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Forgotten Highway

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Whangamomona: for those of you with children – this is Radiator Springs from “Cars”. The “highway 43” was created when prospectors had high hopes for the area and farming was sustaining early settlers; lack of gold, minerals and other easy to get resources made the place less interesting, and with the collectivisation of farms in the 1960’s, the death nail was finally hammered in.

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Picton and return crossing

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

When we first arrived on the South Island, we liked Picton and said that we would make some time on the way back, so we arrived a bit early and camped up in Picton. The exploring runs out pretty quick, but one thing that did keep us amused was the hull of an old clipper with some pretty amazing statistics in terms of size, capacity, history, distance travelled etc. As we were admiring what was one of the oldest things in New Zealand we were joined by a couple of Americans who amused us greatly.

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Arthur’s Pass

November 20, 2011 2 comments

Arthurs Pass is the narrow pass that crosses over the Southern Alps. We decided it would make a great place to stop for the night – we did not anticipate what it would throw at us.

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A balanced approach

November 20, 2011 4 comments

Looking back on the blog and the posts, it is obvious that we are painting a pretty rosy picture – and it is true, there are many really cool things that we are doing, but in the interests of painting an honest picture, it is only fair to give a balanced approach. Travelling with 3 children in a motorhome is really, really hard work –very taxing on both nerves and patience.  I am not sure that I will be rushing to the motorhome hire shop any time soon.

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Shantytown – No patience for a gold panner.

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Given the worsening weather, we dropped in on Shanty town, a fake but interesting village that shows the early life of loggers and gold panners. With the Cornish drizzle it gave a pretty good impression of the more unpleasant side of working the natural resources – no thanks.

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Napier – Art Deco City

November 13, 2011 Leave a comment

We drop into Hastings on the outskirts of Napier to visit Paul and Jana’s parents; the last time we met them was at the end of August in Prague. They are lovely and welcome us with a delicious hearty lunch. We chatted over the wedding, bussing around New Zealand and the famous tractor ride to see the Gannets on Kidnap Point. Before we know it we are booked in on the 4 hour tractor ride through the waves.

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Desert to Jungle in 3 hours

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

On our last marathon car hire day, we took a short detour to see the traditional route people take to Cafayete from Salta (i.e. not the 250 km dirst track we had taken the day before). The valley has a famous reputation, and to be fair, it is pretty, and there are a couple of stunning sights, but you have to share it with other tourists!

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