Arrived in Oban after a 2 hour crossing from Bluff on S.Island. There are supposedly 20-30 thousand Kiwi here protected by statute. The island has undergone a concerted effort by conservationists to irradicate any vermin that had begun to populate the island, with a modicum of success. The Islands flora and fauna is pristine. A veritable “garden of Eden”.
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Arrived back on the mainland. On back to Queenstown then on to Tekapo. Took an Air Safari flight in a Cessna over the Frank Jose Glacier, Fox Glacier and Mnt. Cook (NZ highest).DSCF8187

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Arrived Christchurch, chastened by the sight of the devastation that ensued after the seismic events that engulfed the city in 2010/12. Even now the rebuilding and constitution goes on.DSCF8281

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Took the trans alpine train for a trip through the mountains to the west coast. Then back again to Christchurch. Amazing topography.DSCF8347
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Arrived in Kaikoura to whale watch (sperm whales) and see dusky dolphins.Got back to Wellington on the 04.04.14,overnight then made it up to Taupo the following day.DSCF8583

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