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Old 12-15-2010, 12:09 PM   #721
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OMG, that is beautiful. Where is this and what time of year? I have got to come see some more of this.
Crown Range Road maybe? Or the start of the Skippers road? Definitely Otago - in the lower part of the South Is. March-April.

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Old 12-15-2010, 01:44 PM   #722
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Yep, Crown Range looking towards Queenstown, april 2009.

Just had to press the shutter...
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Old 12-15-2010, 01:53 PM   #723
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Here's another lucky shot:

Taken left-handed and dead sideways at 100 km/h.
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Old 12-15-2010, 02:04 PM   #724
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And one with a bike in the frame for a change.


That road past the lakes was a good way to make up for the rain crossing Haast Pass after being stuck in Haast with a destroyed rear tyre over easter... Kudos to the local AA guy for Making Do by the way, spooning an obviously half-used bt020 170 onto the little DR rim so we could get outta there.
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Old 01-10-2011, 02:48 AM   #725
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Snapped this goodie of Night Falcon and Jimmy near the end (the mucky part) of the 42nd Traverse last weekend.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:19 AM   #726
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Hi all

The family and I went camping with a big bunch of long-time family-friends at Totaranui in the Abel Tasman National Park 23-31 January 2011

Here’s where we went!
(look for the 'A')

Left home in Christchurch on a wet and miserable Saturday 22nd and we have the Whale loaded to the gunwales!



Spent the night in Nelson with our friends Amanda, Jack, Meg and Soames and had a fan-TAS-tic Thai meal at the Golden Bell in Hardy Street – awesome!

Sunday dawned and we were off in a convoy with caravan’s, boats and cars dodging and dicing for position….ahhhhh the Takaka hill had me wishing for my VTR…..

Anyways on to the pics:

The Galoon (lagoon but it’s a longstanding thing)


It drains left to right into the sea on the outgoing tide and it’s fun to jump in the Galoon and get carried ‘round to the beach


It was pretty disappointing weather initially for us first time Totaranui-goers…hopefully it will get a bit better we thought


We all decided it was extremely important to set some groundrules for our enclave and the primary one was “Foursies”


Occasionally we had Fivesies if we’d been out boating or walking and sometimes there were even Threesies!!

I tried to fit in with the whole holiday thing


It was hellish believe me!

Third day we were there ShaggieWife and UglyPWife went for a run to Awaroa (ShaggieWife’s in training for the Buller Half Marathon) and so I went for a walk to the top of Gibbs Hill to see what was there…..a nice view over Totaranui and towards Awaroa on the right


Took a pic of a tree fern being arty – bloody arty treeferns!


The tent kitchen where miracles were performed on a daily basis


There were some cool tow vehicles


Got up early to try and capture the sunrise








Good friend UglyP (a fellow ADV inmate) took ShaggieWife, ShaggieSon, UglyPYoungestSon and I for a wee trip in his Tinny

UglyP prepping HMNZS Tinny


Lukey-Boy and Action-Jackson navigating


ShaggieFamily on the beach at Awaroa with the inlet in the background (this teeshirt makes my belly look huge....it’s the shirt…honest!


We stopped in at Shag (not Shaggie) Harbour on the way back…..awesome hidden wee inlet that’s nearly dry at low tide but at high tide is a secret wee hideaway


Next day an early-ish shot of the beach -disappointing weather again!


UglyP and his good looking brother Steve and fishing-guide-to-the-stars bro-in-law Cam took all the kids fishing…..(UglyP pics)



A very successful evening out on the water

….plenty of legal size snapper and a couple of blue cod too! Jackson was SO excited – caught two blue cod but reeled the first one in so fast that the keeper hit the end of the rod and broke off, dropping Mr Fish back into the briny and the second one (which Cam reckoned was about 40cm long!) managed to extricate himself from the hook just as Cam was reaching for the net….Jackson was very happy with his time anyways!

So it was fresh snapper with Foursies! Mmmm-Mmmmm! (UglyP pic)


ShaggieWife cooked up a plan with the other ladies to make a coordinated assault on the café at the luxury Awaroa Lodge…so I thought I’d better tag along in case they needed rescuing from the deadly….er……cheesecake?

It was a bit of a walk


And a bit of a wade…..


And nearly a bit of a swim!


Smaller tides meant the low tide wasn’t as low as we’d expected it to be!

The cheesecake was bloody good tho!

Me and the Gang!


Next day we decided to put out the craypot UglyP made (he’s bloody handy) and went for a nice boat trip to Separation Point…..

UglyP took a bit of a shine to this moored just off Tot beach…..he's clever enough to fix this up REAL nice….


Big seal colony near Separation Point


And lots of pups…..and man the water is clear!



My mate Kelv came over from Blenheim for a couple of nights and brought his expedition kayak with him strapped to his back…I mean the back of his car….so he came for a bit of a paddle to see what the hell we were up to!


He even rescued a boaties cap!

Unfortunately no crays were to be had….we did have an interesting temporary friend


The kids were ‘thrilled’!


He was hard work keeping in the bucket long enough to get a pic of him…..awesome animal!

Overall holiday rating:
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:39 AM   #727
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Those that's what you've been up to. Shame the weather didn't work out, I could make out some clouds in the background.

That's a beautiful area of the country. With a bit of luck I'll get to visit next January. We've spent three day in Takaka last year, but only got to scratch the surface of what's there.

Thanks for posting those photos.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:10 PM   #728
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The weather, the scenery, the food, the company... some people just get it all!!!

Very cool collection of pics to 'irritate' the rest of us who have had to keep working over the holiday period...
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:26 AM   #729
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Shaggie,

Those pictures are killing me. It has been -26C here in Wisconsin this week with snow piled high all around.

Nice to see you enjoying some good times and warm weather! I'm envious.

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Old 02-12-2011, 11:43 PM   #730
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Awesome pics Shaggie!!
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:10 AM   #731
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Old 02-16-2011, 06:00 PM   #732
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:02 PM   #733
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I would hazard a guess
Marlborough Sounds
Jacksons Bay
Milford Sound

Hows that?

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Old 02-16-2011, 07:58 PM   #734
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First prize Adrian well done especially the Jackson Bay pick, I have fuelled up at Haast so many times and not even thought whats down there but last Dec one of the guy's in our group said that he wanted to go and have a look so neally all had to go through fear of not being able to say that they'd been to Jackson Bay.
Now theres talk of doing a South Is dead end ride, in the past there has been challeges to do all sealed passes, the dead end challenge is a much bigger challege.

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Old 02-16-2011, 11:17 PM   #735
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Thanks Grant fortunately I have been to all those places though at first I said Kaikoura for Jackson Bay photo but it didn't look right.
I have yet to see Jacksons on a beautiful sunny day. Did you also do the Lake Ellery/Jackson Bay Road. That is one I need to do.

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