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Oct 21, 2005 - To Te Anau

Photo captions later Dunedin to Te Anau (Te-Ann-ow) - 295 KM 10/21/05 Absolutely georgous drive! Leaving Dunedin the landscape opens to broad vistas of emerald green speckled with white rocks - actually as you get nearer the rocks turn out to be some of the 41 million sheep that are a major part of NZ's economy. This is the very best time to be here as spring is the "lambing season" and the fields are full of little white specs; new lambs from days to weeks old. Most are in fields near the roads. Don't know why as there are no predators...

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Oct 13, 2005 - Milford Sound - Te Anau (NATURE CRUISE)

It's SUNNY!!!!!! Nothin' but blue skies!!!! It poured all night and we went to bed hoping it would clear up a bit by morning. We motored over to the dock and onto our 3 mast sailboat! This boat had lots of character, it was great! Eventually, the captain let out one of the sails just for ambiance --they don't ever use them for sailing. Funny that. Milford Sound was a lot wider than Doubtful Sound and the scenery is a lot more dramatic here at Milford Sound. At times, sheer rock walls came straight up and out of the water --we've never seen...

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Jun 16, 2005 - Arthur Scargill

Having woken and having survived a truly grim evening of sub zero temperatures and grey and dismal surrounds, we wondered what on earth to do with ourselves. One thing was easily resolved - we weren't going to be staying here for too much longer. We couldn't even bring ourselves to go into the showers. Last night we noticed that everything was unheated - the kitchen, the tv room, the dining room (these are generous descriptions) and the bathrooms - everything; all freezing bloody cold and as cheerful as Colditz or Auschwitz or some other...

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May 13, 2005 - Te Anau and Milford Sound

Well, this turned out to be the day we spent about 7 to 8 hours in the car with it raining most of the time. Milford Sound was covered in clouds but the road out there was really cool because of the sheer mountains, plentiful waterfalls, and a tunnel that scared me to death. Hommer Tunnel is a tiny hole in a side of an enormous mountain and I laughed nervously driving through the entire thing. The view on the other side was spectacular though and made it worth it. We also took our picture at a sign for the 45 degree south latitude sign...

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Mar 30, 2005 - Dunedin around the S. Coast to Milford

Leaving Dunedin we headed south along the coast and stopped here and there at waterfalls and the Nugget Point lighthouse. Very enjoyable drive and scenery. Ry & I went swimming with Hector Dolphins in the Porpoise Bay. The water was pretty cold and we were numb after about 3 minutes in the water and then it wasn't too bad. Headed in to Invercargill and began our northward journey toward the tracks we were considering and Milford sound. Camped a bit south of Te Anau that night and then headed into town to check out our options for tramping...

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Mar 23, 2005 - Le Kepler Treck

Te anau: c est la que nous ferons un des fameux 8 "great walks" de NZ: le Kepler. Le temps est superbe pour commencer les 3 jours. 1er jr tranquilou d ailleurs. On arrive de bonne heure au Lac(encore un). CA va etre cool, on va se baigner!....enfin c etait comme ca qu on avait imagine l aprem au premier camp... mais ca c etait sans compter qu on avait oublie la moitie de notre sac a dos... Vinz oblige de repartir au Van rechercher tt ca (on vous rassure ce n etait que 2 heures de marches le premier jr) et surtout sans compter les...

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Mar 2, 2005 - The Kepler Track

"The Kepler Track is one of the Department of Conservation's Great Walks tracks. This 60 kilometer circular track travels through spectacular scenery in Fiorland National Park; part of the Te Wahipounamu-South West New Zealand World Heritage Area." DOC pamphlet. This 60 K/ 30 plus mile track can be one of the finest in the fiordlands, unfortunetly the weather did not abide. After meeting my new hiking buddy Thomas up on Luxmoore Ridge, the weather turned foul and we decided if we moved fast enough we could be having beers by 9PM... the race...

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Itchy Feet

Feb 24, 2005 - Fiordland (Te Anau and Milford Sound)

The drive to Te Anau (the gateway to Fiordland) was not overly interesting, just a long relatively straight highway the whole journey. We arrived early afternoon and headed straight to the info centre to look into doing some of the vast number of activities available in the surrounding area. We had wanted to go kayaking on the famous Milford Sound but all the trips were booked up for some time so we decided on a cruise instead. We also booked a trip to the nearby glow worm caves on the other side of Lake Te Anau. By the time we'd done this...

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Feb 7, 2005 - Te Anau and Doubtful Sound

Next stop is Te Anau at the edge of the Fiordland National Park. We go on a couple of organised trips - a short one to visit a cave system where there is a cavern full of glow worms (very weird, like looking at the stars on a dark night) and a full day trip for a cruise on Doubtful Sound. As well as the magnificent scenery (which eventually appears when the rain and mist clear) we also have a brilliant encounter with a pod of bottlenose dolphins which spend a while doing acrobatics around the boat.

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Nov 12, 2004 - Back to town to stay the night

Hiya! We're back in Te Anau, getting to know the Stray people we are with! Actually, they are all off to Invercargill tomorrow and we have decided to stay here until the next bus. You meet so many people when you are travelling it's mind blowing! See you later! Lots of love from Helen and Gareth x x x

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Nov 12, 2004 - Te Anau

HI! We were all travelling to Milford Sound today, which is about 200 miles from Queenstown, so we had to leave at 8am. We had a new driver too, called Spike! The poor old soul had a terrible day... On the way to Te Anau (which is half way to Milford) the poor sod got a speeding ticket! He was doing about 56mph in a 50 zone. In NZ people are so much more natural in front of cops than in the UK! Spike could be heard saying "REALLY? Oh for f***s sake!", followed by throwing stones around etc! Then you could hear him on the phone to the office...

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Sep 16, 2004 - Te Anau, Fjordland & Milford Sound

Wed 15/9 Cloudy/Sunny/Windy and BIG WET! Got the bus to Te Anau at 7.50am, and the run is only 2hrs, so arrived bright and early. It was a pleasant journey over here, lots of mountains, took 40 mins to get round the lake at Queenstown. Te Anau is a pleasant wee town, another gorgeous lakeside position, lots of mountains, a few shops to browse around.... had a wander for a couple of hours, went up to the bird sanctuary part way round the lake, saw Kea, Morepork, Pukeko, Takahe, Tui, Weka and some parakeets, so that's NZ native birds done -...

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