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Motorhome Mystery Tour

Location: New Zealand

Since I last updated my journal we have collected Tasha, a motorhome and arrived safely in the South Island. We are currently making our way down the west coast. We've booked a helihike experience for tomorrow. A helicopter ride to the glacier, followed by a guided walk on and through parts of the glacier. Really looking forward to that. Future plans are to continue travelling south towards Queenstown and then see.

After 1 nights stop over in Picton we started our drive. Tasha took the wheel for the first time just as the roads started to twist and turn. This is the view which greeted us as we were heading towards Abel Tasman National Park.

After a busy day in Wellington we boarded the Interislander ferry, crossing the Cook Strait leading us to the South Island. Sadly, it was dark during our crossing and we had been booked onto the freight service so everything had been closed. To entertain ourselves we were given colouring books by the Captain!

Water taxi in Abel Tasman National Park. The Austrailain man who took this photo wasn't happy with us all just smiling at the camera, he asked us to 'do something'...not quite sure what I was trying to achieve!

Another lunch of cheese and wine by the lake (in distance!) with our trusty motorhome. We've seen lots of campervans, all shapes and sizes but nothing like ours..it has 'backpackers' written on it in large green writing.

Abel Tasman National Park. Apparently named after Abel Tasman a European who first visited here and left very quickly after 4 of his crew were eaten by locals. Mmmm!

We were dropped off in the National Park and given vague instructions of how to get through and where we would be picked up. We were told the walk would take 1 1/2 hours, however we were dropped off late giving us about an hour to do the walk. We marched through the rainforest, managing to stop for one self timed picture!

Punakaiki. Pancake rocks. I had been going on about wanting to see these and we arrived just before nightfall. Don't feel these pictures do them justice, perfectly formed, very intriguing, great setting for a film. Dad - you'd have been able to tell us how they had been formed. Does the process of stylophonoing ring a bell?!

Just to prove I was at Abel tasman National Park.

Punakaiki

Punakaiki

Reflective lake. I hear you say that all lakes are reflective but ahha this one was special! Lake Matheson. Took the 1 hour walk around the lake with Mt Cook and Mt Tasman in background, unfortuantely they were covered by clouds.

Hokitika, known to the locals as Hoki. Another township that you drive into, don't see a soul and then drive out of. The 2 most prominent features here were the memorial clock tower and (another!) Jade factory.



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After a busy day in Wellington we boarded the Interislander ferry, crossing the Cook Strait leading us to the South Island. Sadly, it was dark during our crossing and we had been booked onto the freight service so everything had been closed. To entertain ourselves we were given colouring books by the Captain!

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After 1 nights stop over in Picton we started our drive. Tasha took the wheel for the first time just as the roads started to twist and turn. This is the view which greeted us as we were heading towards Abel Tasman National Park.

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Another lunch of cheese and wine by the lake (in distance!) with our trusty motorhome. We've seen lots of campervans, all shapes and sizes but nothing like ours..it has 'backpackers' written on it in large green writing.

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Water taxi in Abel Tasman National Park. The Austrailain man who took this photo wasn't happy with us all just smiling at the camera, he asked us to 'do something'...not quite sure what I was trying to achieve!

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We were dropped off in the National Park and given vague instructions of how to get through and where we would be picked up. We were told the walk would take 1 1/2 hours, however we were dropped off late giving us about an hour to do the walk. We marched through the rainforest, managing to stop for one self timed picture!

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Abel Tasman National Park. Apparently named after Abel Tasman a European who first visited here and left very quickly after 4 of his crew were eaten by locals. Mmmm!

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Just to prove I was at Abel tasman National Park.

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Punakaiki. Pancake rocks. I had been going on about wanting to see these and we arrived just before nightfall. Don't feel these pictures do them justice, perfectly formed, very intriguing, great setting for a film. Dad - you'd have been able to tell us how they had been formed. Does the process of stylophonoing ring a bell?!

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Punakaiki

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Punakaiki

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Hokitika, known to the locals as Hoki. Another township that you drive into, don't see a soul and then drive out of. The 2 most prominent features here were the memorial clock tower and (another!) Jade factory.

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Reflective lake. I hear you say that all lakes are reflective but ahha this one was special! Lake Matheson. Took the 1 hour walk around the lake with Mt Cook and Mt Tasman in background, unfortuantely they were covered by clouds.