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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth May 7th 2015

Wifi is super hard to come by on the south island driving up the west coast. Photos are having a hard time loading. Here is a drive you can access to view them if you would like to. Will blog next stop w/ wifi. url=https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwMrVXD9gHP4fi13RGhDdWVLd3FsbDRramJVZlhpWTNiWGxQYWpCN1o0cHotR2RDRl9lRlk&authuser=0JUST CLICK HERE... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth March 16th 2015

Hi, there were a couple of things we did in Greymouth, besides walking around looking for something open !! We went to the memorial where the names of the miners were put on a wall, remember the 29 miners who all died in an explosion in a mine in 2010 ? Well it happened 46 km away from Greymouth, infact over the years they had all the names of the miners up on this memorial and some history about the accidents. There is a photo of Stu stood next to some tyres, we both couldn't get over how huge they were so I took a photo of them, OK, we were looking for something to do !! And at the time this entertained us !! They also love their 'street art' out here, you often see ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth March 14th 2015

Hi folks, back on the road again this morning, sorry to leave Chateau Franz, friendly place, so we only had a 2 hour car journey to our next destination. We stopped off at a couple of places on the way, one called Ross, old gold mining town and another one called Shantytown, but this was set up for tourists and you had to pay, decided not going to do that, (being tight), we got the idea in Ross !! Onward we went passing fields of sheep, cattle and even deer. Stu said he is all sheeped out and mountained out !! I'm not, can't stop looking at the mountains they are just beautiful, wish I had a mountain outside my house at home. So we arrived at our destination called Greymouth, this is just a stop ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth February 25th 2015

Well our NavMan died today. We began to notice her decline while we were still on the North Island. She would suddenly lose her gps signal in the middle of a wide open space - no mountains or trees in the way to block the signal. She would also say "turn left" and while we were in the intersection getting ready to turn, she would suddenly say, "turn right". We thought she was just a bit dumb, but I think it was just Alzheimer's setting in. Yesterday she died for good. Perrrrrfect timing, NavMan. The South Island is much more remote than the North Island, and the roads much more twisty. Thankfully I bought a big map of the country before we left. And hopefully we will find an Avis where we can exchange the unit ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth November 7th 2014

Arthur's Pass ( of Death ) - Day 2 On the road. I'm driving since I have left side of the road driving experience. Our plan is to do a counterclockwise loop around the South Island, skipping the northern region mainly out of time constraints. So today we drive to Greymouth via Arthur's Pass, a famous road long used by the Maori (indigent New Zealand people) but "discovered" by Arthur Dobson in 1864 as a way to get West during the Gold Rush. It's home to the highest settlement in NZ at 900m (Arthur's Pass Village population of 62). It's also home to a national park and cuts between two mountain ranges and is known for epic photo ops and lots of day hikes. So we think we will spend the day in the pass, hiking ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth February 7th 2014

We left Queenstown for Fox Glacier not by the main state road but by the more picturesque Crown Range road which took us along the mountain range. The road wound it's way upwards around many spine tingling hairpin bends and past ominous signs that read "chain stop here" !!!!! However the views and scenery made the journey well worth it, a must do if you come here. We carried on along the Cardrona Valley road until we came to a lovely town and lake at Wanaka. You could see the snowy tops of Mount Aspiring in the distance surrounded by a range of huge mountains. From here we went through the extremely narrow and winding Gates of Haast to get to the west coast. The vegetation changed from a mainly grassy or rocky terrain to one ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth February 4th 2014

Donderdag 30 Januari 2014: Met kleine oogjes sta ik op. Ik begin in te pakken en tref John nog even die terug is van de ochtend-yoga. Met ochtend bedoelde hij de sessie van 6u15. Ik rijd door voor ik terug met de Dyson mag dansen. John had nog een tip gegeven voor de route maar ik besluit om toch grotendeels door het centrum te rijden. Er is veel verkeer maar al bij al kom ik niet echt gevaarlijke situaties tegen. Ik ben men water vergeten bij te vullen dus ik stop nog vlug voor een fles en een baguette'tje. Lunchen doe ik aan de ingang van een park langs de drukke weg. Er is wind maar ik zit redelijk beschut dus dat valt mee. Het laatste stuk van de rit gaat iets trager maar is nog ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth January 19th 2014

Zaterdag 18 Januari 2014: Als ik alleen in een huis ben, lijk ik altijd te vervallen in oude gewoontejs. Zo bleef ik op tot 2u 's nachts. Dat was dus een korte nacht zeker omdat er om 5u een alarm afging in huis. Het ochtendritueel ging zeer langzaam en ik was niet gehaast. Ik maakte croque monsieurs, ik at er 5! Nog een beetje treuzelen en om 12u zijn we weg, eerst naar de winkel en dan verlaat ik eindelijk Westport. De eerste 7km zijn hetzelfde als in het heenkomen, alleen zijn ze nu droog :) Als ik afsla richting Greymouth staat er lifter. De baan is rustig en wijds. Het gaat door een soort heidelandschap en er zijn een aantal lichte klimmetjes. De zon is van de partij en er is een licht briesje. Ik ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth December 15th 2013

It seemed like most of us didn't have the best sleep last night for one reason or another. It ended up being quite warm and stuffy, most of us have been bitten by something, Caleb had a little dry cough, and the birds were chirping loudly quite early. Rhys called to say he was in departures and had checked in ok for his first flight to Auckland, much to Jans relief. We had a change in vans today and decided to split up into a boys and girls van. The girls got custody of the Christmas crooners CD, and complete with the bunting, Jans plug in Christmas tree, and Michelle driving most of the journey with Rudolph glasses it was the most Christmassy it had felt so far. We stopped at a quirky place, Pukekura 'home ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth November 3rd 2013

Sadly on Sunday evening we left Melbourne on a flight to Christchurch, New Zealand. Our flight left a little late because a gentleman had arrived earlier on an Asian flight and his baggage was already on our plane and he was nowhere to be found. They had to take off his luggage before they would let the plane leave. I am glad of that safety precaution! And Ken had an empty seat beside him!! So it was close to midnight before we arrived and 2 other planes arrived near the same time. Customs was not prepared for this to happen. New Zealanders and Australians went through one customs gate and all other passengers through another. There was one agent for our line. The one official came out and looked with a “What are we going to ... read more
New Container Mall
More Container Mall That is Lululemon to the left.
Tree planted in 1863 in honour of the wedding of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria




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