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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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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

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