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Published: February 10th 2011
Haha - yes today I was in Eastbourne...confused?? No I am not back home but I took a train then a bus to Eastbourne NZ, which is pretty close to Wellington - then I got a boat back across the harbour then andother train...and tomorrow it will be a plane and I will sadly be saying goodbye to my lovely Wellington family and the North Island. And it will be hello South Island and Chrsitchurch.
This will have to be a quickie blog as it is almost midnight - I have been packing and what a mess I seemed to have after a month here travelling without really having to worry about everything being neatly packed into my 2 cases for the plane!! We all had a yummy farewell NZ lamb roast dinner and I think I have had 3 or 4 glasses of bubbly - lost count.
Since the last blog I have had a long bus trip to New Plymouth when unfortunatley the weather wasn't so good so in spite of being at the foot of Mount Taranaki , a volcano ,all weekend I only glimpsed the top momentarily. But anyway I was taken to a very interesting museum
with some fantastic dioramas and very detailed models at Tawhiti..and there was such a lot of very local history telling about the Maori wars with Britain in the 19th century...never knew anything about that. We had a trip around the base of the mountain - much farming around there but quite a lot of rural poverty too . There are many walks there but to climb the mountain you need about 8-10 hours so we settled for a 40 mins nature walk through the bush - beautiful lichens and mosses growing there. Thanks Sally for that.
Back in Wellington I have been psyching myself up to leave and settled for a couple of days relaxing - reading books and Embassy cinema ( KIngs Speech - brilliant) which is where Peter Jacksn premieres his films -its a beautiful art deco bldg-and I've been wandering around Wellington - you can walk across the city in about 30 mins so it is quite compact ... and I really like the harbourside - old wharves and ships and cafes, restaurants etc.
Then today being my last day I thought I better go to see Eastbourne - and there it is - quite different- I
paddled in the sea there which is so clear.
Well thats the news tonight.
See you all in Christchurch.
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