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November 24th 2011
Published: November 25th 2011
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Our beachfront site at Takapuna
We arrived in NZ OK after a long flight via Hong Kong. We picked up the campervan OK and settled quickly into our new beachside home in Takapuna, as recommended by Marys relative David. He lives just round the corner from the site and we spent a few days with him and Sue and Jonny as they very kindly showed us some of the sites of Auckland and surrounding area.

After 5 days we headed north and drove through the Kauri forests and saw quite a few of these enormous and very old trees. We also stayed at a very nice regional park site as recommended by Dave and here we saw some very impressive Pohutukawa trees just turning red with flowers. We stayed at a small site in the Trounsen national park and here we heard Kiwi but failed to see any.

Ever northward we drove until we reached the "top" Cape Reinga where the Tasman sea meets the Pacific. Another very impressive NZ site.

The weather has been kind to us and is mostly sunny and warm. We have managed a few swims so far and even spent a time snorkelling in just our cossies and

2 explorers in the bush at Wenderholm park
rash vests at the marine reserve of goat island. Here we saw quite a few large fish close in shore.

Moving on tomorrow to the Bay of Islands

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the road squeezes between 2 Kouri trees and Dave
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Tasman sea meets Pacific ocean and the Banks's

Dave Sue Jonny and me out on a walk in the bush,large Kouri tree behind

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