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Published: February 6th 2023
HOORAY..,.and here we go again!
The rucksacks are packed, the "everything bag" is bursting at the seams and we are ready for our New Zealand trip.
And here is our new family member and travelling companion...not-so-tiny Tim! He is an upgrade to our original and much abused 2 man tent. He has 2 doors so we don't have to climb over each other in the middle of the night and he is designed to accommodate 3 people! So we can either start taking paying guests or we can use the extra space to get our rucksacks under cover. YES!
We are very grateful to Ruthie and Ben who have lent us Notso Tiny Tim (maybe just Notso for short). He is already broken-in and ready for action. Whoever knew that the New Zealand immigration department inspects camping kit to ensure that there is no mud on it! So we have been WASHING tent pegs and trying to remain calm.
The weather in New Zealand is looking truly dreadful. They have been having the wettest summer in history and last week Auckland international airport was closed due to flooding! Next Monday we are due to do the Tongariro
Alpine Crossing and the weather forecast at the moment is showing 6 drops of rain all day. As far as we can remember, we only have 3 drops of rain at the very heaviest in England so it's likely to be a tricky day. Our first planned "expedition" is a 5 day canoe and camping trip down the Whanganui River and currently the water level is so high that no-one is being allowed on the river! It's always good to plan to be flexible!
So here we go. Three years since our last adventure and at various times over the last three years we (or maybe I should say I, as Pete was always certain we would) thought we might not make it to another blog! See you on the other side!
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