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Murchison

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  • Day11

    Transfer in den Westen

    December 14, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Da die Strassen vom Osten in den Westen 270km sehr Kurfenreich sind haben wir den ganzen Transfer nicht geschaft.
    Die Landschaft war aber einfach genial, Berge ,Wälder und grosse Ebenen und Bächen, aber auch Hektar weiße abgerodeteWälder für die Holzgewinnung zum Häuser baun. Die Flächen werden aber wieder aufgefordert.

    Nun sind wir in einem kleinen Campingplatz direkt an einem Fluss.
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  • Day263

    Murchison

    February 11, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    The gorge at Hokitika was reached after a short journey from our campsite inland toward the mountains. Unfortunately we could not see the main standing stones in the gorge as some of the track was shut off for maintenance. The water was however very turquoise and milky with the dust and minerals from the mountains. The water is predominantly melt water from the glacier and was very cold -two hardy chaps plunged in while we were there but they did not stay in long. Karen dipped her toe in which was enough.
    After that we travelled to Punakaiki along the scenic Greytown to Westport Road. The road hugs the shoreline for much of the way squeezed between the mountains on one side and the sea. The beaches did not look too inviting with grey shingle, they are more popular to surfers.
    The shoreline at Punakaiki is renowned for its particular rock formations - the Pancake Rocks. We took a short walk to see them which was worthwhile, and were entranced by a pod of about 30 dolphins who were feeding and playing in the sea immediately behind the formations and within the adjacent bay. We had not seen a dolphin surfing a wave until today - it appeared to be having great fun.
    We arrived late afternoon at Murchison, a farming community in the hills. The site we are at is next to the river, and after a bbq dinner in the camp kitchen we plunged into the river swim hole to cool off as the afternoon temperatures were very hot. The water was lovely - refreshing but not too cold, and so clear. What a fabulous spot for a campsite, and excellent facilities. The reviews on Tripadviser were spot on - a real gem of a site!!!
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  • Day58

    Driving away from bad weather

    January 27, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    It started to rain around 0 o’clock at night.
    It was still raining at 8 am and not just a little bit. And unfortunately also into my car 😱😱
    Oh my god, I noticed a little bit of water coming in already a few weeks ago but now it’s not a little bit anymore, it’s a lot 😱😬
    And for now no end of the rain in sight 😅

    Luckily there is like a carport in front of one of the cabins at the campground so I moved my car under the roof to skip some rain for the next 2 hours at least.
    Yesterday’s weather forecast showed rain until 10-11 am and then the same like yesterday throughout today. But now the weather forecast is saying rain, a lot of rain for the whole day 😳
    And the worst is, that the clouds are hanging so low so you can barely see something at all.

    Well, I had breakfast and was then asking the owners of the campground if there is a mechanic in Fox Glacier. Luckily it is so I was driving there and was telling him, what my problem is but he was alone today and had more than enough to do already.
    I was spending 30 min thinking about what I gonna do now, staying here or in Franz Josef and hope for better weather later in the afternoon and tomorrow or keep on going towards Hokitika.

    I was ending up stopping at every mechanic on the way towards Hokitika but no one even had time to look at it... 😳
    And it was still raining...
    I arrived in Hokitika at around 2.30 pm, actually by sunshine!! Shortly before Hokitika, it stopped raining and the sun came out!
    And here I finally found a mechanic that could take a look at my car.
    But he said this can be a huge effort to find out what’s wrong and expensive as well. He asked for how long I will stay and as it’s only 2 1-2 weeks left he recommended not to dig into the problem. He but some ducktape over the areas that are a problem and said, I should buy one on my own and keep on doing this until it’s time to give the car back and never mention the problem 🙈

    Good is also, that I am traveling north towards good weather.
    So after a quick stop to fuel up and buy something to eat I kept on driving north for some hours and was, in the end, deciding to stay in Murchison overnight.

    I have been traveling this part of the Westcoast already last time I was here so I am not missing anything here.
    I only missed the glaciers and Lake Matheson now, but I will anyway need to come back again 😉😊

    In Murchison, the weather was really nice and warm. I arrived at 6.30 pm at the campground, quite tired after a long day on the road. So I wanted to get to bed early but was ending up talking to a family from Spain for some hours in the evening.
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  • Day14

    1-11 Murchinson: natural flames

    November 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Gisteravond toch telefoontje dat het doorging. De hele nacht regenen, maar half 8 droog. Perfect. Práchtige wandeling door een vallei waar je anders niet komt, (over het terrein van een boerderij) naar een plek waar gas uit de grond lekt wat ze ooit hebben aangestoken. En dan thee met pannekoeken, gekookt op dat vuur. Onderweg laat Shelley dingen zien die je zelf niet ziet, zoals honeydew en een mini bekerschimmel. Helemaal leuk. Ook een Nieuwzeeland vliegenvanger gezien en heel misschien een yellow head. Heel gaaf.
    De nederlandse franse bakker is weer dicht. Dan niet. Morgen door, laatste redelijke dag volgens het weerbericht. Maar ik blijf hopen.......
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  • Day152

