Blogs from Greymouth, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 7


Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth March 30th 2009

GREYMOUTH: Caught the train out of Christchurch after returning the hire car got picked up at the hotel and taken to the next leg of the journey. The Station. We stopped at Arthurs Pass to Stretch the legs the journey was about 4 hours. The scenery was great with the widest rivers we have ever seen. Our stopover for the night is Fox Glacier the base of the mountain. As the picture show chopper trip, Lake Matheson, and a local beach full of dead trees!... read more
Arthurs Pass
Local Scenery
Local Scenery

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth March 5th 2009

Monday March 2nd Very light mist, booo. Breakfast of plumbs I bought in Takaka and coffee. Yes I am making my own coffee on occasion. Heading out for the coast I read my itinerary and discover that the swinging bridge I thought I missed is actually only a short distance down the road. I stop to check it out, but really, would you pay to go out on a swinging bridge over a river gorge in the pouring rain? Parts of the Buler River gorge are breathtaking, especially if you’re driving too fast, only kidding. I have gotten the windy road thing down, learning how to estimate speeds on those nasty hairpin turns. On the overall subject of speed thought I must admit Father I have sinned. Contrary to the comment I made early on about ... read more
The Tasman Sea
Another fern
The Truman waik

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth February 18th 2009

18th Feb 2009 The town of Franz Josef is basically a stop for tourists who want to visit the glacier. It is a collection of motels and bars and not much else. We made an early start and drove to the car park at the start of the footpath to Franz Josef Glacier. The start of the trek is on a flat footpath and is very easy going but it soon meets the pebble river bed of what is the beginning of the Waiho river and it becomes a bit tricky to keep your footing. After a 40 minute walk we reach the last safe point to view. The glacier is some 7 miles long and descends from a region of perpetual snow down to a rain forest. At one time in its history it met ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth February 11th 2009

On the bus most of today and again bad weather on a day where we are looking at scenery, first stop cape Foul wind named by captain cook as he blown off course. Then on to the pancake rocks and blow holes the sea was not quite right for the blow holes but we did see some water come out. The rocks were cool and reminded us of the great ocean road in Australia. We continued on to grey mouth where we decided not to go on the beer tour just went for a look around the town, got some food and then to bed. ... read more
Pancake rock

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth February 5th 2009

So far I have hiked through a Stream Flow Cave, a walk that lasted about an hour and went though a cave that became pitch dark with a rapid flowing stream through it. At parts it was all the way up to my stomach. I made it out to the west coast and visited Greymouth, Pancake Rocks and went on some short walks. One was to another cave that was not very interesting, but we met weird guy along the way that made the trip very amusing. Another walk today was the Charming Creek walk; on it was a suspended bridge, an old goldmining railway system, some tunnels through the mountain, and a large waterfall.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth January 24th 2009

Our fourth day fell on Christmas Eve and was one of relative rest; the first three days were a whirlwind of activity. When we were planning the trip, we knew that by the end of the third day we would be spent, so for the fourth day taking a scenic train through the mountains from coast to coast seemed to fit well. The TranzAlpine travels from Christchurch on the east coast to Greymouth on the west coast. In between are some plains, lots of mountains, and some rivers. We got up early, went to the train station, checked in, waited, and then boarded the train. One of the many cool things about the trip is that one of my co-workers from the project in Sydney and her friend were also taking the same train; we knew ... read more
Horse and Lupins

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth January 7th 2009

En route vers Greymouth, on s'arrête pour voir les Pancake Rocks qu'on pourrait traduire par "les rochers crêpes". En effet les rochers sont composés de fines couches de roche empilées comme des crêpes. La recette pour la fabrication des crêpes est assez simple mais dure très longtemps. Elle commence il y environ 35 millions d'années avec une succession de dépôts de sédiments tels que des coquillages marins et de tassement par des boues et autres solides acheminés à la mer par les rivières. S'en suit d'un soulèvement des couches géologique lors de la formation des montagnes et du relief. Finalement une longue érosion par la mer et le climat donne le résultat des rochers crêpes. Et l'érosion continue... Non loin des Pancake Rocks, on trouve une plage qui est parfaite pour contempler un couché de soleil ... read more
Pancake Rocks
Eau blue turquoise

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth December 28th 2008

Sábado 27-dic-08 Ha habido mucho movimiento en la habitación esta noche y no he podido descansar lo suficiente para la pana que llevaba encima, ademas toca madrugar hoy mi bus sale a las 7 de la mañana y son 6 horitas de vellón y lo peor es que no me podré dormir en el. Bueno uno de los motivos por los que tarda tanto, ademas que para en todos los pueblos, es que nos lleva de visita a ver unas rocas con forma de pancakes y nos deja una horita para hacer la excursión. Las rocas tienen su aquel, pero yo alucino con los autocares estos de linea que cojo; este de hoy retrasa su posible llegada en una hora para ir de excursión, para mi perfecto que lo pillo una vez en la vida ... read more
hacedor de nubes
cuidado, que viene el tren de hoy

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth December 25th 2008

We stayed in Greymouth for 2 nights. The Hostle was the nicest so far and they had free kayaks and bikes. We went gold panning because it was a huge spot in the gold rush but we found nothing but bug bites and better tans. We had to wait until the tide came in to use the kayaks so it was a good way to kill some time. We were all going to go kayaking but Niv decided last minute that he wasn't going to come so Danielle and I went. it was really nice to be out on the water. We went thru a bird sanctuary before hitting the Ocean so got a few good pictures of birds. We ended the night by having a nice BBQ and pigging out. MMmmm good.... read more
More birds
Gold panning

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth November 5th 2008

I was planning to tell the diary all about our wonderful stay in the beautiful city of Greymouth but Greymouth was as grey as its name. It simply rained all the way from Franz Josef to Greymouth and continued overnight with the addition of a very strong wind. The van really rocked during the night but that is perhaps another story. I am sure that Greymouth is a really nice place but all we saw was the supermarket and the local restaurant - The Australian. Don't ask me how it got its name - nobody could tell me. One strange (to us)thing about Public Houses over here is that they all have a bookies attached to them with a few television sets showing all kinds of sports and up to a dozen one armed bandits. They ... read more

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