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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island March 17th 2011

Some catch up pictures from earlier this week!!... read more
Entrance to our room area
NZ longest suspension bridge
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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…..no 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 March 16th 2011

March 16, 2011: Ahhhhh…….a great night’s sleep….and a beautiful morning as we opened the drapes to our room. Looking out over the garden and a field, we could see the rolling and crashing waves as it was high tide earlier than usual. We had a great little breakfast in the dining/social room…..and knowing that we were just going to kick back and relax today, we enjoyed visiting with others staying here at this great hostel while we had some more coffee/tea. We then made our reservations for a hostel for tomorrow night near the Franz Josef Glacier…..hoping that the weather will cooperate. And….at the same time we made reservations for Friday/Sat/Sun nights at a hostel in Queenstown. Expecting to not be able to get a room, we were pleasantly surprised when both of the recommended places ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Hokitika March 15th 2011

March 15, 2011: WOW……beautiful sun again this morning here in Nelson!!! We had a great breakfast, said our goodbyes to those backpackers we had talked with last night, loaded the car…..and after refueling the car once again……still at over $8 per gallon, we headed south/southwest towards Greymouth, on the Tasman Sea along the western coastline of New Zealand. We had not driven an hour yet….and all of a sudden we became socked in with low hanging clouds, fog, drizzle, and then rain. This we were not used to having during the past few days since we arrived. We made a stop at the longest suspension bridge in New Zealand and make our way across it both ways…..with a small 15 minute walk through the bush and trees and dripping rains. One part of the walk was ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island March 15th 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011: Another really great weather day…..just beautiful!!! We had a great little breakfast in the dining area of The Customhouse where we stayed overnight. This place is not nearly as large as the hostel in Wellington, but tons cleaner. We have met several other backpackers from Argentina, Chile, Germany, Russia, France, Brazil, and other countries…..and, everyone has been just great!. Soooo much fun to sit and discuss with them their travels, their plans, and many are eager to practice their English on us. We left around 9AM for the Abel Tasman National Park……and, it was QUITE a drive. After the first hour of passing many, many fruit trees (lemon, orange, apples), we then passed tons of vineyards….as this is the winery area of New Zealand, at least on the south island. Then we ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region March 14th 2011

Pictures of the sun setting over the bay at Nelson.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island March 14th 2011

Sunday, March 13: After a rather noisy night in the large Wellywood Backpackers Hostel…….not so much from those staying here, but from outside the several floored building in that area of town seemed to be where the noise was coming from. Inside….by midnight it was all quiet except for the occasional person padding down to the toilet/showers area of our floor. However…..the room was sparse, but OK……and for the center of Wellington, the price was really great….only $72.00!!! Since this morning was the ferry trip to the south island…..I was up before 6, took care of the morning rituals….GREAT shower…..and by the time I returned to the room, the 1st Lady was up and dressed. We then went up to the 4th floor where the activity center of the hostel was located: huge, huge kitchen and ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington March 12th 2011

Saturday, Mar 12, 2011: A marvelous night of deep sleep.......in a great bed inside our little efficiency apt. which we had for lastnight. It was a wonderful place, we fixed a lite supper and watched the tellie showing the horrible pictures of the tsunami that happened there after the 8.9 earthquake. Then....later in the evening they issued the tsunami watches for New Zeland, but.....we were not to fear as we were in the south center of the north island, about 120 km north of Wellington. This morning.....a few waves had been a bit higher than normal on the northern tip of the island.....but no problems. As far as the rest of this day....I know nothing as we were traveling and sight-seeing all day. We left Sanson about 9AM.......and since it was 120KM....about 72 miles.....it took us ... read more
Wellington
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Te Papa Museum

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hamilton March 12th 2011

Friday: March 11, 2011: After a great evening with Clive and Margaret, I somehow fell into bed and slept like the dead. Had a tornado gone overhead, I would not have been aware of it…..at all!! Sooooo tired, sooooo tired. However, this morning….I did feel refreshed after a good hot shower……and some clean clothes. The 1st Lady also slept really well…..until about 5AM….and then she couldn’t sleep any longer……wrong time on the clock for her body, which was awake no matter what that clock said. Clive had the table set……and, we had “ordered” just toast this morning…..and, he had gathered together several different kinds of jellies, syrups, lemon curd, etc., etc……and all four of us just sat there and enjoyed a great hour together over the coffee and tea cups. It was all tooo quickly time ... read more




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