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Oct 6, 2017 - Fox Glacier to Greymouth

October 6, 2017 Awoke today to a bonus day of sunshine defying the odds. Booked our ferry back to the north island on 10/9. We think Britz really took advantage of us when we booked when we picked up the rig in Auckland. Our trip back is $NZ 160 less which is not small change. Lots of ess curves, changes in elevation through forested highway to Franz Joseph Glacier. The sun was out so we decided to take the hike to the glacier face about 1 ½ hours return. The glaciers in this area move much more than others in the world such that they are...

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2017 New Zealand

Mar 25, 2017 - Golden Bay to Greymouth

We spent last night in a 100yr old house next to the hostel which had no vacancy. It was kind of weird to have an entire 4 bedroom house to ourselves! We awoke to an overcast morning so did a short drive up the coast of Golden Bay, but it was NOT a beach day. We drove south west to the coast and down the West Coast Trail to Pancake rocks and then on to Greymouth. Due to the earthquake on the S Island in Nov, 2016, tha main highway along the East coast is closed and will be closed for many more months. This means that everyone trying to get...

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Dec 22, 2015 - Hokitka area/Possum People/ Swing Bridge over Gorge

Put the little town of Hokitika on your list of places to go on the West Coast. There are about 15 varied walks around lakes, gorges, ocean coasts, and forests in this area -- so many you'd need a week to do them all (or more). It is located about 40 minutes south of Greymouth. We walked through the shops in town and stopped at the Possum People shop. Possums were introduced into New Zealand from Australia in 1860 to start a New Zealand fur trade. They thrived ((no predators) and are now considered serious pest and there are numerous ways...

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Dec 21, 2015 - The Wild West Coast - Tasman Sea -Westport to Greymouth

We left our cozy studio apartment in Tasman today and moved to the west coast of the South Island. For those of you planning on coming to NZ someday, beware that the distance charts that tell you the number of kilometers and time to reach a location can be way off if you have to drive the winding, curvy mountain roads. It took almost 6 hours to drive from Tasman to Greymouth --the charts said 3.5. One of the NZ books we were reading confirmed this and warned against being to optimistic about travel times. The drive is pretty but the bends...

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Nov 24, 2015 - Day 3 - KaiKoura / Lewis Pass / Reefton / Greymouth

Hammer Spring. 10AM to 9PM. NZD20/adult. NZD10/child. Maruia Springs Thermal Resort. 08.00-19.30 Gables Motor Lodge Greymouth. Drive to Punakaiki, 45km or 38 min without traffic. Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blow Hole. 45 min return. Sunset Point (optional)

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2015 New Zealand

May 23, 2014 - Greymouth

2014 Day 15 Distance: 20 Total: 3106 Campground: Top 10 Seaside Greymouth Weather not fit for man or beast. Since yesterday afternoon, there has been constant rain, sometimes heavy, thunder at times, low clouds and winds over 30 mph. Our drive this morning, took us over some winding and narrow roads, then through the forest, with carpets of ferns lining both sides of the road. Morning coffee is becoming our habit and today was no exception and we stopped at Roddy Nugget Café and Bar. Good coffee and lots of old motorcycles and parts and...

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RV Down Under

Jan 12, 2014 - greymouth and the tranzalpin train

Ciao dear friends Tje mprning started with heavy rain, but oitwas not a surprise becaise in this side of the alps on one year fells mote than 7 metres of rain. After a deligtfull breakfast at our hotel te wanuia, we took the bus to greymouth leaving the glacier and the dense rainforest to the costal plain between the mountains and the sea. We arroved in gteymouth just on te to catch the tranzalpine traon to christchurch. We travel through the otira tunnel at artur pass then we followed the waimakariri river with all his history of mone life...

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Dec 2, 2013 - Rainbows on a sunny day

We had breakfast here at the B&B then headed back to the Pancake Rocks. The purpose of the re-visit was to experience the blowholes at the rocks during high tide. We were not disappointed, if fact, we stayed on for over an hour and a half. There were two major blowholes that produced "major eruptions" and a spot or two in addition that sent up very minimal amounts of mist. The waves being sent through various passages also produced a loud thunder-like sound. Plus the breeze was such that both the major holes sent spray over the walkway when...

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Dec 1, 2013 - Pancake (Rocks) served with a windfall of Wekas

We drove away from the Lewis Pass Motel having some glimpses of the nearby mountain tops dusted in fresh snow. At one point we had a little rainbow in front of a mountain with fresh snow on top! We hoped for a clearing so all the mountains would be clear of clouds at one time, but that may have taken half the day. We had only gone a very few miles when Dave spotted a rail beside the road, so we slowed down and pulled a U-turn. Sure enough, it was a Weka. A Weka is a large, (over 2 pounds) flightless rail endemic to New Zealand. This one let...

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Feb 5, 2013 - Greymouth

Today we hopped on the train and headed west! We found a tour in town that was out to the west coast on a scenic train ride called the tranz alpine. Other than it being an extremely long day sitting on your ass, it was actually pretty interesting. We left christchurch at 8 am, and enjoyed our 5 hour ride to the west coast. It was supped to be 4 hour one way, but they were doing track repair, so we were held up a few time. We past through some pretty interesting country on the way. Starting out on the Canterbury plains, heading into the...

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Engagement honeymoon

Nov 11, 2012 - wild west coast

We would like to send our thanks to everyone who is keeping in touch with us via comments on our blog or by e-mail. These communications are like candy to a baby (or beer to a Kiwi) so we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate them. A nice leisurely start to our day - YIPEE!!! Motueka town centre is about 4 blocks from the ocean so before we left town we wanted to see their beachfront. It is quite unremarkable but has potential to be wonderful as it is yet another great stretch of beach. I guess beaches are a dime a dozen in NZ so...

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May 16, 2012 - Christchurch to Greymouth and on to Franz Joseph Glacier

We had a great travel day. It started off sunny with some clouds and no sign of rain although it cooled off through the day. The Tranzalpine train trip over the mountains and through Arthur's pass was a stunning 4.5 hrs trip with snow capped peaks and dense deciduous forests and grass lands. While on the train we met three delightful university students who were working in New Zealand and returning to home to the fall to continue their studies. They were from Germany, Austria, and Montreal. We were amazed how widely travelled they were for...

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