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Pacific ChallengeTwo months of travel with a group of 20 through some of the best spots in New Zealand and Australia yielded close to 5000 photos. Check out the best from all the amazing locations we visited.

Blog - Pacific Challenge Posts
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Waitomo


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Our first stop on the PC was a Maori village called Waitomo. On the menu, abseiling, spelunking, black water rafting, a farm show, and more.

Blog - A Dean For All Seasons

111 files, last one added on Jan 27, 2007
Album viewed 159 times

Taupo


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We spent some time on Lake Taupo and in the surrounding area, at a natural hotsprings, Hooka falls, and a little nightlife too.

Blog - The Taupo of Dean

102 files, last one added on Jan 27, 2007
Album viewed 46 times

Mount Doom (Tongario)


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We got an authentic taste of Mordor hiking in Tongario National Park in inclement weather.

Blog - Bring on the Camping

19 files, last one added on Jan 28, 2007
Album viewed 19 times

Mangaweka Camping


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We camped overnight in Mangaweka, and had a little campfire party to stave off the rain - not to mention some body surfing through the rapids.

Blog - Bring on the Camping

30 files, last one added on Jan 28, 2007
Album viewed 36 times

Wellington


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Wellington proved to be one of my favourite cities - ever. Beautiful, clean, friendly, green, fun, and cultured all at once.

Blog - Doing Wellington

54 files, last one added on Jan 28, 2007
Album viewed 879 times

Nelson


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Our first stop in the South Island of New Zealand was the lovely little city of Nelson, where we party, skydove, and hang glided.

Blog - The Full Nelson

49 files, last one added on Feb 01, 2007
Album viewed 35 times

Wine Tasting


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Katie, Brad, Chris, Anthony, and myself took a wine tasting trip just outside Nelson. The result? Delicious!

Blog - The Full Nelson

32 files, last one added on Feb 18, 2007
Album viewed 32 times

Abel Tasman


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We hiked into Abel Tasman, a beautiful national park with more beaches than people and camped for two days before kayaking out. A highlight.

Blog - Ready, Willing, and Abel Tasman

101 files, last one added on Feb 18, 2007
Album viewed 45 times

Kaikoura


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A quick day in Kaikoura to swim with the dolphins and relax before heading to Christchurch.

Blog - Attack of the Killer Dolphins

35 files, last one added on Feb 18, 2007
Album viewed 31 times

Christchurch


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We stopped in Christchurch and I met with my friend, Mike, who showed us around the area and well beyond.

Blog - West Bests Rest

138 files, last one added on Feb 24, 2007
Album viewed 43 times

Peel Forest


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We stopped in a lodge in the middle of Peel Forest and did some ropes courses and mostly enjoyed living ecologically.

Blog - A Peeling Forest

62 files, last one added on Feb 24, 2007
Album viewed 40 times

Mt. Cook


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We stayed at Mount Cook in a beautiful alpine region, had a rather embarrassing cross-dressing party, hiked to Mueller Hut, and saw Tasman glacier. A definite highlight.

Blog - Mount Mt. Cook

159 files, last one added on Feb 27, 2007
Album viewed 37 times

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AustraliaAfter Pacific Challenge, I was alone in Australia to see and do as I pleased. So far, I've spent two weeks with Chris, Kate, and Alli, and about a week around the Blue Mountains and Sydney with Katie, Dave, and Diane.

Blog - Australia Posts
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Surfer's Paradise


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Dustin and the remainder of PC2 dropped Chris, Kate, Alli, and myself off to begin our two-week sojourn together.

Blog - Surfer's Paradise

23 files, last one added on Apr 07, 2007
Album viewed 31 times

The Green Mountains


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We did a little outdoorsy camping and hiking at O'Reilly's in Lamington National Park. A pretty nice walk looking into New South Wales.

