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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast April 7th 2008

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER We arrived in Franz Josef late in the afternoon after dawdling along the way. The sun was starting to set as we booked into the YHA, so there wasn't too many oportunities for photo's. However the next morning dawned bright and clear, so we took a walk to the Glacier observation platform to take a few pictures before we headed off to Okarito ... read more
Franz Josef
Franz Josef
Franz Josef

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Franz Josef April 7th 2008

The trip from Wanaka to Franz Josef initially follows Lake Wanaka towards the west, then Lake Hawea and after leaving that lake starts to climb steadily towards Haast Pass. The only village along the way is Makarora and also the only place for petrol for quite some kilometers. I was keen to see Makarora again as I had memories of being stranded there one time when I was in my 20's hitch hiking with my sister Bronwen from Wanaka to Haast. We had beem lucky enough to get a ride from Wanaka after staying with Nancy and Chris for quite some distance to Makarora where there was a Post Office, a couple of petrol pumps and a motorcamp. After being dropped off at Makarora, we went into the shop to get some food and as there ... read more
The Gates of Haast
The Gates of Haast
West Coast Views

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 6th 2008

TSS EARNSLAW & WALTER PEAK SHEEP STATION TSS Earnslaw is a vintage Steamship, she was built in 1912 to service the remote farming communities around Lake Wakatipu including Walter Peak Station. She was built in Dunedin, 280 kms away then dismantled and railed to Kingston at the southern end of the lake. The NZ Railways was responsible for her operation 66 years and primarily she was used as a cargo sheep and was capable of carrying 1500 sheep and 30 cattle on her decks. Today the Earnslaw carries a maximum of 350 passengers. TSS Earnslaw is one of the last remaining coal fired, passenger carrying vessels still operating in the Southern Hemisphere. During the 1960's as the road around the lake opened up, the need for her services declined and now she is leased to ... read more
TSS Earnslaw
TSS Earnslaw
TSS Earnslaw

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Glenorchy April 6th 2008

QUEENSTOWN & GLENORCHY THE REES & DART RIVER VALLEYS The following day we had planned to visit Queenstown for the day. Queenstown itself is not our sort of town, far too touristy, but the surrounding areas have an amazing array of outdoor activities and great scenery. One of the reasons for this trip was that my sister Bronwen and her husband Sakaye and our friends Donna and Dick from British Columbia had given us some money to spend on something special during our holiday. The plan was to take the TSS Earnslaw steamship evening dinner cruise on Lake Wakatipu from Queenstown to Walter Peak Station (sheep and cattle not trains) for an enjoyable evening out. We called into the quaint old gold mining town of Arrowtown on the way and visited our favourite bakery, the ... read more
Queenstown & Glenorchy
Queenstown & Glenorchy
Queenstown & Glenorchy

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Cromwell April 5th 2008

CROMWELL Our home for the next 4 days in Cromwell was the Police Holiday Home , as the weather had turned a little bit cooler it was nice to be out of the caravan and staying in a home. It was intended to be a relaxing time but we did manage to get in some local 4WD trips and a trip to Queenstown. The new Cromwell town is situated on Lake Dunstan which is a man made lake as a result of the Clyde Hydro Dam damming the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers. The original Cromwell town was flooded by the dam and the new town was built many meters higher up on the flats. Its a great small modern town with a nice center mall. Nearby the Bannockburn sluicings are evidence of the fact this once ... read more
Cromwell
Cromwell
Cromwell

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Naseby April 3rd 2008

Sheryll and I have been coming back to Naseby for holidays for over 10 years now. The first time was with all of the 3 children and we were booked into a Miners Cabin (which is basically 4 walls and a roof around a double bed) the guys were meant to be sleeping in a tent beside the Cabin. When we arrived it had been raining for about 3 hours and there was about 3 inches of water flowing through the site that the kids were meant to be camping on. Suffice to say that 4 of us top and tailed in a double bed and I think it was Kyra who slept on the floor in the only remaining available space. That hasn't stopped us coming back though, for me I think it is ... read more
Naseby
Naseby
Naseby

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Naseby April 2nd 2008

MT BUSTER AND MT KYEBURN Last year when we were staying at Naseby one evening it turned very cold and we awoke the next morning to a dusting of snow on the Mt Ida ranges behind the Motorcamp, we looked up out topographical maps and tried to work out a way of getting closer to the snow. Mt Buster just in behind Naseby is where it all seemed to have happened, so we rugged up and headed off towards the Mt Ida Range to see how close we could get. On that occasion we stopped at the Little Kyeburn stream and took photographs, but agreed that when we came to Naseby next we would ezplore this fascinating area. In the meantime we have learnt of some amazing gold workings on Mt Buster at about 4500 ... read more
Mt  Buster & Mt Kyeburn
Mt  Buster & Mt Kyeburn
Mt  Buster & Mt Kyeburn

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Central Otago » Naseby April 2nd 2008

PANNING & DREDGING FOR GOLD AT NASEBY Naseby is a unique old gold mining town of about 86 permanent residents and about 280 homes of which most are holidays homes or as they are known in the South Island, Cribs. It was the location of a Gold Rush to the Hogburn stream in the 1860's and it was to here that my Gt gt Grandfather Charles Roberts came after leaving the goldfields of Victoria, Australia. My Gt Grandmother Ethel Gertrude Roberts was born nearby at Hamiltons in 1870, All that remains now of Hamiltons is a lonely cemetery high on the hill above the Maniatoto Plains and scattered through the mullock heaps traces of sluicing pipes and scraps of metal left behind by the miners from the days of sluicing for gold. Once briefly 2,000 miners ... read more
Gold Panning and Dredging
Gold Panning and Dredging
Gold Panning and Dredging

Oceania April 1st 2008

The Matukituki River drains from the Mt Aspiring area and enters Lake Wanaka just north of Glendhu Bay a very popular camping spot on the shores of Lake Wanaka.We decided to go for a drive to the end of the road and see how close we could get to Mt Aspiring. Not far from Wanaka we came across a station with the name "Tuohy's Farm" on it, this is Sheryll's maiden name and is not a common name in the South Island, her brother Peter had been in this area not too long ago and had met the owners, we believe that we may already know why the station is named Tuohy's as we have located a Thomas Tuohy in an old book we have on the history of the Wanaka district and there is ... read more
Matukituki Valley - Lake Wanaka
Matukituki Valley - Lake Wanaka
Matukituki Valley - Lake Wanaka

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka March 31st 2008

WANANKA TO NASEBY VIA BENDIGO & THOMSON'S GORGE It was time to leave Wanaka and the restful time we had had at Nancy and Chris's it is s shame that we didn't get to see them as Nancy is in Dunedin with Chris while he awaits a triple bypass operation, we hope to take some time out while we are in Naseby and go across to Dunedin to see them. I think from Naseby it is only about one and a half hours to Dunedin. Nancy had said to take some veggies from their wonderful garden so we picked some silver beet, spinach and zucchinis and checked for last of the summers red strawberries. Our trip today will take us from Wanaka via Tarras to north of Cromwell where there is one of our favourite historic ... read more
Bendigo
Bendigo
Bendigo




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