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Mar 20, 2017 - Hokitika, New Zealand

Monday, March 20, 2017 Hokitika, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” - Lawrence Block Wow, what a great day! Not at all what I expected when I got up but it turned out great…… Woke up at 7 with the alarm but it was so hard because the sun wasn’t up yet...sigh. Finally stirred around about 7:30 and got dressed and had breakfast (cereal for both of us - I’m conserving bread so no toast for me...sad day). We got cleaned up...

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Nov 25, 2015 - Day 4 - Punakaiki Panckae Rocks / Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve / Hokitika GlowWorm Dell

1 Pororari River Track. Limestone gorge. River with deep pools. 2.5 hr return. 2 Punakaiki Cavern at road side before Pancake rocks. 3 Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blow Hole. 45 min return. 4 Truman Track 1hr return. 5 Hokitika Gorge Scenic Reserve. 35km/1 hr scenic drive from Hokitika with farmland and snow cap moutain in the background.

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Mar 15, 2014 - Hokitika

Today was dry and fairly warm, with high clouds coming in ahead of the cyclone that is supposed to be arriving from the north. Apparently it is supposed to be considerably weakened by the time it gets here, but we may get quite a bit of rain. First stop this morning was the West Coast Wildlife Centre, where we saw actual live kiwis in a darkened room. The kiwis in this area are highly endangered, due to introduced predators such as stoats. Stoats are like a weasel; they were introduced to control the rabbits the Europeans also introduced....

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Mar 12, 2014 - DAY 17: Fox Glacier to Hokitika

We made an early start this morning to walk up to the base of the Fox Glacier before it got too busy. Quite a climb, but worth it. The glacier itself looks rather dirty at this time of year though without a covering of fresh snow. Although the weather started a little brighter than yesterday, the cloud base was gradually getting lower and lower as we walked, so by the time we got back to town all helicopter rides had been suspended. We then drove a couple of miles to walk around Lake Matheson. There was hardly any breeze when we arrived,...

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Dec 15, 2013 - Westport - Lake Mahinapua

Da es Sonntag und Bods, unser neuer Fahrer etwas relaxter war, ging es entspannter in den Bus. Nach einer kurzen Fahrt wurden wir am Cape Foulwind ausgesetzt und durften uns eine Stunde an der frischen Luft betätigen. Wir folgten dem Küstenweg - vorbei am Leuchtturm und der Seehundkolonie zum Zielort der Wanderung wo wir wieder aufgesammelt wurden. Danach setzten wir die Fahrt fort bis wir am Truman Track ankamen und erneut eine Wanderung zum Strand unternahmen. Hier fanden wir dann auch die neuseeländische Version der Great Ocean Road. Zum...

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Feb 8, 2013 - Hokitika

Today we drove south along the coast from Westport to Hokitika. We stopped to see a seal colony. The seals we saw are the Southern Fur Seal which are slightly different from North American seals. They have a thick fur coat to protect them from the colder water here.

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Find Tom 5

Nov 12, 2012 - living on the ark

We had our best room ever in the Noah's Ark Backpackers in Greymouth. We are in the "giraffe" room, which is a corner room about 15'x20' with huge windows on two sides, an unusable fireplace on one wall and giraffe decorations (stuffed animal, duvet covers, murals and pillows) in the room! It was once a monastery so has high ceilings, wooden accents with lead glass windows - very, very neat! A cruise down the coast to Hokitika was the order for the day. Along the water the road was straight (very unusual for NZ) and you could actually go...

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Nov 1, 2012 - Hokitika

Nov. 1 I lied we really are in another town, Hokitika. We will go to Franz Josef in two days. Hokitika is the plain sister to Punakaiki’s beauty. Her coastlines are straight without the uplifting rock formations. Her waves are sedate and lack intensity. She does have a southwesterly wind which made G and I hunker down in a sandpit nestled in reeds like two sand pipers awaiting a calmer day. Another thing she has which Punakaiki did not is a downtown. It is a real town with a museum and a historical walk around its quay. Their local museum...

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Mar 17, 2012 - Arthurs Pass, Wild Foods Festival in Hokitika

This week as previously stated we worked in Arthur's Pass region at two different locations. Both had views that were simply spectacular and the accommodation of the second site was great, definitely had the outdoorsy charm with it (when the lights go off its pitch black and with a wake up call of wasps in the washroom in the morning. Noiw the first job was just outside Arthur's Pass which is completely different than Twizel. For in Twizel you could see for miles but there the bush was so dense and jungle like. Realized why the guys hated...

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Sep 26, 2010 - Freight Lines To Hokitika

For three days I took a trip to the South Island with Katherine's Uncle Robin in his Freight Lines truck making deliveries. We drove from Wellington to Hokitika, through Arthur's Pass which was incredible to Christchurch, back up to Nelson, then to Picton to get the Bluebridge ferry back to Wellington - I slept a lot too!

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Harriet's OE Journal

Dec 4, 2009 - A Tramping We Will Go....

Friday December 4 – Hokitika A Tramping We Will Go Ripped from today’s front page headlines in the Hokitika Guardian: “Local high school grad going to law school.” The whole town showed up for the Upper Class awards ceremony (even the lower class, I think). But that’s not the important one. Here’s the other: “Department of Conservation defends its glacier signs in court”. Turns out that last January a couple of brothers from India ignored the warning signs and rope barriers and got up close and personal with Fox Glacier, just as a few...

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Sep 15, 2009 - Día 13: St. Arnaud - Hokitika

Hoy nos levantamos con la intriga de lo que nos íbamos a encontrar a la luz del día. Como dice Lola, es alucinante el sitio de acampada, por 4 lerus cada uno, con servicios y electricidad!! Pues nada, al levantarnos confirmamos que estábamos al lado de un lago, pero vaya lago!! Es un lago al pie de unas montañas (coño, parece la canción de Marco) nevadas. Y para el colmo, van los tíos y ponen una cabañita con cocina, fregadero y unas mesas para poder comer y con vistas al laguito!!! Y todo por el mismo precio!! Tenemos mucho que aprender de...

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