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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau February 17th 2017

Geo: -45.4151, 167.718We woke this morning to a beautiful, clear day. The anchor was hoisted around 6:30 am and we continued to explore Doubtful Sound. Once again, we saw dolphins as they splashed around and visited the boat.In the afternoon, we made our way back to the dock, back on the motor coach, back on the ferry, and back on the second motor coach. But, this last leg was only about 15 minutes to Te Anau where we toured the glow worm caves. It was interesting, but a little too "commercial". There were metal scaffolds and walkways throughout, but the glow worms were cool. This species of glow worm is only found in New Zealand. They are about 1-1/2" long and regurgitate these "fishing lines" that can be up to 4" long, and hang down from ... read more
Morning in  Doubtful Sound
These fiords are deep!
Beautiful day

Geo: -44.6698, 167.928It rained all night, but cleared up just as we left Te Anua.A picturesque drive to Milford Sound, stopping along the way for photo opportunities.Thru the tunnel, then down to the Milford Sound Lodge to checkin.A quick lunch then off to our cruise around the Sound!The word that Derek kept repeating was MAJESTIC, nothing else seemed big enough to describe the views around us. Dinner cooked at the camp kitchen, sausages and veggies :-)Another episode if The Voice before bed.... read more
Awesome waterfall
Fairies dancing at bottom of waterfall

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau November 16th 2016

Geo: -45.4151, 167.718Continued on the scenic route, to Te Anua, stopping at Mc Crackens Rest lookout, and Clifden suspension bridge.Booked into the Lakeview in Te Anua, checked out the local shops and had lunch.Watched an amazing movie about Fiordland, then off to see the Glow worms via catamaran.Finally had some good Fish n Chips - local Blue Cod in a fishermans basket.Back to the campsite to update the blog and relax, then sleep.... read more
Clifden Bridge
With the Blue Chook
Taking each others photo on the catamaran

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau September 18th 2016

Geo: -45.4151, 167.718Our 4th Sunday without worship ! we were lazy today - this first Sunday that we probably could have found a church somewhere. But we have been constantly praying and praising God for His bounty, that's for sure, and look forward to being at Advent next Sunday!After our usual breakfast of free-range eggs (how can I go back to normal ones?) and marmalade toast, we did some resorting of our packing.Our flight from Queenstown to Auckland is the most restrictive one we face: one bag each can be checked, and can be up to 50, with one carry on each only 15 pounds. So the big case is stuffed, and the bag that's usually a carry on has to be stuffed even more densely. Plus my backpack with delicate things, and David's camera bag. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau September 17th 2016

Geo: -45.4151, 167.718We were so blessed to wake up (the engines start at 6:30 am!!) to clearing clouds and a crisp clear day. Great breakfast too.On our return we had such a nice conversation with 2 young couples we had chatted with and shared lots of photos with - the Indian couple was on their honeymoon! and the Australian couple had been married 2 years - when we mentioned that this was our 45th anni they asked what the secret was. Good segue into the benefits of experiencing a Marriage Encounter, but lots of "inside info." Made the trip back very short.Because the weather was so lovely, David did not think we should wait till tomorrow, but should head out right away over the famous and beautiful road to Milford Sound. M. Sound is 1/3 the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau September 16th 2016

Geo: -45.4151, 167.718We woke up to drizzles - and sun - and the most amazing rainbow right outside our place. This provided the perfect greeting for Anna & Mike's anniversary, which hasn't happened yet - ha ha!We wandered over to the Visitor's "I site" and watched the cutest movie about Sirocco the kakapo, a highly endangered forest parrot (about 50 known). Evidently he was abandoned as a chick and imprinted onto humans, so he was considered a "dud" to the breeding program. However, his desire to mate with his human friends caused a video to go viral and he brought so much attention to the conservation cause he became a star!!! Wonderful story :) Check it out.We had to be at the wharf in next town by 11:30, so we grabbed some sandwiches and our overnight ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau September 15th 2016

Geo: -45.4151, 167.718As we had arrived in Haast in the dark and drizzle, we were amazed at how beautiful our surroundings were this morning.the drive across Haast Pass (the lowest of the 3 passes between East and West Coasts) was easy and lovely. We stopped at 2 waterfalls, but were conscious of the fact that we had no cell reception, which meant no GPS, so we really didn't know how long it would take to get to Te Anau.Lake Wanaka and its neighboring lake were winners.For some reason the town nearby set itself up as a place to post bras and take donations to support Breast Cancer services.We took the curvy steep road from there to Queenstown, and the views were well worth it.At the top of the last pass we had our brie and crackers ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau September 13th 2016

I continued my descent down the South Island as their were two spots I wanted to get to. Slope Point which is the southern most point on the South Island (I figured since I made it to the northern most point of the North Island, might as well do opposite for the South Island) and also the famed district of Fiordland in the southwest portion of the country. I would fight two battles during this leg of my journey: 1.) The weather and 2.) Trying to process and comprehend the beauty that stood before me and understand the power of nature that sculpted it. My first stop on this segment was a little town called Oamaru of which I had read has a colony of pudgy nightly visitors that live in the hillsides outside of town. ... read more

Finally a New Zealander greets me with 'Sweet arse!' translating to 'sweet as' or 'great'. It's 7.30am as we set off towards Milford Sound and there's a gorgeous pink sky over Queenstown and the lake. Guess that's a 'shepherd's warning' which doesn't bode well for our boat trip in Milford Sound. Fingers crossed. As we drive out of the town I can't get over what a stunning setting Queenstown is in. Everywhere you look are craggy, towering folds of rocky mountains. Mum would have hated it, finding it oppressive and closing in on her. That's how she felt about the Yorkshire hills and moors never mind big mountains. It's why she loved flat, open, big skies Norfolk so much. A total contrast, but I'm the opposite and absolutely love it. Our tour guide for the day ... read more

Par Sylvain : Notre retour au Fjordland, paysages de montagnes sortant de la mer, commence par un aperçu sur les rives du lac Hauroko, le lac le plus profond de nouvelle Zélande. Nous y grimperons pendant une petite randonnée de 3heures pendant laquelle nous rencontrerons un Ruru (sorte de chouette). Après cette petite pause sur notre route, nous arrivons ce mercredi 24 février au soir à Te Anau. C’est une petite ville à l’entrée des fjords. La météo annonçant de la pluie pour les jours à venir, on se fait à l’idée d’attendre ici avant d’être coincés dans les montagnes. Nous passerons donc trois jours complets sous la pluie en regardant une saison de notre série du moment, Homeland. On fera quelques parties de Yathzée et nous passerons quelques heures autour de notre « Bonne Paye ... read more
ça grimpe plus qu'à la plage!

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