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February 10th 2007
Published: February 10th 2007
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Since i had such a good night sleep, i got up pretty early, put on the running shoes and went for a nice long jog along the coastal walkway that started right in front of our hostel. A pretty cool way to start the day... running on the boardwalk along the ocean front, greeting the few other early birds, and on the return settling into one of the cafes for a flat-white.... now that is a great morning!
Since we headed back through the Hawke Valley today, we had to stop at all the culinary offerings... it started with a chocolate factory.... excellent (we had to sample, it of course 😊
then it was off the oldest Winery New Zealands, the Mission Winery, where we had to taste all the wines during our private tour of the grouds (what hardship... 😊 and with our bellies quite full, our palates satisfied and our heads slightly spinning, we all settled into our seats and fell asleep on the way back to Taupo!!!
Upon arriving in Taupo, Vivienne and i got off at the Rainbow Lodge again, i took care of my laundry went grocery shopping cooked a great dinner, and now i am here, updating you all on the events of the last few days. Tomorrow i am headed to River Valley with a new Kiwi bus, where we the plan calls for some whitewater rafting... fun, fun...

cheers, mates, got to head out.. ttyl



15th February 2007

HAD to...
Steffi - Kat just sent me the link to your travel blog, so i have spent the last little bit catvhing up on your trip. AMAZING. But I had to comment on this one since you said you HAD to taste all the wines!! Well of course you did. Sounds like a wonderful trip thus far - so excited for you. Mandy

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