Journal: Pages 23-24

NORTH ISLAND
1. Auckland
20. Pokeno - Matamata
 
SOUTH ISLAND
2. Christchurch
3. Arthur's Pass
4. Hokitika
5. Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers
6. Haast (Haast River & Beach)
7. Wanaka (Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea)
8. Queenstown (Lake Wakaipu)
9. Te Anau (Lake Te Anau)
10. Milford Sound
11. Alexandra
12. Milton
13. Catlins Forest Park - Purakaunui Falls (Owaka)
14. Dunedin - Otago Peninsula
15. Oamaru (Moeraki Boulders)
16. Timaru - Tamuka
17. Geraldine
18. Peel Forest (Fern Walk, Big Tree)
19. Lake Coleridge - Mt Olympus (not reached)
(a) Southern Scenic Route
(b) Inland Scenic Route

THE NO-NONSENSE, NO-FRILLS ROADS OF NEW ZEALAND

The roads of NZ are constantly maintained -- as attested by the numerous work sites along the highways -- to keep up with their relentless use as well as the unforgiving weather. That said, the Kiwis are certainly not spending one extra dollar on their public works if they can help it. Most rural bridges remain old, wooden SINGLE-LANE structures that presume the civility of the drivers* to assure traffic flow. Some roads to key tourist attractions (e.g., those of Catlins Forest Park) are either unsealed or not resealed, though signs still stand. Signs that tell you how far you are from your impending destinations appear only at road junctions. Worst of all, there are NO barriers of any sort along some mountain and coastal highways, welcoming any unwary driver an one-way journey to the depths below.

*Give the New Zealanders credit for being the most polite, hospitable and good-natured folks a traveler can ever have the pleasure to meet.

Dunedin: "done-KNEE-din" (reminds me of Tolkien's "Dunedain")

29th November '02, Friday: East Coast, Inland Scenic Route

Moeraki Boulders, shaped as hatched dragon eggs

Brief Fern Walk within Peel Forest Park, just off the Inland Scenic Route near Geraldine

 
Switzerland (2002, 2003) 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10 11-12 13-14 [Liechtenstein 15] 53 
New Zealand (2002) 16 17-18 19-20 21-22 23-24 25-26 27-28
New Zealand (May-June 2004) 54 55-56 57-58 59-60 61-62 63-64 65 72 
Australia (2004) 66 67-68 69-70 71
New Zealand (November 2004) 73-74 75-76 77-78 79-80 81-82
 

   
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