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So we survived night one...just!! It was much colder than we expected so took a lot to get used to. It took us a while to get to sleep and I think we woke a bit in the night but at least we survived! And we got the most stunning view to wake up to overlooking the lake and mountains it was pretty breathtaking really. We both showered and had breakfast, brad making himself a bacon and egg sandwich on the trusty stove lol and me sticking with cereal. We had to be out the camp site by 10am and headed to Mt Cooke for trek number 2 it took us a couple of hours to get there but I just can't believe how beautiful the drive was. The place is just so so beautiful it's ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Queenstown April 26th 2014

So yea, next stop was Arrow Town and I think it's one of my favourite places...ever!!! It's the cutest little town with boutique style shops, an old sweet shop, a hotel that could pass as someone's house and lots of historic character. It's autumn here so it's pretty cold and it just reminds me of such a Christmas feel, so strange with it only being April! We had a walk around the town and stopped at a gorgeous little pub/restaurant for some mulled wine. And it was so do yummy, Callahan you would have loved it! We have a winter ritual of mulled wine at lunch in London and it made me think of our lunch breaks lol. I could have sat there forever with beautiful mountains in the background with snow on top, it was ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 26th 2014

4347 kms 1 car..... 2 adults ...... 3 kids under 7 ...... 7 Days!!!! Crazy!!! Yup that's us. Driving from Brisbane to Perth. Across the Nullabor because we want to create memories.... Should be interesting, so follow us on our road trip, the good the bad and the ugly!!... read more


Hello everyone, Here I am with my second blog from New Zealand. After 5 days in Auckland I took a bus and went to Coromandel Peninsula. My mate Johnny, who I met in Australia in 2008, contacted his family and I was invited to go and stay for a few days there. The Peninsula lies to the east of Auckland but you need to drive around to get there, since the Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames divide the peninsula from the Auckland region. The bus drive took about 4 hours, including one stop-over. I arrived in a small town with no more than 4000 people called Whitianga. There is nothing particular about the town, but in the summer it's crowded with tourists. Not only Whitianga gets a lot of tourism, but the whole peninsula ... read more
Hahei Beach
At the table with the Herbert's
Flaxmill Bay

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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Picton April 22nd 2014

Donderdag 10 April 2014: Als ik ontwaak is iedereen al naar het werk of school. Ik maak me langzaam klaar om naar de stad te rijden. Als ik goed en wel vertrokken ben, realiseer ik me dat ik men helm niet bij heb. Dus ik ga terug en de regen heeft de oprit zeer glad gemaakt waardoor ik een slipper doe en tegen de grond smak. Het valt goed mee. Bij poging 2 geraak ik wel in het centrum. Ik ga naar cyclingtrading maar degene waar ik mee gemaild heb, is er even niet. Ik ga in de Warehouse ene extra gaspatroon kopen en dan ga ik naar Harvey Norman, een elektro zaak. Ik kijk even naar de fototoestellen en ga dan op zoek naar een universele batterijlader op USB. De betrefende winkel heeft het niet. ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand April 22nd 2014

-SP- Por la mañana he hecho limpeza a fondo de la tienda, desmontar todo, pasarle un trapo por dentro y por fuera, y manguerazo al cubresuelos. He dejado secar y he empacado todo. En marcha para las 10, en el hostal a las 11. Alli he dejado la bici y sin perder tiempo he ido a la tienda de las bicis para recoger mi caja, y he tenido suerte porque acababa de llegar el camion de la basura, si llego a estar 10 min mas tarde mi caja estaria ya camino del vertedero. De vuelta en el hostal a las 12, y durante 2 horas desmontar la bici y reorganizar el equipaje. Despues he hecho mi check-in y me he puesto a cocinarme la comida, y en eso que suena la alarma antiincendios y todo el ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 21st 2014

Today we all were invited to Onerahi for morning tea. Jennifer made us LOADS of cups of tea and we had a really good time celebrating Joseph's birthday. Thomas was very well behaved and had a good sleep on the bed while we played the new game. Even Kitty Kat had two cuddles on Pauls' knee and Flyn was outside enjoying the sun.... read more
One cuddle required
Blowing the candles out on the cake
The hostess with the mostest

Oceania » New Zealand April 21st 2014

-SP- Esta mañana he empacado todo sobre la bici nuevamente, he pasado por la tienda de bicis para reservar una caja y he bajado al puerto de ferrys de Auckland para pillar el siguiente barco a Devonport. La travesia dura solo 8 minutos, en un catamaran, y solo cuesta 6NZD y la bici va gratis. De Devonport he ido hacia el norte por la Beach Road, toda esta zona es de colinas y de barrios de gente rica, o sea, todo villas. Asi durante 20km, hasta que nuevamente uno esta en el campo de nuevo. El camino se hace menos accidentado pero sigue habiendo muchas colinas. Y finalmente se baja nuevamente a la playa, a Orewa. Aqui me quedo en el camping, aunque lleva todo el dia el tiempo revuelto, lloviendo a ratos y luego saleindo ... read more
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Auckland
Container harbour

Oceania » New Zealand April 21st 2014

-SP- He empezado hoy a eso de las 10, y me he dirigido al norte por la carretera de la costa. Al poco rato ya me ha pillado una nueva tromba de agua. Cuando ha aflojado un poco he continuado, y visto que hay muchisimo trafico en la carretera 1, la que va al norte, voy a cruzar la peninsula al otro lado por unos caminos rurales. Y tan rurales, al poco rato se ha acabado el asfalto y ha sido todo barrillo y gravilla, como en los viejos tiempos en la carretera austral, asi hasta pasar cerca del Moir Hill, a 350m de altura, y de aqui para abajo, en un chaparron intenso, todo lleno de barro y los frenos deshaciendose por momentos. Cuando ya he llegado abajo ha parado de llover y se ha ... read more




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