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November 15, 2004

Abel Tasman National Park, The Race to Auckland

I had been feeling some level of frustration since I arrived at the Northern end of the South Island. I was not pleased with the idea that my departure was so near. I considered changing my plane tickets at the...

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November 07, 2004

Heading North: Christchurch to Nelson.

Recently I have been feeling the pressure to get moving because the end of my stay in NZ is arriving very quickly. There is no more time to linger on the side of the road with my thumb out. After...

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October 30, 2004

Closing the Loop: Return to Christchurch

After my tour of the sparsely populated South, Dunedin shocked my senses back into urban mode. Horns blared and tires screeched at this too-chill-for-safety country boy. After getting crosswalk-trained again I indulged in urban activities: at the Otago Museum I...

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October 23, 2004

Stewart Island

I tried to arrange a flight directly to a beach landing at Mason's Bay on Stewart Island but it didn't work out. Mason's bay is on the west side of the island, while the town, Oban is on the east....

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October 14, 2004

Te Anau to Invercargill

There isn't much Te Anau but at least I was able to do a little grocery shopping and eat properly for a change. I hiked a very small part of the Kepler track which was designed to be an alternative...

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October 10, 2004

Glenorchy to Te Anau

I left Queenstown the day after I wrote my last entry (I couldn't tell you what day that was, nor could I tell you for sure what today is for that matter). I was able to get a ride with...

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October 04, 2004


The drive between Wanaka and Queestown is characterized as reaching "perilous altitudes". I wasn't sure what that meant until we crossed a pass after a long uphill slog in second gear and a valley opened up directly below. It was...

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October 02, 2004


I hopped on a shuttle bus from Franz Joseph to Wanaka after finding out that a multi-day hike just outside the Glacier region would not be possible due to high river levels. The very first thing to do on that...

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September 30, 2004

Photo backlog

Right, so I found the right PC so here goes a photo dump: (To view these, it's best to to close the picture window each time. The window does not get resized so you might be cutting parts of the...

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September 29, 2004

Franz Joseph Glacier

After a night in Greymouth I hooked up with my ride from Arthur's pass and continued on South. We drove through towns of variable interest along the West Coast. This part of New Zealand is not highly populated. Greymouth, the...

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September 26, 2004

Arthur's Pass

I got on the bus early Sunday morning and got a spectacular ride into the Alps. The two hour drive took us past some of the ski fields I had intended on visiting had I made this a ski trip....

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September 24, 2004

Escape from Christchurch

I actually missed my doctor's appointment on Wednesday (actually I was 15 minutes late, but that is too much around here). It had to be rescheduled to Friday. On Thursday it was rainy and cold so I went to the...

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September 22, 2004

Some pictures

Here are some pictures that I took over the last few days. Botanical gardens in Christchurch: Nice tree Fountain Sumner trip: The Banks Peninsula coast Me Taylor's Mistake Kayakers in Sumner Very Unfortunate As you know if you read my...

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September 21, 2004


On Sunday I decided to get my Japanese Encephalitis shot on Monday and leave Christchurch on Tuesday. I think I need to get used to the idea that plans are an airy notion while on the road. On Monday I...

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September 17, 2004

A few thoughts...

I am finding it hard to write on the road. This is despite being in an actual city. The problem is that it is always a race against the clock. There is literally a bright colored clock window that alternates...

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September 16, 2004

48 Hours

5 weeks ago I woke up feeling wonderful. Something was making me happy. This was surprising because I was in the middle of a project at work that was not going very smoothly. I looked within and realized that I...

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