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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo February 11th 2010

Hello Hello! I have been getting 'heaps' of flack from some of you for not posting more, but it's hard! :) Internet is not readily available... or cheap! So be patient with me! I am trying to keep up with myself as well. Plus, I don't want to just write a sentence or two, you know I have to go into unnecessary detail.. :) Soooo... back to what feels like a really long time ago. We were in the Bay of Islands and loving it. Scuba diving, exploring, snorkeling, fishing, eating, laughing, sleeping, and doing it all over again. Delwynne and I had mentioned doing the Cape Brett Track earlier in the week, but now we were seriously considering it. It is an 8 hour one way hike, conveniently, on the Cape Brett Peninsula in the ... read more
Hole in the Rock
going inside hole in the rock
Cape Brett Lighthouse

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo January 25th 2010

Heeey Hey! Good rainy day to catch you up a little more up to speed! So yet, again, grab that chair. :) The last blog said Dec 28 bc thats when I started typing it.. took me a while to get back to a comp, eh? This is a fresh one! :) We made our way in and around Christchurch to our random, girls only, hostel. It was something German and I still can't pronounce the name of it, but it was by far one of my favorites yet. 2 Kitchens, our own room, internet, free laundry, and two cute little guinea pigs all in an old house. It also had hairdryers, but we never used them bc we always forgot they were there. ha. We took it easy the first night because we had a ... read more
Christmas Eve

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura December 28th 2009

I thought I was behind last time, but this time I am really behind on catching you up! Getting overwhelmed with the stuff I could tell you!! :) So, grab your chair.. this is a long one. We were on our second night of camping in Abel Tasman. The sun doesn't set here until 9:30ish, but we were so worn out from the day, and the day before, that we decided to call it a night. We were all snuggled in our tent, just about asleep when we heard/felt a tapping on the tent. Naturally, we didn't know what was going on. We got really embarrassed because it wasn't even dark yet, and we were almost out cold. We struggled to unlock the tent, yes-we have a really cute and tiny lock for our tent, only ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch December 17th 2009

Ok, hope you're comfy because I have a lot of catching up to do with you! I know I said I'd put a pic of Karlene Jean on the last blog, but I completely forgot! Oops.. and I don't have my memory card right now because we are getting CDs made.. yes, I've already filled 2 SD cards! So, be patient dear friends.. the pics are coming soon! Alright... So... we were preparing to leave Wellington and head to the South Island. Eliza and I split up for the day to get some things done. I met back up with her at the hostel a little later and saw that she'd made a new friend. Noa, from Israel. How she meets a Noam and a Noa both from Israel, I still don't know. We're talking (well ... read more
Dreadi going off to ooorange wooorld

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown December 11th 2009

I cannot believe it's already been a month! We've been going and going so much that it seems as though we've only been here a few days. I am so sorry that on the last blog I talked about the great pancakes we had and told you to "see pic" - haha well not until I published it, did I realize the pic next to it was of the chicken hearts and not of the pancakes. I didn't arrange the pics.. so.. haha sorry, I know that was sick. I forgot to add a pic of Karlene Jean, so will do this time! She has been cooperating very well lately.. full of water and oil still.. it's a good thing! We had her decorated with ornaments for Christmas, but sadly, on our last long drive, she ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 28th 2009

Let me start by saying that I do get your comments on here, and I love them! I don't know if they show up on everyone's or it's just mine. Keep them coming! As you know, it's hard to respond every time, but I do read them every time. We were on our second night of camping in Mount Maunganui (main gan oo ee). We were on the beach most of the day and got pretty red on the backs of my legs. The sun is really intense here and as much as we lathered on the sunscreen, still managed to get a little toasty. We camped in the same spot, which felt like we were camping in peoples backyards, but it worked. We were up the next morning and on the move to Rotorua (roto ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo November 28th 2009

It's been a while since the last blog, but I'll try to catch you up as much as I can! I tried to blog a few days ago, but it didn't save and I was too frustrated to retype the whole thing. :( I'll pick up somewhere after the Waipou Forest. It was too long a drive to make it back to Auckland so we picked a random spot on the map called Mangawhai Heads. We pull up to the hostel, which was more like a house, Coastal Cow Backpackers, and walk into a living room of people drinking and playing poker. We tried to talk to them, but we were clearly not cool enough. So, we awkwardly sat on the kitchen counters while Noam made us another delicacy. I got in trouble the other day ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Mount Eden November 19th 2009

First, Eliza is having major issues with her blog. So just be patient while it is under construction, (also, those of you who didn't know.. she is obviously listed under her name, but her nickname is margaretthedog- so look her up- it will be quite interesting to hear two sides of this journey) :) So, I left off somewhere around our camping venture. We were warm and cozy until we woke up that morning and realized that the inside of our tent was sweating. We are still unsure as to why/how/when this happened. We thought rain was coming in, but oh contrare, dry as could be on the outside. Still boggling my mind. The plan was to wake up, go for a hike just nearby, come back, shower, and hit to road a little more North. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell November 17th 2009

Hey everyone! We bought a lovely little beauty of a car!! She goes by Karlene Jean and is a Toyota Windom.. which I have no idea what is, but looks like an old school Lexus/Camry mix. She is dark green, with a few "birthmarks" where the paint is chipping. We met up with our Israeli friend, Noam (sounds like No om), who we met at the first sketch of a place where we tried to buy a car and decided we would give a different place a shot. We walked up and this car sales place is basically a parking lot with a ton of clunkers and people trying to get to you to buy them. We were wandering around just looking clueless as ever before we were snatched up by some crazy Kiwi, who goes ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia November 16th 2009

HEEEY! Sorry it has been a while.. especially to Mom and Dad since I haven't called in a while. This whole time difference has me a little off kilter with everything relating to home. I don't have time to go back and read what I wrote last time.. but I know many of you are all laughing with us :) .. so I can't really remember what I wrote about crazy things in NZ. I'll start with the time... I am 19 hours ahead of you, so if you add a day to your time and subtract 5 hours, that's what time it is for me. So, say it's 5 PM Thursday.. add a day.. 5 PM Friday.. minus 5 hours.. and it's 12 PM Friday here. The weather has been interesting.. it's been a few ... read more

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