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


Our drive from Dunedin to Te Anau was very picturesque. We stopped at Gore to stretch our legs and relax for a while. We liked the unusual trout statue in the centre of town and some of the older buildings including a large industrial building. We arrived at our Lakeside Motel in Te Anau mid afternoon and had time for a nice walk by the lakeside before nightfall. The next day was a day we had been looking forward to, our journey to Milford Sound. Amazing, incredible, awesome – were just a few of the adjectives to describe the scenery en route from Te Anau to Milford Sound. Te Anau itself has beautiful scenery but the 121km drive to Milford Sound was really special – lakes, mountains and alpine rivers. We stopped at Mirror Lakes which ... read more
Cleddau Valley
Interesting Industrial Building at Gore
Trout Statue at Gore

Så er vi på Syd-øen på New Zealand. Ja, det vil sige vi har efterhånden været her en uge. Tiden flyver. Vi startede med et par dage i Christchurch, hvor vi forsøgte at afklimatisere os lidt, inden vi begav os ud i den autocamper, der skal være vores "hjem" de næste tre uger. Christchurch er stadigt stærkt præget af jordskælvet for to år siden, som forårsagede store ødelæggelser i Centrum og kostede næsten 200 mennesker livet. Da vi havde fået overdraget vores kæmpe køretøj begav vi os med venstrekørsel (gæt selv, hvem der er chauffør!) op mod det højeste bjerg i NZ: Mount Cook. Fandt en campingplads ved bredden af den smukkeste turkise sø omgivet af bjerge. Campinglivets "fornøjelser" med fællesbad er vi efterhånden ved at vende os til, og alle de steder vi har været ... read more
Christchurch to år efter jordskælvet
Milford sounds
Så er vi klar til jet boating

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fiordland National Park » Te Anau November 14th 2012

Geo: -45.4151, 167.718A bit of frustration in the wind here in New Zealand for us travellers. The past few days have been a comedy of errors it seems. After leaving the Dunedin area, we headed down to the Catlins which is the southernmost part of New Zealand. We had planned on staying 3 nights at a backpacker hostel that was situated just off a wide crescent beach. After driving past all the major viewpoints and hikes along the way due to the blustery, rainy weather, we arrived at our destination with our sights set on a restful 3 days with no driving and maybe, just maybe, time to read and chill out. We were enjoying the company of a British couple while making and eating our dinner when a big, furry cat walked into the common ... read more
Where's Wooldo?
Wave Patterns
Charging Sea Lion

The drive to Wanaka from Fox was a spectacular one. It took us a bit longer than expected because we stopped at a couple of lookout points to take in the views. There's scenery and then there's New Zealand scenery! We arrived at the campsite which had good facilities and loads of space. It was pretty late so it was dark and we couldn't see much of the lake, so we showered and headed out for dinner to celebrate my birthday. We went to an Indian restaurant called the Spice Room (the lady at reception in the campsite had recommended it). It was really cosy in there with a fire blazing and comfy couches to sit on while you wait for them to prepare your table. The really was really tasty and afterwards we went to ... read more
Moon Rising
View of the Alps
Shellducks and Cormorants

Now I know what you are thinking; they have turned into Pirates and are not coming back? Have won the Malaysian version of ‘Who wants to be a Millionare?’ Maybe it’s that we have struck gold in Oz? Afraid not – but we have found some pics that we haven’t put up before. Julian thinks they are real gems (even though – yep I know Lyn – he’s not on many. It’s the weather you see – he is finding it difficult to cope). So the pics – they are of NZ, some seen before others new – a real mixture. To help understand this mixture, here is a handy guide (Whales + Dolphins = kaikoura; Nice blue water = Lake Tekapo. Snowy Mountain = you’ve guessed it (!) Mount Cook; Water, Mountains and Rich n ... read more
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Queenstown, a tourist town on Lake Wanaka flanked by the ‘Incredibles’ mountain range and Ben Lomond. Ok that’s the boring bit done, Queenstown is an adrenlin packed playground and our welcome involved travelling by cable car to the sadle of Ben Lomond and looking down to Queenstown with hang-gliders above us, bungee jumpers below us, Luge drivers alongside us and jet boaters on the lake. So we took the soft start and raced the Luge circuit in a go-kart no less than 5 times. Then to the serious stuff…45 minutes on the lake and Shotover River in a twin jet boat driven by Kevin with a glint in his eye like it was his last drive…it was. The boat shoots down the river like something from a Bond film, aiming for any obstacle and swerving at ... read more
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Our final day on the Milford Track.... read more
Arthur River Bridge
McKay Falls
Arthur River

The photos speak for themselves!... read more
Good on ya!..
Down the Clinton Valley
Guess who...

What can I write that would do justice to the sights we have seen? If a picture is worth a thousand words, I have a lot of work to do to equal all the wonderful shots my better half has taken recently. Our trip to Milford sound, a fjord on the west coast of NZ, was like a dream. We boarded our 700 ton ship, the Milford Mariner and were greeted with hot chocolate and muffins. Upon seeing a pod of about 30 dolphins, including calves, they lowered the tender ships and we got to see them from about ten feet away. Nearby, seals were basking in the sun under the 1000 foot cliffs that surrounded us. The food was excellent and it was just an beautiful way to spend a couple days. Yesterday we arrived ... read more

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Clinton Valley
First view of McKinnon Pass
Hidden Lake

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