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Mar 22, 2005 - Day 18

Today we left Christchurch at 7.30am! A long drive of 265 miles( we have now covered a thousand miles since we arrived in NZ) today to Cromwell outskirts of Queenstown, south of the Island. Some of the scenery approaching Mount Cook road was stunning, had low cloud so we couldn't see the top. Still lots of vineyards we are passing on route( why we ask ourselves!!) Stopped at Lake Tekapo and the views are stunning. Lots of sheep and deer. At one stage very little in the way of houses, animals or any sight of life at all! The weather started...

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Mar 22, 2005 - Off to Central Otago Wineries

Marilyn -- Up at 6 to view the raising of the anchor and to have a typical, cooked English breakfast complete with beans and tomatoes. We watched the sun break over the mountains and were only two of the 6 or so folks who braved the open top deck since it was colder and windier than yesterday. On the way back, all 80 passengers sat in complete silence listening to the same sounds that were heard hundreds and thousands of years ago -- but without the diversity of bird calls -- so many species are now extinct. The reverse trip back to...

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Feb 27, 2005 - Queenstown

Queenstown is situated in an amazing location - on the banks of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains on all sides including the justly named Remarkables. The drive there was very scenic and enjoyable and we arrived just after lunch after stopping off at the lakes edge on the way for a picnic. Even though it is easily the most touristy place we have been so far it still has some piece and quiet as well meaning it has something for everyone. We had been waiting until we got here to do some of the adrenaline activities New Zealand is so...

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Feb 24, 2005 - Ben Lomond

Behind Queenstown is a hill that has the Skyline Gondola up it, at a height of 400m. I've walked up to that before, when it was high enough for me. Behind and back from that is Ben Lomond. It looks quite a bit higher than the Gondola, but it doesn't look the the 1700+ metres high that it is. So, just for a laff, as if I haven't done enough walking recently, I climbed up it. There are great 360 degree views of the Queenstown area, well worth doing. Its a bit of a slog though, constantly up (or down afterwards).

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Feb 7, 2005 - ZOOM ZOOM!!!

Sunday we went from Wanaka to Queenstown. It was so so hard to find accommodation seeing everything was either booked or above our budget. So we're now sitting on the side of the road!! HA HA!!! We found a little camp site where we stayed right by a great swimmable (Wakatipu) lake. Went for a swim in the lake AAWWESOME!! SHOT OVER!!!!!!!!!!!! Today we went on the Shotover Jet. It was also awesome. We did heaps of 360 spins, and dodged through the rocks at over 80kms an hour. We got soaked, but it didn't matter cause it was soooo cool!!!...

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HOMELESS

Dec 7, 2004 - Queenstown

Queenstown is the adrenalin capital of NZ, possibly the world as they have more things to throw yourself off, down, and into here than you can think off. It's also stunning and we really enjoyed the drive in and hanging out in the town itself which has a real buzz about it. They filmed lots of Lord of the Rings around it but I'm buggered if I could tell where as there are towering peaks, beautiful gorges and sparkly lake just about everywhere you look. It's fairly compulsory to throw yourself off something in Queenstown so I (James) went...

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Dec 6, 2004 - Whirly bird gets the peak experience

6th dec Today we awoke in e-coli camp, hav6ing found out last night that the entire Cheviot area had a polluted water supply, luckily we had our own tank of water brought with us. We drove off quite early in search of deisel and clean water.The landscape was visible as the sun was shining and the landscape continues to amaze us with its diversity, driving through rolling hills populated mainly by sheep, but then came Alpaca and deer farms, vineyards and then our first view of the Hutt mountains, which glistened white like they had been...

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Nov 8, 2004 - Queenstown!

Welcome to Queenstown in the South Island! For all those of you who are not New Zealand savvy, Queenstown is the 'Newquay' of New Zealand. Everything about Queenstown is **EXTREME**!. That is backed up with New Zealand's best nightlife - it's this town where the money flies out of your wallet. Helen and Gareth have thought long and hard about what we want to do here. There's so much that we're not entirely sure. Some of the attractions include: 47 metre bungy from a bridge :-O 134 metre bungy from a cable car over a ravine (world's longest...

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Oct 8, 2004 - Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is in the South of the South Island and is set in a wonderful location on a lake and surrounded by snowy mountains. The town is famous for it's adventure activities as well as it's location. It's possible to do anything here from bungee jumping to wire flying which involves some sort of a rocket. We haven't taken part in anything too scary as we want to last out the remainder of our trip! We did manage a trip up the gondola to get a cracking view and took the Luge back down (like a small go cart). That was as exciting as we get....

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Oct 7, 2004 - These are the days!!!!

Sorry it has been a bit since I last updated, but I have been busy. Oh, and for those of you that think that I am not coming back, you must have forgotten...I bought a house before I left, therefore I am....coming back. After my last entry I went for a walk around oriental bay and the rest of the bay. It was a beautiful spring day (yes, spring) the sky was clear but the breeze refreshing. I observed people along my walk, young families, kids braving the still fridged waters, school kids hanging out eating ice cream or playing rugby on the...

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Sep 13, 2004 - New Zealand Trek Adventure

[All photo's now uploaded - take a peek] Dear All, As we write this, we are sitting on the beach of Castaway Island, Fiji, watching the sunset. We are sorry the latest installment of our journal has been late in reaching you, but our packed itineray in New Zealand did not leave much room for uploading photos or writing anything in length. Now we're in Fiji however, we have all the time in the world! We began our travels in Auckland, the city of sails, where we were entertained by Carina who was one of Nadia's friends from schol in the mid...

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