Monthly Archives: December 2012

Saturday 29th December – Activity Day around Manapouri

We were warned that rain was on its way and that proved to be the case. On our boat trip yesterday, we were told that Doubtful Sound can experience up to 16 metres of rain in a year – that … Continue reading

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Friday 28th December – Cruising and Kayaking on Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound

We have not always had wifi access in our accommodation, so these postings have been a bit sporadic recently – apologies. Today the party split into two: those who love extreme sports (and I don’t mean extreme Uno!) and those … Continue reading

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Thursday 27th December – Moving onto Fjordland

We knew we were in for three to four hours of driving today, so Chris and I went for a final swim in the lap pool. In fact Chris tried to use some of the equipment in the gym but … Continue reading

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Wednesday 26th December – Leisurely Trip to Glenorchy & The Hobbit

No cold turkey for us today! However, it did feel like the day after Christmas with a special treat in store for us in the afternoon. First though we thought we would all take a trip towards one of the … Continue reading

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Tuesday 25th December – Christmas in 30 Degrees

Difficult to describe this one! It wasn’t too hot in the night despite being a very warm evening. A few flies about which gave you a nip but nothing too dramatic. Chris and I woke up around 7am and decided … Continue reading

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Monday 24th December – Lord of the Rings Country

When we planned this trip we decided to stop in a small number of places in South Island for two or three nights so we weren’t always on the move. Our next stop is going to be right in the … Continue reading

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Sunday 23rd December – Walking on Glaciers

I woke up at 6am to an amazing red sky – does this mean it is going to be bad weather? No chance – some of the best weather the South Island has experienced in a long time and it … Continue reading

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Saturday 22nd December – Into Glacier Country

Happy 90th Birthday Grandad Bob! [More of that later] We had 250km to cover today but with three drivers that wasn’t too much of a challenge, except that as you get into the mountains, the roads start to become full … Continue reading

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Friday 21st December – Tranzalpine Train and Rain in the Rainforest

Brad and Philippa, our generous hosts at Alumni House, kindly took us to the station where we were going to board the Tranzalpine train which was to take us from Christchurch to Greymouth. I was amazed at how brand spanking … Continue reading

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Thursday 20th December – the Family Gathers

Today is the day that Jo and Hamish flew in from Sydney and Toni and Dick drove in from Akaroa (after Toni had kayaked out across the harbour). So we took the opportunity to see a bit more of Christchurch. … Continue reading

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