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    Driver Reviver

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 27, 2006

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    There are some long and empty stretches of road as you travel through New Zealand. Driver fatigue can be a real problem so take advantage of the Driver Revivers you see along the way. Free coffee and a moment to get out of the car, stretch your legs and get some fresh air.

    This one, on Easter Monday at Lake Pukaki, was the Maximes of Driver Revivers. Not only was there a full range of made-to-order-coffee - espresso, cappucino, latte, mocha - you name it - on hand for everyone, there was organic apple and pear juices, spring water, delicious lamb sausages, fresh fruit - all with a view of the lake, though Mt Cook was shrouded in cloud - it was a regular party. It was sponsored by an insurance company and a coffee firm - and they were doing a great job.

    The Driver Reviver you come across may not be so fancy - most are run by local volunteer groups .. so take advantage of a little Kiwi hospitality - and have asafe journey.

    Great service
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    Sending Hoy Yow home

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 21, 2006

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    Before you leave the lonely little graveyard at Skipper's Canyon, north of Arrowtown,stop a moment by the only Chinese tombstone there and leave a coin in the pot beside the headstone. This is Hoy Yow's grave - and he needs your help if he is ever to to get home.

    It was customary for the Chinese miners to make sure the bodies of any of their countrymen who died on the goldfields were returned home to China to be buried with their ancestors. They would all contribute to the cost of this sad journey if necessary. Sometimes they had to keep the bodies for months until a ship was sailing, but it was of the utmost importance that the dead return to the land of their birth. Hoy Yow never made the journey.

    No-one remembers why he was buried here instead of being sent home. Did he marry a European woman who buried him here? Did he offend the Chinese community in some way? Whatever the reason, his body lies in New Zealand and his spirit will not rest until he returns to China. Now visitors to this remote spot leave a coin or two in the pot by the headstone ... maybe he will get home yet.

    Each little bit helps
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    Maori Culture Show & Dinner

    by victorwkf Written Jun 11, 2004

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    There is a very good Maori performance in Queenstown in the evening which should not be missed when you are here. Besides the performance, it comes with a delicious Maori style buffet dinner. The dinner starts at 7pm and the show starts around 8pm.

    Maori culture show, Queenstown

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    old cars

    by pepples46 Updated Mar 13, 2004

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    a '29 Cadillac......Kiwis are car mad, they restore you anything and everything with 4 wheels
    and there are a lot of oldies around in New Zealand. many you can snap up for a fraction of what you have to pay in the US or Europe...and beautiful restored, like this '29 cadillac, sadly not mine, I assure you!!

    '29 Cadillac
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    The clock tower

    by victorwkf Written Jun 2, 2004

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    The clock tower at Queenstown's town centre is a popular place for pick-ups by tour buses as well as meeting place.

    The clock tower, Queenstown

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