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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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Mar 5, 2007 - New Zealand - Te Anau and Milford Sound

Taking the southern scenic route past Riverton and Colac Bay, we stopped at McCrackens Rest for our home made ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Continuing through Tuatapere to Clifden Suspension Bridge built in 1899, through the forested Takitimu and Hunter Mountains with the Kepler Mountains in the distance with snow on top. Now surrounded by gorgeous mountains we arrive at Te Anau which sits on the edge of NZ's largest lake. A lovely little town used as a staging post for the famous Milford Sound walks and cruises. Encompassing the...

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Mar 4, 2007 - Te Anau

Beeline this morning for Queenstown and the bathroom. Dad decided to treat us all to McDonalds after the DOC disastrous campground. Booked our tour of Doubtful Sound for tomorrow. Made it to Te Anau by 1:00 pm. Did some more grocery shopping. Did I mention that we will be prefacing the title of this trip 'Great Tasmanian and New Zealand grocery stores'? Chocolate covered ginger and meat pies rock! Arnott's cookies aren't bad either. Today is Children's Day in NZ and we haven't seen any evidence of the festivities so far. Every day is...

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Jan 11, 2007 - Lake Te Anau

We stayed in Te Anau for two nights, mainly because it was on the way to Milford Sound. On the map it looks further away which is true, but that's the way the road runs. It is a cute little town on the lake and we enjoyed staying there. There was not much to do in town, one thing we did do was watch a documentary on Fiordland, NZ. It was very interesting with great cinematography. The small cinema was also very nice. It had a bar where you could buy drinks to sip on while watching the movie, very civilized. We did a little hiking around the...

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Jan 1, 2007 - Te Anau

Well I hope that everyone had a brilliant start to the year. Mum crashed early but I pushed through...till about 11.30 odd when I last looked at the clock. It was a lot quieter in the complex than I had expected so not sure where most were. Appreciated it though as we were set to get up at 6am. The reason for such an early start was that we had been told when we got lucky with a booking in Te Anau, to get there early. She said to be there about 11am but we had a really good run on the roads as they were all but empty, so arrived around...

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Homeless Jobless Bum

Nov 30, 2006 - Doubtful and Milford Sounds

Hi everyone Back into civilisation again at Te Anau, having spent the last few days in NZ Fiordland at Doubtful Sound and Milford. First Doubtful. This overnight boat trip was supposed to be one of our holidays highlights, into the largest of the fiords. Very high mountains and narrow fiords with many 'arms' and some 80km(50miles) long. It still was in a way we didn't expect as it rained and rained and rained for all the 24hrs of the trip. On the plus side we saw waterfalls and more waterfalls and more waterfalls and little else. The views...

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New Zealand 2006

Nov 13, 2006 - Lake Te Anau

On Sunday, we boarded another small bus for the 2-3 hour trip to Te Anau, where the Milford Track begins. That evening, we discussed Anne's ankle, which was feeling basically OK, but we both decided that even though the trip was billed as "easy with a total climb of no more than 120 meters, Tom did not want to have to carry Anne back, since the day's walk was to be longer than any other we had done by far - 10 kilometers. Good plan as it turned out that the guide must have thought she was getting points for originality and took the group...

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Aug 10, 2006 - Franz Joseph - Wanaka

Went to Lake Matherson, gorg picture perfect postcard reflection, and stopped at Ships Bay- nice coastline with massive surf and snowcapped mountains in background, as we started to head inland stopped at 1 of the mountain rivers and some mad uns jumped in...another waterfall and a few more scenic bus ride pics, then we were in Wanaka- gorg setting, like Queenstown is right by the lake with snow capped mountains in the background - but more chilled out and less touristy. We cooked spag bol for 11 of us, had my 1st bath in 4 months (hurrah,...

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Jul 20, 2006 - Drive to Te Anau

Today, we drove down from Fox Glacier to Te Anau, about a 6 hour drive. We saw some more amazing scenery and took some more pictures, but figured we wouldn't post any today. I did want to mention something about driving here, and in Australia. It definitely takes a little getting used to (driving on the left side of the road and sitting on the right side of the car), but it isn't bad. What Christin and I kept thinking was funny, however, was all the reminders they have for people to do just that. There's a sticker in the car that says...

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May 24, 2006 - Te Anau to Milford Sound

The journey is fascinating ...we travelling around a large lake and through farmland to Te Anau before heading through a very scenic Alpine pass and down to Milford Sound. We're rushing the journey and don't stop off because it's getting pretty late and it's a long way. The whole journey takes about 3.5hrs. We're intending to camp up for the night at the one camp park in Milford Sound but ... it's closed for refurbishment for one night ... typical. The staff tell us that we can go to another campsite about 40km back up the windy road we...

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May 20, 2006 - Invercargill to Te Anau

I met the Bottom bus and we left Invercargill. We made our first stop at Riverton which is a small town that is mostly based on Paua (abalone) harvesting and other sea based industries. We stopped at a cafe that had some shell souvenirs on display but I didn't buy any. After leaving Riverton we made our way to Waiau Downs, a tourist farm. This farm has about 5000 sheep and they specialize in giving demonstrations when not in the shearing season. We got to see Ray work his dogs to herd sheep and get them into the shearing shed and then had a...

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May 4, 2006 - Curio Bay - Invercargill - Te Anau

Got up and left Curio Bay at about 8am to head to Invercargill, this took about 40min. On arrival we dropped off Bob and Berta, then went to a museum called Shearing South which is dedicated to Sheep Shearing, as this is the main industry in the area ...hmmm, really interesting! Best bit was a buzzing sheep shearing game, which Colin might have broken, whoops! We then headed out of Invercargill to a place called McCracken's Rest. This is a well known photo spot, with its own special pose. There is a photo in some of the South Islands travel...

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