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Published: October 13th 2007
The ferry ride over from Wellington was gorgeous and we were so lucky to have a nice clear day. The views were superb once we got into the sound of the South Island. After arriving in Picton we headed straight to Kaikoura where we spent our first night camping in New Zealand.
We arrived and as you can see the weather was lovely but that was short lived and at midnight that night the heavens opened. We were a little bit wet in the morning but we soldiered on to our first trip swimming with dolphins, sadly they did not want to be found and we instead spent the time on the boat watching various NZ sea birds including albatross!
After leaving here we headed to the Banks Peninsula and to Akaroa - a little sleepy harbour which still maintains its french heritage. It was still raining as we arrived so thats 14 hours solid rain.
We spent the night in Akaroa at a wonderful wee place - a 150 year old cottage. Lo and behold in the morning we awoke to more rain so we backshelved any walking plans and went to the museum and the local
shops and got the best fudge ever!
We headed away from Akaroa to Arthurs Pass where we spent the night camping in the wild landscape at just over 900m. We had a pretty good night weather wise there though the kea birds (massive parrot like birds with big beaks!) were a bit of a menace. We awoke to a pretty clear morning and decided to try to climb Avalanche Peak which is nearly 2000m but the snowy weather stopped us getting to the top but we made a it a fair distance up the mountain.
We left Arthurs Pass and headed to Punakaiki which is famous for the Pancake Rock formations we also camped here - 2 nights in a row!
We are now in Fox Glacier and are going to be doing our glacier day walk tomorrow which should an adventure!
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