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Feb 18, 2016 - Onto Westport

Tues 16th Feb - we left the site early and drove the 25km to the Mount Cook Visitor Centre. Good views of the snow covered peaks. We then drove down to a viewpoint for the Abel Tasman Glacier which was a 15 minute uphill walk from the car park. Lovely views but the glacier is so eroded it is still a long way from the viewpoint. Back in the van and good roads to Lake Tekapo, straight onto a site adjoining the lake waterfront. 144km today. We walked into town but there was not much to it and so after a quick shop we headed back along the...

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Dec 30, 2015 - Beach Walking at Low Tide Amongst the Rocks -- great isolated beach for miles

Across the road from our B&B about a 100 steps is an amazing access point to the Tasman Sea/South Pacific. At high tide it is a boiling sea with powerful waves and currents. At low tide, it is a cushioned walking surface that goes all the way to Westport to the south - over 20-30 minutes away by car. There are big rocks that are submerged under the high tide but exposed at low tide - fascinating to see the lines where the tide stops and trees grow on the top of the rocks. Yesterday we headed to the Seal Colony at Cape Foulwind (so named by...

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Dec 29, 2015 - It's a small world!

Correction from yesterday's entry - "their" should have read "there" and kiwi should have been a capital K... We are driving to the west coast today and the little B&B we are staying out is very isolated so I'm not sure about the wifi connection. To get a look at it take a look at the cute video - http://Vimeo.com/90277292. If you are interested in the Charming Creek Walkway -- google that name and add New Zealand --you'll see several nice reviews of what that area is like. We will be right on the Tasman Sea/South Pacific so we are planning...

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Dec 14, 2015 - Westport

Next stop was in the middle of nowhere where we were staying at an Eco lodge near a place called Cape Foulwind ! We should have twigged by the name !!! We had never stayed at an Eco lodge before and didnt know quite what to expect ...it was hilarious! 3 drop loos in the garden and you had to throw sand powder in after you had been (we think) though we're still not sure it wasn't a washing machine as we were told this was next door to the loos! And showers with no lights... The people were lovely but very eco which I guess comes with being...

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Nov 30, 2015 - Pancake Rocks and Westport

With feet firmly back on the ground, loaded up the car and we proceeded north along Route 6. It's about 100 miles to the turn east for Arthur's Pass to Christchurch, and another 50 miles to the Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. The drive is mostly along the coast, and there continues to be many of the one-lane bridges. We spent about an hour walking through the park at Pancake Rocks. Very well organized and laid-out trails. It's not a large site but well worth the time spent to visit. The layered effect of the formations is a unique sight, as is...

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Apr 13, 2014 - Westport, South Island, NZ

We woke this morning to much clearer skies, so we were able to see the Franz Josef Glacier from our RV! It's quite a sight, especially with some blue sky behind it. I'm surprised that we're not really very far above sea level - I'll have to find out just how high. Inspired by the morning glacier sighting, we decide to drive over to the Franz Josef car park and tramp out to see the glacier closer up. It's a pretty walk, partly through woods and then up the river plain. Top attraction along the way for us was a series of waterfalls, quite...

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Mar 16, 2014 - Ocean surf

It rained overnight, but was only cloudy when we got up. It was warm, and felt sort of steamy. By the time we got on the road, it began to rain again lightly. We headed up to Greymouth for groceries and headed north for Punakaiki and the Paparoa National Park. There is a former cyclone somewhere around NZ, threatening us with lots of rain and wind. Everyone I talked to had a different story about when and where it would hit and what to expect. Anyway, it affected the surf today – the surf was up! We also got a fair amount of rain on the way...

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Jan 26, 2014 - The West Coast

A very windy night, and still so this morning, sunshine and clouds, a bit too cold to try out the saltwater baths just by the beach, pity, but we are not really cold water beings! Off on the road to Westport, we drove the Motueka Valley Highway, a really pretty drive. The valley sides closed in as we ascended and the land use changed; we passed through orchards, fields of soft fruit, lots of hop fields and finally, pasture to wards the top of the valley. The river was impressive, the whole area was green and lush until we reached the...

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Dec 14, 2013 - Kaiteriteri - Westport

Nachdem ich am Vorabend schon einige Leute aus dem Bus kennengelernt habe, ging es nach einem relaxten Vormittag wieder in den Bus und wir fuhren gen Westport. Nach ca. 1 1/2h Fahrt stoppten wir am Lake Nelson und da uns auch die Sonne weiterhin gut gestimmt war, konnte man auch die Berge super sehen - wir waren in den südlichen Alpen angekommen. Einige nutzten die Chance und packten die Badesachen aus und sprangen in den See. Unterwegs stoppten wir in Murchison für ein Eis. Hätte ich gewusst wie groß eine Kugel ist, hätte ich keine zwei...

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Feb 15, 2013 - Westport

It was a long journey to Westport but made some nice stops on the way at a lake & Pancake Rock arriving at Westport evening. There wasn't much to do in this town but had a nice walk along the cliffs arriving at a beach to eating cheese and watching the sun set with all the people on the coach. We then hit the local 'bar' which was like an old working man's club...interesting but cheap drinks!

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Feb 9, 2013 - Buller Marathon from the Sidelines

Buller Marathon from the Sidelines 6:15 am alarm sounds Get up Wake Jazzi who is sleeping with Grammar Barely light The troops head to the buses: two parents, two strollers, two kids. People are streaming to Victoria Park from all directions. Buses waiting, buses loading, buses pulling away, more buses loading Half marathon here; full marathon there. Everyone's gone! Picked up and head up the Buller Gorge Road We're one of the last cars before the road closes at 8 am. Our support station is set up: Swarms of kids, parents, even the new...

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Feb 6, 2013 - Camping with the Moloney / Holroyds

By Peggy Holroyd. See www.floraandwhanau.com. for photos of us in Australia. Australians love their camping. Unlike North America, the summer holidays coincide with Christmas and New Years. Some people have permanent trailers or cottages set up in campgrounds but what was really amazing was the way the people set up tent sites. We started to get a sense of the camping culture when our friends described how many rooms their tents have. One friend told us about how she had upgraded from a two bedroom to a five bedroom including kitchen and...

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