Monthly Archives: November 2017

Southland Coast

The bottom of New Zealand is a wild and rugged coastline. Cosy Nook is one of the few sheltered harbours along the coast which is exposed to the Southerlies that come up from the Antarctic and the Roaring Forties. There … Continue reading

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Borland Road to Manapouri’s South Arm

Had always wanted to check out the Borland Road, over the Borland Saddle and down the Grebe Valley to Manapouri’s South Arm. Very narrow in places and as I have a narrow bodied bus thought I would give it a … Continue reading

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Hollyford Valley on the Way to Milford Sound

Quick trip into Hollyford Valley. A much nicer place than the Tourist fleecing pit that is Milford Sound. Stay at Gunn’s Camp if you want to stay somewhere different if you are over that way. I didn’t this time. Drove … Continue reading

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Mavora Lakes

Mavora Lakes are up 36kms of gravel road off to the side of the trip from Queenstown to Te Anau. Well worth the drive.

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One of the World’s Unsolvable Problems

If prunes are dried plums, how come you can get prune juice?

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The Top of Lake Wakatipu

Just spent a week up at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu. Was initially cold-as, but the weather soon improved. Went to Kinloch on the western shore first and then down to The Caples and Greenstone Rivers. then went up … Continue reading

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Cambrian

Cambrian is the remains of an early gold mining town near St Bathans in Central Otago, about 40 Kms north of Alexandra. It is said that it is a wonderful place that you will never want to leave, until you … Continue reading

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The Origins of “Gangster” Hand Signals

Maurice Chevalier and Stanly Holloway, the original mob members.

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Poolburn Dam

Poolburn Dam was bult in the Great Depression. It supplies irrigation water to farmers further down the Ida Valley. Spent three days here, getting up early to catch the sunrise. It is reasonably high, near the top of the Rough … Continue reading

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