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Trip Start Apr 01, 2006
Trip End Jun 03, 2006

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Monday, May 8, 2006

Hi all, we've finally found some time to update our travel log (from Nelson). From our last log in Christchurch we have travelled down the South Island of New Zealand stopping off at Mount Cook to do a bit of walking and see the big alpine peaks. We managed two walks, one of them up to the Tasman glacier it was very impressive, Mount Cook is a beautiful sight when the clouds clear.

We then travelled to Queenstown (the outdoor adventure capital of NZ)where on day one we flew in a light plane over Milford Sound, that place is unbelievable, the peaks drop straight into the lake from thousands of feet.

Next day we went jet boating up the Shotover river canyon (See film) then we took a helicopter flight further up the river gorge and white water rafted down the river for 17km. That was a tiring day and wet! (we even rafted down a tunnel for 100 meters)

Next day we got the cable car up to one of the peaks in the town and jumped off like you normally do! This was my birthday treat from Ava 'Paragliding' but she did it as well (Yes you better believe it and we've got the photos to prove it) There's life in the old dog(s) yet!

Next day we climbed the Franz Joseph glacier (see photos) notice the photo numbers 1250 to date.

Well we must go now as we are packing our bags for a 3 day walk in the Able Tasman national park (the outback) We will post the photos when we return. Love Ava & John
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avaandjohn on

The mile high club
Hi Ava & John,
How did you guys pack all that gear. Hot weather stuff, cold weather stuff, crampons (if that's how you spell it). I know that you are used to putting it all into a small sack but this is impressive. The video was good, but we could only manage to open the paragliding one. I was looking forward to seeing you photo collection, I'm not sure that we would have time now unlees we take a week olff work! Just watching a relocation program, guess where they are off to? Hawkes bay NZ. Looking at the scenery I bet you are going to find it difficult to leave, looks wonderfull seems to have everything.

Talk soon Chris & Malc.

avaandjohn on

Climbed that Mountain yet?
Ava and John,
Before I forget- John, both the post cards you sent to work from Phi Phi and Australia both arrived (about a week after you sent them). We have had the announcement that we've got the contract for HB9 (last Thursday) and also it seems A4A(R)-replacement (not formally anounced).
Wigan FC finished 10th with 51 pts (lost last match away to Arsenal 4-2), Everton 11th with 50 pts!!!
I'm now REALLY jealous ( not that I wasn't before) now that I've seen your pictures of Mt Cook - how high was your hotel??
All I have got to keep me going is the picture on you calender for May - Sandwood Bay in Scotland -brings back good memories.
I guess you've been on you trek by the time you read this?- Please let me know what it was like.
A belated Happy Birthday to John.

Please keep adding the great photos.

Best Wishes,
Andy Walton

avaandjohn on

Re: The mile high club
Hi Chris & Malc

We are just back from a 3 day walking trip in the outback, I'll put a couple of photos on the website of the trip. Talking about cases ours are massive, (Two large Samsonite hard body cases)we are just under the limit of 32kg each thats without our rucksacks as well! We had to pack for every weather condition plus our outdoor equipment. I'll have a look at the other movie if you say it's not working I'll try reloading it. NZ is a fab place we will have to visit it again, 14 days is not long enough we are just scratching the surface of what there is to see and do.

Must go, time to dress for dinner

Love Ava & John xx

avaandjohn on

Re: Climbed that Mountain yet?

Thanks for the info, Mount Cook is magnificent (I think the hotel was 700m) but its just one of about 20 peaks which look great, I'm sick that I'm not here to climb them. You could spend years just doing the main peaks out here there's so many to choose from and the weather has been great as well. They are comming into their winter and everwhere is quiet tourist wise so we've virtually had the place to ourselves. We have just returned from our walking trip, it was great, just like the the Pembroke coast path with subtropical rainforest thrown in and great weather too. (I'll put some photos on the website)

See you soon Ava & John

PS I've got some good sreen saver pictures!

avaandjohn on

Re: Jules
Jules nice to hear from you!

Don't worry about taping coronation street its on the telly every night hear in NZ so we're not missing any episodes! I thought of you the other day when we crossed a river bridge in the outback which you have to share with the main rail train, I was scared stiff that when I was on the bridge a train would come around the corner towards me, I don't know what I would have done (beside crap myself!)I took a photo so I'll post it on the website.

Nice to hear from you, now get back to work!

Best wishes Ava & John

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