ARTHUR'S PASS, NEW ZEALAND

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MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2007:

Monday was a very fun day crossing the Canterbury Plain and then the Southern Alps via Arthur's Pass.
My first stop was just outside Springfield, New Zealand at the Alpine Jet along the Waimakariri River.
Just outside Springfield, New ZealandWaimak Alpine Jetonboard Alpine Jet

WIAMAK ALPINE JET VIDEO
10 minute video of my jetboat ride through the foothills of New Zealand's Southern Alps.
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The jetboat was a blast, flying down the river with the mountains towering above us.
onboard Alpine JetHighway 73 nearing Arthurs Pass National ParkHighway 73 nearing Arthurs Pass National Park

The bright sunshine and cloudless sky is something they had not seen here in a while.
nearing Arthurs Pass National ParkArthurs Pass National ParkArthurs Pass National Park

After crossing Arthur's Pass I went through the scenic Otira Viaduct.
Otira ViaductOtira ViaductOtira Viaduct

ARTHUR'S PASS, NEW ZEALAND VIDEO
6 minute video of my road trip across Arthur's Pass, New Zealand.
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MY DAILY EMAIL SENT MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2007
Howdy all,

Wow, time sure is flying. Sure doesn't seem like I have been gone over three weeks now. Today was a fun day. Left Christchurch this morning which is on the South Island's east coast. Weather was great, not a cloud in the sky. That is a very rare occurrence here. I traveled about 80 kilometers west of Christchurch to the base of the mountains. This is where I took a jet boat ride up the Waimakariri River. That was a blast. Out in the middle of nowhere we jetted up the river with mountains towering above us on both sides. Our pilot said he hadn't seen a day this clear all year.

After the jet boat it was time to cross the Southern Alps Mountain Range over Arthur's Pass. Not a cloud in the sky all the way up the mountain. Coming down the other side I went through the Otira Gorge. Within minutes after crossing the pass it clouded over and rained pretty much all the way into Greymouth where I am staying tonight. Greymouth is on the West coast of the South Island. A dumpy little town really. It's definitely not the Waldorf Astoria where I am staying tonight.

I was happy to see the Colts won on Saturday. I can't believe the Colt defense held them to six points.

The picture I attached today was taken near where I got on the jet boat at the base of the mountains.



Will write more later,

Tim


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