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December 9th 2011
Published: December 9th 2011
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Just catching up with a few blog entries as we got behind due to internet voidness.

We are now in Gisborne for a few days sunning ouselves on the beach. Well it is sunny and we are staying right next to the beach, unfortunately the beach is covered with driftwood and sandflies which makes lying down difficult. Nevertheless we have been in the water a few times. We have also seen the spot where Cook and Banks first set foot on NZ.

In the past week we have been in Rotorua seeing the thermal sites and also a Maori cultural show. We stayed at a campsite next to the blue lake. Went swimming in the lake, nice and clear, but a bit chilly. We also went to see the buried village, part of which has been excavated. the village was buried in an eruption in 19th century.

After Roturua we went on a mammoth journey around the eastern part of NZ, following the coast. Past some spectacular beaches and bays and some breathtaking scenary. The road was a bit scary in places as it petered out into a one way dirt track due to "washout" heavy rain washing the road away! We also passed quite a few narrow one way bridges or "bridge lane one" as it bizarly says on the road, one even had a railway on it see picture.

We survived and are now slowly heading for Wellington and the ferry on 14th december

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