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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Methven August 26th 2016

They said it was like riding a bike and it sure was. Muscle memory kicked in and skiing came back to me like I had never left a gap of 36 years between the last time and this time. My history skiing is in the 1970's at Erewhon, Mt Hutt when it just opened in 1974 and Tekapo. We are staying in Methven which is a lovely little country town, has normal price restaurants, cafes and pubs and little pretentiousness compared to some of the big fields and towns down south.The Methven I site has a Mt Hutt desk, they gave us a run down of what we could get both in town and up at the field. We chose the $120- per person starters package which included ski hire, 2 group lessons; one in the ... read more
The road up to MT Hutt
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A snowy limited visibility day

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Methven August 25th 2016

We were glad to leave Twizel Kiwi van park this morning. Nothing to do with the weather, all to do with the anal camp nazi owner/manager of the park, small man syndrome, obnoxious, impatient and downright rude. When we arrived he chided me for not telling him FIRST that we were in an Apollo van, which gives us 10% discount, most put out to have this information at the end of the transaction. Next when we asked about fishing he said to us, "I'll tell you this once and once only, both of you listen, 2 pair of ears". phew! And then we got the park information, where was what, times for this and that, all too much information. And to top this off at 10pm last night we were sitting in the comfy TV lounge ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Twizel August 24th 2016

Dunedin, either going to rain or raining and this was true to form today. We left on a miserable cold rainy day, heading north and to Twizel for the night. Initially the road north takes you towards Oamaru, along the coast line. Evandale Cheese factory caught our eye, just south of Waikouaiti. Pulling in the drive to a huge building, very close nearby were many abandoned buildings, roads and hostel type places. This is the former site of the Karitane hospital set up by Dr Truby King. He was a pioneer for maternal and infant health, setting up a system for monitoring and assisting mothers with new babies, that has been copied world wide. Also nearby on this site is the old Cherry Farm, which was one of the premier psychiatric hospitals in the South Island. ... read more
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Inside of boulders

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Curio Bay August 23rd 2016

The Catlin coast scenic route from Invercargill to Owaka, and through to Dunedin was the plan for today's drive. The normal main highway goes from Invercargill inland to Gore, then onto Balclutha through farmland and nothing much else. But the scenic coastal route all but sealed but for 15 km, takes you to some mighty wonderful sights along the way. First stop was the Waipapa lighthouse, the beach, Hooker sea lions and site of the SS Tararua ship wreck.All lighthouses in NZ are now automated, but this lonely windswept point was once home to a family of the lighthouse keeper. Hooker sea lions once hunted to almost oblivion can be easily sighted on the beach, looking like huge fat slugs, camouflaged to look like the rocks and surrounding kelp. The worst civilian ship wreck, the SS ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Invercargill August 22nd 2016

Off to Invercargill and Bluff the southern most city and town in the South Island of NZ. We attempted to take the scenic route but ended up doing the quick way straight through on the main highway #6. This takes you right along the left side of Lake Wakatipu to the southern end and the town of Kingston and then across farmland through Dipton and Winton.Tuned into the local radio station and just loved listening to the accent in this part of the world which has a distinct southern roll of the r's. Not all r's are rolled but think Scottish accents and you get the idea. Invercargill is quite a large city at the very bottom, hot in the summer and cold in winter with winds blowing in straight from the Antartica. Just further south ... read more
Maritime Muesum at Bluff
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown August 22nd 2016

Today was a lay day which involved doing laundry, and wrestling with computers. Nothing seemed to work today, a washing machine which failed to wash was fail number 1. We had another attempt, success; dried the load and then walked into town around midday to find free wifi and coffee. Success with Starbucks, easy to use internet with seemingly no limit. Could not copy and paste correctly from notes into my blog no matter what I did, the whole text twice landed in the subject line, requiring backspace being held for what seemed like eternity. But eventually I tricked it into behaving and managed to load a blog. Next computer issue Martin's camera. He is a snap happy boy and has managed to fill his memory card in his camera. So find a place to transfer ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown August 21st 2016

Off to Queenstown today and 2 nights accommodation. The first task today is to get a new fishing rod, Wanaka will be a better bet than Queenstown where prices tend to be inflated. A hunting and fishing shop in the main street had a good selection of telescopic rods, but not pull apart so telescopic it is.Then off to Glendhu bay for a spot of fishing. This is 11 km away from Wanaka around the lake, a quiet and shallow bay. Martin had a fish, we saw fish rising but nothing was caught, the rod worked well.Then the drive to Queenstown via the Kawarau gorge road. Don't take the Cadrona/crown range road, scary high, not good for a campervan. First stop on the trip was at the Toy and Transport Museum just out of Queenstown on ... read more
Good morning Wanaka
Glendu Bay
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka August 19th 2016

A spectacular view of Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and The Southern Alps started our day. When you are in the township of Fox, drive towards Lake Matheson and look behind you when you reach the motels on the edge of town. Today was unparalleled beauty, clear blue skies, sun glistening off the mountains, the colours of nature in absolute splendour. We drove south along the Haast highway, this road was only opened in 1965. The whole area is UNESCO listed, conservation was a topic very much in the forefront of NZ conversation at this time, so other than the Maoris, gold miners and some farmers and fishing industries this area of NZ was largely unexplored and untouched. And no mistakes had to be undone, virgin pristine rainforest is everywhere. The waters are clean, mountain streams and ... read more
Mts Cook & Tasman from Westland
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier August 18th 2016

The Westland area of the South Island takes you from the temperate areas of Westport complete with palm trees and one of the top ten coastal drives in the world, past lakes and rivers into glacier territory further down south. First stop on our way down towards the glaciers was at the Punakaiki Rocks and Blowholes. These are halfway between Greymouth and Westport, and are rock formations weathered and beaten by the pounding surf over the last 100,000 years. An extensive walkway easily accessible for wheelchairs goes around and back, to do the full loop requires a bit of mobility to descend a steep stone staircase. The Punakaiki rocks are layered formations, with surge pools of foaming white water and blowholes at high tide sending sea mist up metres in the air. An information centre, toilets, ... read more
One of the many one lane bridges
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Relaxing at Stumpers Hokitika

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Westport August 18th 2016

Westport is north of Greymouth along a major scenic road route. Named as one of the best scenic drives in the world, the road hugs the coast, wild seas pound the cliffs and palm trees weather the wild windy conditions. Westport is a large town on the coast, set on the mouth of the Buller River. The Westport township was set up initially due to the discovery of gold and then coal was discovered. Today little active mining remains, industry is centred around fishing and tourism. The lighthouse at the mouth of the river to the sea has many plaques commemorating lives lost at sea. A couple of brave surfers enjoyed a great swell in the cold winter waters. Go and visit the Coaltown museum in the information centre on Palmerston St, which is the main ... read more
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Free camping area near north beach Westport




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