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Aug 24, 2007 - There is life after a heli-hike

After the heli-hike we drove on through Haast to a campsite that is the last one on the west coast before the mountains and the fiords. It was a bitterly cold night (thank goodness for the fan heater) and the bike saddles were frozen solid in the morning but as we had arrived in the dark we went for an early morning cycle and walk to find the sea... by jove it was cold! After 25 min walk through swamp/lagoons and across small streams disturbing the herons and ducks we found a very deserted long shingle beach covered with debris...I mean...

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Jul 11, 2007 - Haast

After we left Wanaka we headed up the west coast and up to the town of Haast. Haast has a landscape which is dominated by green rainforests, and lots of waterfalls with many just a few minutes walk from the roadside. We stopped here for lunch and had a bit of a rest before heading off up the coast to Fox Glacier.

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Dec 30, 2006 - Glaciers

We made it today to Haast. It's quite a trek from Murchison but the scenery is well worth it. I have to admit that America's Highway 1 has nothing on New Zealand's Highway 6. Actually NZ has now moved to Mum's top spot. We were trying to come up with our top 5 each and Switzerland has just been bumped from top spot for Mum and a lot of it has to do with the very clean air. On our way south, we dropped in to see Franz Josef Glacier and also Fox Glacier. Both worth a good look. You could go up and really explore them but we didn't have any...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Nov 16, 2006 - Lake Hawea to Haast, New Zealand

After a long drive back up north from Milford Sound, we stopped overnight in a caravan park on the edge of Lake Hawea. As we arrived late, we just cooked dinner in the campervan and watched the sunset over Lake Hawea. We set off early the next morning towards Haast and the drive north brought yet another change of scenery! The ultra blue turquoise lakes and snow capped peaks were replaced by grey stoney beaches and rugged coastline. Washed up by the crashing waves were hundreds of pieces of driftwood.... some perfect for woodturning or...

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Jun 21, 2006 - Fox Glacier

Our next stop was to be Fox glacier which was a tiny small place with not much going on, apart from regular power cuts, but the place to visit the glaciers from. We booked a half-day ice walk where you have a guide and trek through the glacier, while the guide infront carves out steps and paths and stuff! We were worried about the weather being bad but we woke up to bright sunshine, only to find out there had been a rockfall so the trips were cancelled. Back at the hostel we had met two American lads who were driving onto Queenstown that...

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Apr 13, 2006 - Queenstown to Haast

We were picked up by the Shotover Jet bus at 9:20am and taken to the river where the boats were ready and waiting. We were given waterproof & life jackets to wear and a brief safety chat to 'scare' us before boarding the boat. We had 35 mins of thrills. Our driver put the boat as close to the canyon as possible - dodging and weaving and then did 360o spins spraying us at every possible opportunity. The jetboats only need 5cm of water to run on and don't have propellers. It was great fun and one way to start the day. After returning to town...

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Mar 10, 2006 - ...and today I have been mostly getting wet

So why did they name a glacier after a packet of sweets - Fox Glacier - I ask you! Didn't make the helicopter, too wet and too cloudy so had to walk instead. Our guide Ben (or Bin as he's called here in NZ) was very well informed and gave our little party an excellent commentary as we climbed up on to the glacier. Unfortunately I have a memory like a sive and can remember hardly any of it expcept that unlike most glaciers the ones in New Zealand are growing. Fox Glacier is moving forward at a rate of 25cm a day and the ice at the edge is...

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Oi you! Ugly

Dec 13, 2005 - Haast

Hier zijn we alleen doorheen gereden...misschien voor een volgende reis naar NZ! Ik heb namelijk gehoord dat het gebied ten zuiden hiervan erg mooi is. Na Haast kwamen we in de "Haast Pass". Mooie route door de bergen. Daar zijn we gestopt bij de "Thunder Creek Falls". Mooie waterval aan een rivier die tussen een rotswand en het bos stroomd.

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Feb 3, 2005 - What a View

Today we were really tired after our big walk yesterday, so we decided to have an easy day. We walked around lake Matheson, and we got some awesome views of the mountains, it was really cool. We stopped and looked at Fox Glacier, but didn't walk right up to it as it was really hot again and we were too tired. We stayed at Haast for the night

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HOMELESS

Nov 5, 2004 - Getting out on the glacier!! Off to Haast...

So we arrived at the pre-booked time of 8.00am. Ouch. After booking in, we picked up our walking boots and our 'ice talonz' (posh metal things that help you walk on the ice). After grabbing a rain coat, hat and gloves we jumped into the bus and headed down to the glacier car park. From there you still have to walk for 45 minutes before you even get to the head of the glacier! We were knackered before we even saw the damn thing! However, once we were on the riverbed approaching it, the glacier looked fantastic. At first it looks small, as...

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