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Stories and Tips South Island

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Whale Watching at Kaikoura

Written by sarah date on 10 Jul, 2001

Whale Watch tel: +64/3/319.6767 freecall: 0800/655.121 (within NZ) www.whalewatch.co.nz "Eat crayfish" – that is the English translation from Maori of the word "kaikoura." Well, I didn’t do any eating of crustaceans but instead ventured out on a boat to view cetaceans, the other…Read More


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Hamner Springs and Christchurch

Written by sarah date on 10 Jul, 2001

Before coming to New Zealand, I had read about the natural hot pools at Hamner Springs and decided I would indulge in a bit of relaxation there at the end of my trip. Luckily I spent the night at a friend of mine’s parents’…Read More


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The West Coast

Written by sarah date on 10 Jul, 2001

I left Queenstown with a plan to drive over the Haast Pass and up the West Coast, taking in at least one of the renowned glaciers and ending up in the town of Greymouth for the night. This route took me 6 hours but…Read More


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Queenstown and Milford Sound

Written by sarah date on 10 Jul, 2001

Many ski loving friends had ranted and raved to me about Queenstown at one time or another and even though I have never skied in my life and it was summer, I was convinced that I should include the town on my trip. After…Read More


Donegal House, Kairkoura

Written by Orl on 23 Aug, 2004

There is a strong Irish connection with Kaikoura. I can see why Irish people settled here; the coastline and climate is not dissimilar. We visited Donegal House – called after the county where the owner’s great-grandfather (Davy Boyd) originated from. Davy and his brother Dick…Read More


Arrowtown - a worthwhile alternative to Queenstown

Written by Orl on 06 Jul, 2004

Arrowtown is 20 minutes from Queenstown and is a great place to stay if you can’t get accommodation in its big brother, or wish to avoid the madding crowds of the "adventure capital of the world", as Queenstown likes to call itself. Arrowtown is a…Read More


Dunedin to Milford Sound

Written by Orl on 18 Jun, 2004

The drive from Dunedin to Te Anau is not particularly scenic. That night we stayed in Te Anau Downs. We had a lovely day driving from Te Anau Downs to Milford Sound. The scenery is spectacular and there are plenty of waterfalls, picnic areas with little…Read More


Driving around the South Island: East coast

Written by Orl on 14 Jun, 2004

We booked our car through Ezy cars: http://www.ezy.co.nz A four-door Daewoo hatchback (can’t remember the make) cost NZ $48 a day. Akaroa is a beautiful town with a French atmosphere. It is well worth a detour. Apart from swimming with dolphins, there isn’t a lot to do…Read More


The Great Outdoors and Ernie Dingo

Written by elizabeth melding on 30 Jan, 2004

I could not have had a more well-known child minder for my day on the Doubtful Sound. During my trip to the Doubtful Sound, they were filming The Great Outdoors,…Read More


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