Blogs from Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 4


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau February 25th 2010

We kept on west for the second part of our trip: tramping in the fiordlands. We started with Queenstown, a nice town famous for adreline activities. Then we went to Milford sound for a boat ride across the Fjords. On the way back we did an incredible walk that led to Lake Marian and we ended our journey by checking out the Mirror Lakes. We headed then to Te Anau to get ready for 2 treks: the Kepler track and the Routeburn. Unfortunately the weather for the Keppler was horrible during 3 days: rain, cold, wind, no visibility... but we made it! The Routeburn was simply magic. During 3 days of great weather, we saw phenomenal landscapes not without reminding us of the lord of the ring: mountains, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, forests, bridges... ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau February 22nd 2010

Saturday, Feb. 20th - Queenstown Sunday, Feb. 21st-Monday, Feb. 22nd - Doubtful Sound (Fiords of New Zealand) Queenstown is known as the adrenalin capitol of NZ - bungee jumping and all - but for us it was a nice relief from our craziness. We took in a view from the gondola, attended an art fair and took a real coal steamer across Lake Wakipuka to a turn of the century English homestead. The town is nestled in the Remarkable Mountain Range with the 50 mile Lake Waikipu providing the backdrop. The town has an Aspen feel except for the fun seekers - who will try paragliding, parachuting or hang-gliding for yucks. We then left for an overnight trip on the Fiordland Navigator - a boat that sleeps 70, on Doubtful Sound - this is the largest ... read more
Local artist
Coal Steamer Earnslaw

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau February 14th 2010

After an epic three days of travelling (mostly next to wailing babies) I arrived in Curio Bay, New Zealand. The flight to Australia was the highlight because every seat has its own screen with 100s of movies, shows, and music to choose from. I think I got in 3 movies and and a couple of seasons of tv shows. I was so lucky to choose such a interesting place - I was stationed on a narrow point between Curio Bay (home to the largest petrified forest in the world) and Porpoise Bay (a 4 mile long crescent shaped beach home to the very rare Hectors Dolphins). My job wwoofing was to hang out at the campground at the point and convince people to take surf lessons with Nick Smart. Nick was an hilarious 18 year old ... read more
Sea lion
Yellow-Eyed Penguins
You need a wetsuit

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau February 11th 2010

i had a week off while jeff was working in tuatapere so i decided to go on my first overnight hike by myself and do the 60km kepler track in fiordland national park. conveniently, most of the national parks in NZ have a good system of huts that you can book. the huts along the kepler track have flush toilets, potable water, bunk beds and gas stoves. this made it quite a bit easier, as i wouldn't have to carry things such as a tent, water filter, etc... i ended up just packing a daypack with my sleeping bag,4 days worth of food (locally dehydrated meals, biltong, instant oatmeal and granola bars), a minimal amount of clothing, and a headlamp. i left tuatapere on monday and drove north along the scenic highway to te anau( ~ ... read more
lake te anau
lakeside walk
brod bay

The deafening sound of silence pierces Fiordland, only bird song and the crackle of logs on the fire may break the code of silence, the hush of Lake Te Anau lapping softly against the smooth pebbles of the inland beach and the wind whispers “By Eck It's Cold!”. The only element which didn't get the quiet memo was the rain ringing out in the night sky as it smashed down on our log cabin. Our little log cabin, over looking the ever changing mountain ranges, due to its ever changing weather. Our hostel was on huge acreage on a deer farm, deer were here, there, everywhere surrounded by high wire fences. We have no i-deer where the venison gets shipped to, there only seems to be limited amounts in the supermarkets and usually in sausages. Our ... read more
Still Smiling!
Wicked tree shot!
Water gushes from a great height

We headed down to Te Anau from Queenstown and had around a week to burn before we started the Kepler Track, one of New Zealand's seven 'Great Walks' which we had booked onto. After a day looking round Te Anau, which is unsurprisingly beautiful being on the fringes of the Fiordland National Park, we decided to take a trip up to the famous Miford Sound and into the park, as we had heard bad forecasts for later in the week, so began our trip as soon as we could. The drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound is stunning (and according to our guide book one of, if not THE most beautiful drive in the world), and we decided to do the trip slowly to really soak it all in. We camped on our first night ... read more
Milford Sound
Kepler Track
Fiordland National Park

Another cold, but beautiful morning greeted us we awoke in Wanaka. After "dumping" the waste from the motorhome, we returned to Ardmore St for breakfast and another look around fabulous Wanaka before we continued our journey. Yesterday afternoon as we drove pass the Wanaka Airport about 10kms out of the town, Brett noticed a "Toy and Transport Museum", he is an avid model car collector, so he pestered me to stop off and take a look today. We planned to spend about half an hour wandering around the museum, but it was so interesting we stayed for nearly two hours, well worth a look. I was more interested in a terrific boutique brewery,"BeerWorks" next door..... not a bad drop!! With our schedule shot to pieces, we finally hit the road for the 50km drive to Cromwell. ... read more
Fire Chief
Cromwell Fruit

ola chicos! me son fermado en una casa para juveniles, que se llama freccia backpackers... aeh, ja ich sollte wohl dann doch english bleiben, gell fratelli? zurueck zum ernst des lebens. habe heute so was wie eine kleine erkaeltung, steh also komplett neben mir. die letzten beiden tage habe ich ohne dusche verbracht, deshalb die entscheidung, geld auszugeben und in ein backpacker einzuziehen, wenigstens fuer eine nacht. und ich entschied mich fuer jenes mit dem free internet angebot! der haken? ein computer und der funktioniert mehr schlecht als recht. aber was tue ich mir nicht alles fuer euch an, damit ihr wieder mal was zu hoeren kriegt von mir. leider sind die abenteuer schon einige zeit zurueck, bin im moment schon einiges weiter... aber mehr spaeter. diesmal verbrate ich gleich drei themen, damit ich ein wenig ... read more
hier die aufloesung:
doutful sound!
so aktiv wie nie!

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau February 13th 2008

dear freends! it's always hard to decide what to show you, so I just start with my first walk, the famous kepler track! nun, der bub hatte mal davon gehoert, dass die leute, also auch die touris, in neuseeland gerne in den bergen herumwandern. er konnte sich darunter leider nichts vorstellen, also, dachte er sich, will er das selbst mal in die hand nehmen und es ganz spontan versuchen. und er tat so. nun, alles begann mit diesem foto. ich wurde von petra angesprochen, ein foto von ihr zu schiessen, ich nutzte die gelegenheit, euch zu zeigen, wie ein noch lachender hannes aussieht... tja, und dann rannte sie mir davon. ich kam mir als alpenbewohner echt bloed vor, so von einem deutschen maedl abgezogen zu werden. naja, dachte ich jedenfalls... aber das ist eine andere geschichte. ... read more
kepler track
auffi muass i, auffi,
climbers paradise

Partimos hacia la tierra de los Fiordos. Teniamos resevado el paseo a Doubtful Sound para el 10. Asi que fuimos a Te Anau el pueblo mas cercano y paseamos por ahi. ... read more
El  camino
Quizas de ahi

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