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4 months in Australia and New Zealand; A Year Later

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I realized today that I never did a roundup post of all the posts while I was away in Australia and New Zealand last year. Looking back I wrote way more than I thought. Having nothing else to do in the hostels during the evenings gave me some  good time to write. I wish I had kept up that momentum when I got home. Having to hunt for a job to pay off the trip put a bit of a dent in the free time I had. So here’s the…read more

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Paying to Climb Into a Washing Machine

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That’s what it felt like. Like getting into a washing machine. After leaving Wellington and heading north we had a bit of time to look around in Rotorua. I wanted to try Zorbing. After watching some videos and hearing everyone talking about it, Zorbing was definitely something on the New Zealand to-do list.  I had gone through Rotorua on the way south but the weather was horrible so I decided to wait until I was going north. Out of a bus load of people, Russell and I wanted to go….read more

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Throwing Myself 134 Meters off the Nevis

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Somewhere along my trip I got the crazy idea to do a bungy jump. I didn’t really want to spend the money to do a skydive so I figured bungy jumping would be the next best thing. Little did I know that everyone thinks bungying is harder. You have to jump yourself. There are 3 bungies around Queenstown. We saw the first and original bungy at the Kawarau Bridge. It’s 43 meters high. On the way into town on the bus we stopped for a bit to watch a few…read more

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Snowboarding in the Remarkables

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I took a day that I was in Queenstown to head up to one of the local mountains and carve up some snow. I couldn’t see a thing. There were three lifts. 2 of them went up a bit higher and the third stayed more central and lower on the mountain. I tried one of the higher lifts first and found that all I could see was white and the odd marker that showed the middle of the run. Just getting to the next marker was a bit of a…read more

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The Most Beautiful Place I’ve Ever Seen: Milford Sound

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We left Franz Josef after a night of the hardest rain I’ve seen on my trip so far. I was desperately hoping that it would move off or abate by the time we got to Queenstown. I had a lot planned for the adrenaline capital of New Zealand and didn’t want it spoiled by too much bad weather. The first day I headed out to Milford Sound. It’s world famous for its amazing views and incredible walking track. While we didn’t have any time for walking the track we took…read more

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Walking on Thick Ice

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One of the items on my “must do” list for New Zealand was hiking on a glacier. We headed down to Franz Josef from Greymouth and arrived in time for a half day hike on the glacier. The cheaper option was a walk to the terminal face of the glacier and up the ice a bit. The other was a heli-hike that flew up higher on the glacier, returning you to town after a couple hours on the ice. I had originally planned to only do the half-day hike since…read more

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Day Trip Into Abel Tasman National Park

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There are a number of national parks and excellent day and multi-day tramps in New Zealand. The many kilometers of tracks in Abel Tasman National Park are among the most beautiful and easiest to access. About 40 minutes out of Nelson on the top of the South Island of New Zealand, the park stretches some kilometers along the coast allowing easy access by boat. Many of the hikers take a water taxi to one of the drop off points and then spend a few days walking back. Up early to…read more

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Anyone Heard of Picton?

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Where is that you might ask? I asked the same question when I saw it on the itinerary for the Magic bus that I’m taking around New Zealand. Well, Picton is a tiny town on the north end of the South Island that is one end of the interislander ferry route. The ferry takes about 3 hours to do the crossing from Wellington on the North Island to Picton on the south. I came at it a little bit different way though. The tickets for the ferry were about $50NZ…read more

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