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Our trip to
the South Island of New Zealand
23 - April 28, 2008
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October 27, 2008
Yes we did like our last trip
to New Zealand in 2006 very much. We decided to focus solely on the South
Island this time, flying directly into Christchurch.
We rented again a campervan from the same folks as in 2006: Gateway, who
treates us well.
This time we had less of a program and were more open to spur of the moment
The first few
days in Ch.ch. (Christchurch) we looked around this town and did a hike down
the volcanic rim to Lyttleton
We decided to
give Mt. Cook another try after the 2006 rained out attempt. Passing through
Lake Tekapo with its romantic little church and Twizel: home to the almost
extinct Black Stilt blind we were very lucky with a cloudless sky for Mt.
Cook and the Kea Trail hike.
Mt. Cook from
across Lake Pukaki
Overall the weather
was far nicer than in 2006 although the NZ fall was in the air, the grapes
were ripe, leaves were turning and even we got a night frost at our next stop
at Lake Wanaka.
From Lake Wanaka
it was on to Queenstown. Although touristic it is neat. From here we visited
Arrowtown the old gold mining town and purveyor of good lattes.
View down onto
Arrowtown from a hiking trail.
As the weather promised to hold
we gave Milford Sound another try as well. In 2006 the trip was cut short
because of stormforce winds, rain.
This time it was good weather (for Milford) some clouds, some sprinklin',
Along the Milford
At one point one
can go underwater and admire the marine life outside the tank and in the open
water of the sound.
These are two of the indigenous
bird species of New Zealand photographed in a bird reserve in Te Anau, the
jumping off point for Milford Sound.
Left the Kaka, above
As mentioned it
was the NZ fall, hence roadside fruitstands are in some places a dime a dozen
with a cardboard box as cashier.
Our trip led us
from Milford Sound on the west coast through the interior of Otago with the
fruit stands and old gold mining towns back to the east coast where a visit
to the Moeraki boulder beach (right) is always a nice place to stop.