Road Trip

Trip Start Dec 19, 2009
Trip End Feb 25, 2010

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Wednesday, January 6, 2010

First of all, I really would like to thank all of you for your comments to the blog, really nice and your interest motivates me to share more with you guys.

Unfortunately, the weather at the Milford Sound did not allow us to fly there. In Queenstown the weather was pretty nice in the morning, so we decided to discover the surrounding area and drove to Wanaka, about 100 km from Queenstown. The ride there was pretty nice, the town was also on a lake with the same name. There was a gravel road to the Mount Aspiring Natl. Park which we took, not many people there and lots of creek crossings without bridges, cool.

On the way back it started to rain, but we found another side road which led us to the Skipper Canyon, you cannot even imagine how beautiful this was. Of course, it was a one way single car sand- and gravel road, one side up the other pretty much straight down the canyon, but really fun. Somebody in our two person travel group got very nervous. Needless to say that only licensed cars and drivers were allowed on the road. Later I found out that rental car companies decline any insurance for this trail. Did not really matter as I did not accept any insurance on the car to begin with. We did today around 450 km, 50% off road, so I got pretty used to drive on the wrong side. Guys, watch out when I get to Germany or back to the US.

I have attached some pictures, but they don't do justice to the beauty of this area.
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Franz on

Hi Ihr zwei Globetrotter,

die Kühe und die Berge erwecken den Eindruck als wäret Ihr in Bayern unterwegs, wahrscheinlich ist das die geklonte Kopie unseres schönen Landes. Das mit dem Linksfahren ist ganz schön ungewohnt was? Aber Du bist ja ein Racer, der sich auf alle Gegebenheiten sehr rasch einstellt, also noch 1 Tag, und alles ist (fast) wie immer.
Lasst es Euch gut gehen und passt auf Euch auf, Fitch schaut auch ganz gespannt auf Eure spannenden Bilder und sagt Hallo nach Neuseeland-

Vivian on

Herbet and Deia!!! Saudades de voces! You must be enjoying so much your trip! I am jealous! The place looks sooo beautiful. I loved the cows and the country look. Keep us posted. Have lots of fun. Love, Viv

Jen on

Andrea & Herbert,
You two are on the trip of a lifetime! I wish we were with you. Are you stopping in Australia? Andrea--still know anyone there? Can't wait to hear more....xoxo jenny

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