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Jan 24, 2009 - Ka Kite Ano- See you again, New Zealand

It’s time to board the plane back to Thailand. I am not sure where oh where the last four weeks have disappeared to, but I do know, I am looking forward to returning to this magnificent country at some point. I have said in the past, it’s the people in the journey who help make the adventure such a delight, and New Zealand re-enforces that view. I have met so many wonderful, friendly, outgoing people here, it blows my little mind. If, I throw in the amazing scenery and breathtaking examples of Mother Nature at work, I would rate my...

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Dec 31, 2008 - New Year's greetings from Auckland NZ

My goodness me, where oh where did this year go? I am really not sure what city, or country I am in anymore. But, it's been such a fantastic adventure this year. Auckland was strangely quiet, yesterday when I arrived from Bangkok. It appears this place clears out over their summer holidays, and by Monday the traffic and stores will re-open again. It reminded me a bit of Koh Samui at first, but the more I walked around, I realized how similar Auckland is to Vancouver. I am sure over the next few days, more will unfold, and I am excited to be...

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Dec 30, 2008 - Turn Right, Keep Left, Auckland to Leigh

Hey everyone We made it. Landed in Auckland 6:30 am on the 30th. A long flight but Air New Zealand was really hospitable.Every hour I got up to walk around and it was like the twilight zone with zombies all around.The NZ couple next to us had a young one , looked about 1 year old, whose mission was to scream until he turned purple. All efforts by his ample sized dad to quieten him down only made him wiggle like an eel!!Thanks to ears plugs I only had to endure the frantic antics as a big screen tv with the mute on. Smooth landing, stop in...

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Dec 6, 2008 - Home Again, Home Again, Jiggedy Jig

December 6, 2008 It was time to go home. We awoke to a brilliant sunrise across Mercury Bay in a cloudless sky. We were sad to be leaving this paradise but looking forward to seeing family and friends again. The first challenges were where to pack all the souvenirs and where did all this laundry come from? We managed to get all this lids closed and all the zippers done up finally. We packaged up all the remaining groceries, condiments and a 6-pack of beer to leave with our hosts, Keith and Andrea. At around 11:00 am we took our leave and...

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Nov 11, 2008 - Auckland and the Birthday Boy

After an emotional farewell to Brucey, we walked backpacks in tow, into the centre of Auckland. Fortunately, we managed to find a very central hotel for 30 pounds a night...bargin! We dropped off our bags and spent the rest of the day wandering trying to get our bearings. We had arrived on a beautiful day, so followed the LP guide and ended up at the Viaduct Harbour...we decided to 'rest up' and spent the rest of the afternoon people and boat watching with a beer...or 6! Auckland is a very compact city, with lots of people (for NZ...

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Oct 24, 2008 - Auckland and North

After a very long 13 hr flight we eventually arrived in Auckalnd! We walked through passport control and immigration and were faced with what NZ call I-Sight....an information centre offering loads of really goos advice on transport, accomodation and sights. We wanted advice on campers...a really helpful guy, rang around hire companies and found us Brucey from a company called Jucy! He is a little Toyota (sorry Wayne) with a hob, sink, toilet and shower...oh and bed! Brucey is small, compact and very cheap, we love him! We left Auckland...

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Jul 14, 2008 - Manaku to Pihu North Island 3rd July 2008.

Sylvia’s Comments Before driving off this morning we worked out a route around Auckland and to take us to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Our decision to by pass Auckland at this point is based on the fact we will probably finish up here to fly out, so hopefully will be able to spend some time in the city. Our route sorted, SH 20 which would take us over the Mangere Bridge, on to SH 15 to take us to SH 24, identified as a scenic drive. Once out of the suburbs we drove on the Huia Highway along the north side of the Manaku Harbour. We...

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Apr 14, 2008 - Mudgee Wombats v Glenfield Gryphons

We woke this morning to look out the window and see more drizzly rain. After breakfast the boys had some free time in the city before we headed to the North Shore for our game with Glenfield College Gryphons. The opposition looked as scary in warmup as we expected. The school is very multiculutral with players from South Africa, Phillippines, Tonga, Samoa, Maoris and white New Zealanders. The rain became heavier and the wind stronger as the game was going to be played in the conditions you expect from New Zealand. From the opening whistle,...

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Apr 5, 2008 - In Auckland!

Hi From Auckland, The plane ride wasn't bad at all. We both 'kinda' slept. Air New Zealand is a great airline. They are very polite and had pretty good food. Food was at about 9 PM for dinner and then breakfast was at around 3:30 AM. It kinda worked . I feel pretty good ...just hungry for lunch right now. It is around 10:30 AM now. We got in at about 5:30 am their time. It took us less than 15 minutes to go thru customs. ITt took another hour to get the rental car. Oh my! It is different driving on the left side of the road and on the...

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Feb 2, 2008 - Auckland - Got the time?

Tim: Soooo. Note to self. Even though every Fijian swears about being on the same time zone as New Zealand... Its not half the year. How Jason and I were in Auckland for almost 18 hours and didn't realize this? You got me but somehow... it must be Jason's fault. Only realized it untill we missed our bus heading up to the Bay of Islands later that day. This however gave us a few extra hours to go jump off a 650ft building in down town to get the blood going. Kiwi's are fucking crazy. Good times though. Having trouble finding a fully equipted...

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Dec 15, 2007 - Waiting in Fiji

We landed in Fiji to learn our flight was cancelled and we have been re-booked 14 hours later. The Fiji airport is like my sister's apartment in Manhattan. About 600 sq feet. Luckily they put us up in a hotel for the day and we have been catching up on rest and eating pan fried sirloin that is impossible to cut with utensils made by man. We are waiting in Fiji to leave for Auckland at 7pm Saturday which is 1am Friday Night/Saturday Morning CST. Well once again our plane is delayed. Flight is scheduled to leave at 8:45pm - So in total...

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Dec 12, 2007 - New Zealand - North Island

Ahh, here we are in New Zealand, the last country. It may have been last, but we did our best to see as much of it as we possibly could. We rented a camper van and was greeted at the Auckland airport by this very nice man and this great camper van. When we told him we were going to head out of town right away, he took us to this shopping area right next to the freeway so we could just get on and head on out. There was a bit of a problem with the water pump so we headed on in to a grocery store and started loading up for the trip. We were so...

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