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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #75 on: February 15, 2014, 04:23:46 PM »



Cool animal pictures

I never saw that flame less kit, interesting idea. It works the same way as the labriut meals heating packet?

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #76 on: February 15, 2014, 05:27:44 PM »
This whole trip was this past November or more recent?
lol, last march

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #77 on: February 15, 2014, 05:28:21 PM »

I never saw that flame less kit, interesting idea. It works the same way as the labriut meals heating packet?
same idea, yes

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #78 on: February 15, 2014, 08:07:22 PM »
Part 5: Milford Sound & Queenstown

Ever since I read a report on FTG, Milford Sound was high on my to do list. I was even going to go so far as making a quick stop to NZ on my way to Australia last year for the sole purpose of having a day to visit Milford Sound. That didnít end up working out, so we had to do it now.

There are a few options of getting there from Queenstown. You can drive yourself, take a bus, fly, or a combination bus/fly. Being that we were with the kids, a 4-5 hour bus journey each way didn't sound like a great idea, and we also didn't want to miss what some consider to be one of the greatest scenic flights.

We used Air Milford and chose their Fly/Nature Cruise/Fly option, which is slightly more expensive but it goes on a smaller boat which gets into the nook and crannies better and focuses more on the fauna and flora.

They picked us up from our hotel and we flew with 2 other passengers on a spectacularly beautiful flight. The pictures just tell a tiny part of the story. It was breathtaking. Fans of the Lord of The Rings movies might be able to recognize some of the spots as the pilot was constantly pointing them out.






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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #79 on: February 15, 2014, 08:07:47 PM »




Pure glacial lake


On approach to Milford Sound


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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #80 on: February 15, 2014, 08:10:03 PM »
Wow! Stunning
What type of plane was it? Do you have any pictures from the plane?

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #81 on: February 15, 2014, 08:10:45 PM »
One of the claims of this nature cruise was to be able to get you to see another rare penguin Ė the Fiordland Crested Penguin which I was hoping to see, but they couldnít spot any on our trip.







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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #82 on: February 15, 2014, 08:13:00 PM »


Seals


A cool thing they do is they bring the boat right under a glacial waterfall so you don a provided raincoat, go out and open your mouth to taste the cleanest and purest water.




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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #83 on: February 15, 2014, 08:13:24 PM »


As seen from above


At the end of the day, I thought it was a great place to visit, but I wasnít as crazy over it as FTG was. It might be due to the high expectations we had, or it might be in part due to the fact that when we were there, the region was experiencing a draught not seen in over 100 years. Because of that, many of the waterfalls usually seen were not there. The only ones that were there were ones fed by melting glaciers, and even those were much smaller than normal. In a place known for its abundance of waterfalls, only a small amount were functioning.

Be it as it may, we still enjoyed it greatly. One of the cons of going with a tour operator is that you are bound to their schedule and as a consequence, we werenít able to visit the Milford Deep Underwater Observatory which is supposed to be good.

The return flight wasnít as great since we had more passengers joining us, and the weather took a turn for the worse, causing the pilot to take an alternate, less scenic, route home. To top off a great day, we had some delicious NZ lambÖ





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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #84 on: February 15, 2014, 08:16:44 PM »
The next day, we drove into town and went to the Kiwi Birdlife Park to finally see the kiwi. Besides for kiwis, they have other animals which we didnít go to. They also have a small animal show which was nice.





We then went next door to the gondola which took us to Bobís Peak, 450m above Queenstown and the great views from up there.





They have bungee jumping from there, as well as a swing, but my wife forbade me from jumping, and the swing wasnít running. They also have a luge which we did a few times and thoroughly enjoyed.

There are some other places in Queenstown with some great swings such as the Shotover Swing as well as the Nevis Swing, the latter being the biggest swing in the world, but I didnít realize that both of these places require reservations well in advance, and by the time I called them on Friday afternoon, they were all booked up until the next week which was a bummer.

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #85 on: February 15, 2014, 08:17:41 PM »
On Monday we decided to do something the kids would enjoy, and took a cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the TSS Earnslaw Ė a 100 year old steamship.









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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #86 on: February 15, 2014, 08:18:49 PM »
The boat let us off at the Walter Peak High Country Farm where we took a tour of the farm, fed the sheep and deer, and watched a farm dog display as well as a sheep shearing demonstration.





Arriving back in Queenstown, they have this little place by the harbor called Underwater World which has giant windows showcasing life under the lake such as seeing eels and trout. Whatís interesting to see are the diving ducks, and they have a machine which shoots food into the water for a dollar and the ducks come diving in.

 

I finally got the guts to bungee and then drove the 20 minutes to the Kawarau Bungy Center, the first commercial bungee operator in the world. I figured that if I finally do it, it should be at the birthplace of bungee. However, when I arrived, they were closing up for the day, so until today, Iím still a bungee virgin.

Queenstown is known as the adrenaline capital of the world. I guess thatís more accurate if you visit single or at least without kids. Many of the extreme stuff such as the crazy Shotover River boat ride are simply not doable if you have kids. As Chabad doesnít have a presence there, babysitting wasnít an option. With that said, we still had a great time, and you can too, as long as you adjust your expectations.

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #87 on: February 15, 2014, 08:22:02 PM »
Wow! Stunning
What type of plane was it? Do you have any pictures from the plane?
a small one.

the ones posted are from the plane

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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #88 on: February 15, 2014, 11:23:49 PM »
but much more than that isn't practical for now.
Why not?
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Re: New Zealand with some Seoul
« Reply #89 on: February 15, 2014, 11:39:24 PM »
a small one.

the ones posted are from the plane
I meant to ask of the plane?
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