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28/2/2012 I had a great sleep last night as the bed was really comfortable. After breakfast I went into the Maori Heritage shop because the guy behind the counter said, that if you find any greenstone on the beach, which is quite a regular thing, to bring it in and the Jade carving shop next… Read more »

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27/2/2012 Next door to the Mountain Jade Backpackers is the Jade Factory which creates jewellery and carvings of traditional Maori and New Zealand designs from greenstone. Hokitika is known for its jade or pounamu (greenstone) and is also a haven for other artists and carvers such as shell and bone carvers, potters, painters, weavers, gold… Read more »

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25/2/2012 The best time to see the Pancake Rocks is at high tide, when the water crashes against the blowholes at the bottom and sends plumes of foam and water up in the air, nearly as high as the platform you stand on. It’s a twenty minute loop walk out to the rocks and blowholes…. Read more »

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24/2/2012 As mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to do a walk in Abel Tasman Park for charity, for Christchurch, but I didn’t have enough time to get sponsorship. But I did the walk anyway. The Department of Conservation told me that Friday was the best day to do it. The weather was supposed… Read more »

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20/2/2012 I got the 8.30am ferry from Wellington to Picton and it was really busy. I was going back to a favourite spot – Nelson. It’s one of my favourite cities in New Zealand. I know I keep saying that I have favourite spots but there are four main ones: Kaikoura, Paihia, Wellington and Nelson…. Read more »

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19/2/2012 Lucette and Paul took me for a drive around the coast and on up to Paekakariki Hill, about an hour outside of Wellington. We took the scenic route via Eastbourne, where we stopped at the Chocolate Dayz Café, drove past Petone and took the old road up to Paekakariki Hill and Poterua and then… Read more »

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16/2/2012 I arrived in Wellington at 5pm after an eight hour bus ride and was met by a friend of mine, Lucette, who I’d met the last time I was here. I was going to be staying with her and her family for five days and I was looking forward to it. This time my… Read more »