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Sep 25, 2017 - Easy driving day

After the lovey weather we enjoyed for most of yesterday, a big storm rolled in overnight and the thunder was enough to wake us a couple of times. Fortunately, the worst of the weather was gone by the time we were ready to leave so, although we had a bit of rain, it was not enough to make for an uncomfortable journey. Given that we only had to drive to Te Anau today, a couple of hours journey, we elected to visit Arrowtown before we left the Queenstown area. We had hoped to see it on the way in to Queenstown, but spent so long enjoying the...

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RandA's Kiwi Kapers

Mar 29, 2017 - Fiord land, Milford Sound Boat Cruise

We left Queenstown bright and early for the long drive to Milford Sound. We passed thru Te Anau and decided to book a hostel and return to this town for the night. The road to Milford Sound, on the coast of Fiordland , is pretty exciting and includes a 1.2 km tunnel right thru the middle of a mountain that got in the way of the road building. The traffic is only one way, and there is a set of traffic lights at each end so there is usually a bit of a wait to get through, but that allows for appreciating the awesome scenery. There are...

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Jul 9, 2016 - Wanaka to Te Anau

Bit of a slow start today, but we ended up leaving the caravan park by 8.45. Stopped in town as I wanted to have a quick wander round the shops before we left, however none of the shops were open...Bugger...Got a Hot Chocolate & hit the road just after 9.00. It was a chilli -4c at this stage... Pretty uneventful drive down to Te Anau. Stopped at a lovely cafe in Mossburn for lunch (about 45 min before Te Anau). Back on the road & we ran through a patch of very heavy fog. Visibility was down to about 100m at best. This lasted for about 20...

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Nov 20, 2015 - Doubtful Sound

Getting to & from Doubtful Sound is a full day affair. There are no roads that connect into virtually any of The Fiordland area of New Zealand's South Island. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is protected and undeveloped. Although there are many 'Sounds' in Fiordland, they are technically Fiords, as they are glacial carvings of the earth, not river erosions flooded by the sea. Fiords are characterized by very steep sides that often descend very far below the water level; versus 'sounds' which tend to have a more rounded, curved...

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Nov 18, 2015 - Te Anau, Kepler Track, & into Fiordland

It seems odd that although we're now driving north (back to 'civilization') it is into a more rural environment we go. There are far fewer roads from which to choose; and restaurants, and towns for that matter. It's field, meadow and hillside, after field, meadow & hillside of sheep and/or cows. The major change is the mountains, and the many that are snow-capped. Switzerland is endlessly re-called as the twin-sister image. Glimpses of Colorado, California & Vermont appear around corners, or off in the distance. But, it's different. New...

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May 4, 2015 - Day 12 Te Anau

And early start it was, the engines right underneath us roared into life at 6.15 and we were underway. A bunch of very sleepy people hauled their clothes on and headed upstairs, not much to see yet as the sun was a long way away so no choice but to get into the breakfast, continental and cooked, what a feast! so the rest of the morning was spent exploring another Arm, where at the end the motors and generators were silenced, we were all hushed and we sat in complete silence for over 5 minutes listening to the birds, the waterfalls and .......

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Mar 18, 2015 - Te Anau - Day 2 - with Milford Sound

Greetings FOBT (Followers of Bill's Travels), Weather wise, today was a study in contrasts. In Te Anau, it looked as if it would rain, but when the bus arrived at Milford Sound on the west coast of NZ, it was sunny, windy, and cool. I did confirm with the naturalist on the ship which took me (well, me and a few hundred other people) around the Milford Sound the difference between a fjord and a sound (please see my update for 17 March). Therefore, the Milford Sound is incorrectly named. It should be the Milford Fjord, but after all this...

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Mar 17, 2015 - Te Anau - Day 2

Te Anau - Day 2 Did a bit of a walkabout as the Aussies would say. You'll see some photos of Te Anau's main street, the lakefront, including some lakefront homes, and some of the lake itself. The lake is NZ's second largest fresh water lake, stretching some 24 kilometers from top to bottom and has three fingers going to the left (sort of like a reversed capital letter E). Due to its depth, the water is as deep blue. I took an excursion this afternoon to the South Fjord (lowest of the three fingers). You'll see some pictures of that...

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Mar 16, 2015 - Te Anau - Late on Day 1

Te Ana - Day 1 Finally arrived in Te Ana, NZ after an almost 11 hour bus ride. While it was long, it turned out not to be as bad as I anticipated. There are no pictures with this update, but I do have a few more observations to share. After the bus left Dunedin, I noticed more deer pastures with plenty of the suckers in each pasture. Before, I mentioned the fences for these enclosures were higher than for sheep and cattle. While this is true, they do not appear to be so high that the deer could not jump over and out, but they don't. I also...

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May 18, 2014 - Te Anau

Day 10 Distance: 347 Total: 2254 Campground: Te Anau Top 10 The objective for today was Queenstown. After leaving Omarama we enjoyed the drive toward Queenstown and the variety of landscapes that the South Island of New Zealand has presented. Arriving in Queenstown, we had low clouds, rain and wind. We stopped to check the weather and decided to press to Te Anau and gamble that the weather would improve for our Milford Sound cruise. As we drove toward Te Anau, the weather did improve and we arrived under partly cloudy skies. We have booked...

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RV Down Under

Apr 7, 2014 - Te Anau, South Island, NZ

We headed south from Duneden and decided to take the southeastern coastal road through Invercargill and Bluff on our way to Te Anau. It made the drive twice as long, but would have the benefit of being more scenic and bringing us to the southernmost points of New Zealand. The coastal views were spectacular and the interior drive was through beautiful farmland. We saw sheep, sheep, sheep and more sheep – with the occasional cattle herd and deer herd thrown in. Yes deer - exporting deer meat is a 90 million dollar business here in New...

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Mar 7, 2014 - Te Anau

Yesterday was a strenuous day, today is a short day, and tomorrow will be an early day. Last night I did laundry and collapsed after all the hiking yesterday. This morning we finished the journal and photos, checked email, etc., and didn’t get away until late morning. We stopped twice on our way to Te Anau—once at a lookout over a large bay, which would have been much more beautiful with sun on it, instead of drizzle, and once at a suspension bridge, built in 1899 and now retired, which was once the longest suspension bridge in New...

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