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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany June 21st 2006

Kia Ora (Maori for hello), so after searching the papers for a few days, we found what we are hoping is a good deal. we got a 1988 subaru leone wagon. we were a little scared to buy it from the guy, he seemed a bit sketchy, at first the car would not start because he claimed the inside light was left on all night. so we jumped it and took it for a drive, that was the good part, everything seemed to work just fine. after the battery charged it started again with a bit of work. thats the only thing we are a bit worried about, but for 670 NZ$ we can't complain too much. although it was supposed to be 650 according to the paper we saw, but he claimed it was 699 ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany June 1st 2006

Kia Ora (Maori for hello), so after searching the papers for a few days, we found what we are hoping is a good deal. we got a 1988 subaru leone wagon. we were a little scared to buy it from the guy, he seemed a bit sketchy, at first the car would not start because he claimed the inside light was left on all night. so we jumped it and took it for a drive, that was the good part, everything seemed to work just fine. after the battery charged it started again with a bit of work. thats the only thing we are a bit worried about, but for 670 NZ$ we can't complain too much. although it was supposed to be 650 according to the paper we saw, but he claimed it was 699 ... read more
new car 2

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany May 30th 2006

Lots to write about since its been over a week since our first blog, we ran out of time in Hawaii to fill everyone in, so I’ll start there. It rained for about 4 days, and then was overcast and rainy, so we didn't get much sun until our last two days...go figure. We tried to go on what sounded like a really cool hike in the mountains that was going to take us to a mile long tunnel through the mountain that we could hike through that had formerly been used for irrigation. But unfortunately we needed 4-wheel drive to reach the trailhead and our whale of a beast ’86 Lincoln Town Car really wasn’t up for the challenge. So we had to settle for a different hike which wasn’t much to write about. Then ... read more
Jeanette and the Tree
Hiking above the clouds
Last Hawaiian Sunset

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany March 27th 2006

In 1.5 hours I will be on my way to the airport, to goto the other side of the world, with a 3 day pitstop (drink stop) in bangkok. It'll be interesting. Spent the past 2 weeks running around between my arduous 13 hour sleep shifts, getting everything sorted for my departure. God there's a lot of shit to do for OE's. Thank god I've been overseas before otherwise I would have been a mess. So my room is clean for the first time in like 3 years, even my bathroom is clean. So if I didnt say goodbye to you, then... bye! If you know anyone who might be remotly interested in my blog, let them know. The url is www.travelblog.org/bloggers/jeeves See you on the flip side.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany March 14th 2006

Hello, i am getting a bit behind with the old blogs so going to skip the rest of Aus and try and fill you in at a later date, and go straight to New Zealand otherwise i will never wirte another one again! I have just spent a brill week in Aukland staying with a couple of Irish guys who used to drink in the hotel every Saturday night who moved out here last year. Richard, Andrew and Laura live in a great house in Mount Eden Village not far from the City Centre - you can easily see why none of them want to move back to the lovely UK - they have a great life of beer and BBQ's and unfortunately a bit of work during the week, but they didnt seem to let ... read more
Fat Freddies Drop

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany March 11th 2006

Well I'm packed and ready to go. I spent the day being a tourist. I went to the famous sky tower. Impressive but not as impressive as the space needle. You can't go outside at the top unless you sign-up to climb the ladders to the top. I thought about doing the bungy jump or the climb but...........I'm just chillin out. I did however have the opportunity to let someone else do the riding. There were the city bicycle carriers parked near the sky tower. They are the bikes that have a bench seat and you sit there like a princess and the poor guy peddles you where ever you want to go. I just couldn't resist. I told him that I had been bike touring and i just had to take the opportunity to let ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany March 10th 2006

Well I had a day to just sight see in the city yesterday. I slept in which I haven't done much on this vacation. Then got up and went walking around downtown. Had to stop at Starbucks because its the only coffee shop in NZ where you can get a real cup of coffee for a reasonable price. I'll have a double tall Mocha. Instead of I'll have a micro sized "Flat White" that costs $3.50. You'd have to drink 3 of them to get one 12 oz Starbucks equivalent. Yes, I'm a coffee snob from Seattle (o: Anyway, after looking through downtown I pulled my bike out and went out the waterfront trail. I had ridden that trail to a suburb called Mission Bay when I first arrived. Today the weather was beautiful so I ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany March 9th 2006

Well the ferry crossing was a smooth as silk. Now I can tell you the horror story without my mom worrying about whether I would meet a similar fate. The day before I arrived in Picton the Ferry was coming over from Wellington and was hit by gale force winds and waves the size of houses. People were thrown all around and sea sick. Cars and trucks were tossed around in the vehicle area and many were damaged. The ferry trip that should have taken 3 hours took about 8 hours. A nightmare trip for those on board. I was keeping my fingers crossed that the weather would improve by the time I sailed yesterday at 1pm. The conditions were perfect and I arrived in Wellington uninjured and feeling fine. I stayed in Wellington last night ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany February 11th 2006

2 Norwegians in the backpacker's answer our advert to share the cost of hiring a car for a few weeks, however we find that there are no cars anywhere at such short notice. In fact by now we had decided to go by bus anyway, at least on the North Island. We booked with Kiwi Traveller's hop-on-hop-off bus from Auckland to Wellington, a bargain at 105 New Zealand Dollars. We went to the Auckland Museum to learn more about Maori and foreign influence and history of Auckland and New Zealand as a whole. But particularly I wanted to see the temporary exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci's machines; wooden models which had been made from his own sketches and may well have been made in his own lifetime. Some were fascinating particularly the robot and multi-turreted tank. ... read more
Maori store house
Da Vinci Machines exhibition
Tank

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany February 10th 2006

Had a wander around Auckland city centre today. It was a bit cloudy and raining so we came to the conclusion that it was just like Manchester back home. Walked to the park to see everyone setting up the Chinese Lantern Festival that we would visit later. Next I threw myself 192 meters off the Sky Tower! I was fairly calm until I actually had to walk out on a ledge overlooking the skyscrapers below, then the old legs felt a little wobbly, but once I stepped off it all felt a bit surreal dropping to the ground. In the evening we returned to the park to sample some chinese celebrations and eat some tasty asian food.... read more
Paul in his trendy jump suit
Coming in to land
People sitting in the road




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