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Jan 16, 2016 - Farewell New Zealand

Our time in New Zealand comes to a close. It has been a great three months. New Zealand is a magical country. The South Island in particular has so many physically beautiful places that our two months there seemed not enough to do it justice. The North Island did not have as much variety, though did have the unique volcanic zones, bays of islands, and the vibrant Maori culture. Maybe the absence of people in the South Island contributes to that feeling of uniqueness; like you're having it all to yourself - a personal Mother Nature...

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Jan 15, 2016 - A day out from Paihia

After a relaxing afternoon yesterday we walked into Paihia which took us 45 minutes. Had a seafood platter between us - squid, mussels, oysters, prawns, whitefish, salmon, another spiced fish, scallops and roe. Had an unnecessary side order of salad and fries to fill us completely. Another 45 minutes to get back to the van. Slept well and up early for a long drive up to Cape Reinga, total today 435km. Good roads and scenery, despite being the only road north it wasn't too busy and we could make good progress. Photos of the lighthouse and...

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Jan 14, 2016 - On the road

We checked out of the hotel and were collected by taxi at 0920. Easy journey to the Britz depot with a chatty taxi driver. Filled in the paperwork and waited a while to collect the van - a Mercedes Sprinter automatic, double bed at the rear, toilet and kitchen and then a small dining area with a table and revolving front seats. Easy to drive and plenty of room for two. We headed up motorway 1 until threatened with tolls! We then dived in to a service area for lunch and then took a normal A road. Headed through Wharangarei and onto a a Dept...

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Jan 13, 2016 - Last of our days in Auckland.

Walked to the Aukland War Memorial and Museum. About an hour from the hotel. Busy Museum in large parkland. Viewed the lower floor then had lunch. Up to the top floor which has the military exhibits. We did some of the middle floor but we're ready for more coffee and a cake. Headed outside into solid drizzle all the way back to the hotel. Evening in the hotel, packing cases and then a short walk back down to Viaduct Marina for a seafood platter and a glass of cider. Back to the hotel for an early night..

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Jan 12, 2016 - Auckland Harbor Views and a walk down history lane

Devonsport is a suburb of Auckland that is accessible by either ferry or bus. We went via ferry and returned via bus. The historical focus of the community is the old military fortress which was used to protect the Auckland harbor during WWI and WWII. The guns were used against the Japanese and German armies as well as protecting thousands of American soldiers who came to protect New Zealand during the WWII - we had a lot of ships and personnel stationed here since the New Zealand forces were small. The fortress was ready to use if needed...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Food in the City

On Monday we went on a ferry to Auckland it only took 15 minutes but it was quite choppy. When we arrived in Auckland we had a wander around. At 1 O'clock we went to the base of Sky Tower I thought I had got Mum, Dad and Izzy up Sky Tower for free 𯘀𯘄𯘊𯇳𯇿 but Mum Dad and Izzy had planned it all along. After we had a look around we went to the revolving restaurant!!!! By Theo The Food When we got up there the whole restaurant was revolving so you see a different view. It took about an hour to spin all the way around. First mummy and...

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Our Year Out

Jan 11, 2016 - A quick summary of the last couple of days.

Sunday morning we went to the ferry port for the 1030 Harbour Cruise. Busy boat as it was a Sunday and quite windy and chilly first thing. Stayed out on deck for the first 40 minutes but then retreated inside for the last hour. Interesting sites and useful commentary made it a worthwhile trip. Back at port in time for lunch at a Mexican place with burritos and a soft drink. Back to the port for a free crossing to Devonport which is an interesting old part of the city. Lots of cafes and we spent some time on the seafront before getting the...

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Jan 11, 2016 - Flowers and Ferry Boats -both charming

We had fabulous weather today in Auckland - close to 80 degrees throughout most of the day - often with no clouds evident. We took the rental car back this morning and I can't say enough about the excellent driving of Terry and Seth over the course of almost six weeks of driving (5 different cars). They mastered double roundabouts, one lane bridges with crazy "Give Way" signs, winding sheer cliff roads and city traffic as well. GREAT JOB GUYS! In the morning we walked to the Auckland Domain - a very large expanse of a greenbelt that serves...

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Jan 10, 2016 - A party at the Kitchener's

It was lovely having a get together at Rick and Sylvia's- it was the first time we had seen everyone together since Angela's 21st. Andrew and Steven did a delicious lamb on the spit which Izzy and Theo managed to eat caveman style. Hope we can catch up with everyone again throughout the year-especially Angela and her new puppy and Andrew and Hayley's new baby in March.

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Our Year Out

Jan 10, 2016 - Three days in the North Island

We left Wellington on the 8th with 140km/h winds and flights canceled causing stranded air travelers. Since we were driving it was not an issue for us (except the car blowing around on the road:). We stayed that night at Wanganui - also spelled in the traditional Maori way of Whanganui. Except in Maori language a Wha makes the "F" sound so the two names are not the same pronunciation and you think you are going to two different places!! Wanganui has the mouth of the Wanganui River - goes 90 km north - and the key to settlements thriving in...

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Jan 8, 2016 - Auckland Activities

The big city is sure different than the countryside. Lots of people, and activity, and energy. There are multitudes of choices of things to do. So, choose we do. Firstly we learn of a horse track a short bus-ride away, and off we go. It's for Trotters with Driver & Sulky versus Thoroughbreds with Jockey on back. And the start is typically behind a moving car with large 'wings' that function as the gates. The gates fold in as the car rapidly accelerates away from / in front of the horses. Lidia liked the look of #10, and it won. Another #10...

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Jan 8, 2016 - Hong Kong to Auckland

A gentle landing in Hong Kong and an easy transfer to the Gate for the next plane. We had no Hong Kong dollars and so just sat for a couple of hours. Onto the next plane and now in Premium Economy, still quite nice with more legroom and nicer food. We were fed soon after take off at 9pm and we then tried to sleep until we were woken for breakfast. 9 to 10 hour flight got us into Auckland where it was pouring with rain! We had a coffee and then got a shuttle bus to the Heritage Hotel in the city centre..We are here for five nights and...

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