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Oct 30, 2004 - New Zealand - Nelson

Nelson -Population 52,300 30\10\04 Nelson region is one of the top destinations for travellers to NZ. It boasts more sunshine than any other part of NZ, top beaches & some of the most popular national parks Abel Tasmen being one of them. Now feeling relaxed & beginning to meet other backpackers on the bus - many roughly my age, I felt that the decision to use this method of transport was the right one. Even though the journey to Nelson took the best part of the day as we passed through Picton, stopping at the ferry port meeting other...

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Oct 30, 2004 - UPDATED! --> Picton, top of the North Island!

Hey folks and welcome to Picton on the South Island. Today was the coldest day we've been through yet. Temperatures were about 5C but in the end we were fine. The hostel we stayed at supplied blankets. Once we got off the STRAY bus at Picton ferry terminal we were picked up by the shuttle bus from the hostel. The hostel we stayed at was 'The Villa', which seemed a bit pricey at $23 each for a dorm. We then had to PAY another $2 each for linen, so it ended up being $50 in total. Not chuffed. You can get a twin for that in other areas....

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Oct 19, 2004 - Pelirous Bridge

We arrived on the south island in the afternoon and after a drive through some very windy, dark roads our first stop was a camp site in a place called Pelirous Bridge. We arrived late night to all sorts of strange and wonderful noises as the site was in the forest. After a tin of beans and a few glasses of vino we hit crashed and awoke in the morning in a beatiful site....

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Apr 25, 2004 - Picton

Had a flying visit to Picton - really only here to catch the ferry to the North Island. The hostel we stayed in was really nice though - had a very homely feel. Out in the garden there was a treehouse so I spent most of the day in that reading my book. Later I sat on the front verandah and the hostel cat (Melrose) came and sat on my lap - she was very like Keira - it was nice to have a cat sitting on my lap while I was reading again :) The best bit about the hostel was free hot apple crumble and ice-cream after dinner - very yummy!

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Tara's Travels

Apr 6, 2004 - Blenheim and the vineyards of the Marlbourgh wine region

We decided to limit ourselves to 3 wineries. First stop was Montana, because we like their sparkling wines. We left a bit disappointed as they make you pay to taste anything half-decent. They did however have an excellent smell-o-roma machine and a quality kiddies playground complete with giant corkscrew and bunch of grapes. Photo opportunity ? Next stop was Villa Maria and was free. Sarah was driving and Denis tried the whole range. It always seems to be Sarah's turn to drive on days like today. On the way to our last stop, Cloudy Bay, we...

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Apr 2, 2004 - To Picton and the Ferry to Wellington.

After a lazy morning we said goodbye to the crazy stuntman and headed in to Nelson to walk up a mountain, to the point that marks the centre of New Zealand. It was a 1 hour return walk, and the climb was extremely steep. Usually the times are generous and you tend to do them quicker than the estimated times, so after 30 minutes we began to think we must be nearly there. But the climbs kept getting steeper and a further 15 minutes later, completely worn out from the climbing we could just about see the top of the hill. Imagine our...

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Dec 7, 2003 - Two days at Picton

Sun 12/7 we drove to Picton. The route included Queen Charlotte Drive which is again a very scenic route. We stopped along the way for morning tea, photo ops and then had lunch in the city center of Picton at a sidewalk cafe. In the afternoon, we hit the wineries near Blenheim. Driving across Rapaura Road west of Spring Creek was like driving through Napa Valley. One winery after another, all with tasting rooms. We were resupplied for happy hour! Mon 12/8 we took the mail boat ride around Queen Charlotte Sound. It rained all morning and we...

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Dec 1, 2003 - Queen Charlotte Walkway Day 1: Weka Attack

The Queen Charlotte Walkway takes 4 days to complete and covers 71km along the ridges above Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound. It's meant to be a moderate walk, but as it's our first one together, we decided to have our packs moved from each of our stopovers by water taxi so we only have to carry day packs on the walk itself. Ralph kindly drove us into Picton to catch the water taxi, which meant that we could leave our car and belongings with them while we were away. We jumped on the boat for 10am and it whizzed us up the sound...

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New Zealand 2003

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