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Chillin’ at Chillawhile Backpackers in Oamaru

Chillin' at Chillawhile Backpackers in Oamaru

We came to Oamaru and to Chillawhile Backpackers expecting to stay a maximum of two days. We’ve been here for four days now and might even stay a few more depending on how we decide to spend our last few days in New Zealand. I suspect we are not the first people to extend our stay in this interesting and relaxing little town.

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Glaciers and Rocks

Glaciers and Rocks

After Nelson we headed to the tiny village of Franz Josef to check out the famous Franz Josef Glacier. Along with Fox Glacier, the Franz Josef Glacier is one of New Zealand’s top “must-dos”. Every guide book and every local will tell you that you absolutely have to go check out this bit of the country. We spent ten hours on the bus from Nelson to reach the glaciers but the ride was surprisingly fun. We were gifted with amazing scenery our entire journey down the west coast of the country and were even lucky enough to have had our lunch break be in Punakaiki where we had a chance to check out the famous Pancake rocks. They were absolutely spectacular and we wished we had more than half an hour to spend admiring them, but probably not a whole day so it was still a good thing that we decided to skip over spending a night in Punakaiki to head straight to the glaciers.

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Nelson and Abel Tasman

Nelson and Abel Tasman

About a week ago we left Wellington and finally made our way down to New Zealand’s South Island. After a scenic and very comfortable early morning ferry ride across the Cook Straight we arrived in Picton where we caught our bus to our first overnight stop on the South Island, Nelson.

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