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Feb 15, 2013 - Hollyford to Milford Sound to Te Anau

We drove on the Milford Road towards Milford Sound. On the way we stopped at a valley where a battle scene was filmed for Lord of the Rings. Actually, we've been to alot of places where we hear "And here the 'whatever' scene from Lord of the Rings was filmed". There is a spot on the road that avalanched in October 2012 and closed the road for 5 days. We stopped by Mirror Lakes, a river gorge, and other places of interest before we got to Homer Tunnel. The tunnel is amazing, and crosses the divide between the eastern and western side of the...

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Nov 19, 2012 - Day 16 Wanaka to Te Anau- Travel Day Through Milford Sound

Today was a very, very long day of driving. We passed through some of New Zealand's most beautiful scenery. On our way to Milford Sound, we stopped at the Homer Tunnel and looked for the South Island (Rock) Wren. We waited for what seemed to be forever, before it was finally spotted. It was a tiny bird! We then continued on to the Milford Sound. Our visit there had to be cut short, as there was a scheduled road closure at 6:00 pm that we had to pass. On our way back from Milford Sound we enjoyed watching a Blue Duck splash and feed in the...

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Nov 15, 2012 - Another hike on the Kepler Track

Nov. 15, 2012 Today we did another five mile hike on the Kepler Track. We were shuttled by Track Net (van size shuttle) to our trail head at Rainbow Reach. From there we hiked through moss covered, forested land. The type of land you will see in the Hobbit as this is where parts of it were filmed. Yes, on the very trail we were on! G said if he laid down for a nap he would be moss covered when he woke up! On parts of the trail, everything was covered in moss. While I say moss, I should really stop generalizing and expand a bit. Within the...

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Nov 9, 2012 - Te Anau and the Kepler Track

Nov. 9, 2012 We arrived in Te Anau (tee ahn ow) at 7pm. All we really had time to do was go to dinner at a most wonderful Chinese restaurant where I amazed G with my dexterity with chopsticks. Thanks to eating sushi with Jessie, I, at times, am rather adept at it. Anyway, we ate and then went to bed. The next day G and I set about organizing our check list here. So much to do and so much is weather dependent. We ran into our friend Lois who told us clouds and rain were forecast for the today and tomorrow. Oh, well! The really good thing is...

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Sep 11, 2011 - Te Anau - September 9-11

September 9, 2011 Today was another day of driving but even better was that at least today the rugby finally started! The drive out of Queenstown heading south to Te Anau took a couple of hours, with stops for some picture taking, but generally the roads were clear. The views as you come out of Queenstown are lovely, with mountains either side of you and the lake directly alongside you. The road winds around the shores of the lake before heading west towards Te Anau. We’d driven the first part of this road when we were here before and...

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Jun 27, 2011 - NZ Blog Four - Te Anau

Tuesday 21 June 2011 Dundein – Te Anau Up and packed and ready to hit the west coast. We left in fantastic weather about 9:30am and hit Route 1 however it wasn’t long until we came on some very overcast conditions but it was still fairly easy conditions. We stopped at Gore which was about the coldest town we’ve experienced. The temperature was about zero but with a sneaky little breeze and overcast conditions it felt a lot less. We braved it but quickly headed to a café for lunch and a nice warm coffee. Heated and filled up we headed off to...

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Apr 19, 2011 - NZ Day 17, Gloomy day

Drove from Invercargill to Te Anau (Fiordland) making our way up to Milford Sound. Very rainy, windy and cold day today so we've decided to wait until tomorrow to do the Milford Sound trails. Found a Backpackers place to stay just outside of Te Anau, right across from a film scene from Lord of the Rings - the "Dead Marshes" where Gollum guides Frodo and Sam through the swamp, saving Frodo as he falls under spell of the dead that seem to float within it. (That's for all you LOTRs nerds out there just like us) We also stopped in at the Waiau...

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Mar 12, 2011 - The Sounds of Silence by Wet, Wet, Wet

On to Te Arau by way of Mrs Clarke’s excellent coffee shop and a very impressive early settler museum in Riverton. Passed fairly close by the Moatts’ old farm near Clifden (which has its own suspension bridge just like Bristol) and got some small appreciation of how remote it would have been in the Fifties & Sixties. Te Arau is the tourist launching off spot for Milford Sound. So next day we launched off ! The drive up to Milford is known for being spectacular and it certainly is ! We stopped off many times to admire woods, gorges, a super...

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Mar 7, 2011 - Glow Worms & Fiords!!

Yesterday we drove down from the Queenstown to Te Anau. Last night we took a boat across Lake Te Anau to a cave system where we got to see a raging underground river. We took a short boat ride on a quiet part of the river in the dark so that we could see thousands of glow worms!!!! They are actually a type of fly that is unique to New Zealand. When the eggs become worms, they build a nest and hang down silk laden with a paralyzing toxin. Then they sit at the top and their butt glows a beautiful blue-green!! The light attracts other flies...

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Dec 25, 2010 - Christmas

Merry Christmas!!!!!! Finally, Christmas is here! Greg woke up at seven, and decided to walk Claire and I up. We saw presents under our tree, and Santa had used our hiking shoes for stockings! After fully waking up, we ran into Mom’s room and bounced on their bed. They were surprised we were up so early. They took forever to wake up, and we sat there dividing our presents. In our “stockings” there were huge Caramello chocolate bars and Kinder Surprises. There was also an adorable koala keychain that I love!!! From Santa I got brown Uggs,...

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Dec 24, 2010 - Christmas Eve on the Farm

Merry Christmas Eve!!! Today we drove back to Te Anau, where we would stay on a farm for the next two nights. The drive took about two hours, and the road was very windey. Claire got carsick and it was disgusting, but she felt fine after that. When we arrived back in TE Anau, we drove to the cottage we would stay at. It was on a farm, which was huge! It was acres and acres of land. On the road to the farm, there were deer farms everywhere. When we drove by about fifty pairs of eyes stared at us. The deer looked at us until we drove away, it...

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Dec 22, 2010 - Te Anau - Day 2

It’s our second day in raining Te Anau. We were going to try to hike the last part of the Routeburn track, but weather has not cooperated. So no backpacking for us this trip. Only Greg and I (Maureen) are disappointed. Many hikers had to be emergency helicoptered out from the prior day, and more than 40 were trapped in a non-heated shelter for the night in 60 mph winds and freezing temperatures. The only plus is that the New Zealand tax dollars pay for your transport. We talked to a few hikers that made it through and it was three days of...

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