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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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Jan 30, 2008 - The Catlins

פתאום התחוור לי שאתמול לא כתבתי והנה גם היום אנחנו כבר כמעט במצב מאוזן אז מהר התאפסתי על עצמי ובעידוד נוסף של בן אני אסכם את היומיים האחרונים, שהאמת שהיו ממש ממש מוצלחים. ובכן אחרי שזוג העירונים יצאו לטיול הקרוואנים, בן ממש החליט להיות קרבי. זה התחיל מהקיטורים על הצפיפות באתרי הקמפינג והטיולים העירוניים והמשיך ברצון אמיתי שלו לצאת לטבע ואפילו סתם לעצור את הקרוואן איפהשהוא...עלי זה קצת גדול אבל טיול בטבע בהחלט כן ולכן בחרנו שלא לנסוע ישירות מדונידין לאינוורקרגיל אלא לרדת עד לקצה הדרומי ביותר של האי הדרומי לאיזור שנקרא "הקטלינים". מה שמיוחד...

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Jan 2, 2008 - Te Anau and the Doubtful Sound

Our trip south west from Queenstown had been a remarkably pretty drive through rolling country side festooned yet again with the ever present wild lupin, all bobbing their pretty pink heads in the gentle breeze. Our destination was Te Anau, in the area known as Fiordland. A particularly remote part of New Zealand where the average rainfall is about 6 - 7 meters (or 20 - 23 feet) a year and it usually rains 2 out of 3 days a year. We had arrived on one of the non rainy days in fact it was so warm and sunny that we enjoyed a very pleasent...

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Dec 23, 2007 - Mossburn to Te Anau South Island 5th to 7th December 2007

Sylvia's Comments We called in to say good-bye to our hosts and settle our account only to be told there was no charge for the site. In the conversation we were told of a good camping ground on the way to Milford Sound and an equally good walk. So with these noted it was back into the van for the short journey to Te Anau. We are now in the south of the south island known as Fiordland. It has huge mountains covered in lush forests and snow peaked caps. In between them are fiords carved out by the large glaciers that once covered all of this...

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Oct 19, 2007 - Te Anau, New Zealand

Drive to Te Anau..... Briefing at 8 AM and we left right after. We drove through sheep country the whole time. We had great views of the Southern Alps. I stopped at two Salvation Army Stores so Susan could stock up on some wool sweaters, shirts, hat and vest as she was freezing. Then we stopped in a nice store and Susan bought some Possum and Merino (I don't even know what Merino is...... their possum is a different animal than ours but looks similar with better fur). We did see some Elk, they are farmed here and they call them deer (maybe...

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