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  • Day17

    To the west coast

    February 1, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    A journey of real contrasts: from pouring rain as we set out, no views because of low cloud, more Rain as we cross the divide at Hass Pass, waterfalls, then breezy sunshine along the coast.

    The west coast seems to be a rain forest, but of course, it’s got the glacial valleys, so there were many ups, downs, twists and turns over the last miles to Franz Joseph.

    We lost count of “one lane bridges”, but we were never held up.
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  • Day16

    Golf and Toy / Transport museum

    January 31, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Wanaka Golf Club has 1,100 members, so we were glad we got a chance to play, with fabulous views over the Lake.

    After playing, we visited the National Transport and Toy Museum at the airport. Fantastic! Even had a Ford Anglia, early model Escorts and Cortinas, plus many of the toys we remember from childhood.

    Over 31C today, we finished off with an outside jacuzzi.
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  • Day15

    Perhaps the longest drive so far

    January 30, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    All the way from Te Anau to Wanaka, we avoided the Cardrona shortcut (the roads looked a bit scary), but we did get to see bungy jumping

  • Day14

    Milford Sound, at last!

    January 29, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    On the 2 hour trek the Sound, we passed a point that was literally 13 miles from Glenorchy (where we were the other day).

    Climbing and climbing, wondering when we’d pass on to the west coast, and at 3000’, there was the entrance to the Homer Tunnel - only one lane and less than a mile long, it leads directly to the head of the valley down to the Sound.

    Keas (an aggressive / cheeky type of parrot) climes all over the cars looking for food, as we waited our turn for the tunnel.

    Milford Sound is as spectacular as we imagined. We even got to the Tasman Sea (and its dwells), before heading back in and getting a “glacial facial”
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  • Day13

    Golf at Te Anau

    January 28, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today, we drove from Queenstown to Te Anau, first stop was at the golf club, for 18 holes. A sad place - only 3 players today (and we were two of them), yet such a nice course and club.

    Checked out our “antipode”, being as this is the furthest south we get (sort of - there was Mossburn, on the way, where we stopped for coffee.Read more

  • Day12

    Milford Sound no-flight and Arrowtown

    January 27, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We were due to fly to Milford Sound today, but, although the weather here was fine, just 45 miles away, the cloud was low enough to prevent an entry. We had already postponed from yesterday, so we called it a day. We’ll probably drive there when we are in Te Anau in a few days.

    This gave us the opportunity to visit Arrowtown, kept as much as possible like the mining town it started as...

    ... and we bumped into Margot and Norm again! They’d been to look for the place we’re they’d met, but it’s been demolished.
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  • Day11

    Glenorchy and Lord of the Rings country

    January 26, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    Drove up the side of the lake at its head at Glenorchy and then on to the gravel surface to explore more: we turned around after a mile or so (this is what the whole route was like until the 1990s).

    Back to Queenstown then up to 2500 ft on the gondola.

    Another couple of “happy hour” beers in a bar that ended up with a few more, as we got chatting to a delightful Australian couple who were here to revisit the place where they’d met 53 years ago.
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  • Day10

    Queenstown via he Clutha Valley

    January 25, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Almost running out of superlatives with the scenery - miles and miles of breathtaking views.

    Then, “the adventure capital of the world”, Queenstown. Our hotel is an easy (though downhill walk) to the centre. A couple of beers on Perky’s Floating Bar Bar were nice after the long drive.Read more

  • Day10

    Larnach Castle and Dunedin's twisty hill

    January 25, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We got to look around the Castle before we left, and saw the dining room who would have eaten in if we’d stayed .... and if we’d had better information. We did give our feedback!

    Dunedin is an incredibly hilly place - we almost got used to twists and turns. On the street signs, when there was a yellow triangle, it meant “caution”: they weren’t joking in many cases!Read more

  • Day9

    Celebrity Solstice, Golf, Solstice again

    January 24, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Ring...ring... WhatsApp video call from Matthew, Tate and the girls brought us to wakefulness, and just in time to see our favourite cruise ship, the Celebrity Solstice sail into Port Chalmers, opposite us.

    Golf at St Clair, on the cliff-tops, we were almost blown away.

    In to Dunedin centre from shop window shopping and the iconic railway station, before Pauline decided she didn’t want to go down the coast road again (it IS a bit scary from the passenger seat), so we went back up the windy roads to the hotel.

    Andrew went off to the Albatross centre, and saw plenty of seagulls, before camping out to see Celebrity Solstice sail out - and give two blasts on its horn.
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