March 2009

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Great Speach at the UN

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Hong Kong Phooey

Here we are, in the rainy and foggy Hong Kong. We got here this morning, one hour ahead schedule, so at 5am local time more or less. After 11 hours of flight, 2 films and a failed attempt to sleeping in the economy class air new Zealand, we were fresh as a daisy. We took […]

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Last day in New Zealand

Here we are, in Christchurch airport waiting to board. I am now on the iPhone. Looks like we get 15 min of free wifi here. We woke up again in the jail backpackers and this time we had proper breakfast: the sausages that we still had and the beans ;) We finished the bread and […]

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Christchurch

  We woke up this morning in our cell in the jail guesthouse and after having breakfast we decided to spend the day in Christchurch, so the car would rest for a day ;-)  The original plans were to drive to Hanmer Springs, a thermal village where nuria wanted to go to soak in hot […]

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Banks peninsula

After a long sleep for the driver (near 11 hours) in the Queen bedroom we went straight to the kitchen to fry our beef sausages for breakfast. We escaped a fine, as in NZ you have to park your vehicle in the sense of the traffic, and we always have parked where we saw a […]

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From Tekapu to Akaroa

We woke up in the “Tailor Made Tekapu Backpackers”, had breakfast and put our backpacks in the car, that this time was completely frosted in ice. Tekapo is at 760m of high and is probably the coldest place in NZ. The idea was to go up Mount John where on top there is an observatory […]

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Aoroki (Mount Cook)

After a cold night at Omahau Downs (but with heating in our room ;-) ) in Twitzel we had breakfast and left direction to Mount Cook, around 50 Km of where we where. The earlier evening in the living room we had to light fire. It can get pretty cold here in this area, even […]

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No blue, yellow-eyed, black-crested penguins

Saturday morning, raining like hell, good thing we went yesterday to the lovely Otago peninsula. It stopped for 2 minutes just to give us the time to load the car, and continue the road trip. Direction the Mackenzie country, NZ’s treasured highland. On our way, the weather started clearing up and timid sun shone. We […]

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Catlins and the Sea Lions

We woke up in the house with great views over the ocean (hilltop backpackers) that we had for ourselves. We had breakfast and we took the road in the opposite direction to go to a couple of places that we missed in our way here: two waterfalls (McLean falls and Purakaunui falls) a lake and […]

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Slope Point (4800 km from South Pole)

We overslept today, at 8.15 when the alarm went off, I did not want to get out of bed. I could heard the rain furiously hitting the roof of our nice place. Dani got up complaining about the many bites he had all over his body, saying that he woke up twice cause of the […]

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Piopiotahi (Milford Sound)

Fiordland is sliced by numerous deeply recessed sounds, technically fiords and since 1986 it is one of the 300 World Heritage Areas because of its uniqueness that must be preserved. The famous Milford Track has been described as one of the finest in the world, pity that was fully booked. So we decided that as […]

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Te Anau and the "gusiluz"

After a succulent English breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon and fantastic beef-tomatoes-something else sausages we started driving back to Queenstown and then to Te anau. I started the routine of phoning 2-3 guesthouses, BBH backpackers to find a place to sleep. Te Anau seemed to be fully booked, so I continued phoning from my list […]

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Glenorchy in the way to Paradise (literally)

Today we left Queenstown and we headed to Glenorchy, not very far (around 45 Km) were we are now in a camping site, in a little bungalow. The scenery from Queenstown to Glenorchy is just amazing. Again we had perfect weather. Latter in the afternoon the clouds started to come but the rest of the […]

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Embrace the Fear

“I must no fear, fear is killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be […]

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Wanaka

  Waking up to a surprisingly sunny and cold morning, we turned inland direction Wanaka alongside the Haast river, climbing up to Haast Pass and the Mount Aspiring National park. We missed the stunning Blue Pools as they were closed, but we could admired the views from the no so distant inaugurated road (opened in […]

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