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Days 11-13: Glow-worm Pancakes

Friday, March 25th, 2005

After dark we visited a glow worm dell in Hokitika and watched them try to lure tasty morsels into their webs with their luminescent fecal matter. Unfortunately, it’s a site that can only be witnessed in person (photo’s didn’t do it justice). Yeah, we’re posting a lot today because it’s pouring in Nelson and we’ve already seen the bizarre bra collection…
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Day 12: Westside (reprezent!)

Friday, March 25th, 2005

The West Coast of the South Island is like the Pacific Coast Highway (CA) with more ferns. We spent some time driving it, in varying weather conditions, but it was always pretty. Aparently land prices are pretty cheap or they wouldn’t put “livestock effluence disposal” sites on beach front property. Seriously.
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Days 9-11: Hanz and Franz

Friday, March 25th, 2005
Well actually, we visited the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Hanz was just an Austrian guy in our tour group. Yep, we booked a tour so we could walk on the ice... It was a small group (8 of us) and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Odds and ends

Sunday, March 20th, 2005
Just some random bits we've come across. IMG_0510.jpg Not sure I'd want to clean myself with goat's milk soap. IMG_0741.jpg Lamp reads "Prayer and Self Denial 2004, Light of the world" IMG_0754.jpg[Continue reading this entry]

Day 8: Hopefully mom will miss this one

Sunday, March 20th, 2005
Marcus has been keen to go paragliding for a long time. Skydiving never really appealed, but with the parachute already open, what could go wrong? So we drove up a mountain to a 1250m launch site, got strapped to the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 6: Milford Sound

Friday, March 18th, 2005
It was an early start to the day when the hungry kea approached Kelly. He was after her tender toes, we think. The kea is known for eating the molding off automobiles and other odd things with its ... [Continue reading this entry]

Days 2-4: Some Pictures

Friday, March 18th, 2005
Here are some photos from the past couple days (good internet cafe, so we're uploading while we can). penguin.jpg A cute little yellow-eyed penguin on Bushy Beach. He was shy. atlas.jpg[Continue reading this entry]

Days 3-4: Mt. Cook and environs

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005
A few days ago we visited the Moeraki boulders just south of Oamaru. These were huge spherical rocks lying in the surf and looked pretty surreal. (Unfortunately, there is a ban on uploading pictures in these parts.) ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 2: All dressed up with somewhere to go

Monday, March 14th, 2005
After touring Christchurch's Botanical Gardens we headed south to Oamaru on the East coast of the south island. We spent a few hours watching yellow-eyed and blue penguins returning from the sea. The penguins spent most of the time cleaning themselves ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 1: G’day!

Saturday, March 12th, 2005
At long last, the trip has begun. :) We had an awesome flight to Christchurch last night. We're spending the jet lag day hiking around Mt. Cavendish (gotta work on those "mountain legs") and exploring Christchurch proper. Driving on ... [Continue reading this entry]