Blog - The Green Mountains

50 files, last one added on Apr 09, 2007
Album viewed 30 times

Back to Byron


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We found out that the remnants of Pacific Challenge were going to be in Byron Bay, so we headed down there to stay with them for a night.

Blog - Reunion of Sorts

19 files, last one added on Apr 09, 2007
Album viewed 27 times

Noosa Heads


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We moved up from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast and some really great beach in Noosa Heads.

Blog - Heads to Noose

12 files, last one added on Apr 09, 2007
Album viewed 23 times

Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo


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We could hardly be in Australia without having visited Steve Irwin's legacy to the world. Check out some of the animals we saw at the Australia Zoo.

Blog - Heaven to Betsy (Almost)

51 files, last one added on Apr 09, 2007
Album viewed 30 times

Blue Mountain Return


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I drove day and night to get myself down to Katoomba and the Blue Mountains for some canyoning with Dave and other PC remnants, then hung around walking trails for a few days.

Blog - Blue (Sky) Mountains

37 files, last one added on Apr 09, 2007
Album viewed 27 times

Sydney Take Two


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It being time for Katie to go home, I went into Sydney with her for a day or two but wound up spending quite a bit more time than that.

Blog - Blue (Sky) Mountains

31 files, last one added on Apr 15, 2007
Album viewed 28 times

Canberra


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A full day in the nation's capital filled with sights and sounds. Of Karaoke.

Blog - Canberra Bit

31 files, last one added on Apr 15, 2007
Album viewed 28 times

Off to the Races


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I went with Mike and some friends and family of his to the Sydney Cup, which was definitely a highlight of Australia.

Blog - Off to the Races

43 files, last one added on Apr 17, 2007
Album viewed 31 times

Millebournes


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The trip from Sydney to Melbourne was full of these milestones (or millebournes, if you will). Scenic drives along the coast, through the mountains, and food and wine made it a very memorable journey.

Blog - Millebournes to Melbourne

70 files, last one added on Apr 21, 2007
Album viewed 36 times

Melbourne


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My first semi-permanent stop in Australia, a city renowned for its nightlife, art, entertainment, and hipness. Not to mention Greek community. Does this sound like somewhere I could pass up?

Blog - Melbourne Posts

155 files, last one added on Jun 04, 2007
Album viewed 111 times

Ballarat and Beyond


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I took a trip to the Goldfields to see Ballarat's famous Sovereign Hill and then headed out into the Grampians for a couple days of hiking. Good fun on three days off!

Blog - Ballarat Race

61 files, last one added on Jun 09, 2007
Album viewed 36 times

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Random files - 2007
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The Three Amigos28 viewsKen, Sebastian, and myself, ready for dives and adventure.
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Northern Territory Government House12 viewsThe only thing to see at night without a glass of beer.
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Black Off8 viewsI think I made a disparaging comment towards black nail polish.
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Waterfall Pool24 viewsSince the waterfall itself was too intense to swim in, we chose this little spot. Very, very cold.
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Dean on the Glacier17 viewsHere I am, crooked helmet and all.
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Ominous9 viewsFunny how a change in lighting makes this look a little scary.
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Slug or Something3 viewsI thought it was a jelly but apparently not.
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Yellow Flowers7 viewsWho needs to use the desktop backgrounds that come with the computer?

Last additions - 2007
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Farewell to Aus27 viewsAnd so begins the next phase of my travels.Mar 03, 2008
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Pool17 viewsThese guys were pretty funny, but no match for Janine and I.Mar 03, 2008
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Band on the Run16 viewsA little live music never hurt.Mar 03, 2008
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Beer Garden18 viewsNot a bad little patio.Mar 03, 2008
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The Cott17 viewsCottlesloe Hotel, home of the Sunday session.Mar 03, 2008
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London Court13 viewsA small alley converted into Londonian shops.Mar 03, 2008
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The Group and Me20 viewsYup, the jetty right behind us.Mar 03, 2008
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My Group29 viewsEveryone from the bus here in Busselton.Mar 03, 2008