Blogs from Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 5


We arrived at Te Anua and booked our day trip to Doubtful Sound for the next day. Annoyingly it rained heavily all night (which equals zero sleep in a campervan!) and was really cloudy and misty across the lake. Great weather for a boat trip! We were picked up and driven to Manapouri for the start of our tour, where we jumped in a cosy, little boat for our journey across Lake Manapouri. Apparently this is one of New Zealand's most beautiful lakes, but we couldn't really appreciate it's beauty thanks to the cloud covering most of the mountains! We tried to pick out a rock tower that had been featured in the Lord of the Rings but we couldn't really identify it with the film. Underground We visited the hydroelectric power station on Lake Manapouri ... read more
Power station
James Bond stylee!
The wet doubtful sounds!

Hi everyone Well I have about a week to catch up on...havent had Internet availablity for a few days and done a lot of travelling. Last time I was in Queenstown and setting off for Fjoirdland - well yes it was as amazing as everyone says it is. I have been so lucky with the weather too, it was a bit murky at Te Anau but now enought to stop me taking a trip over the Lake and to the Glow worm caves..never seen anything like that before ... a little boat ride inside the caves in complete darkness and silence and glow worms hanging from the rock above...was lovely. Rain that night was good news as you need rain for the waterfalls all the way to Milford Sound. Wot a spectacle...I was lucky to choose ... read more

Doubtful Sound Fjord Australasia » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland » Te Anau By Bill CarolApril 17th 2007THERE ARE NO WORDS........ read more
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Geo: -45.4151, 167.718We've had quite the two-day adventure to share with you all! Yesterday we awoke in Queenstown to glorious sun, breakfasted on fresh eggs from the market, and shopped around the very spendy but very trendy town--a cross between Sun Valley and Jackson Hole, perhaps. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the temperature only climbed. We purchased gondola tickets to ride to the top of the mountain, which afforded a striking view of the Remarkable Mts. (aptly named), blue Lake Wakatipu in a horseshoe shape around the spit of land that is Queenstown, and all the extreme adventure sports you can imagine witnessing in one spot: paragliding, parasailing, bungy jumping, luge riding, sailing, fishing, mountain biking, canyon swinging... You name it, someone was doing it within eyesight. We then jumped on the luge--a ... read more

Ian...(long one!) We left Riverton and the 90% of the tapas meal that we hadn’t managed to eat behind us and set off for Te Anau via the Southern Scenic Route. The view from the van just kept getting more and more impressive the closer we got to our destination. We arrived at our first 5 star campsite and, to be honest, I would have been happy to have eaten my dinner in the toilet block it was so clean! We quickly plugged in the van and went for an explore and to see about picking up our tickets for the walk that we had planned for the day after next and to start the process of buying all the stuff that we would need for the walk. We discovered that Te Anau consists of virtually ... read more
Ian at the start of the track
Rachy by the first bit of water we saw
A group of Keas on the track

Hello! After spending 7 of the past 8 days hiking in the New Zealand bush, I arrived back in Queenstown this afternoon, which feels a bit jarring with its multiple streets (like 4...hahah) jammed with picture snapping tourists and neon signs designed to compel you to impulsively throw yourself out of a plane or off of a bridge. Actually, I am quite glad to be here. Queenstown is definitely a hub for travelers, locals, and all sorts in between and vibrates with the excitement of people experiencing and seeing things for the first time. It is a busy town but you can easily jump in the lake or climb up a mountain and be away from it all in moments. Three other backpacking friends of mine are serendipitously here currently as well (as I discovered in ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau February 23rd 2007

Making a base in Te Anau (a small, sleepy town in a beautiful setting) was proving pretty good so far so for Stevie's last day we explored on bikes and had a good dinner out. The next day I went up the Milford Road and walked up to the Gertrude Saddle in the Darren Mountains which is a climbers paradise when dry. Dramatic alpine scenery & superb views across to Milford Sound made this a great day. On the 25th, our extreme two week "drought" broke with heavy rain and wind causing the cancellation of my kayak trip on Milford Sound. However, our guides Nick & Fi were ever resourceful and we took a cruise instead on the Mitre Peak boat all the way along the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea. Again, Milford Sound ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau February 21st 2007

Well it wouldn't be a trip to Fiordland without a cruise on either Doubtful or Milford Sounds. So starting with Doubtful... Stevie & I booked an overnight cruise on the Tutoko. This involves a 50 min boat trip across Lake Manapouri (good fun in a fast water taxi), then a scenic coach trip along the Wilmot Pass which is an improbable road in beautiful scenery built at great expense for the construction of the Manapouri power station. The Tutoko was a great boat and there was plenty of space on it for the nine of us (seven passengers, Richard the Skipper and the ever-cheery Niall). The benefits of being on a small boat were immediately apparent as we were warmly welcomed with some chilled bubbly and got underway. After a bit of cruising and some cheese ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau February 13th 2007

בס"ד "..וקולי ישמע כזעקה, כתפילת האדם וליבי יקרא מאין יבוא עזרי.." הטראק הרציני הראשון שלי!! את ניו זילנד ניתן לחוות בהמון דרכים.. נסיעה, רכיבה (כן! כן! ראינו כאן לא מעט מטורפים שעושים את הדרך ב-אופניים!!!!!), טיסה, הפלגה.. אבל אחת הדרכים הטובות היא.. דרך הרגליים!! וכך מצאתי את עצמי יוצאת לטראק של שלושה ימים, שעוד בארץ כשקניתי ציוד לטיול - זו היתה הנבואה שראיתי לנגד עיניי - אז.. זה הסיפור על נבואה שמגשימה את עצמה.. ביום הראשון שהגענו לטה-אנאו פגשתי במישהי שהכרתי עוד במלבורן, היא נראתה לא במיטבה (בלשון... read more
לא סוחבת בעליות!!
Kepler Track
- בין שמיים לארץ -

I chose the Doubtfuls sounds over the Milford sounds as they are more or less the same its a lost less touristy. There was also the opportunity to spend a night cruising the sounds with a sleep over. Not the cheap option but well worth it. The weather was on our side and the views were once again like everything in New Zealand, spectacular! The food was awesome and even the dolphins and seals came out to play. I have a lot of photos but unfortnately I can't put them on the site until I get home to the UK in a weeks time. So revisit this and the previous few blogs again for more photos. ... read more
54km of this!

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