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Thanks to the switch from Daylight Saving back to Standard Time, it wasn’t too hard to wake up for our 7am flight to Christchurch [Christchurch-travel-guide-1139252] connecting to Auckland [Auckland-travel-guide-1139106].

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Glacier Country


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From Hokitika we drove down to the two Glaciers … Franz Josef and Fox.Actually there are many more glaciers but these are the two that are open to visitors and managed by the Department of Conservation (with marked walking tracks etc for safety).

While glaciers are pretty, the rivers that run from them aren’t … they’re quite grey with the suspension from the rocks scoured by the glaciers.

At each glacier, visitors can walk through the terrain to get close to the glacier face .. but not right up to it because falling ice can and as killed visitors before. The weather wasn't conducive for a helicopter ride and we didn't feel like doing a guided hike on the glaciers.

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Don’t mention the War … to the German Journeyman


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large_5550_12738644483751.jpgBrief stop at the Nelson Lakes on the way to the West Coast.

We drove from Picton [Picton-travel-guide-1262250] to Hokitika today to set ourselves up for the glaciers tomorrow. The road trip would have been 5 hours non-stop but naturally we stopped a little bit.

We picked up a hitch hiker Phil from Germany who was bound for Greymouth (in our direction). He is a journeyman [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journeyman]… meaning a crafter (cabinetmaker in his case). As part of his post-apprenticeship worldly experience he has to travel the world for three years and one day (while working) with certain rules in place:

* Starting with only EUR5 in his pocket.
* Never paying for accommodation (exceptions allowed while overseas)
* Never paying for transport (exceptions allowed while overseas)

The whole idea is to see the world and get to know people while honing his trade skills.It was good to see traditions living on in this fast changing world ... he also had his traditional costume plus a walking stick.

We stopped and showed him the sights along the way, namely at the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

Naturally, we engaged in conversations with our guest … Kim started talking about Omaka and the World War I aircraft but I had to discreetly remind him “Don’t mention the War!”. Much like Fawlty Towers, for those of you who are familiar.

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Aviation buff's paradise set amongst the vineyards


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large_5550_12738640846116.jpgSomething for aviation buffs tucked between the vineyards.

It was meant to be an early morning start out of Auckland but we found out that the flight to Blenheim [Blenheim-travel-guide-1311884] on the bigger plane was full …. one of the complications of using staff standby tickets. We managed to get on the 11:15 flight on a smaller and fully-packed aircraft, affording us a leisurely wake-up.

Upon arrival we drove through the vineyards surrounding the airport to the nearby Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. It houses a collection of historic World War I aircraft. Due to its affiliation with Peter Jackson (the film director), the displays draw on the talents of the WETA workshop (the animators of his films).

We overnighted in Picton [Picton-travel-guide-1262250], which was about half hour away due to finding substantially discounted accommodation.

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I flew out in the morning home to Auckland while Marie took an excursion on the scenic Taieri Railway. It was something I’d like to do some time but I couldn’t chance taking the evening flight back to Auckland in case it was full … being on staff standby tickets.

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