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Darren's Travels To New Zealand

I landed in Christchurch on 3rd May 1993. Did a side-trip to Banks Peninsula with Cambell, Francois and Sonia. Then hitch-hiked down to Dunedin (the Southernmost point of my travels) then to Queenstown. From there I went on a coach trip up the West coast, including a walk on a glacier and horse-riding.

Then I went to Nelson, left half my luggage at a lovely hostel called Alan's place and did a 5 day, 4 night tramp in the Abel Tasman National Park. First two days were incredibly wet, and the path was crossed with streams in places. I threw my pack across the streams before crossing, in case I slipped. The second time I tried this I didn't throw far enough and my pack went rushing away and over a waterfall.


Luckily it caught on rocks at the bottom, but everything was drenched - the sleeping bag was too wet to use for the first two nights. Met Gerhart at end of the first day and walked with him the other days; also met him again in Taupo and at Auckland.

Next went to Wellington, then hitch-hiked up to Lake Taupo, where I did a bungey jump. After that caught a few more lifts North, including round the Coromandel peninsula with Chris. Flew from Auckland on May 25th.

Next Stop: U.S.A., back to Australia or Back To Index.

List Of People I Met

Cambell Stewart
Francois & Sonia Bormon
Gerhart Schmidt
Saori Nakamura

Here is an incompete list of people I met during this time. Some were deep friendships, some were people I only knew for a matter of hours.

Some people gave me a lift, some gave me food, some even took me in and gave me a bed for the night. All were generous and all taught me something or inspired me in some way. Some taught me directly, some by example, and some by making me realize where I lacked in skills, experience or personality (polite way of saying they slapped me in the face and called me a loser; but it is okay, the sting has nearly gone now).

If you knew me during this time please get in touch: I'd love to hear what you've been doing these past dozen years. I'd also love to see photos you have of yourself (or of me, or places where we met, for that matter) from when I knew you, and of yourself now. (With photos please let me know if I can post them on a public web site, or on the password-protected web site, or if you'd rather I didn't put them anywhere on the web.)

Best way to contact me is email to Put "Travel" in the subject line to help get past my (sometimes over-zealous) spam filters. For people who get in touch I'll give a username and password to the full photo albums.


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