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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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Dec 21, 2010 - Te Anau- Day 1

Hello! Today we slept in until about eleven before we packed up to drive to Te Anau. The drive took about two hours, and we only stopped to watch sheep dogs herd about two hundred sheep into a pen. The weather switched between rain and sun. When we finally arrived in Te Anau, we went hotel hunting. It was too wet to camp so we tried about five different hotels. We decided on the Red Tussock Hotel, we got a little cottage with a queen bed and two singles, two rooms, two bathrooms with a kitchen. I love the little lodge; it’s very cute. The...

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Dec 12, 2010 - Milford Sound

Having just caught the bus, helped by the fact that Curry was a little late herself, the next day on the bus down to Te Anau was a bit of a struggle, but helped hugely by yet more incredible scenery. I can't really say too much more about it apart from that I hope my photos can do it justice. Once we had all tucked in to an excellent pie from the local bakery, we were off to Milford Sound with the road winding through ever higher and more dramatic mountains and scenery. Eventually we are confronted by a wall of rock and ice with a small one...

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May 16, 2010 - Dunedin - and does Homer know his way about?

Sunday 16th May We have moved camp to Te Anau, hoping to use it as a base for Milford Sound and possibly Queenstown. We started the day undecided as to whether to stay another day in Dunedin and do the Taieri Gorge rail tour, but the weather was so wet and cloudy we abandoned the railway, and found there wasn’t really enough in Dunedin to make it worthy another day. It was a bit disappointing (maybe because its streets have the same names as streets in Edinburgh ), but it looks like the Cadbury World tour (which we did – it was a bit like...

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Mar 10, 2010 - Te Waewae and Te Anau

We actually got to know the ins and outs of daily life in Riverton quite well as we spent most of the day doing 'jobs' like getting the van serviced, hair cuts and internet. We found time to do a short coastal loop tramp around the headland overlooking the town - Mores Scenic Reserve with a great hill top look out and more views of Stewart Island. By 5pm we were finally on our way again and were now heading towards Fiordland.. A short pit stop at McCracken's Rest revealed the spectactular beauty of Te Waewae bay - again quite reminiscent of...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

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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