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 Black Eyed Peas concert - Wellington
Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 01:10 PM (GMT)

New Zealand






As part of Joo's birthday present, I'd bought tickets for the Black Eyed Peas in Wellington. The only problem was that we were in Christchurch on the South Island.
So we flew from Christchurch into Wellington for the gig and would fly back to Christchurch the following day, for our flight to Sydney.

After checking in at Base Wellington, we grabbed some food and then headed over to the Events Centre.

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 International Antarctic Centre - Christchurch
Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 10:00 AM (GMT)

New Zealand







Christchurch is the gateway to Antarctica and located near the airport is the International Antarctic Centre.

The centre was really good and gives you an interesting insight into the research and development work, that is carried out in the Antarctic.

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 Christchurch - New Zealand
Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 09:15 AM (GMT)

New Zealand






Christchurch is the South Island's major city and is a lively place with a distinctly British feel to it.
It's flat, green and leafy and is arguably the country's most beautiful city, full of parks and the Avon River.
Cathredal Square is the hub of the city with 'The Chalice' and cathredal as it's focal point.

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 Akaroa - New Zealand
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 06:36 AM (GMT)

New Zealand







Located just outside Christchurch is Akaroa and was first settled by the French in 1840, the town still retains it French feel and atmosphere.
On the way there, the snow was trying to fall and driving was a little hard at times, especially in our little van.

Our campsite was perched on top of a hill overlooking the town and its harbour and we had a great view.

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 Dunedin and Mount Cook
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 05:13 AM (GMT)

New Zealand






Leaving behind the majestic Te Anau and Milford Sound, we headed east towards Dunedin passing some spectacular blue lakes.

Dunedin is Celtic for Edinburgh and is recognised as the most Scottish city outside Kilt-land. The weather was attrocious the whole 2 days we were there.
All we did was watch TV - we managed to catch Lord of the Rings too.

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 Te Anau and Milford Sound
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 05:10 AM (GMT)

New Zealand





The area around Te Anau is breathtakingly beautiful and none more so than Milford Sound.
We'd originally planned to drive the 120Km infamous Milford Road to Milford Sound ourselves in the van.
After speaking to the lady at the campsite, she'd told us that you had to carry snow chains or otherwise be fined NZ$ 200 and the risk of avalanches was quite high at this time of year.

As we had no chains and the thought of being caught up in an avalanche, we booked ourselves on an organized trip with Real Journeys.

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 Franz Josef to Queenstown
Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 05:06 AM (GMT)

New Zealand







Leaving the Franz Josef glacier behind (we couldn't exactly take it with us, could we?), we made our way south towards Wanaka and eventually to Queenstown.

We were running low on fuel and none of the garages were open as they closed at 4pm!
With hardly any left, we had to spend the night in Lake Hawea waiting for the garage to open so we could continue our journey to Queenstown.

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 Hokitika to Franz Josef Glacier (Heli Hike)
Monday, November 01, 2004 - 11:42 PM (GMT)

New Zealand







20th September 2004 - Franz Josef Glacier



Happy Birthday Joo!!

From Hokitika, we headed south to Franz Josef village. The Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman, was the first to discover the glacier in 1642 as he sailed along the coast looking for somewhere to keep his beers chilled! But it was not until 1862 that it received its name from Austrian explorer Julius von Haast, in honour of the emperor of Austria.

We hadn't booked ahead and unfortunately, the heli hike was all booked up. The helicopters can only fly up to the glacier in good conditions and as today was glorious sunshine everyman and his dog wanted to get up there.

We booked for first thing in the morning and crossed our fingers (and everything else) that the sun would shine the next day.

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 Kaikoura to Hokitika via Arthurs's Pass
Monday, November 01, 2004 - 11:29 PM (GMT)

New Zealand





19th September 2004
Reluctantly leaving Kaikoura, we made the journey from the east coast over to the west via Arthur's Pass.
The road passes through some spectacular scenery and was a little hairy at times - sheer cliff drops and hairpin bends. They don't seem to know about crash barriers over in NZ!

Along Arthur's Pass, we stopped for a quick rest and met the infamous Kea bird. It's basically a parrot that lives in the alpine regions of NZ but tends to hang around where the tourists are, hoping to munch on anything they are fed.
They're a feisty thing and have acquired a taste for rubber - windscreen wipers and tyres mainly!
We left rapidly as they were eyeing up the seal around the roof of our camper and would've ate the lot!!

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 Picton to Kaikoura
Monday, November 01, 2004 - 11:20 PM (GMT)

New Zealand






16th September - 19th September 2004 ~ Picton, Nelson & Kaikoura


After spending the night at the campsite in Picton, we drove along the scenic Queen Charlotte route over to Nelson.
Along the way, we passed a farmstead with the name 'Rochdale' (for those that don't know, that's where we're both from in the UK). We stopped and knocked on but no-one was home. Either that or they were too scared to open the door to us!

Motoring on, we made it to Nelson where we went to the World of Wearable Art and Collectable Cars Museum, which had a fantastic collection of bizarre wearable clothing creations and an even better collection of cars.
Sadly, you weren't allowed to take any pictures so you'll have to take our word for it on good it was!

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