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  • Day107

    Milford sound

    January 14 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Early start of 5.45am in order to drive up to Milford Sound for our 9am boat tour.
    Very calm still morning with a little mist hanging in the air. We stopped a few times to take some photos, but didn't linger for too long lest we would miss out on the free car park. Got to the boat with 15 mins to spare.
    Boarded and sat on top. Quite a chilly morning, but we had enough layers on to keep warm. Amazing scenery with 150m high waterfalls and over 1000m high walls on either side. The whole trip took about 2 hours with a few points where the captain drove the nose into a waterfall.
    We worked our way back down the Milford road, stopping at a few spots to take some photos, fill the bottle up with glacier water and make some hot ham rolls. Hopefully not too hot as it was just baking from being in the back of the car.
    Saw a nasty crash part way back where a 4x4 had flipped. No idea why.
    Got back to Te Anau and chilled out on beach on the lakeside. Finally managing to catch up on some updates from the last 2 weeks.
    I was feeling like either I had mega hayfever or a bit of a cold, so we retired to the campsite by 7.30.
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  • Day106

    Driving towards Milford Sound

    January 13 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Left Wanaka with the Mazda which Pete and Cathers had kindly lent us.

    First stop was Arrow town for honey tasting and wander. An old school village which felt much like an American western type set.

    Then a short hop down to road to Queenstown for a pie from Fergbaker. Hannah said the burger place next door called Furgburger was famous. But the line was huge so we couldn't be arsed to wait.

    From there a fairly easy drive to Te Anau camping. We gathered some info from the tourist office and did some shopping. With not much to do in town we had a beer and went to the cinema to watch the new star wars.
    No clouds in the sky when we got out so quite a chilly night.
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  • Day108

    Te Anau and Glenorchy

    January 15 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Got up later as I was feeling a bit sniffley the night before.
    Took a walk to Dock Bay over a hydro electric dam.
    Nice hour long walk with a beach at the end.
    Stocked up on some fizzy sweets and set off towards Glenorchy.
    Arrived and got setup in a campsite. I wanted to have a look at a couple of lord of the rings filming sites, so we set off towards a place called Paradise.
    Saw a tour bus dart off into the bushes so marked that in my head to come back to.
    Great views of mountains from Paradise as you would expect by the name.
    Doubled back to the potential lord of the rings spot. No idea which one it was, no signal to find out and Hannah couldn't be bothered to explore, so we moved on.
    Drove past Diamond lake and onto Isengard from LOTR. Big wide valley with mountains behind which they super imposed the white tower onto. Very cool.
    Back to the sleepy town of Glenorchy for a massive icecream sunday and a walk around the lake edge and through the Glenorchy lagoon.
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  • Day16

    Te Anau

    January 5 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Today we drove from Wanaka to Te Anau after breakfast at around 9 a.m. As soon as we arrived in Te Anau, we decided to visit the bird sanctuary and took a walk at the Te Anau Lake. In the afternoon we went to a restaurant in the town and then sat at the lake for a while.

    We’ve booked a full day tour for tomorrow that takes us to the Milford Sound fjord. We’re already very exited about it 😊

    Wir sind heute nach dem Frühstück um ca. 9 Uhr von Wanaka nach Te Anau gestartet. In Te Anau angekommen, haben wir uns dazu entschieden den Vogelpark zu besuchen und einen Spaziergang am Lake Te Anau zu machen. Am Nachmittag waren wir dann noch kurz im Ort um etwas zu essen und saßen dann noch gemütlich am See.

    Für morgen haben wir eine ganztägige Tour gebucht, die uns an die Fjordlandschaft Milford Sound führt. Wir freuen uns schon sehr darauf 😊.
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  • Day89

    Reading books

    February 3 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Our night at our new hostel wasn't fantastic, it was hot in the room and the air was bad. But it was all alright because today was a chill day. In the morning we went to an agency and booked a cruise trip to the Doubtful Sound for the next day. We were told that the tickets for it were being sold fast, because the other popular cruise option in this area (the Milford Sound) was cancelled. Turns out the entire road to Milford Sound of 120km, the road we drove the previous day, was closed due to flooding and 380 tourists were stuck there. Back at the hostel we saw some videos of landslides and parts of the road had just been washed away. How lucky were we to have done this yesterday! It was hard to realise how close we were. Just because of our hostel change we actually did it the day before. Lucky us!

    We did some grocery shopping and then just read some books. It was amazing to have this lazy day while the rain was pouring down outside.
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  • Day59

    Day 59/72: Christmas!!!

    December 25, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Merry Christmas!!!! What an exciting day. So strange waking up on Christmas day to sun and heat, we even had a white Christmas if you count the snow that was sprinkled on the mountain peaks around Glenorchy. Tom called his parents and wished them a Merry Christmas Eve night, and then we opened our stockings! It was great, sitting there in the van with a cup of tea, fairy lights, Christmas tree, holly and mistletoe hanging around. Not traditional but great fun!

    We then went out for a run before it got too hot. Beautiful scenery, running around the smaller lakes of Glenorchy with santa hats and saying Merry Christmas to other people out for walks. We got to the main lake and ran along the jetty, threw our stuff down and jumped straight in to the amusement of many a tourist who took photos. One woman had recorded the whole thing and sent us the video! Very odd way to start a Christmas day!

