Tagged: New Zealand

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Trees, Gardens and Jetlag – New Zealand Day 22

Well, the day had finally come, our last day in New Zealand – Boo! It was an early start with breakfast in the camper. Well actually it was a double breakfast for me as I had one before the others got up and then another one once they were awake. We then took the camper...

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The Firth of Thames and Orere Point – New Zealand Day 21

With our holiday coming towards its end, we had a late(ish) start to the day with breakfast in the camper van at Opal Springs Campsite before driving to Matamata for a Countdown supermarket to buy some final supplies and presents for everyone. Whittakers chocolate, Cookie Time Cookies and Pineapple lumps all round – Mmm Mmm!...

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Bike The Lake, Rotorua – New Zealand Day 20

We had an early start on the campsite today, getting up before dawn so as to get to Rotorua in time for the Bike the Lake race. Once in Rotorua I had to get ready, add race numbers and timing chips to my helmet and bike, sort out drinks etc and congregate for the start....

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Canopy Tours, Zip Wires and Kayaks – New Zealand Day 19

We woke up a bit later than usual today, had breakfast in the camper and then had our final soak in the pools at the Waikite Thermal Valley complex before heading ever onwards on our road trip around New Zealands North Island. Rotorua and Canopy Tours We drove into Rotorua again, this time to do...

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Rotorua and Hot Pools Again – New Zealand Day 18

Seeing as we enjoyed the hot pools and the campsite at Waikite Valley so much and we were a day or two ahead of our itinerary anyway thanks to the mad drive from Paihia to Whitianga last week, we decided to spend another night at the Waikite Campsite. Not only would that mean we didn’t...

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Taupo, Geothermal Rocks and Hot Pools – New Zealand Day 17

After spending the night in the car park of my parents holiday apartment in Taupo we had a leisurely breakfast with them and then set off to be tourists in the town. We wandered along the lake-front and then around the various souvenir shops where we bought ourselves some nice hand-crafted coasters made from native...

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Craters, Coffee, Cakes and Cruising – New Zealand Day 16

Wednesday started as most days in the camper had with a big breakfast, we then packed up, didn’t really make use of any of the facilities at the campsite and headed off to my parents apartment for coffee and a day out with them. The day before we had left the camper on the road...

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Volcanic Runs, Lake Taupo and Hot River Bathing – New Zealand Day 15

Day 15 of our trip to New Zealand started early for me – There’s nothing unusual there, most days start early for me and when in such a beautiful place I want to make the most of it by grabbing every hour that I can. I started off by going out for a run whilst...

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Kiwis, Caves and Snow-Capped Volcanoes – New Zealand Day 14

It’s Monday and we are still having the holiday of a lifetime in New Zealand. We awake to a damp drizzly day in Otorohanga, have a shower and breakfast in Camp Kiwi and then take the 30 second walk to the Kiwi House. The Kiwi House We are the first ones in and are treated...

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Gravel Roads, Waterfalls and Black Sands – New Zealand Day 13

After our now customary breakfast of muesli with yoghurt, several cups of coffee and toast with New Zealand Manuka honey it was time for a quick shower in the campsite and then off towards Bridal Veil Falls near Raglan. We had planned to check out the surf at Raglan which is probably the most famous of all...

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Surfing ‘Da Bar’, Crazy Golf and Kawhia – New Zealand Day 12

It was the day of the K2 race around Coramandel today. I’d found out a little bit about it now. It was a 200km hard core hilly bike race around the Coramandel Peninsula. The start location and route change from year to year and with the hot sun and the hilly route this years looked...

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Hot Water Beach and a Leamington – New Zealand Day 11

Friday October 26th and at last I think we’re over the Jetlag as I woke up at a normal time of around 6am. I left Anna and Morgan sleeping and headed off for a stroll along the beach of Mercury Bay whilst watching the sun rise. It was a gorgeous still day with no one...

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