Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Westport, New Zealand

May 6, 2006 - Haast - Fox Glacier - CAPE FOULWIND

Spent the day travelling as far north along the west coast as possible but also stopping at loads of free natural wonders. The drive along the coast is amazing - there are snowcapped mountains, next to rainforests which border with rolling fields, gold mining towns and vicious seas! Had a bit of a panic when we thoughwe were about to run out of petrol about 70km from the next town but thankfully when the lightcame on we just made it. Was not looking forward to a day of hitch-hiking to get petrol! First we went to the Fox Glacier whish was...

Jump to full entry

Apr 25, 2006 - Pancake Rocks

This natural wonder was described in the brochure as "come see thousands of tons of water heaved from the ocean floor and forced out in a roar of white spray across pancake-like rocks". It sounded amazing. When we arrived, the heaving water seemed to be coming from the heavens above instead of the blowholes below! We didn't see it at its best apparently as it wasn't high tide. We did however catch a little spray action in one of the photos. The rocks were interesting though - we were told the pancake shape was formed in the limestone from...

Jump to full entry

Apr 21, 2006 - Nelson - Westport

Got on the Kiwi Bus with our new driver, a Maori guy called Buzz. We left early and drove north to the National Park where we stopped at Kaiteriteri Beach for the morning. Some people went kayaking and on hikes, but we had already been there so we decided to chill out in the sun. We sat at a cafe and had some tea and played cards, then we went for a walk over a hill to another beach where Colin went for a swim in the cold sea. The bus left at 1pm and headed south down the West Coast, travelling alongside the Buller River for a long period....

Jump to full entry

Mar 18, 2006 - Westport, New Zealand

Westport was a city that we decided to visit after we were denied two more nights stay in Hokitika. We figured we might as well see another city if we couldn't stay there, so we headed north. And boy, what a disappointment! Westport is an old coal mining town on a harbour with very little--if any--charm. We searched for another city to spend the evening, but there was nothing for a few hundred miles in any direction, so Westport it was. It happened to be St. Patrick's Day and we actually found an Irish Pub in the town--Bailie's. So we...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Back at home.

Feb 28, 2006 - Murchison River/Buller Gorge, Tranz Alpine Train (Greymouth to Christchurch)

From Nelson/Abel Tasman National Park we headed towards the West coast with our stopping off point for the night being Westport. On the way to Westport we stopped off at Buller Gorge where I decided to have a go at crossing the Gorge in 'superman style' on the Commet Line which is basically a wire which is suspended above the gorge which you fly across in whichever style takes your fancy, seated or superman! Not half as scary as I was expecting, quite exhilarating, just a bit scary when you crossed the river and saw yourself heading towards...

Jump to full entry

Feb 14, 2006 - Huge storm

Well as nice as it was yesterday today is the total opposite, we woke up to a bad storm, so our trek to Hoki (called so by the locals) but the real name is Hokitika was no fun and we could hardly see thru the car window. On the way we went to see the Pancake rocks and the blowholes however due to weather moved on quickly. Another NZ phenomenon is one lane bridges, you encounter plenty. See pic. Here we are staying in a B&B right smack in the middle of town. Hoki is known for jade. So as it was raining anyway shopping was really the only...

Jump to full entry

Feb 7, 2006 - Richmond to Westport

Well- more rain and lots of it. We woke up in our soggy tent the night after we were done our kayak trip and packed in the rain after waiting for two hours to realize that it wasn't going to stop. We drove west in hopes of better weather and encountered some of the hardest rain I've ever ridden though. Poor Michael is finding out that his new riding pants aren't water proof. His boots are made out of 'aquapore' material and they let water pour in! We sat in wet pants for a coffee break in Murchison then made it to Westport for the night. We...

Jump to full entry

Feb 6, 2006 - Westport and the 'P' party

So we only stayed in westport one night becuase like I mentioned before, along the West coast there isn't much to do, so most stops are only one night and everyone spends a lot of time together. Our bus driver, Grumpy Pete made us all come out to learn his favorite drinking game, but it didn't take very well. Either way it was a fun night, with an early pick up the next morning... so that was a fun bus ride for all of us. But, we were all looking forward to the next stop which was a place called Manipuea or something like that. It was...

Jump to full entry

Jan 31, 2006 - westport - the next exciting episode!

medisch bulletin post-Abel Tasman 30 januari 2006 ------------------------------------- medische fiche patient X

  • een muggenbeetje hier en daar
medisch advies voor patient X: mag op een terrasje rustig een ijs cremeke gaan eten -------------------------------------- medische fiche patient Y
  • onderbenen en voeten vol etterende builen en bubbels
  • een gezwollen en haast levenloze rechterpols
medisch advies voor patient Y: professionele medische bijstand dringend...

Jump to full entry

Jan 21, 2006 - Takaka to Punakaiki

We left Takaka by the only available route south. This meant climbing up and over Takaka Hill again. This time we were in bright sunshine and had extensive views, across the sea and down the coast to Nelson. After going back through Motueka we turned west and travelled through low hills largely covered with trees. Eventually the hills got higher and we crossed the watershed to start down the Buller Gorge. The Buller River was fast-flowing and included some stretches of rapids. Our lunch stop was at a sharp bend in the river where the main...

Jump to full entry

Jan 11, 2006 - Nelson to Westport

Hello again! This entry is about my trip with Kiwi Experience from Nelson to Westport. We started out on the 11'Th of Jan. at 6.55 in the morning... First stop was Kaiteriteri again. Some people went on a short kayak trip, others like me, grabbed a cup of coffee and enjoyed the beach and a good book just for relaxing a bit. At about 12.45 we finally left for Westport, the closest part of New Zealand to Australia and headed for a nice Seal Colony. At last we checked in at Bazil's hostel and had a group BBQ for dinner. Sounds wrong, but we...

Jump to full entry

Dec 28, 2005 - Over to West Coast

Oh no, another day of tinned peaches for breakfast. Made a swift exit. On the road by 8.30am. Discovering New Zealand has largest, smallest, steepest, etc etc of whatever you happen to be looking at, any where in the world. So went to, clearest fresh water springs today. Not aptly named though...wait for it .. Pupu Springs! Moving on, took a tour round Ngarua Caves, and yes they are the oldest carbon dated calcium rocks! 450,000,000 yeas old. No glow-worms this time but loads of stalactites and stalagmites. Now, which ones which again? Oh...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Di and Jaz On Tour

Previous -- 0 1  2  3  4  5  6  -- Next


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com