Monthly Archives: May 2003

New Zealand Summary – New Zealand, New Zealand

New Zealand. Three months I spent with you. I remember coming to you in quite a state from Oz but even before we touched down, I had made a new friend. I travelled the Coromandel Peninsula and stayed at cute little Coromandel Town where I hitchhiked for the first time. Kauri groves and basking in the intense sun after getting a shoulder massage from the waterfall on 309. A good intro to NZ gaining plenty of good tips from so many who were just finishing up their stint here.

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Cookie Time and Adventure Pool – Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch was a fun artsy town with lots to do. We went to Science World to play trying out the vertical slide, rock climbing and my favorite, the gyroscope. We picked up our old friend Hiro who is living here and visited the Cookie Time factory. We just had to check out the museum boasting the worlds` largest cookie. You can even buy bags of broken cookies for a discount. I especially liked the Cookie Time mascot who looks like a red cookie monster on drugs. In the Botanical Gardens, there was a whole forest of Camillia trees! K, S and I had fun playing in the autumn leaves. read more

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Home for the Holidays – Akaroa, New Zealand

In Akaroa, the food was gourmet and the owners were almost as sweet as their desserts. Le Bons Bay Backpackers is a small family run hostel in a restored 120 year old homestead. We arrived on a dark and cold windy night. We were a little concerned that we wouldn`t find the place through all these windy roads but we finally made it. Garry kept our food warm for us which we promptly gobbled up before collapsing into bed.

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Alien Abduction and the Canada Goose – Mount Cook, New Zealand

We were driving to Mount Cook when Kenneth decided to open the window to take a picture of the red clouds and sunset when SLURP! Our beloved Beamish was sucked out of the passenger window. 100 meters down the road we whipped around to retrieve him when we witnessed a white 4WD abducting our precious purple alien!

We frantically raced after the suspects to reclaim our lost family member when suddenly they came to a stop. We exited King, our little Danish car, with a look of strong contempt on our faces. I was just about to demand to know just who they thought they were, when I noticed the passenger cradling a shotgun. read more

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Juggling Lessons and Fergburgers – Te Anau and Queenstown, New Zealand

We checked into Te Anau and it was already dark so we would have to wait till morning to see the lakefront view. After a restless sleep, we spent the next day walking around the lake. Kenneth and I were fascinated by the large red and white spotted mushrooms living under the trees. The trees and water really calmed me.

Later, we went for some beers with Ian who showed up then drove back to Queenstown on yet another sunny clear day. We made yummy Thai food and played pictionary before mango ice cream for dessert. read more

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Milford Dive Part 2 – Milford Sound, New Zealand

Our second dive was along a steep wall just shy of where Milford Sound meets the Tasman Sea. Drifting through the peaceful aquamarine soup, we encountered the black coral which was really not black at all. They are actually like an amalgamation of delicate white snow flakes. As if it were the first frost on an early November morning, coating the leafless spiny branches in an immaculate white lace.

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