April 20, 2004

New Zealand by the Numbers

Since it will take us a few days to put up pictures and stories from our trip to New Zealand, we thought we'd better get the cold, hard facts up as soon as possible.

Here you can learn about how far we "tramped" (very far), how much our packs weighed (a lot), and how many photographs we took (a suitably enthusiastic amount).

Suffice it to say, for now, that New Zealand is a stunningly beautiful country and we had a fabulous time there.

Miriam Anatole
Days in New Zealand 18 24
Days spent "tramping" 6 10
Km tramped 87 157
Metres climbed while tramping More than 3,680 More than 5,300
Maximum altitude reached 1886m
(highest point on Tongariro Crossing)
Maximum pack weight carried ... ... felt like 100 lbs. (over Routeburn Track's ~35km) ... was actually over 50 lbs.
(over Kepler Track's ~70km)
Fjords visited 1
Hours kayaked on Fjord 4
Consecutive hours in rain on Fjord 5
Tallest waterfall kayaked under 700m
Km travelled over land More than 1,350 by car, 160 by bus More than 1,350 by car, 620 by bus
Cities visited 9
(Wellington, Auckland, National Park, Queenstown, Te Anau, Manapouri, Dunedin, Akaroa, Christchurch)
Number of days in Christchurch 3
Number of days enjoyed in Christchurch 0*
Maximum fever reached in Christchurch 38.7 Celsius / 101.7 Fahrenheit N/A
"Pies" eaten Too many
Sausages eaten See "Pies eaten"
Banana chips gleefully confiscated by Australian quarantine authorities ~600g worth
Number of rare bird species seen 4
(yellow-eyed penguin or hoiho, kea, takahe, Royal Albatross)
Sheep seen At least 5% of NZ's est. 50 million
Pairs of pants worn 1 each (see "pack weight" above)
Number of photographs taken 85 (film) 1,240 (digital)

* Our apologies to citizens and fans of Christchurch, but we really had a lousy time there.

Posted by miriam at April 20, 2004 11:17 PM


Posted by: Lana at April 22, 2004 02:25 AM

You should enjoy this moment, Lana, before you get to Australia and learn about pies the hard way ;). "Pies" (in Australia, NZ, and (so I've heard) the UK) are little mini mystery-meat filled pastries which are sold absolutely everywhere (ex. gas stations, 7-11 etc). It always seems like a good idea to eat one until about 5 seconds after the first bite.

Posted by: Miriam at April 22, 2004 09:17 AM

Holy crap, that's quite the chart! Now I'm jealous not only of your trip, but also of your HTML skilz.

Also, I can't wait to see all 1325 of your photographs. I may have to go without sleep, but I'll see them all! I'm *that* unemployed. Er, dedicated. ;)

Posted by: Tyla at April 22, 2004 02:14 PM

Gotcha. Also, StatsCan called, they are impressed with your record keeping.

Posted by: Lana at April 23, 2004 01:46 AM

I'm sure you're going as fast as you can, but maybe you could staged releases of photos? I want photos. Want.

Posted by: madhava at April 24, 2004 03:31 AM

Tyla: Glad you liked the table so much. :) And good news: you won't have to look at that many pictures. We'll post a selection only, starting today (they're coming, Madhava, they're coming!).

Posted by: Anatole at April 24, 2004 04:39 PM

I'm confused about the pies. Isn't that what we call them in Canada (although perhaps more often prefaced by words like "meat" or "pot")?

Posted by: kathy at April 25, 2004 02:29 PM

It's true, they are like "pot" pies. The main difference is that when I usually think of "pies", I think of dessert. Here "pie" means little bundle of meat. The second thing is that they sell these pies *everywhere* (gas stations, corner stores, sports events, cafes...) so if you're not careful you end up eating them way too much.

Posted by: Miriam at April 27, 2004 12:24 AM