    Murchison & Nelson Lakes

    February 3, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Een leuke camping zorgde ervoor dat we een dagje in het kleine Murchison bleven. Met de gratis kajaks en fietsen verkenden we de mooie omgeving. Een lange wandeling rond de Nelson Lakes moesten we door de vele wolken (en dus geen uitzicht) helaas skippen.Read more

  • Day13

    31-10 Murchinson

    October 31, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Gisteravond toch maar mijn waterfilter mee in de slaapzak genomen, want ik vond het zo koud, al vond ik dat ik me aanstelde. Minus 2,7 toen ik opstond, tent dik onder het ijs en het meer ligt te stomen. Pfoeh, gelukkig niet mijn filter naar de haaien.
    Naar de snelweg is 20 km lang alleen maar stroomafwaarts. Lekker hoor, toch een e-bike kopen? Mooi breed dal. De highway zelf heuvelt wat meer. Per saldo wel naar beneden, maar de gemiddelde snelheid zakt toch wat. Toch om kwart voor 1 al bij de camping, heb ik toch al 60 km gefietst én al gelunched. Hoezo relatieve snelheid?
    Inderdaad mooie camping aan de rivier, al hoor je de weg wel. Ik ga snel naar het dorp, want het wordt inderdaad grijs. De Franse bakker gerund door een Nederlander is helaas dicht op woensdag. Na terugkomst en niet gelukt middagdutje toch weerbericht gechecked; snel douchen en wassen. Wordt het mooiste weer van de wereld!
    Ik ga toch maar niet raften morgen, dan raft je aldoor langs de highway. De meneer van de natural flames moet met zijn vrouw overleggen en belt mij (niet) terug. Ik doe wel een wandelingetje morgen, ik ben ontzettend moe en wil niet weer opbreken. Deze camping is fijn, en nog goedkoper dan de Doc gisteren! Wel veel sandflies. De Kiwi magnetronmaaltijd lijkt verdacht veel op een Nederlandse☺.
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  • Day43

    Auf dem Weg nach Murchison

    February 12, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Auf dem Weg nach Murchison sind wir sehr lange an einem Fluss gefahren und die schöne Aussicht genossen 😍🏞️ manchmal war die Straße nur einspurig über einen Kilometer in den Bergen wo es sehr verwinkelt ist und kann schon sein das man den halben Kilometer wieder rückwärts fahren dürfte 😅🙈Read more

  • Day25

    Gebäckfans

    January 1, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Unser Mittagsstopp führte uns ins Örtchen Murchison. Wir waren mal wieder begeistert von den neuseeländischen Cafés. Statt Nudeln, Bratwurst oder Kartoffelsalat gibt es hier eine spannende Auswahl an Gebäck als Snacks. Diesmal entschieden wir uns für ein Hähnchen-Lauch-Pilz-Küchlein und eine interessante vegetarische Masse in Blätterteig. Natürlich durfte auch eine neue Scone-Variante nicht fehlen, Dattel-Wallnuss-Orange.

    Sehr angenehm auch der Bestellprozess. Man sucht sich sein Essen in einer Vitrine aus, bezahlt und bekommt es dann warm gemacht an den Tisch gebracht. Sehr praktisch, wenn man auf der Durchreise ist.

    Auf den letzten 100km gab es dann nur noch mal einen kurzen Halt am Berlins Cafe, weil der Name so lustig war.
    Dort konnten wir dann auch schon mal den Buller River erkunden, der uns an die Küste nach Westport begleiten würde. Leider piesackten uns auch hier die fiesen Sandflies.
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  • Day15

    Murcheson

    October 30, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Stayed overnight at the Riverview Camp gound. Wondered around Murchison around lunch time. Not much open on a Sunday. Filled up with fuel and parked up to have lunhc at the Commercial Hotel in town. Had a great steak sandwhich and chips. Went onto the van park and got a spot for the night. The van park was located near the town cemetery and by a river. The river was lovely but too cold to swim in.
    Next day Clint and I left the others as they went onto Nelson. We took a jet boat ride on the Buller river. We also had a go at the cable harness ride across the gorge. We had to walk across a long suspention bridge to get to both the cable ride and the jet boat. All great things to do.
    Once we finished at the canyon we went back into town and had a pie from the blue tea shop. These were homemade and bloody beautiful.
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