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Nov 9, 2004 - North Island, New Zealand
Flew into Auckland on 9/11/04 and AD picked us up from the airport at 6.30am. After a 12hr flight and loosing a day we felt a little tired. It was cool to see him after 6 months. He was looking surprisingly well after roughing it through Africa! Dog (Yorshire friend) is a manager of a car rental company so he kindly sorted us out with a Toyota for the month. Spent a day and night in Auckland (City of Sails). It was nice down by the Waitemata harbour. Saw the NZL40 and NZL41 sailing out. Ate in a nice mussel restaurant on the waterfront...Jump to full entry
Nov 6, 2004 - Waheke Beach
11/06/04 Clem wanted to take me to a special place so we hung around and took the ferry to a small island of approximately 8,500 people, Waiheke (Wa hickey) Island. Having no plans, we decided to get an all-day bus pass and try to see the island local style. Our first stop was at the Ostend weekly market that is held every Saturday until noon. There is a large population of artists on the island and they show their crafts there. Lots of fresh produce, garden flowers, fresh baked breads, honey, and lots of lavender items. We nabbed a glass...Jump to full entry
Nov 2, 2004 - Sou'wester
Sorry this entry's been sitting around with nothing on it, bit of a computer malfunction in Perth. I've now arrived in Auckland which is lovely and very familiar (Em - I'm back at the same hostel we stayed in 2 years ago!) Have been trying to get used to the jet lag, but have ended up just living on my Perth clock (which is 4 hours behind), staying up till the early hours and not getting out of bed till the afternoon! Anyway, where did I get to? Oh yes, going south west. I got up insanely early on the Tuesday morning last week and boarded a...Jump to full entry
Nov 2, 2004 - Dinner at Kuleto's in San Francisco with friends
We went to one of our favorite restaurants as our last official act before leaving the hemisphere. A "duke's mixture" of friends from California met us there: Mats from the North Pole, June from Informix, Bliss & Grover from the Burning Man. What a wonderful send-off!Jump to full entry
Nov 2, 2004 - New Zealand!!!
Well we finally arrived in Auckland after a 3 hour flight, but the next day!? Kinda weird crossing the dateline, but hey ho, I figure we'll get the day back somewhere along the line. We checked into the Base Backpackers right in the heart of Auckland and decided to have a couple of days to get ourselves together for our tour of Aoteroa (Moari for NZ). We saw a bit of Auckland, which was ok, but quickly realised it's not really what NZ's all about so set about preparing ourselves to see the good stuff! Being the budget conscious travellers...Jump to full entry
Oct 20, 2004 - New Zealand
Well we are now real life kiwi's. The two of us arrived in Auckland, NZ a few days ago and have nothing but positive things to say about this country. Our first two days were spent in Auckland which looks a lot like Chicago mixed with San Francisco diversity in the people. We took the first two days doing laundry, updating the website, going to the U.S. embassy, Dept. of Conservation, and of course exploring this new place that was to be home for a few days. We ended up having a great time and met some great people in an interesting hostel...Jump to full entry
Oct 17, 2004 - Does anyone have a voice to spare?
Once again in the toyota, but this time it is saying goodbye. Saying goodbye to this beautiful country side. Saying goodbye to my new friends. But holding on to all of the priceless memories. My trip has been great. I think that it was important to place myself somewhere new. Unfamiliar surrounding, unfamiliar people, unfamiliar customs. It allows oneself to see, and understand who they are and how they tick. It also allows one to set new goals and dreams...or at least paint the picture. Because anything is possible, and everything does...Jump to full entry
Oct 17, 2004 - Goodbye Auckland!
Hello! This morning we said goodbye to Auckland - the city that had become our home on and off for the last 10 days - and 10 days is a lot on this journey! That also meant that we had to say goodbye to Jodi and Sarah, our friends in Auckland - but we will be returning! Before we left Jodi gave us a great headsup about a shop in Auckland that sold ENGLISH products!! So we ran down to the shop to see what it had! YAY! We bought... Heinz Beans (Did you know that Heinz in Aus and NZ is called WATTIES? What is that about?? Their ketchup is...Jump to full entry
Oct 13, 2004 - Check out the wheels baby! ROADTRIP!!
Yeah baby yeah! Today we got our campervan! Loving that style! We went down to the airport and picked up our camper, which is a huge and very long converted Ford Transit van. It's great - it's like a truck! It has hot water, sink, gas heating, a hob, fridge, microwave, toaster, 240 Volt electricity, shower and toilet!! ROADTRIP! We love our box on wheels. It's huge and takes diesel. All the locals are disgusted with the price of diesel here, which comes in at a shocking 81 cents a litre (a filthy 30 pence a litre!!!!). We filled our 50...Jump to full entry
Oct 11, 2004 - Auckland, Nya Zeeland
Idag, mandagen den 11 oktober, flog jag fran Brisbane till Auckland, Nya Zeeland. Tre timmar tog det, plus att man fick stalla fram klockan ytterligare tre timmar, sa idag har det inte blivit sa mycket mer gjort. Liksom vid ankomsten till Australien fick jag nu fylla i ett formular, med fragor bland annat om man forde med sig mat, frukt, jord etc in i landet. Svarade nej. Nar jag sedan stod och vantade pa mitt bagage pa flygplatsen kom jag pa att jag hade en apelsin i vaskan. Samtidigt ropade de ut att man kunde fa betala hoga boter om man...Jump to full entry
Oct 7, 2004 - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND!!
Not too much happened in the morning! We picked up our new Air New Zealand tickets from the office at the airport then went through check in / customs. Duty Free was quite impressive at Nadi, so Gareth picked himself up a cheeky bottle of Smirnoff Vodka (6 quid for a litre!) and we also bought some books, clothes and sunglasses. The plane was late, so Gareth got stuck into Richard Branson's Autobiography 'losing my virginity' and Helen set about having a good worry about the flight! Eventually at about 3.15pm, we all boarded. Helen and I...Jump to full entry
Oct 3, 2004 - NEW ZEALAND, Auckland, North Island
Left Tahiti 8am Sat 2nd and arrived Auckland Sun 3rd in the afternoon after a 5hr flight - lost a day crossing the date line. First night stayed in Ponsonby. Very trendy place, with nice bars and restaurants. Then moved to the centre. Crap weather first 2 days, but really nice now. Spent afternoon and evening in Devonport. Nice bangers and too much lager in a cool pub there called The Patriot. Quiz Night so we stayed 'till close. Met nice Welsh guy with Kiwi who drove us up Mt Eden to see nightime view of Auckland. Been up the Skytower with...Jump to full entry