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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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Oct 14, 2007 - Milford Sound/Te Anau: The clucth is gone!

Team Vigor hit the road for a 4 hour drive southwest to the infamous Milford Sounds. A 14 mile fiord that spits you out into the Tasman Sea. A friend of ours that we met in the hostel, Remko, from the Netherlands decided to join us for our great adventure. An adventure, is defnitely what it turned out to be too!! We arrived to the sounds around 2 o'clock, just in time for our picnic lunch before we headed onto our cruise. The cruise takes off and circles all of the sounds and then takes you back into the wharf lasting all of about 1 1/2...

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Travelin' Queen Bee

Aug 28, 2007 - An unexpected bonus

We arrived back by a large bright full moon which was very impressive....but not as impressive as what followed. After getting ready for bed we looked out of the front window of the van and to our amazement we were witnessing an eclipse of the moon right in the middle of our windscreen! This very bright full moon changed to an orange/brown colour and the edges became so clear it looked like a ball you could pluck out of the sky. Looking at it just as the earths shadow covered the moon there was light spreading from the top which made the...

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Aug 26, 2007 - After the bustle of Queenstown

Queenstown was the busiest town we had seen in the south island.It was full of youngsters off the piste even though the piste were quite a way away. It is the only town we had seen that had lots of lights and was awake after dark! It seemed strange to see shops open at 9pm and people walking about. Normally if we went for a walk after our evening meal it was very quiet and there were only a few very low weak street lights occasionally around. The road from Queenstown to Te Anau was straight and fast and the scenery quite barren.One part was...

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Jul 9, 2007 - Kepler Track

The next day we made ourselves a pack lunch and headed off to walk a section of the 4 day Kepler Track. This is one of the "Great Walks" in New Zealand and has some amazing scenery along it, through woodland, valleys, shorelines and over rope bridges crossing rivers. In fact many of the river scenes from the Lord of the Rings films were filmed here. We stated at Rainbow Reach where we parked the car and crossed over a rope bridge. We were then walking through forests, in just pure silence with noone around, just fantastic! We then crossed...

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Jul 7, 2007 - Te Anau

The next day we packed up the car and headed on to Te Anau. It isn't too far from Queenstown, but the roads were still icy and in places there was snow covering them, so we had to take it very easy! Te Anau is a very beautiful place, with the tiny village nestled next to Lake Te Anau. We had to kill some time before we could check into our place so we got ourselves some lunch and wandered along the edge of the lake. We then went over to the Department Of Conservation centre for some info about local walks. We planned to take a tour of...

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Mar 13, 2007 - All the way to Te Anau

Got up this morning to rain and fog... So the supposedly fantastic views of Mount Cook from the lake were non-existant. Because of the crummy weather, we decided to put some hours in in the car. We made it all the way to Te Anau after a quick lunch stop in Queenstown to buy our new tent (all the bells and whistles of course - it's someone else's money!). We got it set up without any trouble at all and settled in for our first night of proper camping. Te Anau's a nice town on a beautiful lake. Won't be spending much time here though so a...

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Begbies on Tour

Mar 9, 2007 - New Zealand - Back to Te Anau and Milford Sound

We had decided that if the weather was good in Milford Sound we would drive the 3hrs back to Te Anua and a further 2 hours to Milford Sound so we could get an afternoon cruise. As we drove towards Milford Sound from Te Anua we could see all the gorgeous snow-capped mountains we had missed before due to the rain clouds. Along the road we stopped at Mirror Lakes where we got to see a slight reflection of the mountains in the lake as well as Hollyford Valley lookout where we saw the beautiful and lush Hollyford Valley which again was just...

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