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New Zealand - written by Francis One of the interesting things about this round the World trip is that we are not pretending to see the World. Many times already we have met people who are travelling for twice or three times as long. We know that a week is not long enough to see Fiji, and that India can't be done in a month, but that's not the point. And that's certainly not the point in New Zealand. The point is to see Mark, and catch as much of New Zealand at the same time. Let me tell you about Mark. Some of you know him. Some of you...Jump to full entry
Aug 30, 2004 - Auckland, NZ
Sat 28/8 BLOODY COLD, THEN SUNNY, BUT STILL COLD! Exchange rate approx 2.75 to the pound - all prices now in NZ dollars Arrived at 5am - 5 degrees - SHEEET! Got through immigration no worries, and to the Hostel on the Aiport bus. They were really sweet & let me have a shower & some brekky even though I couldn't check in. I was out & abnout by 8.45am - still COLD! By 11am it had warmed up to nice UK spring day level... I'm now sat outside 'The Loaded Hog' in the harbour having my first 'NZ' beer! $5.50 - not tooo bad for a city centre 'posh...Jump to full entry
Aug 24, 2004 - Wharepapa South, Auckland and the Northern Beaches
We knew we'd get a stack of venomous emails about our heliskiing activities - jealousy is such an ugly emotion. We decided to take ourselves off into the hills to let you all calm down and do a spot of climbing. Yes, more climbing. As luck would have it we found ourselves a lovely hostel in Wharepapa and had it pretty much all to ourselves, apart from a small, fat dog and a mob of randy, homosexual bulls. Consequently we drove the 400m to the crag. The weather was perfect, the scenery delightful, the rock devillishly sharp. The only...Jump to full entry
Aug 13, 2004 - Auckland - New Zeeeeeealand!!!!!
Sweeeet aaasssss bro!! That's pretty much how they speak here. Every sentence finishes with that phrase!So, here we are. New Zealand!!! We have been here for 4 weeks now, and basically been trying to sort out some work, which we now have! We are staying in a wicked hostel, 10 mins outside the centre of Auckalnd. Angela is working as an Assistant Manager in the hostel, and I am working in an office downtown. The plan is to work for 4-6 weeks, earn some cash, then go and blow it all travelling around the country in a camper van for 3 weeks....Jump to full entry
Jul 15, 2004 - The Longest Day - part 1: Auckland NZ
THE LONGEST DAY De langste vakantie dag ooit, inclusief een landing op Long Beach. Nee, we hebben het niet over de beroemde film over de landing in Normandie (een bestemming die opa, Jeroen en ik later deze zomer nog gaan bezoeken, om Jeroen's slagen te vieren), maar over de unieke ervaring om de international date line te passeren en zo dezelfde dag twee keer te beleven. Bay of Islands - Auckland Inderdaad regent het deze ochtend. Niet zo erg, daar we naar Auckland terug moeten rijden. Dat gaat vrij soepel en gelukkig zijn het meer buien...Jump to full entry
Jul 12, 2004 - Brisbane - Australia / Auckland - New Zealand
Eind van zondag 11 juli vliegen we terug naar Brisbane. We hebben een motel wat dichter bij het vliegveld geboekt. Wel vlakbij een aanbevolen seafood restaurant (Erik's never leaves home without good restaurant advices!). Brett's Wharf maakt alle beloften waar. Het beste diner sinds maanden. WOW! Volgende dag richting vliegveld. We gaan nu verder met Air New Zealand. Helaas hebben we geen Lord of the Rings beschilderd vliegtuig. 3 uur vliegen en 2 uur tijdverschil later komen we aan in Auckland, de grootste stad van New Zealand. Een miljoen...Jump to full entry
May 5, 2004 - Auckland
Well, we've come to the end of our NZ trip -we arrived in Auckland yesterday. We travelled from Rotorua via the Waitomo caves so we got to spend an hour at the caves. It was great. The main attraction of the caves is that it's full of glowworms. We wandered through the caves then got on a boat that took us down the river (that flowed through the caves) and back outside. The boat ride was definately the highlight of the day. We floated in pitch darkness and when you looked up there were hundreds of tiny blue lights on the cave roof - it was...Jump to full entry
Apr 28, 2004 - Auckland, last stop before South America
We dropped off our hire car and checked into Auckland City Backpackers (ACB) for one night. We didn´t do a lot in Auckland. Shopped for bits and pieces we thought we wouldn´t be able to find in South America and then went to the cinema to watch Starsky & Hutch - very funny. We fly to Santiago tomorrow.Jump to full entry
Apr 18, 2004 - Auckland.
With only a couple of days left in New Zealand, and this being our last stop, we spent the morning sorting our all the rubbish we seen to have accumulated over the last six weeks. Also doing practical things like catching up on the washing and getting a few photos on to the Internet. In the afternoon we headed in to Auckland for a quick look around, before doing the major sightseeing tomorrow. In the end we went to the cinema to see Along Came Polly. Clare loved it, Garry wasn't too sure. After this we went up the Skytower, the tallest...Jump to full entry
Apr 14, 2004 - Coromandel Peninsula.
We left early in order to be able to spend a bit of time in the Coromandel Penisula, a popular holiday destination for New Zealanders. However, whilst the rest of the country seemed to be having good weather (according to the weather forecast) we were the only part of New Zealand to get rain. So although we could see that this part of the country would be extremely picturesque, the low clouds meant that we didn't really get to see the full extent of this. We stopped at hot water beach, where a hot spring is situated underneath the sand,...Jump to full entry
Mar 30, 2004 - Paihia/Auckland
Left Paihia about 8:45 and gave Phil, our driver, a hard time as it was his very last leg as a driver...he's graduated on to tour guide. Headed down to Auckland (about a three hour drive) after a quick stop in Wellsburg to use the facilities. Arrived about 12:30 where most of use weren't able to check in to our hotel. So, we checked our bags and headed to the Auckland Skytower. I've found that these towers are a good way to get a look at their respective cities but I'm also finding that many of these cities are starting to look the same....Jump to full entry
Dec 25, 2003 - Christmas in Auckland
A very strange Christmas this year. For a start it was warm and sunny. This is pretty normal for this part of the world though so we're kind of getting used to it. However, we were also jobless and homeless for the first time in our lives! We spent christmas with Gill's cousins (Jim and Helen) and had a great day just eating, drinking and lazing around. Food was excellent and plenty of it - which is good as we'll probably be living on Pot Noodles for the next year! We're both very excited about getting off on our travels, but at the same...Jump to full entry