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Jun 22, 2005 - Arrowtown

We left Queenstown early this morning quite pleased to be getting out of the place. Our first stop was Arrowtown only 12km away. Arrowtown is an old gold prospectors town and still looks like it is stuck in the 1860s or thereabouts. We had a look around the original Chinese settlements and were amazed at how small and pokey their houses were especially given the weather conditions in these 'ere parts. As with any race competing with the NZ, the Chinese were given a hard time and accused of stealing all the gold. We actually saw a newspaper...

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Jun 20, 2005 - Queenstown

We had an unexpected bonus. Shortly after starting our trip to Queenstown we actually consulted the map - Queenstown is only 2.5 hours away and not the 5 or 6 that we thought! Fantastic. It was a pretty uneventful trip but with some great scenery, as we have come to expect from NZ, and some incredibly windy roads. We arrived in Queenstown to check into the YHA - we had decided to splash out and treat ourselves to a proper bed. Firstly, as Queenstown is a ski resort and therefore supposedly cold and secondly as Steve is coming down with a...

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May 31, 2005 - Queenstown, New Zealand

Sadly with an anticlimactic start to the day our skydiving booking for today was cancelled due to substandard weather conditions. So like all travellers we improvised and meandered our way through the streets soaking up all of Queenstown's goodness whilst spending very little. We swiftly headed for Queenstown's gardens which are really pleasant with good views back over towards the town and the Remarkables. Beyond here we saw place to go iceskating, and figured it was something we hadn't done yet. It's somehting that can be picked up with a...

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May 24, 2005 - Horse treking and Ruth off for her Para-glide

Early start again I went into town while Ruth went Para-gliding and the other went to the zoo, we met back at the YHA to go horse ridding together in the mountains and down to the river. I felt a lot more confidence this time & my horse Riley must have know it. When he played up a showed him who was boss and he was ok then. Ruth however had a horse called Mr Bean, he played her up quite a bit and did run off with her a couple of times. This scared her and I think spoilt it for her a little. After that the other popped into town and I went...

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May 23, 2005 - More NZ (apologies for unoriginal titles)

Wanaka turned out to be a partiular highlight of my time in New Zealand thus far. Early on my second morning I hitched a ride with two sheep farmers out to the gates of the Mount Aspiring National Park, which boasts the second highest peak (Aspiring. Mount Cook being the highest) and the largest glacier in terms of mass (the Tasman) in New Zealand. This far south there are a number of climatic oddities - the clouds sit lower than any I've ever seen, a mere fifty feet or so above one's head. This gives the rather peculiar impression to those...

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May 21, 2005 - Back to Queenstown - bungy jumping!

Sunday 8th May: After getting back from Dunedin, Jenny and I cooked Phil fajitas and then we all went out in Queenstown and met up with Chris, Sam, Jim and everyone. Phil left us after a while to go home to bed (he's getting old, bless!) and the rest of us stayed out. Chris and I arranged to meet up the next morning to do a tandem Canyon Swing (as everyone was doing their bungy jumping that day and I was still refusing to do it). Monday 9th May: Chris and I met that morning at 8am to try and book our Canyon Swing, but it was fully booked...

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May 21, 2005 - Arrival in Queenstown!!!!!!

Thursday 5th May: On the way to Queenstown we stopped at a beautiful lake called Lake Hawea, for some photos. It was a gorgeous setting, with the snow tipped mountains in the background. The next stop was Lake Wanaka, where most of the people on the bus (including Chris, Sam and Jim) got off. Chris and Jim were doing their skydive that day - I was VERY jealous!! We got to stop in Wanaka for half an hour while the bus dropped everyone at their hostels, so Jenny and I went and got the tastiest chelsea bun in the world!!! We then carried on...

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Apr 6, 2005 - Queenstown

arrived in Queenstown on the northern shore of the Lake Wakatipu round 5 pm and took a triple room at the wonderful Hippo lodge for 72 NZ$. It s like a private home, with lounge area overlooking the lake, kitchen and spotless clean bathrooms. Queenstown is NZ's self-styled outdoor-adventure capital - a super-active town with all sorts of adrenaline rushing activities (bungy variations, jetboating, white-water rafting, flying & skydiving, sking, mountain biking....) It rained in the morning and I wasn t in the mood to do any of the above...

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Mar 30, 2005 - Queenstown 2 : Le Routeburn Track ... aie les cuisses

dc comme on vous le disait , a vous couper le souffle.... On voulait l atteindre le point le plus haut, resultat on s est speede. et on s est meme prive de dejeuner pour pouvoir monter encore plus haut jusqu a etre au dessus des montagnes et voir l ocean. Regardez sur une carte ou est Queenstown et vs comprendrez pourquoi c est un truc de ouf de voir l ocean du ht des montagnes!!!!!! On avait commencer le trek un peu tard, 12h30, c est pour ca qu on a du speeder et on voulait absoluement aller tt la haut!!!!!! C etait trop boooooo!!!!!!! on...

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Mar 29, 2005 - Faith Week, Day 4

After spending the night in Oamaru, we headed towards Queenstown. It took most of the day to get there, since we were traveling across the width of the island. We were afraid we wouldn't make all the way, since it was a less-traveled road. At one point, we had to wait about 2 hours for a ride. But one positive thing that happened was that one of the ladies who picked us up mentioned that she had a cousin in Queenstown and would give us her number so we could stay there that night! So when we finally arrived, we called her cousin, which of...

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Mar 27, 2005 - Happy easter from Queenstown

We decided we didn't need a second day in Christchurch itself so drove to the nearby Akaroa. This is where the french first settled so all the roads have french names and it has a slightly french feel. It is a beautiful little place and we actually had some sun! Alex wanted to spend that day fishing (again he didn't catch anything) so I explored the town on my own. There were a lot of really old wooden houses that had been really well preserved. I also visited the house of a sculptur who had turned her garden into her gallery. It was packed...

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Mar 26, 2005 - Queenstown

Leaving Wanaka we head deeper into the Southern Lakes region arriving into Queenstown, considered by many as the adventure capital of the world. With activites like bungy jumping, Jetboating, and canyoning, Queenstown has a little bit of everything. We'll see what trouble this town has in store for us. Located on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown and neighboring Arrowtown were settings for the majority of scenes shot for 'Lord of the Rings'.

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