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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Wairoa December 14th 2016

So spent a night at the Whirinaki Recreation camp, was super cool except for the roads, not graded large gravel. The camp has 3 huts, a wooden stove in the kitchen, flush toilets and solar heated showers. We were the only ones there! Did a couple of walks, one in the afternoon and one after supper. Drove the horrible gravel road to Wiaroa, took hours to go 100k. We found a great campground in town and set up the tent. This morning we drove to Morere Springs, did a walk (read the sign after we finished) then soaked in the hot pools. Off tomorrow for Wellington, we booked the ferry for Friday. PS our campground has the most wonderful display of Christmas lights. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua December 12th 2016

We spent yesterday in and around Rotorua. Well not much time in Rotorua after McDonalds charged me $9.40 for 2 medium coffees! We toured the redwood forest and walked the trail to see the geothermal area from the backside, saving the $48.50/each to do the tour. Then Bob wanted to get closer so we found an unmarked trail and were within a few feet of the steam, he's such a rebel. So 12 km of walking later we jumped in the car and drove to Murupara, where we camped for the night. Took some pictures, but they are on my phone and it's dead, will load them later. Off to Whirinaki Conservation Park today, making our way slowly south.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Whakatane December 9th 2016

We spent the first night at the Papamoa Beach Resort in the Bay of Plenty, weather wasn't great so we moved along to Whakatane. Okay, they pronounce the WH like we would PH, I can't say it without giggling. We stayed Friday night and are booked for Saturday night as well at the Awakeri Hot Springs, about half an hour drive from Whakatane (haha). We drove to Awakeri for supper last night, fish and chips for $8.00, a 6 pack of Hagen beer and a bottle of wine. We shared a beer, went to the hot pool and were asleep at 9:30. The hot pool is great, warm and the water is so soft, like a baking soda bath. Off to Whakatane (haha) for the Saturday market and a bunch of Christmas things.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga December 8th 2016

Uneventful flight to Auckland. Picked up our car from "James Blond" rentals, a Toyota Rictus, and drove to Tauranga. Found a place to stay for the night, was raining so we are inside tonight. After a snooze we went to the Pak n save for a few groceries, they were having a crazy Christmas customer appreciationand had loads of snacks, so we had supper. Hoping to walk up Mount Maunganui tomorrow.... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » New Westminster December 6th 2016

Travel day, it's 1030 I'm ready to go, cab is coming at 1430, I might be a little early. Sun is shining but cool and still lots of snow here, but soon will be in spring/summer.... read more

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