    We then ran back to the campsite and had shower and cooked ourselves a well deserved Christmas breakfast of eggs/bacon or salmon on toast. Feeling very pleased with ourselves, we chilled out and unvelied our other presents for each other, and then went to find a spot on the lake. We drove around to the other side, which was a bit of a catastrophe because we ended up doing through a ford and then getting to a bigger one and having to do a 17 point turn on a tiny gravel track and going back up a very steep hill, where we stopped at the top to walk down to the lake edge only to be attacked by flies and mosquitoes and upon trying to leave, lost the car key so couldn't escape! We scurried and slapped for a good 5 minutes before locating the lost key in its very safe place on the gear lever and getting away faster than a car from a bank robbery. We then swatted all the flies in the van for the rest of the journey back to Glenorchy, listening to Christmas songs and stopped at the lakefront we were at that morning. There is a small park on the front, so we chilled out there for the rest of the afternoon, jumping in the lake when we felt too hot and playing cards, frisbee and snoozing. It was very relaxing.

    That evening, we made our Christmas dinner (chicken and potatoes, simple yet tasty) and tucked into our vast array of cheese that we'd managed to collect over the past few days. It was fantastic, and we had a bottle of wine out of paper cups, and let the sun go down as we chatted and ate. We both called our families on their Christmas morning. A really nice Christmas day all in all, and Glenorchy was a brilliant place to spend it in!
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  • Day105

    Climbing Mt Isthmas

    January 12 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Had a fairly leisurely morning doing admin and washing etc till about midday. Then set off for a 30 min drive to the base of Mount Isthmas. Pete and Cathers friend Liam joined us for the trip.
    Took about 3 hours to get to the top. With stunning views over lake Wanaka and lake Hawea.
    Strong winds over the top, so we only stayed around for 10 mins or so.
    The way down was actually much harder on the knees. But took us about 1.5 hours to get back.
    Cathers had work starting at 6 ish the next morning, so we had an early night of burgers and How to Train Your Dragon.
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  • Day87

    Running from the rain

    February 1 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    The alarms went off extra early, because we wanted to be as flexible as possible with what we wanted to do with the weather forecast not looking too pretty later in the day. So bad actually that we booked a hostel for the following night, as there was continuous rain of many mm's predicted for several days. We drove to Manapouri, Machiel gave his best. So we actually were about half an hour quicker than predicted.

    We entered an office for boat tours on the Doubtful Sound. We'd like to do this, but weren't sure when to do it. There was an option for the afternoon/evening, but as the weather was only going to get worse, we preferred to use the good weather of now to do a hike. After visiting the DOC office in Te Anau, we decided to walk a part of the Kepler track. This was actually disappointing us a little as we had hoped the Fiordland area around Manapouri and Te Anau would be able to offer us a nice 3 hour walk up a mountain to get some nice views before the clouds would hide all peaks for the next 2.5 days. Turned out walking that flat part of the Kepler track through forest was our best option if we didn't want to drive an hour further or pay a watertaxi of 50 nzd per person to bring us across the lake to the start of another steeper Kepler track part. We decided to go for it. After all forest in New Zealand isn't that bad either 😉

    It took us most of the afternoon including a late lunch break at a picknick bench of a hut that was also our return point. The forest was nice, there was a river view once in a while and somewhere in the area they also filmed some parts of Lord Of The Rings, so we had a look there too. After that it was time to go to our hostel in Te Anau. We really prefer camping with our tent over hostels, partially because we have noticed so far on our world trip that we tend to sleep better. However due to the ridiculous amount of rain it felt like we had no choice for these few days in Fiordland. The hostel we were at for the night didn't turn out to be too bad.
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  • Day41

    28-11 Te Anau: Milford Sound

    November 28, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    De weg was minder druk dan ik had gedacht, al lijkt het vanuit een andere auto altijd minder denk ik. Toch blij dat ik het gedaan heb, het was knetterhoog keer 2,1 bijna ongeluk gezien en eerlijk gezegd vond ik de busreis met stops en verhalen van Sacha leuker dan de "cruise". Kea's gezien. Brutaal als de neten, 1 pikte in mijn been! Sacha laat ons crayfish zien. En ik vond de "chasm" echt magnifique, maar alle foto's zijn raar geworden. Ook leuk "the misty mountains" van In de ban van de ring.
    Er gingen ook erg weinig minuten in de cruise van 2 uur, nl 100. We hadden van mij nog wel wat langer bij de Crested pinguins mogen stoppen, al schijnt het beremazzel te zijn dat we ze überhaupt gezien hebben in dit seizoen.
    Op verzoek van Annemiek (😉) vlak na thuiskomst mega onweersbui. Gaat zoals het hoort: goed dus. Hoera!
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  • Day23

    Te Anau

    January 28 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Une petite pause bienvenue, 3 nuits d'affilée au même endroit (dans un VRAI LIT sous VRAI TOIT), histoire de rattraper les nuits sous tente et le sommeil en retard!! La ville borde le lac Te Anau, un immense miroir bleu vif qui reflète les mille teintes de verts des forêts qui l'entourent. Du camping où on loge, on aperçoit le sommet du Mont Luxmore, situé sur le Kepler Track, une piste de randonnée qui nous fait de l'oeil. On profite de cette pause pour fêter dignement l'anniversaire de Flo, et savourer la soirée sur notre terrasse temporaire!Read more

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