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Mar 25, 2013 - Day Walk on Kepler

Today we went for a day work on the Kepler Track in the morning is was abit cloudy and raining but after we got to are lunch stop it turned into a lovely day, it was really strange because your walking in Ta Anau which is a town (abit wet though) and then one hour from there then your in thick jungle on the Kepler track trying to find the Kiwi animal.

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Will Down Under

Feb 21, 2013 - Back in Te Anau

Today we drove back to Te Anau. We enjoyed our time in Milford. It is not to be missed on a tour of New Zealand. It would have been better if it was sunny. We were not sad to leave the Blackfies behind. After passing through the Homer tunnel, we emerged on the east side of the mountains. The Blackflies are only along the west coast.

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Find Tom 5

Feb 19, 2013 - Day 1 - Milford Track to Glade House

Today is day 1 of our Milford Track adventure. There's barely any hiking today - about 20 minutes. Most of the day is spent getting there. We meet the bus at 9 a.m., and by 9:30 we are on our way back to Te Anau. We have lunch at the Destination Hotel, then are on our way to the boat. We are on the boat about 1 1/2 hours and it takes us to the northern end of the lake where the official start of the Milford Track hike is. The boat ride was pretty rough, it was windy and the water was rough. The group stops to take pictures by the start...

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Feb 16, 2013 - Te Anau

5 of us had considered taking a water taxi across the lake and hiking up the hill on the Kepler Track to a viewpoint, but the water taxi was too expensive. Taking the water taxi would save us about 3-4 hours of hiking, but since we didn't take the water taxi we ended up hiking alongside the lake and hiked on part of the Kepler Track. The whole Kepler Track takes about 4 days and goes up the mountain and around the other side. My friend Jacqui, from Auckland, finished the Kepler Track about 4 days ago. On the way back to the campground we...

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Feb 16, 2013 - Fly to Marlborough Sound; then to Te Anau

Kia Ora (kee ora) (hello), We are all excited because while in New Zealand we will be taking private chartered flights to move around the country which is made up of the north and south islands. Today we are flying from Wellington to Marlborough Sound. Our bus was able to pull right up to the Convair 580 plane - which seats all forty of us plus our luggage. Just 30 minutes later we landed at the Air Force base in Bleinheim (south island) and then drove through the New Zealand wineries to get to the Marlborough Sounds. Then we boarded a...

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G'Day, Mates!

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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