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Jan 14, 2010 - Getting to the Pass: Milford Track Day 3

The lights came on when the generator kicked in at 6.15 but for at least an hour before that we had been woken to the sounds of the kea that I had blinded in the night - kaaa....kaaaaa......kaaaaaa. It grates after a while I'm telling you! When I got back from the bathroom I noticed a lone feather stuck to the handrail where the kea had been perched and it looked like Charmaine had shot the little bugger - if only... It had rained constantly throughout the night and the clouds were still quite low when we set off just after 7.30 and my...

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Jan 13, 2010 - Sandflies & Scroggin: Milford Track Day 2

Sandflies...the down side of the Milford Track. I have approximately 30 bites including some on my face, which means photos of me close up are a definite No-No! Scroggin....every walkers dream snack and a definite up side of walking in NZ. To make scroggin take a handful of nuts, some seeds, some coconut flakes, raisins, dried fruit of any description and then the essential ingredient - chocolate flakes/buttons/morsels. Chuck it all in a bag and shake. Snack on it throughout the day, being careful not to let the chocolate pieces melt in...

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Jan 12, 2010 - To Te Anau: Milford Track Day 1

I've just got back from the Milford Track so I've really got to tell you all about it. I will come back and fill the the gaps of the last few days of my Rimu trip later. Having arrived in Queenstown and said Good-bye to my Rimu trip buddies, I woke up to amazing views across Lake Wakatipu. I headed to the Station Building meeting point and hung around with 'Group #73' - 48 people (a bit too many for my liking), mostly Aussies or Americans or Japanese with a couple of Europeans and me, the token Winjin Pom. I sat next to Julie, a...

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Jan 7, 2010 - Walter Peak / Bungee Jumping / Milford Sound

We started our morning on Wednesday by taking a ride on the TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship across to the south-east side of Lake Wakitipu to the Walter Peak High Country Farm for a farm tour. The farm is situated in a picturesque setting on the shore of the lake and although the main house and cottages surrounding it were clearly designed for the occasional visitor, the farm actually is still a working farm exporting much of its wool and mutton all around the world. As you can see the place was beautiful with lots of opportunity for...

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Dec 15, 2009 - December 15

December 15 - We had resigned ourselves to not being able to do Milford Sound because of the weather. We had been looking at the forecast on December 14th and Pete had called to see if they were flying in to Milford Sound but we had to call back in the morning. We called but the updated weather report was being downloaded so we had to try back after 10:00 am. Surprise, looked like there was a window for one flight so we said lets go for it. We arrived at the Airport, got a lunch to take with us and then off to the plane. Holds a total of...

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Nov 30, 2009 - Sound Advice

Monday November 30, 2009 – Milford Sound Sound Advice Well, it’s all come down to this. I started her off small – a 20-minute harbour ferry from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay in Sydney. I moved her up to riverboats in Kakadu to see crocodiles. The big hump was crossed when she made it comfortably on the ferry across open ocean to Agincourt Reef to the Great Barrier Reef. I knew things were coming together when she suggested we take the ferry from Shute Harbour to Daydream Island in the Whitsundays and carried on by then suggesting that...

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Nov 12, 2009 - Milford Sound

Thursday Milford Sound An early start to catch the tour bus from the campsite. We'd been offered the wildlife tour as the better option and it turned out to be just a small bus with 12 passengers so we had more time to stop off and look at the views and do a few nature trails coming and going. 3 hours each way traveling on the bus with plenty of stop offs and a slightly longer boat trip with time to draw in close to the rock faces and see the wildlife and many water falls. As expected the scenery was magnificent & just like the photos....

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Nov 9, 2009 - Fjordlands National Park

Hi everyone. It’s me…..Rosemary!! I am still here and loving every minute of our trip. Today was a “scenic cruising” day. We were in Fjordland National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and also thought to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. So needless to say, it was a beautiful place to be. It is said that it rains here 250 days a year, but today the sun was out, the sky was blue, and the wind only about 10mph. Our telephone wake-up call came at 6:15AM. I was up and out the door before 6:30AM and on my way to the Crow’s Nest…top of the...

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Nov 3, 2009 - milford trek

Terug van de trek. Na gedoucht te hebben, gaan eten en na het lekkere eten overgoten met een fles rode cabernet merlot uit 2006 uit de streek, nu het nieuws aan het checken van het thuisfront. De trek is erg goed verlopen. Voor aanvang zagen de weersvoorspellingen er allesbehalve gunstig uit, zodanig zelfs dat we op voorhand een helikopterticket moesten bijbestellen om bij te dreigend lawinegevaar over de gevaarlijkste site heen gebracht te worden. We hadden ook de mogelijkheid om de trek kosteloos te annuleren. Volgens de...

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Oct 29, 2009 - Milford Sound

The remote Milford Sound. Thursday 29th October 2009 So, we are off to Milford Sound – but not too early! We are on the road by 10.00 am and no sooner do we leave the last of the town than we see a poor tourist being pulled over by the local polis for speeding – That’s a bummer!! Still we pass at a safe and legal speed –and yes, we do observe the limits – well, OK – some times it’s a little over!! The Milford Road is a very scenic journey with many possible photos opportunities – and we stop a little more often than the coaches do, but...

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Oct 17, 2009 - Die Grand Dame der Touriattraktionen

An diesem Tag konnte nicht mal der Regen uns davon abhalten frueh aufzustehen fuer die Tour zum Milford Sound. Diese Fjordlandschaft gilt als das touristische Highlight Neuseelands. Ich schaetze mal wer keine Fotos davon vorweisen kann, wird nicht aus dem Land gelassen. In unserem Luxusaussichtsbus (der hatte statt Dach Fenster zum rausgucken)gings als erstes nach Te Anau, dem zweigroessten See Neuseelands. Danach hielten wir noch an den Mirror Lakes, zwar sind die im Vergleich zu Te Anau nur Pfuetzen liegen aber malerisch im Tal zwischen...

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Jul 22, 2009 - Milford Sound

The drive to Milford Sound from Queenstown surely has to qualify as one of the world's great drives and despite the terrible weather (low grey clouds and drizzle) this would be a trip I wouldn't forget (more on that later). I found myself making numerous stops on the way to capture one great panorama after another, the best of which are shown on this age. The road twisted and turned as I approached Milford Sound and its mountain passes, and despite the weather I stopped just short of the tunnel to size up a photo. Whilst framing the shot I...

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