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Pancake (Drop Scone) Rocks

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Half way down the west coast, the strange formations known as pancake rocks become the main attraction; by a mixture of good planning and good luck, we arrive an hour before high tide and the sea swell is reasonably impressive. This combination meant we were treated to some pretty spectacular waves and blow holes in amongst the odd flat layered rocks.

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The Thermal highway – Taupo

November 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Taupo was the next stop from sulphurous Rotorua to Napier. Situated on the shores of the largest lake on north island, the obligatory first stop at the tourist office confirmed our worst fears that everything was geared to tourists and therefore everything was geared to extracting the maximum pain from your wallet.

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Waihi – Heart of Gold.

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment

After a couple of average holiday park campsites, we decide to hit the DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites a little harder. We find a lovely little site by a river in a secluded valley called Dickey Flats. The place is idyllic and a great base for walking down the gorge to Karangahake gold mining town. The signboard suggested torches and before long, we were in dark wet and narrow tunnels cutting through the gorge, much to Jo’s displeasure. Even the glow worms hanging from the ceiling didn’t cheer her up.

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Cafayete – Home of Torrontes grapes and the best white wine EVER!

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

After the car/back breaking drive down, we settled into a hostal called Rusty-K in the small town of Cafayete, an easy going, slightly scruffy laid back kind of place; rough pavements and lots of dogs, but enough trees and people to feel safe and comfortable.

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11 hours off-road – 11 hours of wonder

October 22, 2011 Leave a comment

As we only have the car a few days, we feel compelled to make the most of it, but this time we have really gone for it. As part of our route back south, we have decided to go to Cafayate via Cachi. On the map, this looks about 3 inches away, so on that basis we head off before dawn via Salta, a nice a quick paved 3 hour drive, before we turn west and start heading back up into the mountains through the eternal hairpins, this time levelling off around 3,500m (10,000 feet).

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Salinas Grandes. Snow White and the 7 coloured rocks.

October 21, 2011 8 comments

As far as spectacles, the Salinas Grandes comes pretty close to Iguazu, but is almost completely free of tourists. This may have something to do with the fact that it is over 4000m (at 13,000 feet), or that it is pretty remote, either way, having the place nearly to yourself is very cool.

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Valle de Punilla

October 14, 2011 2 comments

Using our pink cabana as a base we head up the Punilla Valley (Lake District meets Blackpool) in search of notable places/events to make us feel like we are getting to know the place. Like the wild animals, these highlights seem pretty sparse.

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