Page 4 of Camilla Elin and Becky Travel Blog Posts

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo Caves December 11th 2010

Day 74 was filled with yet more adrenalin as we made our way to the Waitomo Caves to see the famous glow-worms a little uncoventionally by black-water rafting!! Getting the gear on was a little tricky as we had not only a wet-suit but wet-shoes and jacket too not to mention some stunning gum boots and a hard hat!! We headed down to the caves where much to our horrow we were told to turn our head lights off to 'experience the cave'!! Fortunately we were allowed to switch them back on as we walked to the glow worms but then it was time to get wet!! With our little rubber rings our first task was to jump down a waterfall backwards with the ring on our bottoms!! Elin made the jump but unfortunately Becky had ... read more

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

Today was the day which we had been ever so slightly nervous/excited/absolutely-wetting-ourselves about! SKYDIVING!! Before the event however we had a date with some more steaming mud pools! loooovley!! and a geyser which with the help of some washing powder went off at 10.15am shooting massive jets of water into the air! Next stop was another photo opportunity at the spectacular Hukka falls which were so beautiful! Then just to make us more nervous we watched some of our fellow bus buddies do a bungy jump in a canyon before we were dropped at the air field! Because practically the whole bus were diving we had to wait for what felt like an eternity until we could get suited up and strapped to our dive masters!! Becky had a little problem with the stunning red jump ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua December 11th 2010

The start of the early mornings began and so we boarded the Magic Bus and headed to Mount Eden where we had amazing views over the entire city! Nect stop was Hobbiton, the film set for the next Lord of the Rings movies 'The Hobbit'! The rolling hills were really pretty and we even got to hold and play with baby lambs which were soooo cute!! Back on board we travelled down to Rotorua, a town with lots of geothermal activity and as a result a rather unpleasant smell of rotton eggs! But we weren't put off and walked through the park to look at all the bubbling mud pools and steaming rocks! In the evening we had our first Mauri experience which after a hilarious bus ride took us to a Mauri village camp where ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland December 11th 2010

Today we said goodbye to the land of Oz and enjoyed yet more plane food on our 2 flights to New Zealand!! We arrived in the early hours of the morning and so just crashed in the hostel before checking out the next morning to explore some of the city! Becky's toe was still very much there and very painful so the walk up the hill to the next hostel was interesting but we managed to check in and book ourselves onto the Magic Bus for the following morning to begin our NZ adventure!! ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns November 29th 2010

Having caught the shuttle bus into town to move to our new hostel we sat in the bus stop sheltering from the rain waiting for our transport! Becky's disability also meant that Elin was carrying 2 rucksacks, one on the front and one on the back! However after waiting for 2 hours we discovered it was actually only just around the corner and so loaded up like camels and still a little worse for wear from the night before we made it to Gilligans our new home for our last 3 nights in Oz! The following day we prepared for our final activity in Australia....a 200 people bus pub-crawl! The open top tour round Cairn's best night-life was a perfect way to spend our last official night out in Australia and we managed to recover the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns November 29th 2010

We caught the Greyhound for the last time and made our way to our final stop in Australia...Cairns!! Unfortunately the weather still hadn't sorted itself out and so when we arrived in Cairns Becky now limping in her poncho was in need of some medical attention so we decided to spend the afternoon in Triage!! As is normally the case for us we attracted a rather unusual character in the waiting room....dressed only in a towel with ribbons draped across him he had caught his finger in a ceiling fan whilst washing in the shower and possibly slightly high!! After all the entertainment Becky was released with a pair of beautiful crutches and so she hopped kangaroo style back to the hostel! Due to a lcak of money and sunshine the next day was fairly limited ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mission Beach November 29th 2010

Today we caught the Ferry back to Townsville and then the bus to Mission Beach where suprise rained! ALL day for 2 days! Not wanting to waste our time however we decided to maximise the hostels facilities and played a marathon 4 hour game of monopoly where Elin became champion...unfortunately a hotel on Old Kent Road didn't quite cut it! However more drama was to be created from the game as standing up to move away from the rain Becky whacked her toe on the bench and as a result it is now bent and broken! Unfortunately we didn't manage to make it to the actual beach as now crippled and wet the thought of the beach was not appealing but film and popcorn night was greatly appreciated!!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Magnetic Island November 29th 2010

Today was a fairly relaxed day, we walked into the 'town' and sat by the harbour for lunch and caught up on some internet as the weather once again was not perfect! That evening however Camilla's worse fears were confirmed as the mysterious bites on Camilla's arm had now multiplied producing a grand total of 92 bites!! Either a killer mosquito was on the loose or it was bed bugs! yummy! Anti-histamined up we went down to the bar and this time upgraded to bottled red wine and spent the evening with 4 Welsh girls who much to Elin's delight were Welsh speakers and friends of friends! small world!!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach November 21st 2010

We got up this morning to yet more torrential rain which made walking to the bus stop with rucksacks especially disgusting!! We arrived at a very packed bus stop and waited over an hour in the rain for the bus which was also very full! Fortunately we managed to sleep a little but the rain kept on coming and we got off in Townsville to board the ferry to Magnetic Island! The rain followed us to Magnetic Island and we checked into our hostel for dinner and some much needed sleep!... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach November 21st 2010

At 7am Camilla and Becky decided to get up for the final snorkel which after a long swim was a little disappointing except for a giant bright blue starfish! We returned to a refreshed Elin and we had breakfast before beginning the sail back to Airlie Beach! We said goodbye to our fellow sailors and crew and walked back to the hostel for a much needed shower!! We spent a very tiresome afternoon with the washing machine before heading out for the afterparty with our shipmates! We enjoyed free pizza and beer and Elin came so close to winning a limbo competition worth $25 (nearly 5 days budget!!!) before returning back our teen-spirit filled room of 18-year old Australians on Spring Break! Needless to say we didn't get much sleep!!! ... read more

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