Good Buggers!

Trip Start Jul 19, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka, Franz Josef,
What I did
Dolphins, Penguins, Seals and tons of Physical Geography!

Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Sunday, November 13, 2011

Good buggers/Bad buggers.  I have already said how much importance Kiwis put on being a good bloke.  Now a higher accolade, as you may know, is being a good bugger and an even higher one is to be a good bastard, then even a flipping good bastard!  Now the press use language like this freely over here (not flipping though).  One newspaper ran a daily article about good buggers and bad buggers from the RWC.  They also picked a team RWC bad buggers XV.  This included about half the England squad!  And the ref was to be Wayne Barnes!
NZ Cartographers/surveyors.  Anyway, along a similar theme I an goiing to give a good bugger nomination to the chap who lovingly named all the creeks between Wanaka and Hokitika.  All the road bridges are marked with the creek names and makes fun reading.  There are some great names; Grave Creek, Roaring Swine Creek, Saphire ..., Boggy..., Muddy..., Grassy..., Dead Horse creek..., Random Creek, Doughboy..., Dicks..., Dusty Miller.., Duffers ...., Cowhide ..., Dead Cow...,   etc.  etc.  Brilliant!!  Now compare this to this guy, who has got to get the bag bugger award.  for naming the Creeks between Te Anau and Milford Sound; Reids Creek, Smtih Creek and son - he starts off not too bad really but then goes on to 13mile Creek, 18 Mile Creek, but then he looses it completely and goes to Creek No. 1, Creek No. 2, all the way through to Creek No. 180!!!!   Now come on, he clearly has no love for the work and no job satisfaction doing this!

Set us thinking.  This set Giuli and I thiniing about our lack of vocabulary in trying to describe what NZ is like, so we had a stab at coming up wiht adjectives we could use - (but thay had to be applied to specific places).  Here goes.  surreal, intense, dramatic, diverse, awsome, austeer, imposing, iconic, inspirational, beautiful, preety, daunting, forboding, heavaenly, aradise, scenic, thrilling, eerie, steep, precipitious, chjallenging, dynamic, veritgnious, dessolate  - bored yet?   - isloalet, romantic, wonderful, endearing, peaceful, endless, attractive, pleasant, endless, attractive, pleasant, incredibel, unbelieveable, bleak, dreamlike, hypnotic, raw, natural, breathtaking, immeasurable, indescribable, incomparable, invigorating, refereshing, intoxicating - yes we were getting drunk -  massive, threatening, scary, frigtheening, extreme, delightful, amazing, stupendous, fascinating, brilliant, ppictureesque, wonderful, lush, unspoilt, breathtaking, wild, untouched, uninhabited, exceptionsdal, therapeutic, excellent, unique, incomprehensible, spectacular, exciting, monumental, majestic, sensual, marvellous, rugged, bleak, evocotive, relentless, astounding, absorbing, thrilling, remarkable.  Enough - I am bored now! 

It gets you like that.  But that does not do it justice.  since the last blog we drove to Milford Sound and went out in a boat as the weather was lifting.  Not only did we see the amazing fjord scenery, but penguins, seals and dolphins; and the dolphins were up for playing too.  We must have watched them for half an hour!  After Milford Sound we visited Queenstown and Wanaka; The weather lifted for 24 hours in Q'town, long enough for us to drive to get some spectacular views, visit Arrowtown and three estate agents; Giuli wants to buy somewhee out here now!  Wanaka was a bit drizzly though we did manage a lake side walk!  It has been drizzle/rain up the west coast too, so have not got upto the glaciers, but did a short gorge walk near Hokitika.

Rain Forest Paradise.  Stayed in a briliant site in Franz Josef right in the rainforest.  - Until the morning when the dew and mist started dropping form the trees and it sounded like some one playing drums and cymbles on the roof!
Adrenalin Sports.  Gave that a go too.  I let Giuli drive on one fo the mountain roads.
One week to go.  All beign well, will get on the blog again before we leave for Malaysia, but only one week left here in NZ!!!!!
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Ellie on

Bet Dad came up with precipitous! Thats a geog word isnt it?? Poor mum!

fos53 on

yes that was one of dads words. i have to say i've had enough geography lessons to last a life time
; geology, geography, climate changes, eco systems etc etc, but this country does have it all. its as if you could take part of every country in the world and you would find it in nz. it is relentless in surprising you and so diverse. the north and south island are like two different countries in themselves.

as you may be aware, by neils' entries, he really is losing it!!!! but hopefully once he gets to malaysia, some sort of normality may start to show. (I can live in hope anyway.)

Dave on

I'm glad you understand what an 'adjective' is - just taught my year 14 English class this - there's were better!

Jerry on

Only one week to go in NZ - where did that go?! Italy trip was great although we thought we were on a temperance weekend for the first afternoon - took 3 hours to find a bar - and another two to find a pub - we walked about 6 miles. Terry's knee lasted the distance. Ground at Monza was grim - concrete and the only outlets were lots of very well equipped burger vans - Martin was drooling over some of them- all automated - very smart. So we spent the whole time in the car park - good weather fortunately.
Tigers had very good win at home to Ulster (20-9) and the old spark is just starting to come back - but England in total dissarray!!

giuliana foster on


just got to pick you up on the use of 'theres were better!' it should be THEIRS - sorry, sir!!!!!

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