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Jan 26, 2006 - Queenstown and Te Anau

In the morning we said goodbye to our hosts Alex and Christine who had been so helpful. The weather was again hot and dry and the first part of our journey was across parched hills. One point of interest was the "bra fence" on which hundreds of bras were festooned for no apparent reason. We saw the ski facilties which are the main tourist interest in the area. At the top of the pass over the Crown Range we could see down to Queenstown across the lake. The road led down through numerous hairpin bends. A short distance along the main road we...

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Dec 29, 2005 - Buddy Gets A Shave

I know what you're thinking. I might have shaved my beard off and gotten a haircut. Maybe I did, maybe I didn't. You can't tell because I have not posted any pictures on the site yet. You'll have to wait. The suspense is killing you isn't it? Well, ok, not all the rest of you - but my Dad for sure! He's wanted the beard gone for years; not even sure what he thinks about the hair... Well, ok, I know what he thinks, but the conversation is too long and leads nowhere anyway. Besides if I were going to do it, I would wait until I can get a...

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Dec 29, 2005 - Te Anau

En toen was ik in Te Anau. Met de shuttlebus van het eindpunt van de Routeburne Track naar Te Anau gekomen. Was een niet al te lange rit. In Te Anau, een klein plaatsje aan een meer, blijf ik in de Steamers Lodge. Een niet bepaald gezellig hostel, maar ik slaap er alleen maar. Morgen wordt het tijd voor de Doubtfull Sounds! En daar heb ik toch wel veel zin in! Ik heb er niks als goeds over gehoort! Verder zal ik weinig in Te Anau doen omdat ik de 31 naar Dunedin zal vertrekken. Daar nieuwjaar vieren, om daarna meteen weer door te stomen...

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Dec 24, 2005 - Xmas in Te Anau, South Island, New Zealand

Well that's the second warm xmas I've had, and it still feels very strange!!! Whilst you guys were all wrapped up all nice and warm infront of the fires, drinking mulled wine, I was out 'wakeboarding' on Lake Te Anau and then stuffing my face with as much seafood and the full xmas traditional works as possible in the blazing hot sun!!! I was very lucky to have been invited down to the South Island of New Zealand to spend xmas with a lovely kiwi guy called Logan and his family whom I met on the film set in Australia. Logan lives in Te Anau,...

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Nov 9, 2005 - Going west to Te Anau

We left Dunedin to embark on the drive across the south island to our next port of call Te Anau (pronounced Tay-Arn-Ow). Anna was on driving duty today, which allowed me to take in more of the scenery and read up on what to expect in Fiordland. Our route westwards took in a few small towns, lots of hills and fields and as we aproached Te Anau, looming snow capped mountains. Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland, with Milford Sound two hours north and the mighty fiords just to the west. As soon as we arrived at the hostel we booked onto an...

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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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Off to New Zealand

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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