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More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30, 2006

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Sep 13, 2006 6:33 pm

It was an action packed week, as our hosts Ski Express Tours ( http://www.skiexpress.co.nz ) were eager to show us many other attractions in New Zealand in addition to the skiing. For those booking Ski Express packages, representatives are onsite in 8 Queenstown hotels each morning and evening of your stay to provide assistance in arranging activities, in many cases at a discount to published prices. For example Andrew's ledge bungy was discounted from $140NZ to $99NZ. Ski Express also provide daily 2-hour complimentary ski tours at Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, and on selected days at Cardrona, Treble Cone and Mt Hutt, with a minimum of two guests required. They also have reps in Wanaka and Methven. The U.S. contact for Ski Express is Holidaze Ski Tours ( http://www.holidaze.com )
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Andrew is decked out in provided rain gear and life jacket shortly before our Shotover Jet boat ride.
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Here the jet sprays water doing a 360. Sheep farmer's house at upper left overlooks the Shotover River.
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Here our jet boat is zipping up a narrow canyon.
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On the free day Andrew took a Lord of the Rings tour. The Lothlorien Forest was filmed near Glenorchy, about half an hour from Queenstown.
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The Ledge bungy is attached at a waist harness and the jumper runs out of the building. Andrew is still doing his Wile E. Coyote imitation, running in midair.
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Andrew at maximum stretch of the bungy, estimated 154 feet
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Andrew is enjoying the bounces now.
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These Kea native mountain parrots are notorious scavengers in New Zealand
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re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Jonny D » Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:21 am

Those are awesome photos. I'd love to go bungee jumping and take those jet boat tours! Looks like a good time was had by all.
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re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Sep 14, 2006 3:55 pm

More pics. Scenics from the bluebird day of heliskiing, then gloomy pics from our only bad weather day at Milford Sound. I had to look up the awe-inspiring pics from the clear day at Milford in 1982 when I got home. These are unfortunately slides, so it would cost a modest $1.50 per pic to convert to digital. Since I have 270 slides from that trip I will have to go through them and make some judicious choices.
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Here's the view across Lake Wanaka from our morning pit stop between Queenstown and Harris's staging area.
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Our most common heli drop point had an impressive close up view of Mt. Aspiring.
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Guide Eric pointed out where Mt. Cook was visible at a distance (later measured on a map) of 90 miles.
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The road to Milford Sound is subject to frequently subject to avalanche closure. From the bus we caught a modest one in action at upper left.
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An advantage of a wet day in Milford is the numerous ribbon waterfalls fed only by recent rains. And today the wind was moving this one around in a bridalveil effect.
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Seals on the rocks. In the larger but less vertical Doubtful Sound that we toured in 1997, there is a resident pod of dolphins that enjoy chasing the tour boats.
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Sterling Falls is a permanent fall of 500+ feet, fed by the upper mountain snow dimly visible at top.
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Bowen Falls is a large fall close to the boat dock. In 1982 there was a wooden walkway to its base, but it was recently closed by a rock slide.
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Re: re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Admin » Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:57 pm

Beautiful views.

Tony Crocker wrote:These are unfortunately slides, so it would cost a modest $1.50 per pic to convert to digital. Since I have 270 slides from that trip I will have to go through them and make some judicious choices.


Or just buy a cheap slide scanner.
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Re: re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Patrick » Thu Sep 14, 2006 8:50 pm

Admin wrote:Beautiful views.

Tony Crocker wrote:These are unfortunately slides, so it would cost a modest $1.50 per pic to convert to digital. Since I have 270 slides from that trip I will have to go through them and make some judicious choices.


Or just buy a cheap slide scanner.


Yes, really beautiful views.

IMG, I might not have a digital camera, but I do own a slide scanner. :wink:

However I haven't taken slide pictures since a trip to Florida in 1979. :lol:
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re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:08 pm

Slide scanners are not that cheap, at least the ones that are any good. These are the only slides I have, so I will have to see how many of them I want digitized. FYI the last 30 or so slides are from my last backcountry ski on San Gorgonio in 1983.
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Re: re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Admin » Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:10 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Slide scanners are not that cheap, at least the ones that are any good.


You can get a decent slide scanner attachment for many flatbed scanners for well sub-$100.
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Re: re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Patrick » Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:21 pm

Admin wrote:
Tony Crocker wrote:Slide scanners are not that cheap, at least the ones that are any good.


You can get a decent slide scanner attachment for many flatbed scanners for well sub-$100.


Yep...also good for negatives.
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re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:28 pm

I have an all-in-one printer that includes a flatbed scanner. I read that flatbed scanners need a focusing adjustment to handle slides (since slides don't sit flush on the glass), which few of them have. So if either of you can give me an example of a "slide scanner attachment" I may be interested.
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Re: re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Admin » Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:42 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:So if either of you can give me an example of a "slide scanner attachment" I may be interested.


I don't have one for you without going shopping online. I had one for an old scanner that's since died and been replaced.
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Re: re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Geoff » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:31 am

Patrick wrote:
Admin wrote:
Tony Crocker wrote:Slide scanners are not that cheap, at least the ones that are any good.


You can get a decent slide scanner attachment for many flatbed scanners for well sub-$100.


Yep...also good for negatives.


Admin doesn't allow negativity here. 8)

Personally, my favorite shot is the Kea. Those alpine parrots are very entertaining.
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Re: re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Patrick » Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:50 am

Geoff wrote:Admin doesn't allow negativity here. 8)


Yes, he does. :roll: I could be mean (sarcasm) here, but I won't. 8)

Geoff wrote:Personally, my favorite shot is the Kea. Those alpine parrots are very entertaining.


I also like that picture.

Admin wrote:I don't have one for you without going shopping online. I had one for an old scanner that's since died and been replaced.


Mine still works fine, unfortunately it doesn't work with my latest computer. :cry: I can scan on my old, then transfer the pics to the new one. Ah yes, my printer also doesn't work with the new computer. #-o

Yes, I could get a new one, once I'm finish playing for all my ski and concert related stuff from this year. On that note, The Who concert last night was great, but a bit pricey. :roll:
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re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:17 pm

I have found by browsing around that I can get the slides converted by mail order for 40-50 cents each. So if I think I want most of the pics digitized I will probably do that.

The Kea illustrates the virtues of digital. Keas are a dull dark green except for the colorful undersides of their wings. So I followed a couple around the Remarkables picnic area until I finally got one in mid flight, then erased about 10 pics that weren't any good.
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re: More New Zealand, Aug. 23 - 30

Postby Tony Crocker » Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:14 pm

New Zealand 2006 snowfall was above average June-August but very dry in September. There is minimal May data. I have June-September data for 3 areas since 1992 as a result of my recent trip. Projected season averages:
Coronet Peak 94 inches
Remarkables 134 inches
Mt. Hutt 191 inches
Conventional wisdom is that Treble Cone and Cardrona get more snow than the Queenstown areas but less than Mt. Hutt. Treble Cone and Cardrona above 5,000 feet had excellent natural coverage, noticeably better than the Remarkables, when I was there except for poor exposures. Coronet's cover and surface was excellent but management estimated than half the snowpack there was from snowmaking.
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