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Mar 1, 2010 - Te Anau and Milford Sound

Feb. 18 Marianne: As we set out for Te Anau, on our way to Milford Sound, it was raining, giving us, we thought, a taste of things to come, as Milford Sound gets 22 feet of rain per year (although it actually was brilliantly sunny during our visit to the sound). In spite of this, it is a Must-See Stop for a visitor to NZ, so we are prepared to join the multi-lingual herd of gawkers. Getting to Milford Sound involves a 3-hour drive down a twisting dead-end road with little lodging at its end, so Te Anau is a popular base from which to start...

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Feb 16, 2010 - Invercargill _ Te Anau

Sat 13th Feb. Phone charger packed up so first job is to find replacement- actually managed it very easily - bargain slightly used for $10! Guide books not full of sights to see on way so plan to head straight there. I'm sure there is loads to see but plan is to get there & book to do scenic tour of Milford sound.Arrived there nice & early so had picnic by the lake and booked to go & see Gloworm caves in the afternoon. Had boat trip across lake to get to caves which was lovely then were split up into groups to go down into caves. So far so...

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Feb 3, 2010 - Milford and Doubtful Sounds

After our celebratory raspberry yogurt in Clyde we headed toward Arrowtown stopping briefly along the way at Cromwell—the heart of stone fruit country. There are many roadside fruit stalls in the Alexandra, Clyde and Cromwell areas. Between here and Arrowtown we passed through vineyards and wineries—stopping at one recommended by Nan, our NZ friend. They are famous for their white wines. As we neared Arrrowtown Eric noticed that the engine water gauge was flashing so we pulled over only to find that water was leaking! Trouble!! He couldn’t...

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Jan 28, 2010 - Scenic Destination -- Millford Sound

Today might best be described as scenic overload. Queenstown is not a place you look forward to leaving. But today’s agenda included a 2 1/2 hour drive (still enjoying two nice coaches with informative and entertaining drivers) to our hotel near the southwest coast at Te Anau. En route we saw one of the economic mainstays of New Zealand: Sheep were everywhere. In fact it turns out there are some 10 sheep in New Zealand for each citizen. [That pales only to the possum population, which outnumbers Kiwis by 20:1] After lunch, we were treated...

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Nov 29, 2009 - Glow Little Glowworm

Sunday November 29, 2009 – Te Anau Glow Little Glow Worm Kia Ora! Welcome, in Maori. I like that. I wrote it down so I won’t forget it. But now, onto other things: Big day! Seriously big. Big Paua shell at Riverton. Big Surfer at Colac Bay. Big Takahe Bird at Te Anau. Oh yeah – NZ is really strutting its stuff now! We headed out of Invercargill, bound for Te Anau. Our start got off to a resounding thud when the CalTex station gas pumps weren’t working and we got to spend 45 minutes in a lineup with all our biker buddies at the BP Station...

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Nov 18, 2009 - Lakes, Mountains and Fjords

Greetings from Te Anua in NZ's Fiordland region. I am spending my second night here after travelling down from Frans-Jozef Glacier via Wanaka and Queenstown. I woke early the day after my Heli-Hike in FJG and decided to hit the road early as I had a full day of driving in front of me. My first stop was about 30km down the road at Fox Glacier, NZ's second biggest Glacier on the West Coast. This time I decided to just hike the 40 minutes up to the face of the Glacier. After taking some pictures, I was surprised to hear a warm hello on my way...

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Oct 30, 2009 - christchurch-te anau

Vandaag van Christchurch naar Te Anau gereden. Het weer was erg goed op het eerste halfuur na waar we een serieuze stortbui te verwerken kregen. Eerst langs de kust verder gereden en daarna ongeveer dwars door het land gereden, in totaal een 650km afgelegd. Het eerste deel was overwegend door een landbouwstreek en daarna ging de weg omhoog en kwamen we bij enkele bergmeren en ook kwamen we de fameuze merino schapen tegen die in deze onherbergzame streken gekweekt worden. Ook hier is de kleding met merino-wol peperduur. Er ligt ook nog...

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Oct 26, 2009 - Te Anau.

Southland! Sunday 25th October 2009 The day dawns… and whilst it’s a bit sunny, there are black clouds on the western horizon. Still, we decide to stay put for the day and see the local sights – Farmers Market, Old Car Rally, local half-marathon and 10 km run - and getting the web page updated as we have good internet access. All goes to plan and as a bonus it stays dry the whole day – if a tad chilly to sit outside. Though this does not deter some of our neighbours, who are out all afternoon and well into the evening as some sort of...

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Toughs Travels

Sep 18, 2009 - Día 16: Queenstown - Te Anau

Hoy nos levantamos tempranito porque hemos contratado un RAFTING!!!! Hacía tiempo que los dos, cada uno por su parte, teníamos intención de hacer uno. Y bueno, en Queenstown es lo más fácil del mundo. Así que ayer, ni cortos ni perezosos, nos plantamos en una tienda y en cuestión de cinco minutos contratamos un descenso por el río Shotover. La tía de la tienda flipó con la rapidez. Nos han citado a las 8, así que allí nos plantamos. De allí nos llevan en autobús a un sitio donde nos dan el traje y sus complementos. Parecemos cebollas, de...

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VIAJE A KIWILANDIA

Apr 22, 2009 - Te Anau

This morning was spent mostly in Queenstown where I went up to a view point in a gondola not Italian style more a cable car. At the top I was persuaded by a child like instinct to have 3 goes on the Luge. This was good fun and potentially dangerous as I hurtled down the hill side trying to break around the Sharp bends. Enquired about skydive and would have gone if there was availability but the previous bad weather meant there was a back log of crazies wanting to jump. The weather was perfect and it is prob the only place I would consider...

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Mar 23, 2009 - Te Anau and Milford Sound

Two days ago I arrived by bus in Te Anau (2.5 hours south west of Queenstown) which is the gateway to the famous Milford sound. It's very cold here at night. I didn't expect temperatures to drop to freezing in NZ at the beginning of fall! To make matters worse, the hostel doesn't have central heating, just a little heater attached to the wall which works on a 30-minute timer. However the sun has been shining and by mid-afternoon it gets quite comfortable, especially if you're walking. This area is great for walking. It's actually near the...

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Mar 12, 2009 - Mar 7th and 8th 2009 Queenstown to Doubtful Sound to Queenstown

March7th-8th Queenstown - Doubtful Sound – Queenstown This AM we were picked up early by cab and then took a coach for 3 hours. After a coffee break at Kingston where we saw this old steam engine and a sheep (sheep are hard to photograph as they run away when you approach and also spend most ot their time eating) we continued to near Te Anau, transferred to a large boat that took us to the west arm of Lake Manopuri (1 hour trip) and then to another bus for a 20 min drive to Deep Bay –Doubtful Sound in the middle of know where!!! We left...

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