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Milford Sound, with clear blue skies. I am clearly too lucky by half. It was just so beautiful - awe inspiring. Long day, but very very very much worth it.

Dunedin tommorrow - allegedly the Edinburgh of the southern hemisphere. As long as there are no {explicit hyperbole} bagpipers there, I’ll be happy. ;)

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Posted: 2004-04-22

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autumn leaves

Well, after being duly impressed by the Haast Pass, and staying in Makarora for a night (very nice - middle of nowhere type of thing), I’ve finally made it to Queenstown. The Southern Alps really are remarkable, and the fact that all the views are decorated with the oranges, reds, coppers and golds of the autumn leaves just makes everything ridiculously pretty.

Unfortunately, I was feeling rather poorly yesterday - not sure why. Anyways, this means I’m going to have a quiet one today and do the Milford Sound trip tomorrow. There’s plenty here in Queenstown, so I’ll just potter about and see what happens.

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Posted: 2004-04-20

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jammy as a very jammy thing indeed

Crikey. I am blessed. Went onto the Franz Josef glacier today. The west coast gets 5-8 metres of rain a year - so I was worried that the weather might be rough. Actually ended up with perfect weather for the HeliHike. It just rocked. Fantastic helicopter flight, gorgeous blue ice and blue skies. Really can’t describe it adequately at all. I’ve been so lucky with the weather on this trip - it can do what it likes now, as I’ve had more good fortune that I deserve. Photos are great and more will be up soon.

Off over the Haast pass in the Southern Alps tomorrow. It’s all good.

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Posted: 2004-04-18

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mouth of the grey

Well, after a rather hectic few hours, I’ve made it to Greymouth. The TranzAlpine crossing was fantastic - it really is as gorgeous as folks make out. Even had an open viewing carridge, where I spent most of the time. Yes - lots and lots of photos thanky you. Franz Josef tomorrow - let’s hope for groovy weather.

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Posted: 2004-04-17

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almost ready to go

Well, I’ve got some accomodation booked for the first few nights. I was worried for a second as Christchurch seems to be rather busy and I needed a bed for tonight, but it’s all worked out okay and I’m crashing at a place called Charlie B’s. For Greymouth we have Neptunes and for Franz Josef (where the main glaciers are) there is Black Sheep Backpackers. All I have to do now is get enough work done to have 8 computers working for me while I’m away, fill out a leave form and chat to soem people here at work, meet up with the other Andy Jackson for a beer tonight, finish packing and make it to the airport in time for the 9:40pm flight. Life is not dull at present. :)

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Posted: 2004-04-16

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now that's magic!

Crikey. I’ve just booked a Magic Bus Transalpine Experience, so it looks like next week’s trip is all sorted. Sure, I’ve not organized any accommodation, but surely they’ll not be booked up yet!? Even in autumn the tourists are in full force - I suspect the only reason summer/Christmas are so busy is that all the kiwi’s are on holiday as well. I’m sure it will work out okay - things usually do. I’ll also look into adding a Magic Milford Discovery, a HeliHike, a Catlin’s Coaster and maybe even a Cook Connection.

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Posted: 2004-04-14

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