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Aug 31, 2012 - Picton and Abel Tasman!

Day FOUR of the road trip it is! We are currently in Westport, but lets recap on my day yesterday… Yesterday we woke up in Picton! Beautiful little town! It is surrounded by the Marlborough Sounds… SO GORGEOUS! We walked around town a bit, I bought a new camera… a Fuji.. and it IS waterproof! It was on sale for about $240 USD. Looks like I’ll be working that one off…. But who can go without a camera while traveling in New Zealand? I am sure Gran can agree with me that taking pictures is a must! (Especially so you all can see!) After...

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Feb 10, 2012 - Sandflies

In the last couple of days we’ve driven from Marlborough Sounds across to the West Coast at Westport, via Nelson Lakes, Buller Gorge and some more fantastic scenery. In the process, we’ve moved into sandfly territory and out of it again. These are not the irritating little beasties which cause a few itches on a sandy beach, these are ferocious clouds of biters, which go for any exposed bit of skin, and don’t seem to be put off by a bit of bug repellent. We haven’t attached any photos of their handiwork on our legs. We have found one way of...

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May 25, 2011 - More Glaciers and Pancakes

After a terrible night of torrential rain in which John took a nasty fall and had to be rescued by men in underpants, we woke to a sunny day. We made a record time in having breakfast and showers and headed straight for the Franz Joseph glacier. Excited, we hike for an hour and a half to and from the glacier which is amazing and has a river running out of an ice cave. On the walk up to the glacier we pass through lush green rainforest before entering a barren valley with steep walls formed by the glacier before its retreat up the valley....

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Mar 8, 2011 - Westport

Another pleasant drive from Westport up to Nelson on the North coast. We stopped at Buller Gorge en route, we spotted a sign for New Zealand’s longest swing bridge & couldn’t resist the chance. It was only a single person wide bridge, all wires & wobbles. They used to do some gold mining around here & there was an old miners hut still there. We could have flown back over the gorge on a zip wire but Viv decided that the bridge was the least frightening option, what a wimp? We finished earlier today so had a walk along the beach before yet...

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Dec 1, 2010 - Napier, Wellington, and South Island of New Zealand

Dude!!! Waterfalls, gorges, yellow heather, birds of paradise, raging water from the Tasman Sea and the Pacific, the best road trip scenery EVER, crazy birds, and the ducks love me, by the way, as word has spread that I'm a good feeder!! ( OK...so we pull up at the lake in St Arnaud and this mama duck and her 3 babies, start running for the van and greet us..this is what I mean!! )haha.. Also lets not forget the great coffees, sunsets, it's actually hard NOT to take a fabulous photo, the ferry crossing was awe inspiring from the No island...

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Jul 21, 2010 - Wet Westport

On the way to Westport we stopped at Richmond to grab something to eat in Pak'n'Save and then stopped at the Nelson Lakes National Park, which was freezing and there were massive eels living at the bottom of the lake under the jetty. The only things to do in Westport was jetboating, horse riding or quad biking; I want to go jetboating on the North Island and I've already been horse riding in Mongolia and quad biking in Australia. Therefore all we did was cook a massive stir fry for 8 people for dinner, but the kitchen was really nice in the...

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Mar 4, 2010 - The west coast - spectacular!

Driving up the West Coast we hit some of what is described as the most beautiful coastline of New Zealand, and it was spectacular. Being a true Oregonian though I must say that the southern Oregon coast would give it a decent contest. And it was a similar road too with winding hairpin turns, I kept getting scolded for looking at the scenery instead of keeping it in my lane. The destination for the day was to get to Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki - part of Paparoa National Park. Got there on a gorgeous sunny day, stayed at a holiday park on the...

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Oct 4, 2009 - Do You Want Syrup With That?

This morning we woke up to the most clear beautiful day and a chilly 4C. We really need to purchase another blanket! After our breakfast (still sunny) cooked again indoors, we headed off to the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes just down the road (still sunny). The area is not quite like Beth remembers. There is now a paved path (still sunny) which leads to the cliffs, a coffee house and gift shop and plenty of free parking. The waves coming in off the Tasman Sea were huge! The caves and holes (still sunny) they have carved into the rocks are...

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Oct 3, 2009 - Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Happy Birthday Dad !!!!! This morning we woke up to a beautiful sunshine morning on the shores of the Wairau River somewhere off highway 63 in the South Island. We enjoyed a leisurely start for the days adventure and then headed west for Westport. It really is amazing just how quickly the weather can turn here. The rain started about 20 minutes after we got on the road. The rain stopped just as we were ready for a photo op. and pee break at some random turn off. The rains started up again with a vengeance and then stopped as we arrived at...

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Dec 3, 2008 - Über den Haast-Pass an die Westküste

An unserem See in den Bergen scheint in der Früh die Sonne, aber je näher wir dem Haast-Pass kommen, desto mehr kommen wir in das übliche Westküsten-Wetter. Schon an den Blue Pools knapp vor dem Pass wandern wir durch einen dichten Regenwald. Die Küste erreichen wir bei der Ortschaft Haast, in der es ein sehr gut gemachtes Visitor Centre gibt. Wir informieren uns über jenen Julius von Haast, nach dem der Pass und der Ort benannt sind und der als deutscher Geologe und späterer Leiter des Canterbury Museums in Christchurch den größten...

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Apr 19, 2008 - skydive and south island...

since we last put an entry on we have done so much its difficult to know where to start. the day after the caving we went to a polynesian spa from the volcanic area of Rotoroa. we originally went to white water raft but with the lack of rain and some idiot releasing too much water from the lake we are gonna drop back in on the way back up. On leaving the area we decided to have a look how much skydiving was in lake taupo as we had been told it was the cheapest in the world. at 120 english pounds we were talked into doing it right there and...

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Apr 16, 2008 - Westport

Leaving Nelsonn early the weather wasn't looking great - hasn't been for a couple days. Surprise surprise we went for another walk, but I can't complain, they're beautiful. It was by a lake where we had lunch. Arriving later in the afternoon in Westport, the town is not much but the reason for coming here is there drive that you do after. This drive has been rated the 4th best drive in the world. All we did here was play a bit of cards and watch a couple good films, bumping into a couple people from Oz.

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