In October of 2003, Mike Wellman and I decided to head to New Zealand's South Island to take an extended look at the expanse of untamed wilderness and beauty that is New Zealand. Owing to a streak of "good luck" we were both unemployed at the time and it seemed like a good way to use the time.
We rented a camper van (Ford Transit Van converted to a 2+1 camper) and found tickets from Washington, DC through Los Angeles to Auckland, NZ and then finally to Christchurch, NZ, our pick-up point for the van.
This is the story of that intrepid trek. Each day, from the 1st of November, 2003 to the 25th of November, 2003, I will try to write up some appropriate anecdotes and trip log information in a somewhat standard format, with some of the pictures that we take along the way.
|1-11-2003||Christchurch to Rakaia River Mouth|
|2-11-2003||Rakaia River Mouth to Lake Tekapo|
|3-11-2003||Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook|
|4-11-2003||Mount Cook to Kelceys Bush Camp Site|
|5-11-2003||Kelceys Bush Camp Site to Portobelo Vacation Camp|
|6-11-2003||Otago Peninsula to Curio Bay|
|7-11-2003||Curio Bay to Te Anau|
|10-11-2003||Queenstown and Wanaka|
|11-11-2003||Rob Roy Glacier Walk|
|12-11-2003||Wanaka to Fox Glacier|
|14-11-2003||Franz Josef Glacier|
|15-11-2003||Arthur's Pass to Hanmer Springs|
|16-11-2003||Hanmer Springs to West Coast|
|18-11-2003||The long road to Kaiteriteri|
|20-11-2003||Abel Tasman II - Walking the Coastal Track|