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Dec 25, 2007 - Lake Moeraki, NZ

We woke up on Christmas morning and had a delicious breakfast at our hotel. We only had to drive an hour to our next destination so we decided to take a side trip to Lake Matheson, home to a supposedly famous view of "reflection mirror" lake. It was only about a 10 minute drive...when we got there we started the walk which we thought to be short. Wrong. Turns out it's about 50 minutes (each way!) to the view, and I had only worn my flip-flops...bad idea. To make matters worse, the view was a big nothing, as clouds had rolled in en route. Oh...

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May 28, 2006 - Queenstown to Lake Tekapo - one extreme to the other

From Queenstown it was across to the east coast and the Scottish styled town of Dunedin. This town was based on Edinburgh and has a destinctly scottish feel, with scottish brick houses mixed in with the standard wooden prefab NZ house. It is noted as having a number of beautiful gothic buildings and churches. Suffice to say, my whistle-stop tour didn't really give me chance to see these. Instead, I had chance to see the far more cultural & spiritual visitor spot of Cadbury World NZ. Cadbury World, as it's name suggests, was given over to...

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May 1, 2006 - Lake Tekapo

wir haben es also geschafft nach lake tekapo! mein erstes mal hitchhiken!!! es hat uns also eine englaenderin aus unserem zimmer in christchurch mitgenommen, aus christchurch raus richtung lake tekapo. sie selbst wollte allerdings zum arthurs pass! also haben wir uns am ende von sonem kleinen doerfchen aussetzen lassen und tapfer unseren finger rausgehalten! und sie da nach 20 min oder so hielt bei wunderbaren wetter jemand an! und natuerlich: 2 deutsche! zwillinge aus leipzig die uns den ganzen weg bis nach lake tekapo mitnahmen! dort...

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Apr 11, 2006 - a gift from an ancient sperm whale

We woke up in Greymouth. It's a cute town that is quite large by West Coast standards, having about 15,000 people. After some breakfast in the camper, we headed off to an Internet café. I had lately been having a hard time finding somewhere where I could plug in my laptop and this spot had been recommended to do just that. Unfortunately, it wasn't working for my apple laptop but Torger was happy to sit at a pc terminal and start chatting. We dropped him off there and headed out to check out a few other Internet stops in town and browse...

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Apr 2, 2006 - Alpine express to climb a Glacier

I chose to take a train across new zealand from east to west which took me on an amazingly beautiful journey across, through, over and under mountain after mountain. The Transalpine express is a specially designed train with huge windows, so for 4 hours I lay back across two seats and simply watched a beautiful world go by. We arrived in Greymouth, a funny little town which seemed to be nothing more than a landing or cross-over point, from where I caught a bus to take me further down the coastline to Franz Josef. Franz Josef is one of the...

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Mar 11, 2006 - Franz Josef

The weather in Wanaka was lovely but by the time we got to Franz Josef it had taken a slight turn for the worse. It was hoofing down with rain and very, very cold. When we arived we were chatting with the man on the motel reception who said that 120mm of rain was forecast to fall in the next 24 hours which didn't bode well for our glacier hike that we had booked. That night it rained so hard you would almost have thought the world was coming to an end! We have never seen rain like that in the UK and it went on all night, plus a gale that...

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May 21, 2005 - Moving onto Franz Josef

The four of us left Kaikoura in convoy at 10 am and didn't arrive in Franz Josef till 7 pm. We has a little stop for lunch in a small town and had a little extra delay when Niki and Giuliano ran out of petrol 36 km outside Franz Josef. (Giuliano will be getting some ribbing about that for a while!) We checked into the hostel and checked out the details for activities there. WE went to the pub for dinner and then had an early night ready for the next day's events.

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Nov 18, 2004 - Lake Tekapo

We try and find somewhere nice to stop on the way but there really isn't anywhere so we keep going till we arrive at the campsite. Once there we go for a walk along the shore of the lake and taking in the fabulous scenery. We walk along to the village and have a beer there, again gazing at the scenery. At night we eat in, but not before Laura has had a shower in the campervan and emptied the water tank entirely. We weren't sure how much it holds but now we know. Fractionally less that 1 burd shower. Next day we head off towards Dundedin....

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