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Stories and Tips South Island

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Last day on the Southland coast

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 17 Dec, 2010

After a night in Gore, we drive back to the coast through the rather flat and only very mildly inspiring farmland. There is not many people, or cars; there are many sheep: but we are used to it by now. The day is beautiful, the…Read More


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Magic Boulders at Castle Hill

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 01 Oct, 2010

The scenic alpine route from Christchurch to the West Coast that leads through the Porters' and Arthur's Passes is spectacularly scenic, and crosses some excellent hill-walking land too. There are many short and day hikes in the vicinity of Arthur's Pass village, but perhaps the…Read More


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The wet-dry divide: Arthur's Pass

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 01 Oct, 2010

Arthur's Pass is an every-day name for the State Highway 73, a road that was originally traced in 1865–66 to connect Christchurch to the West Coast goldfields. The road includes actually two two passes, the more famous and higher Arthur's Pass at over 900m and…Read More


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New Land

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 01 Oct, 2010

We arrive in Christchurch two days after the big Sep-2010 earthquake. We stay in a suburb that has hardly been affected, but the city as a whole is still in a state of (excuse the pun) shock. Not only psychologically, but also literally: smaller and…Read More


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West Coast: practicalities

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 01 Oct, 2010

The practicalities of the West Coast are fairly simple: most people drive the whole route themselves either in a car or a camper van, although I have seen many tour buses disgorging young backpackers at several stops on the route. You can also use a…Read More


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Wet West

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 01 Oct, 2010

Stretching in a relatively narrow strip along most of the western coast of the South Island, between the Southern Alps (one often despairs the colonists' lack of imagination when naming geographical features) and the Tasman Sea, the district of the West Coast is one of…Read More


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Driving Kaikoura to Christchurch

Written by rufusni on 22 Apr, 2010

Kaikoura launched itself at visitors for its wildlife –whales, seals and dolphins, then throw in the paua shell and it shake it together to get a touristy flavour. To its advantage there are lots of cafes and restaurants – some of which seemed pretty good.…Read More


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Driving the West Coast -WOW!!!

Written by rufusni on 01 Mar, 2010

There was a certain amount of disappointment in driving through the mountains due to less than ideal weather – cloud, mist, drizzle and occasionally full on rain – but on heading over the Haast Pass, I saw light at the end of the tunnel –…Read More


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On the Road

Written by Jack Ventura on 03 Feb, 2004

The south island of New Zealand is tailor-made for road-touring. Most of it is very well maintained, two-lane, open country road, clean except for the occasional accidental opossum. All the sheep are safely penned. Other vehicular competition is surprisingly few and far between. Mid-summer…Read More


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Nelson, Marlborough Sound & Blenheim

Written by sarah date on 10 Jul, 2001

Driving up the West Coast from Greymouth, my next destination was Nelson, the jumping off point for the famous Abel Tasman National Park and Track. I took Highway 6 in order to stop off in Punakaiki to see the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, noting the…Read More


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