Category Archives: South Island

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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Leaving the South Island

Left Kowhai Bush and drove the remaining 70 kms to Blenheim. Had coffee and a leisurely stroll around town. Decided I would go on to Picton after lunch. Got there at 1.50 and went to the booking office for the … Continue reading

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Greymouth, and then?

Finally have returned to Greymouth. Have essentially gone right around the South Island now, only missing out the Kaikoua coast. I am afraid, and glad, that Northland beckons. I am heading for Blenheim, then on to Picton and the North … Continue reading

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Getting low on Fuel, rescued in Ross

Left Okarito and headed north intending to stay at a couple of DOC camps but noticed that I probably did not have enough fuel to make any side trips so gently rolled on to HariHari, but the gas station was … Continue reading

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Off to Okarito

Generally a well to do settlement just north of Franz Joseph Glacier. Excellent motorcamp run by the local community. $10 bucks a night, with hot showers for an extra $1. Took a walk up to the trig station which gave … Continue reading

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On the Road to Haast.

Left Wanaka and set off for Haast, passing Lake Hawea and then on to Cameron’s flat where I stayed the night at the DOC camp. as usual, wonderful bush and walks available. Passed through Makaroa on the eastern side of … Continue reading

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Wanaka

Went for cycle around the side of the lake. A couple of shots, one from the cycleway looking back to Wanaka. Wanaka campsite at Albert Town, run by council for $7 per night right by the Clutha River.

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Motatapu Gorge

Left Homestead Bay and started driving back into Wanaka in the rain. Turned off and decided to look at the Motatapu Gorge. The bridge over the gorge is about 4 meters long and is at the narrowest point of the … Continue reading

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And now for something different

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Lake Wanaka Shoreline (Homestead Bay) where the Matukituki enters the lake

Found a DOC camp further along the West Wanaka Road. Had a no camping sign, i.e. a tent with a line through it. But as I was not in a tent I thought that did not apply to me. Hot … Continue reading

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