Blogs from Franz Josef, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 8


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef March 17th 2011

March 17, 2011: ST PAT’S DAY!!!!!! OMG…..did it ever rain last night. I rarely wake up with the falling rain drops, but last night……a different story. Had I been in Misery, I would have thought that it was one of those incredible Spring storms… wind, but HUGE buckets full of rain were dumped on us. I suppose it was the metal roofs on the Birdsong Backpacker Hostel that awakened me…..but, it didn’t seem to last very long. I slowly eased my way out of bed this morning about 7am…….as my side of the bed was right against the wall, I am certain I woke up the 1st Lady. I went downstairs and took care of the usual morning rituals…..and that shower was just a wonderful one…..very hot and strong water pressure….GREAT!!! Of course, the toilets/shower rooms ... read more
Franz Josef Glacier
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef March 3rd 2011

I thought I would update the blog to let you know what I have done today so far. It really deserves it's own entry as it was pretty amazing. We were wondering if we would even get a chance to go as the morning sky dive was off, we thought it might be the case with the heli hike as well, but nope, we got on the flight up to the glacier at 12pm. It is a pretty awesome flight on the helicopter around and back down the glacier and then landing on the ice where two Franz Josef guides waited for us. The whole operation is very smooth and very well run. Our guide was Julia, she had been working as a guide for 4 years up ont he glacier. In the times between when ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef March 2nd 2011

Well Greymouth was pretty uneventful. The wind and the rain in the night were borederline torrential, and I woke up with a bit of a cold. Ran over to Countdown (supermarket) to get some lemsip and some vitamins, hopefully they will sort me out. Magic bus driver today is a guy called Vale. He explained how his house in Christchruch has been flattened and at the moment he is homeless and is just driving as much as he can. This guy was about as happy as a person could be and he was beaming all the time. I tried to understand how someone can be like this when they have no house to go back to. He explained to me later on that they only thing that is important to him is his friends and family ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 19th 2011

Wednesday 16th If we weren’t all crazy we would go insane… from Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes Just another day in the sun…jss Today is a designated do nothing day. I get up around 7:30, check my e-mails and go across the street to do some laundry. This takes about an hour and a half so I while away the time reading and eating breakfast at a local café. My work done, I pack up, say farewell to my hosts and begin to backtrack down the road to Tekaka and then Motueka. I stop in each to do some window-shopping and buy a few meds. After managing to loose my sunglasses I buy some cheap ones and then head out for Murchison, in a valley about half way to the west coast. As I had ... read more
The CH
The Commercial Hotel
bar food

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 15th 2011

Landet i Christchurch for en uke siden. Måtte i full fart kjøpe returbillett til Sydney. Selv gamle back-packere med fete kredittkort slipper ikke inn her uten retur eller billett hjem!! Mao er vår frihet ikke som den var planlagt. Enden på det hele ble billett via Fiji, Los Angeles til London,men vær sikker på vi finner på noe under veis.I tillegg forsvant kjapt agurk, avokado og div. matvarer av en superstreng toll. Nå koser vi oss i et Spaceship campervan -enkel mobil- en herlig måte å komme rundt i et vidstrakt land. Landet har en flott vekslende natur med en fjellkjede som går langsetter både Nord- og Sørøya. Mount Cook rager høyt med vel 3700 m. Et imponerende syn i flott vær. På vestkysten av Sørøya stuper isbreene fra 3000m og ned i tette regnskoger ved ... read more
Paa vestkysten - mot Australia - gaar det isbreer fra ca 3000 meters hoyde og rett ned i regskogen ved havnivaa.
Det er mer enn 40 milioner sauer paa oya. Dvs. 10 sauer pr. innbygger. Godt kjott.
Som dere skjonner er dette et land  fylt av mektig natur. Vi opplevde det meste fra bilvinduet da avstandene var store og 14 dager paa baade Sor- og Nordoya gaar fort.  Har naa kjort ca. 350 mil.


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 11th 2011

The West coast: Murchison, Cape Foulwind, Hokitika and Franz Josef Thursday 3rd February Left Nelson to drive to Murchison. Stopped on the way for a short walk at St Arnaud. We are now in high country with steep valleys and beautiful hills. Arrived in Murchison and found our B+B – very plush with four rooms and a big lounge area. We are the only people staying so have the lounge to ourselves. Walked into town and had dinner in a converted petrol station – great big slices of meat pies and bottles of local beer. Returned to B+B to find complimentary homemade damson liquor. Going to try making some of that when we get home. Friday 4th February Borrowed mountain bikes from our hosts at the B+B. They were heading to Nelson for the day to ... read more
bits of the other half
tight squeeze over the suspension bridge
Murchison Valley

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 5th 2011

Saturday 4th December 2010 (Mahinapua – Franz Joseph) Today we had an insight into life in the New Zealand wilderness at the bushman centre watching a DVD about the deer industry, although all we really wanted to do was feed the animals. We walked around the strange museum with booby trap water sprays everywhere. Our final destination today was Franz Joseph, where we booked ice climbing for tomorrow morning before being whisked off Kayaking on Lake Mapourika. Wayne our guide was really laid back and the whole experience was relaxed and enjoyable, floating though still rivers with a bit of a hard push at the end against the cross winds. We got back to our hostel just in time for a dip in the hot tub before dinner. Sunday 5th December 2010 (Mahinapua – Franz Joseph) ... read more
bridge over troubled water
Kayaking on mirror lake
Lake Mahanipua

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef February 4th 2011

Friday 28th January – NZ Here We Come / Welcome to Sussex The next stage of the adventure with an early flight, 3 hour time difference and the first leg of a long drive from Christchurch to Dunedin: Brisbane – Remarkably, limited evidence of the recent floods and a hugely impressive effort – with local riverside bars and restaurants having been refitted and reopened within two weeks of being half under water. Countryside – Felt like we had been sold a bit of a dummy after picking up a car in Christchurch and driving south towards Dunedin – scenery was rural and seriously lacking in mountains, gorges, lakes etc. We could have sworn we had just arrived in Sussex! Wicker Man – Dropped into a bar in the back of beyond to grab a bite to ... read more
Fur Seals at Otago Peninsular
Queen of Hearts
Get That View!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef January 31st 2011

Hi all, We are in Franz josef now on south island and got completely poured on last night, in fact it rained none stop for about 36 hours straight!! We signed on for a glacier full day hike for tom and REALLY looking forward to that! so will be posting some picies on here or on facebook of that one for sure :) last night we wnt in the glacier hot pools, those were beautiful, we spent a good couple of hours in there surrounded by rainforest, absolutely stunning. and not too many americans around thankfully...sorry if this sounds americanist but they are so loud!! everything must be OHMYGODDED at and spoken about in a ten decible pitched voice...arghhh why do they do it!!!?? anyway so it was a relief to not have any of them ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Franz Josef January 22nd 2011

Franz Josef only has 140 permanent residents. It's tiny. When we arrived I chilled out in the afternoon where some others went to go kayaking. The weather was glorious so we were all crossing fingers for sunshine the following day for our glacier hike. That was quite exciting for me as I've never even been skiing or anything, so a walking on thick ice on a mountain was quite a highlight! It was a brilliant experience... can't really describe how. The ice is quite high at points and looks really overwhelming. We had to go through some really tight crevices with high walls next to us, actually made me feel quite claustrophobic. Before they let you on the hike they ask you if you have heart disease, asthma, diabetes, previous dislocations etc etc. I was wondering ... read more
My Skydive

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