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News Zealand: South Island

Christchurch, Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers, Wanaka, Dunedin and the Otago Pennisula, Milford Sounds and Queenstown

semi-overcast 20 °C
View south america on becs and terry's travel map.

Next up Christchurch..
We were a bit undecided about doing the red bus tour to see the effects of the earthquake in feb 2011 - but after speaking to the museum staff they said so many locals and tourists have been on it and it was very respectful to peoples feeling - we decided to tke a look...
quite devastating....
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despite 70% of the city being destroyed by the earthquake christchurch still has a lot to do and see...
some of the new building are made from shipping containers - looking quite cool..
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Botonic gardens and river avon...
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Antarctica Centre - you get to really experience what it would be like to be there - including a vehicle ride and a room where the temperature drops and wind chill / speed is reproduced... brrrrrrr...
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Wildlife reserve to see KIWI's - no photos as they were in a nocturnal inclosure (in the dark)...
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From Christchurch we headed west to the glaciers...

You could only get to the Franz Joseph glacier by Hellicoper because it has retreated so much... which obviously ups the price - so we decided that because we had already climbed over the peurto moreno glacier in Argentina that we would just admire these glaciers from afar!!
Franz Joseph...
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Fox Glacier
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We kinda stumbled on Wanaka whilst we were heading back to the east coast - so glad we did it was beautiful with lots to do..
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Puzzle world.. (full of mazes and illusions)
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Maze...
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Illusions
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Mini Golf and Driving Range... (avoiding the sheep)
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Next we headed eastbound for Dunedin and the Otago Pennisula. He we drove around some stunning coast and caught a glimse of more seals and penguins. In dunedin we visited Cadburys world, Baldwin Street (the steepest street in the word) and the most photographed railway station in NZ....

Otago Pennisula...

Sandy Bay..
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lovers leap...
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Cadburys world.. (Terry's heaven)..
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Baldwin Street
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Railway
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Next up time to see the beautiful Milford Sounds. We booked a boat trip and headed west again for the famous Milford. Unfortunately the weather was not like we had seen on the post cards - it poured with rain and at times so cloudy and dark we could hardly see the mountains on the other side...
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Journey back from Milford...
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Via Kingston..
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Last Stop Queentown - for the highest Bungie in NZ, a famous FERG burger and viewing the beautifuol lakes surrounding the city....
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A spot on indoor mini golf....
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Gandola and LUGE
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Bungie - Nevis 134m
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Wow what an amazing 6 weeks in our little campervan. Jucy Lucy gave us so much freedom to explore and see some much more of NZ's stunning scenery and wildlife. A beautiful country and one that both Terry and I would return to without a doubt.

Next Adventure - Austrialia...

Posted by becs and terry 29.11.2012 18:33 Archived in New Zealand

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