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Dec 9, 2009 - And is it any wonder ....

that the monkey's confused .... Alright, so winter is actually summer, the drivers side is on the right, but you have to drive on the left, kilometers not miles, Give Way (unclear driving rule), they use words like torch (flashlight), bonnet (hood), long black (coffee), crisps (potato chips), wedges (?french fries?), chips (?french fries?) heck I don't know....even the night sky is completely disorienting! So I am driving my new home around New Zealand, yes, I said driving, for the next 3 months. It is a converted Toyota Mini Van with a bed...

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Jul 26, 2008 - Parakai to Waiwera North Island 05 July 2008

Jeff Last nights private thermal hot pool was really nice; I never realised that becoming old and wrinkly meant you spent all this time soaking in lovely hot water. However the availability of the spa is not a sufficient inducement for us to remain at this camp site which is uninspiring and has no outlook other than the site itself. As today’s weather forecast is for a cloudy morning and heavy rain showers for the rest of the day, we decided to move across to the east coast and visit Waiwera where there is also hot thermal pools. Although...

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Nov 3, 2007 - Waiwera, New Zealand

Drive to Waiwera........ Today was just a day of driving as we did not stop for any sites. The first half of the drive was through farm country with sheep and dairy cows. Then we went through the capital city of Auckland. This is where almost all of the people living in New Zealand live. It was very congested even though we were on the motorway (freeway). Our campground was right on the water and the setting was really nice. We all got together at one of the sites and talked while one of us fished with a hand line. He almost landed one, but...

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Aug 2, 2007 - Start of holiday

We arrived at Waiwera 5.30pm just as the sun was setting and had a really friendly welcome from the campsite hosts. After settling in we walked next door to the thermal pools and had a swim and soak in the hot thermal pools to unwind. Just what we needed. The place was a cross between the thermal pools in Austria we have just been to and a Butlins holiday camp! Rather bizzare being outside in winter but the lovely warm water is very relaxing and we felt rejevenated afterwards. Next morning our spirits rose even further with the sunrise over...

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