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Feb 8, 2005 - Walking for 9 days -heaphy/wangapeka

Across the channel in south island, meanwhile..the sun was shining and there was culture afoot. Yes in the midst of preparations for the up and coming walk into the Kahurangi national park I was hit with an impulse to go and watch neslons first ever out door play. Located in the main street for a few hours during sunset. It was calles a midsummers night dream..ahhhh, now I ma normally into comedys and I think I still am but it wasa ll very nice a a good few humourous bits, and I felt better as several other backpackers aslo could not follow...

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Feb 2, 2005 - Over to the West Coast

Today is mainly a driving day across to the West Coast. The weather is still glorious and we head west to Murchison where we pick up the Buller River which flows all the way to Westport - and what a river it is, cutting through deep, wooded gorges before broadening out as it reaches the coast. We take lunch at a former gold mining site where they now have the longest suspension bridge in New Zealand - which we are, of course, obliged to cross (although we decline the return trip by zip line which is on offer !) Westport is nothing to write...

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Jan 29, 2005 - Simply the Best!!

The first place we went today was Oparara Limestone Arch. Luckily this place wasn't smothered in sand flies. We were only walking about 5 minutes and I was snapping photos of gorgeous views. This place was the best forest ever! It was stunning. After 30 odd photos we arrived at the one and only "Limestone Arch". It wasn't just an arch it was a whole ginormous cave that mimmicked (echoed) you every time you yelled in it. The arch was 200mtrs long. We climbed to the top of a rock and had a huge view of the whole cave. Simply the best, better...

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Jan 27, 2005 - Sea Seals Swim

Today we hit the road again. Said goodbye and headed to the West Coast. We stopped at the Buller swing bridge, the longest swing bridge in New Zealand (110 Mtrs). There was a little beach where you could pan for gold. You could see loads of flakes of gold sparkling on the beach. The best part was the big flying fox! I went it instead of the bridge, it was so fun. After we moved our bags into our cabbin we went to see the seals at the beach. It was a five minute walk with stunning views to where we could actually see the seals. They looked...

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Dec 11, 2004 - Glaciers come and go so must we

11th Dec, We set out today from Frans Josef, blessed by clearer blue skies than yesterday, so we went straight to see the famous Glacier, which is a flat drive and a ten minute walk uphill to the viewpoint. This Glacier, over the years, has grown and shrunk in response to the prevailing conditions. Sixty years ago there was a lake in front of it , complete with iceberg.,In 1970 it shrunk away to a degree which made it difficult to see from the viewpoint. (see pic).Since 1984 it has been advancing year by year,but around 300 years ago it...

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Nov 19, 2004 - Westport

Well hello again, Today is yet another day and therefore yet another town. I am actually looking forward to having a day off of travelling in about 2 days in Franz Joesph. Well today was an early day which started at 6 am and we headed to Kanteriteri which is just beside the Abel Tasman National Park. Oh my god.. I wish I had an entire week there to just camp. I was right on the Tasman Bay and had seals and sting rays and beautiful weather. It was amazing. Defintely one of my favorite spots so far. I did a boat tour of the coast for about...

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Nov 15, 2004 - Marahau to Greymouth

Mon 15th - Wed 17th Nov 2004. Days 40 - 42. Marahau, St. Arnaud, Westport & Greymouth. A gentle drive through the fertile valley around Nelson, which is a major wine producing area of NZ. There are vineyards everywhere, with lots of new ones being planted all over the place. I predict a glut of wine in the next 10 years, with a great drop in price. (Wishful thinking, I fear!) It's also an area producing huge quantities of fruit, in particular Apples, Kiwifruit & Boysenberries. There is also a major industry of Hops, for beer. Huge areas...

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Nov 1, 2004 - New Zealand - Greymouth

Greymouth - population 13,500 Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast, situated at the point where the Grey River meets the West Coast of the South Island. It was founded by the Maoris as a trading post for greenstone. The days journey from Nelson to Greymouth took the majority of the day, the scenery was amazing, the coastline extremely rugged & spectacular. We drove along Paparoa National Park; walked Truman track an amazing rainforest - BBC's walking with Dinosaurs was filmed along this coastline/rainforest. Mid afternoon we...

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Apr 8, 2004 - The drive to Westport on the west coast

The weather was pretty miserable and feeling sorry for another couple of travellers trying to hitch in the rain we gave them a lift to Westport. This was great as they were locals and gave us lots of tips on what to see off the beaten track. Still solid.

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Dec 13, 2003 - West Coast: Hector

Now more or less satisfied that we had done enough tramping for a while, we were now looking forward to heading down the West Coast and exploring more of the South Island. We said our goodbyes to Jane then drove back down to Motueka, then along the Motueka river valley, eventually joining the SH6 down to Westport. We stopped briefly at the Pupu springs (yes that's right, I did say pupu) which are natural springs that chuck out an amazing amount of freshwater per second. Can't remeber the exact figures but it's a lot. The water was a nice...

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Dec 5, 2003 - Drive to Westport

Another day of cold and rain off and on. A good part of the day was driving right along the coast. Very scenic, every bit as good as Highway 1 in California. The pancake rock formations at Dolomite Point were particularly interesting. We stayed at Cape Foulwind in order to take the seal colony walk.

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