Monthly Archives: April 2012

New Zealand – the Tasman Glacier

Leaving Mt. Cook Village, we drove the three kilometres down Hooker Valley to its intersection with the main valley drained by the Tasman Glacier. Turning up the valley on a side road, we hugged the edge of the valley floor. Here … Continue reading

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New Zealand – Maori stories and Aoraki/Mt. Cook

In a discussion group at my church, we talked about creation stories. We discussed different ways they have developed and how literally (or not) they were meant to be interpreted. One statement from a Native American sticks in my mind: “It may not … Continue reading

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New Zealand – The Darran Mountains

Continuing our tour of New Zealand’s South Island–we’ve toured Milford Sound by boat and have just landed. On the walk back to the car an interpretive sign caught my eye. It told me that annual rainfall here averages 6.76 metres (over … Continue reading

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New Zealand – Milford Sound

This continues my tour of New Zealand’s South Island with friends in November 2011. We emerged from the Homer Tunnel at the head of a steeply sloping valley. Just above us a vertical cliff soared 1,700 feet before curving back … Continue reading

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New Zealand – the Road to Milford Sound

This post continues my road trip around New Zealand’s South Island with friends last fall (NZ’s early summer). We’re now in the southwest of the Island, about to explore the glaciated mountains of Fiordland. Lake Te Anaou is one of those … Continue reading

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New Zealand – the Lake Country

New Zealand demonstrates the dynamic forces of weather, ice and earth movements on a grand scale over short distances. It’s enough to make you sit up and take notice: We belong to a world of amazing and fascinating natural power–and you and … Continue reading

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