a few hours to get there, and halfway there at a small town called Te Anau we checked into a holiday park and dumped our bags as we decided that is where we would stay the night. After making ourselves some sandwhiches, eating the by a lake in Te Anau, and watching a propeller plane take off from the...

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Jan 17, 2006 - TeAnau

We had the evening in TeAnau - a lake resort town with mostly motels along the banks of a huge inland lake - bigger than Kootenay lake. There are smallish mountains surrounding this lake and would be a great place to fish, hike etc., but for the midst of summer it is about 12 degrees and raining heavily. (Yes, we had to dig out our 'jumpers'!) They seem to sell alot of fleece here! Stores just like Christine's - lots of Columbia, Hard Rock brands - vests, fleece, anoraks.... I gather it is not usually too hot. Yesterday we travelled through...

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Nov 17, 2005 - Te Anau

The scenary at Te Anau is beautiful with our campsite right on the lake, we took a trip across the lake to the Glow Worm caves which was excellant we were more impressed by the underground waterfalls so loud and fast, the children were very brave as it got very dark down there at one point it just looked like fairy lights above our heads. Rachael kept reaching for her life jacket but funnily enough they don't have them in caves the reason for this was there were two rather large people on her side of the raft and when the other side got out...

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Jun 27, 2005 - Te Anau

Te Anau boasts NZ's deepest and second longest River and is yet another gorgeous place. We decided to go on a tour as we had yet to do one in this country. We chose to visit the Glowworm Caves because it was a short tour (2.5 hrs) and the boat was enclosed so the journey would be warm. Lovely boat ride for 25 mins to the visitors center. We watched a short film on the caves and then ventured in. This was an awesome spectacle as water raged through the cave as if a dam had just been opened. Came to find out that the water comes from the...

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Dec 18, 2003 - Te Anau

We packed up the tent and drove down to Te Anau, stopping briefly at Garston and Athol to show Kate where I had been working on the conservation project last month. We were heading to Te Anau as this was where we would be starting our two day kayaking trip into Doubtful Sound, one of the largest and most dramatic of the fiords in this part of the country. We had already booked the trip and we had been told to report to the trip base in town at 5pm today for a briefing on what we would be doing and what we would need to bring, as we would be...

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