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Feb 23, 2009 - Te Anau

Not alot to say about this little town, apart from it is little. It was pretty much raining the whole time I was here, so wasn't really anything I could do. The hostel wasn't that great - but they had sky movies which is a nice little luxury for me. The rain stopped for a couple of hours so I decided to go for a walk while I could, only to realise that I'd have to walk back as far as I had come (thinking has been a bit of a problem for me as of late) so got soaked. The views were impressive, but with the Milford Sounds still on my mind I...

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Grand Day Out

Feb 11, 2009 - A Day On The Milford Track

A DAY ON THE MILFORD TRACK Before setting off on our trip, we decided that rather than trek the whole of one of New Zealand’s famous tracks, we would try and do a number of shorter walks combined with a day each on several of the major tracks. Walking tracks do not come more major than “The Milford Track” – a total length of 54km stretching from Lake Te Anau, up across the McKinnon Pass and eventually down to Milford Sound. First opened by Quentin McKinnon in 1889 when he responded to a far sighted appeal by the NZ government to open up a...

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Feb 10, 2009 - Ata Whenua - Shadowlands

A bright sunny day to relax in Te Anau by the lake, so we will not bore you with that, instead a shameless advert.... If you ever come by this way, make sure you go to the little Fiordlands Cinema and see the only film showing - Ata Whenua (pronounced fen-ooa). Kim Hollows is a helicopter pilot of over 20 years standing and he wanted to share his unique views of this area with the outside world - thus started a 10 year, self funded quest (including building the cinema) - now with full conservation authority backing. this 35 minute film is...

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Feb 1, 2009 - Te Anau

We went to sleep in a funk, discouraged by the low clouds and poor views of Milford Sound. During the night we awoke to the sound of rain beating down. Rain on a camper roof can be a soothing sound, but not today. The sound of water dripping was everywhere. I counted 17 waterfalls coursing down the rock face near the campground. Yesterday there had only been five. Encased in rain gear we arrived at the dock with long faces. Even the tasty continental breakfast did little to lift our spirits as we pulled away from the dock. The captain...

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Jan 8, 2009 - Te Anau

We finally arrived at the nice little town of Te Anau and found a campsite overlooking the lake. And then the rain arrived. Well, that was after the girls got a soaking in the reception office when we popped there to check about a possible tour. I was speaking to the girl behind the counter, when I heard shrieks of laughter. The girls were soaking wet, doing a rain dance under a water leak through the above light fitting…someone above had left the bath tap on. Living in Ireland they miss the rain you see. Bedtime – I sat between the 2 girls...

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Nov 29, 2008 - Von Invercargill über Riverton ins Fjordland

Bevor wir endgültig nach Norden abbiegen, erreichen wir über Riverton noch eine hübsche Bucht namens Cosy Nook, die ihren Namen vom schottischen Habor Master von Invercargill hat und verlassen dann bei Tuatapere endgültig die wilde Südküste Neuseelands um die noch wildere Westküste zu erreichen. Alles, was in diesem Land über hundert Jahre alt ist, zählt zu den "historic reserves", so auch die Brücke über den Waiau River bei Clifden; alle diese Sehenswürdigkeiten werden durch private Sponsoren finanziert und uns, die wir aus einem Land...

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Oct 14, 2008 - Mossburn - Te Anau

Depart Mossburn: 3432 km (10.00) We laid in until 8.10 this morning. Actually our 'neighbours' didn't disturb us last night – it was far too windy to hear much anyway. The van rocked around in the wind, but it's quite restful once you're used to it. Shame about the facilities, because it was a nice site. They had a few farm animals too, and some peacocks that Nick chased around for a while for photos. The drive from Mossburn to Te Anau took just under two hours, at quite a leisurely pace. There were lots of sheep on the way, as usual. It's...

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Aug 28, 2008 - Queenstown to Te Anau Via Milford Sound

It was a nice day so i ended up not getting off at Te Anau but going down to Milford Sound to do the cruise with the bus, then i got off at Te Anau on the way back. I was going to stay at Milford sound for a few days but after seeing it, altho its beautifull its quite hard to get to the walks etc and im running out of time. Mount Cook ive found out is closed due to snow, duno why they didnt tell me this when i booked my coach to go there! So anyway gona stay at Stwart Island longer instead now, more accesible walks etc. I wanted to do three...

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Gems Wanderings 2008

Apr 29, 2008 - Te Anau

With a little bit of a lie-in we set off for our last overnight stop on the bottom bus - Te Anau. Along the way we stopped off at a farm for a mini farm tour. Farming is a massive industry int NZ and there is about 40 million sheep. This was cheap and some good fun. First we fed nearly adult lambs then watched the clever sheep dogs in action. Lastly we had a go at sheep shearing. He thought I had done it before as he said that I had a natural way of handling the razor. woohoo! We arrived in Te Anau in the afternoon and we went to a free...

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Apr 17, 2008 - Te Anau & Milford Sound

The day after our glacier walk we drove as far as our aches and pains would take us and got to Lake Wanaka just before dark. With the campervan you have 2 overnight options: 1. pay for a powered site at a campervan park which gives you plug in electricity which heats your water and lets you plug in electrical appliances such as heaters and they also let you use their facilities (e.g showers, kitchen etc.), or 2. park up at the side of the road for free but lots of scenic spots have signs up prohibiting this. You can still cook on the gas...

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Mar 3, 2008 - Doubtful Sound

Well, if there is a more amazing place on earth, i can't imagine it! Lisa and I spent 8 hours on a boat cruising the Doubtful Sound in southwest NZ... Bottlenose Dolphins and seals baking in the sun were second only to the most amazing mountains/sea that we've ever seen. We have already filled up on memory card and 2 rolls of film. Unfortunately, the downside to caravaning around is no High Speed Internet!!! Next Stop, Mount Cook and the Glaciers!!! Long live Sir Edmund!!!

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Jan 31, 2008 - טה-אנו - ענת

עשר ורבע בלילה, כולם ישנים בקווראן של משפחת שנקר וזה אירוע מאוד יוצא דופן ואפילו בן ואני מותשים לחלוטין אחרי מקלחת טובה. ובכן, אם זכרוני אינו מטעני זהו באמת היום הראשון שהמקלחת בו לא הייתה בשביל התרעננות וכייף אלא באמת כדי להתנקות ולהחליף ריחות. אנחנו ב-Te Anu. כאמור הגענו לכאן אתמול בערב ואת הפעילויות האמיתיות התחלנו היום. Te Anu היא עירה השוכנת לצד אגם באותו שם ומשמשת כמבוא לארץ הפיורדים. המקום משגע ביופיו. הפארק נמצא ממש לצד האגם, עם הפרדה של כביש בלבד, ושרשרת הרים גבוהים חובקת אותו. על פסגות ההרים הגבוהים עדיין ניתן לראות פיסות קטנות של...

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