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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Haast March 6th 2009

Last time we travelled down the W Coast we stopped to see the Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers but it was too cloudy to see the mountains. This time it was too wet and cloudy to see the glaciers either! We compensated by going to watch a short film shot from helicopters showing amazing views of the mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes. Stopped south of Haast on site at Okuru near the beach - and the sun came out!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Hokitika March 6th 2009

Overnight at Murchison Follow Buller River thru gorges etc down to Westport. No time for suspension bridge / slide wire trip! Lunch picnic at Carters Beach Down coast to Greymouth, Hokitika and then Lake Kaniere where Jim & Margaret were waiting to meet us. The house is now finished (apart from the odd cupboard door) and a great place to stay. we were lucky that it was fine and next day went with them to see the Hokitika Gorge with fantastic blue water. (pic to follow)... read more
With Jim & Margaret Park
Lake Kaniere

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast February 10th 2009

After arriving into Picton via Marlborough Sounds we headed across to the West coast of the south island to begin our trip down south. The first stop was the Abel Tasman National Park, which we knew would be different from most NZ national parks, as this one was mainly beaches and coast line (and not mountains!), and at first we thoughts it would be good, but nothing special.....how wrong we were. It turned out to be one of the most stunning and memorable days we had. We started our day from the southern section of the park, and took a water taxi up to the north end, and witnessed Split Apple rock on route, and a small seal colony, plus fantastic views of the green hills rolling striaght into sandy beaches and turqoise water. We spent ... read more
Haast to Wanaka drive
Abel Tasman
Abel Tasman

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast January 31st 2009

Hi blog readers! I'm afraid I've been neglecting you in the last couple of weeks. So let's do a few excuses. First of all, the internet access on the ship was very expensive, and also very unreliable. Secondly, I've not had the time or the inclination, as there seems to have been a lot happening, which I'll try and summarise. After leaving Tauranga, we had a day at sea, en route to Christchurch, with excellent weather, so we spent a lot of time on the deck, in and out of the various swimming pools and hot tubs, trying to catch a bit of sun. Once we had spent a while on board, we realised just how vast this thing was, with bars and restaurants all over the place, so that we had to carry around a ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast January 24th 2009

Faulkner/Blunt Visit - Part III and final chapter....must move on to next round of news and guests.... January 8 - 12, 2009 Thursday - Left Queenstown fairly early to head to Wanaka to Puzzling World and quick visit with the Ellis family again. Syd forgot her shoes on Tuesday and we needed to collect them. The weather was nice in Wanaka and we should have stayed there longer. It was 2 days of HEAVY rain from mid day on Thurs until Friday night. The pass from Wanaka to the West Coast (Haast) was gorgeous - lush rainforests, beautiful waterfalls and great hikes. We drove past all of them since the rain just kept getting heavier and heavier. In hindsight, Michele and I both agree we should have taken a walk or two in the rain. We ... read more
Haast Visitors Center
Hukawai Glacier Center
Hukawai Glacier Center

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast January 17th 2009

I've made it through the west coast with only a smattering of rain! This part of the country is amazingly beautiful with high mountains right along the coast line with a few glaciers thrown in there and lots of rivers and gorges! I left the nelson area and headed south to Westport, or as the locals say...Deadport. Basically sums it all up. But I did meet an interesting fellow while waiting for the bus out of town. He was an older chap, he claimed 54 but I suspect older. He was on his way down the coast to go gold mining. He was meeting up with a friend down in Greymouth where he'd party for a few days and hopefully hook up with his mates mum who was his same age. He then made some remark ... read more
Monteiths brewery tour
Jade carving!
Blue Ice

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast January 15th 2009

Hi All, Sean and I spent the last two days back country hiking up a ridge behind the farm here, following it through to an alpine pond where we camped for the evening. The following day we followed the creek coming from the pond back to the farm. It took us 6 1/2 hrs up and 7 hours down, following our compass to creat a path. Sean, the goat, had a blast running straight up and around the ridges, where I was a little more nervous with the continuous thought of "How am I going to get down from here!?" There is a makeshift trail that lead up through the brush to the ridge, but we kept losing it, so Sean and I eventually resorted to climbing straight up the brush, using ferns and trees to ... read more
Elliot's Toe
The Ridgeline & Beyond
View from the Ridge

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast January 11th 2009

Hey All, Sean and I are staying on a farm just south of Ahaura now. If you're looking at a map it is about an hours drive east of Gremouth along the West Coast on the South Island. We're loving our time here so far. We've had today off where we follow Erin & Pav and family to the Safety Creek swimming hole just off of their property. It was pretty refreshing jumping into fairly cold water :) Gorgeous as well! We tried to hitch off of the Heaphy track and ended up spending an evening in Westport. We tried to get out of Westport but realized there was no hope when we were passed by two hippie vans. Haha. It worked out well anyway, because the followig day we got a ride with a guy ... read more
In The Yards
Shearing Weenie
The Aftermath

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Punakiaki December 30th 2008

Hello From the glaciers in the West, we made our way up the moody Coast which changed from thick cloud to bright sunshine in the space of a few minutes! The rugged coastline is almost desolate - not many tourists venture over this way, and only 1% of the population lives here, so, at times we began to feel like the only ones in New Zealand! It was a long, windey drive but each new view of the rocky coastline gave us amazing views, and it made us make a comparrison to Oz - NZ, seems to be so comfortable with it's beauty that it forgets to rave about it, where-as in Oz the "Great Ocean Road" is one of the highlights, and greatly advertised!.....You can probably guess which we preferred - This country just has ... read more
Magical forest!
Pancake rock
Pancake rocks (blow hole)

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » West Coast » Karamea December 25th 2008

So after we made it to Karamea and stayed the night Niv and Danielle decided that because it was raining that they didn't want to go walk to see the Caves so we headed back to Westport. Kinda a dumb idea if you ask me and I wasn't very happy about it. Anyways we stayed at the place we had checked into because they let us switch our night and we ended up having a good time that night. We left early the Next morning because Danielle had left her USB memory stick in the computer in Karamea so we ended up going to look at the caves anyways. They were really neat because you could find your own way thru them and the arches we pretty neat to. After that we got back in the ... read more
Inside the caves 2
Inside the caves
The limestone arches




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