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... this country. We had a good trek up to the base of the steepest section of the glacier, whilst taking lots of photos. We saw the dramatic river waterfall and the spectacular black hole. Fantastic to do it with great people as well. We worked our way down and the 3 hour trip was so worth it. Awesome helicopter ride back, the guide and the pilot were hilarious. Unbelievable views. We got back, had a detox of a huge burger and beer before relaxing in the Glacial Hot Pools. Fun ...
... yesterday - maybe in the mid-60's F with a bit of a breeze. And I arrived at around 4 pm which is usually the hottest time of day. So I may need to acquire another heavy sweater of some kind while here. Especially considering that we're going to be walking up to a glacier in a few days time. Luckily I'm pretty sure there's lots of places to buy that sort of stuff here in Christchurch.
Another slight miscalculation on my part, also due to the fact ...
... dolphins! These are Hector's Dolphins, these are the worlds smallest and rarest dolphin, they are only found in New Zealand and only grow up to 1.4 metres in length! There are not many of these dolphins left, the dolphins get caught in fishing nets and drown as they can only hold their breath for up to 5minutes. Over the years the Pacific Ocean eventually eroded the wall of the volcano and the water filled the crater of the volcano which is the harbour we ...
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before, at Ohau B Canal; New Zealand uses a lot of hydro electricity and around the township of Twizel (twy zel – not twizzle!) are miles of canals, built specifically for the generation of power. However, being Kiwi's they have also filled them with salmon and salmon fish farms and, with the appropriate licence, you can fish for your dinner. We cheated and bought some at the fish farm and I think we were the only ones guaranteed to eat ...
... up at Brisbane Airport tomorrow morning. We have to be at Christchurch Airport at 6.15 am but we are very close to it.
The blog will stop now. We'll try to send you photos of what an Aussie Christmas looks like, in sunshine we hope. Then we will have some photos of Dubai between 4th and 8th January.
Have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year everyone.