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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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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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Mar 18, 2006 - Doubtful Sound

Another 'must do' on the NZ tourist track is a place called Milford Sound, which, is breaktakingly spectacular-rugged cliffs along a fiord. However, we were advised that the place can get a little touristy and for a more 'back to nature with less human interruption' feel, that we should head to Doubtful Sound, which is equally as good though less known and therefore less busy. We bumped into a couple who had completed an overnight cruise on board a small boat and highly recommended it to us. So we booked our ticket and off we went with 6...

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Mar 17, 2006 - Te Anau

We made the short trip south from Queenstown to Te Anau after the jet boating experience. We were hoping to use the town as a stepping stone to Milford Sound. We stayed at a backpacker/camping ground where Brooke and I could use the dorms, and Wally who accompanied us could park the van. Our time in Te Anau was relaxing. Our St. Patrick's Day celebration was limited, mostly because the town was so small, and we wanted to be fresh for our trip to Milford Sound the following morning - we did manage to find a fresh Guiness on tap though, which...

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Mar 12, 2006 - Milford Sound

After our night in Slope Point we headed north to Te Anau, the starting point for many of the sites of the Fiordland like the 'Great Walks' of New Zealand (Milford, Routeburn, and Kepler), and the Milford and Doubtful Sounds. We originally had planned to do the Kepler trek (a 3 day and 2 night hike between Doubtful and Mildford Sound) the day after we arrived in Te Anau, but it suddenly became popular and the only time we could start the trek was Wednesday (and we discovered this on Saturday). So we came up with some plans to make the most...

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Mar 11, 2006 - Te Anau, New Zealand

Te Anau is a nice ski resort style town with a whole bunch of nothing going on. Think of it as a place to simply relax by Lake Te Anau while waiting for transport or good weather to head off to Milford Sound. There is no other city between Milford Sound and Te Anau so staying here is compulsory if you want to see the Sound. We were planning on seeing the sound, hence, we stayed in Te Anau. Te Anau is to the Sound as the Sound is to Te Anau. I think I have explained why we stayed in Te Anau nice and clear. Speaking of which, clear was the...

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