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Mar 5, 2015 - Okarito

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on The West Coast has to say about Whataroa and Okarito: “From Hokitika it’s 140km south to Franz Josef Glacier. Most travellers fast-forward without stopping, but there are some satisfying stopping points for the inclined. Near Whataroa, is the Kotuku Sanctuary, NZ’s only nesting site for the kotuku (white heron), which roost here between November and February. The herons then fly off individually to reconsider the single life over winter. Fifteen kilometres...

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Year 9B: AUS and NZ

Jan 11, 2014 - franz joseph glacier

Kia ora At seven thirty we left millennuim hotel in quenstown ato catch our bus to franz joseph glacier on the west coast at about 300 km. We passed through kawarau gorge and then lake wanaka, through the mt aspiring national park with his many rivers and water falls. We were now on the west coast with a beaitiful wiew on the ocean and a splendid sun shining! We entered then in the glacier counyry whete enourmus blocks of ice come down the valley. In franz joseph glacier the weather was completly opposite witj rain and cold, but after a...

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Apr 23, 2011 - NZ Day 21, Glaciers

Woke up to sheep calling. Tent was soaked and very muddy. We however remained dry inside the tent. The view was of mountain ranges and a very large lake. The sun was starting to shine so we packed up and headed for Franz Joseph through the Haast Pass. Rained hard throughout the pass. We stopped to take a small hike to a large waterfall which was pouring down the side of the mountain from all the current rain shed. While it was a rainy day the one advantage was the many waterfalls created within the pass. Thundering, raging water makes them...

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Jan 8, 2010 - Down the West Coast (NEW)

For breakfast we had pancakes - of course! - and then drove a short way out of Punakaiki to an area that could only be described as Jurassic Park. The West Coast of New Zealand benefits from the warm air coming across the Tasman Sea from Australia, so it is basically a lush rainforest (but also rather wet!). We set off on a short walk (it would've been longer but there had been so much rain that the river we were due to cross was flooded) along the valley, stopping every now and then to take pictures of the brilliant green vegetation. My...

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Nov 15, 2007 - Hokitika to Okarito South Island 4th to 5 November 2007

Sylvia's Comments Back on the SH6 and heading south on a very rainy foggy morning, we saw a sign for Lake Mahinapua and turned on to another narrow gravel road, this time at least it was a one way road so I knew we would not meet anyone coming the other way. We pulled up by the lake and had a walk down to the edge to take some photos. Close by the lake were the remains of an old steamship that had once plied between the logging areas and Hokitita port. Once the railway was opened these old steamships became surplice to requirement and this...

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