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Jan 11, 2007 - At last! Trying to overcome the barriers of technology has been the biggest challenge so far. Hopefully I'm getting there now!

Having an amazing time. Yes, it's raining again but there has been some sunshine. The sun shone down on me when I went up to the northern most tip of the island. Here I traversed 90 mile beach (it's actually 62 miles and I did it by 4 wheel drive). The coastal views have been breathtaking and my photography certainly can't do it justice. The weather was beautiful for my time in the Bay of Islands, just off Paihia. As you can see I was able to spend the day on a sailing boat and do some sea kayaking. From the North East coast I returned to...

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Jan 3, 2007 - Snapper Fishing

Looks like 2007 is off to a good start! We spent January 1st fishing for giant Snapper off the northern coast of New Zealand. Not a bad way to start the year! We lucked into a beautiful day with glassy water and sunshine. Most of the fish we caught were on the small side, but Jason did reel in one that was 6.8 kilos. He was pretty happy about it. Kenzy was thrilled by the two huge pods of Bottlenose dolphins that were swimming near the boat. They even treated us to a few jumps and flips. Right now the kids and I are back in Taupo. We...

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Oct 4, 2006 - Rotorua and lake Taupo

We smelt Rotorua before we saw it...it stinks so bad here. This whole area for almost 300km long is incredibly volcanically active. There are steam vents, boiling mud pools and natural hot springs everywhere, even in the middle of the town. We were both wrecked arriving into town after several nights interrupted sleep in the car, the smell didn't do us any good. There are so many different parks and areas around here that you could visit but as we are on a really tight budget here we restricted ourselves to just a few things. This also...

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Linda and Donal 2006

Jul 6, 2006 - Te Kaha to Taupo

We left the homestay at around 11:00 and made the drive back to Taupo. We stopped in Rotorua on the way because 2 people wanted to get off and make their way back north. This drive was not spectacular and it appeared that we were driving into heavy rain and crappy weather. We got back at around 5:00 pm. Overall this was an interesting trip but the Kiwi Experience coach magazine made it sound like there were more free inclusions than there actually were. By taking this trip I have been to the four corners of New Zealand so choke on that...

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Apr 22, 2006 - NZ - Lake Taupo

We have great memories of Lake Taupo. The place is stunning -a huge lake backed by snow capped mountains. We stayed in a great hotel overlooking the lake and we stayed two nights for a change. There is loads to do and see around Taupo - Jet boating, geothermal activity all over the place (smelly geysers), honey farms, waterfalls and more. Had some great runs around the lake. One l;et down was that we had hopped to skydive here. Unfortunately it was overcast for both days we had booked. Will be back

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Dec 7, 2005 - Lake Taupo

am tag darauf gings weiter nach lake taupo. auf dem weg zu unserem naechsten aufenthalt besuchten wir das thermal wonderland wai-o-tapu. auf der ganzen anlage sahen wir viele thermalbaeder, kleine geysiere, vulkanzonen usw. danach machten wir einen halt bei den hukafalls und bei einem grossen geysier. auch sonst unterwegs konnte man viele aktivitaeten machen, wie bungy jumping, trapeze, skydiving, river rafting usw. hier in neuseeland kann man einfach alle moeglichen extremsportarten machen. mir sind ja diese sachen einfach zu gefaehrlich...

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Pemel's Adventures

Dec 3, 2005 - Lake Taupo

In the end of the afternoon we arrived in Lake Taupo. When you arrive there from the North you have a great view on the lake and on the montains in the background (some of them with snow tops). Lake Taupo is the main reason I wanted to come to the North Island coz it is famous for being home of the highest and cheapest skydive. We arrived in Lake Taupo at around 4PM and at 6PM I was already jumping off a plane 15000 feets (about 4 572 meters) above the lake... To be totally honest I thought it would be scarier than it actually was. It's a...

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Sep 22, 2005 - Taupo

On Thursday afternoon we drove on to Taupo to check the weather forecast for the Tongariro crossing - Pete has done the walk before but it is supposed to be the best 1 day walk in NZ so I wanted to do it, but unfortunately they have had a lot of snow on the mountains recently and it was not advisable to do it unless you are very experienced with walking in such conditions - oh well, we will head over to the Tongariro National Park tomorrow anyway and do one of the other many walks in the area instead. Found another free campsite on the...

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May 21, 2005 - Taupo- our lazy days!

Sunday 24th April: A little bit hungover this morning, we treated ourselves to a lie in and a scrambled egg on toast brunch! Then went into town to get our skydive photos developed (there was no way we could wait any longer!!). Once the photos were ready we took them all the way back to the hostel and made ourselves a cup of tea before we allowed ourselves to look! Then we just giggled at our pictures and I must have looked through them at least 3 times in a row! Monday 25th: This morning we were hoping to do a beautiful all day walk,...

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Mar 27, 2005 - Taupo Maori Carvings

So we arrived in the Lake Taupo after a wet and wild Rotorura. We arrived late on in the day so set up shop in the campervan site (about 300m away from the nearest toilets making that night trip all the more fun !!!). The next morning, faster than a speeding bullet we were booked onto a boat trip on the 'Ernest Kemp', this was to take us to some Maori carvings (a wall and a lizard) in one of the bays. The sun was out and shining, blue skys (as long as you didn't look behind you)....paragliders flying about, jet ski's flying past. We...

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Oct 24, 2004 - Back to Taupo for a cheeky shower!

In the morning we were up by 7am! The weather had cleared so we made a dash across the country and got back to Taupo at around 11.30am. We were so glad we didn't go the night before. We had to go back to Taupo to hand our key in! While in Taupo we also took the liberty of showers and emptying the waste and getting fresh water for the bus. Cool! We also bought a whole cooked chicken! We kept saying "HELLO CHICKEN!" for the rest of the day! Well. We thought it was funny... We then got on Highway 1 heading south.

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Oct 23, 2004 - Back to Taupo for the night!

Back in Taupo we got expert with the cooking. Tonight it was sauteed potatos, mushrooms, sausages and Heinz Baked Beans. You have to realise that we're only cooking on a 3 hob gas thing and that we can barely cook anyway. We've taught ourselves loads! Also - the Hienz beans were saved up. English food folks - you can't get it here. So it's 1 can of beans down and 1 to go! Great meal though!

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