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6/3/2012 The TSS Earnslaw is a coal-fired steam ship, the only one of its kind left in New Zealand. You can enjoy the views of the lake from the decks of this vintage steam ship, as it sails across Lake Wakatipu over to Walter Peak High Country Farm. A cruise can be combined with a… Read more »

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1/3/2012 I stayed at the Ivory Towers backpackers for two nights. It wasn’t the best place I’d stayed in because the window in my room wouldn’t close properly, which to me, wasn’t very security conscious of the owners. They weren’t bothered by it though and said that anyone who wanted to break in, would need… Read more »

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29/2/2012 After breakfast at Daneca’s Café, on Weld Street, I headed over to the Sock Museum. The weather was bad, but the rain had been forecast so I decided to do some of the indoor things like museums today before I get my bus to Fox Glacier. I checked out at 10am and left my… Read more »

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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 »