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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island March 12th 2015

Rotorua, Central North Island On the way up to Rotorua we stopped at some incredible waterfalls, the first was the Aratiata Rapids, which are at the dam on the Waikato River, the dam gates are opened for 15 minutes four times a day and create spectacular falls. Further down the river the Huka Falls are created by 200,000 litres of water per second, funnelling into a narrow chasm and crasheing over a ten metre shelf, very dramatic. Next stop, "craters of the moon", a park in a geothermic area, lots of steam from the ground, colourful craters and bubbling mud - we were very impressed with this until the next morning ......more later! We reached Rotorua by lunchtime. This really is the centre of the North Island and the cultural centre of New Zealand, the town ... read more
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Wai-o-Tapu
Rotorua Lakes

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo March 12th 2015

Hi all! A big SORRY to everyone for being so slack on the blogging lately - I have a valid excuse. I've had limited data and barely any wifi zones so I wasn't able to log onto here for the last little while. Good news- remember how I told you about my french roommate who asked me to travel with him and his friends and I was debating it? Well, I ended up taking that offer and for the last 5 days, I've been on the road with 4 of them and it's been absolutely amazing. They're so wonderful and fun and the places we've been to see nothing like I've seen before. We were in Ragland (surf and beach city) and we spent the night camping. This was the first time I've pitched a tent ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island March 11th 2015

Well, here we are sitting in Auckland airport waiting for our flight to be called. We have tried to look happy on the photo (!) but we really don't want to come home. (Although it will be lovely to see everyone again). We have had the trip of a lifetime and we will look forward to boring you all to death with our photos and stories!!! Farewell beautiful New Zealand.... read more


We have been in New Zealand now for six days and the contrast between here and Australia is so vast. The scenery is very much like England but prettier and more spacious. the distance between each place we are staying is such a long way so far - to get to a couple of our destinations it has taken over 7 hours in the car on really bendy roads which seem to go on forever. Hopefully the next destinations will be much quicker to get to. We went up to the to the Bay of Islands where we did some sand surfing - it was great fun but to walk up to the top of the sand dune took us 15 minutes and to surf down took 15 seconds!!!! I only did it once but Jan ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 10th 2015

today we took the ferry to central auckland as we wanted to see the wynyard quarter where the nz boat racing village was set up. as you can see from the photos it was a beautiful day and we had a good time.... read more
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Team NZ
Team NZ Village

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier March 10th 2015

Spent some time in this lovely Art Deco town pretty much rebuilt in the 1930s following a devastating earthquake. The art deco architecture and style is evident throughout this place. ... read more
Napier

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Manawatu » Levin March 10th 2015

From Napier we headed West across to Palmerston North for one night. Had a nice swim at the aquatics centre the next morning the spent a few hours at the All Blacks Rugby Museum and local history museum. Pouring with rain when we left Great late lunch at the Horsemans Cafe in Shannon. Stopped raining by then. Short run into Levin a nice old town an hour north of Wellington. Stayed on a farm for a few days and helped with some weeding and laying a giant mosaic path . There are 2 ponies, 3 sheep, 10 cows, 7 goats, 2 dogs, a cat, endless views of the mountain range and wonderful piece and quiet ☺... read more
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Sessy  the mongrel pup and Charlie the Doberman
Witchway Farm


Leaving the Bay of Islands we headed back through Auckland and across East to the Bay of Plenty. we stayed 2 nights at Papamoa right next to the beach. Nice afternoon in Mt. Maunganui and walked the base route of the mountain. Had awesome ice cream in a hand made waffle cone delish ... read more
Papamoa
The Land of the Long White Cloud !
Mt Mauganui

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island March 10th 2015

This morning we met up with Susannah, who is the daughter of Lisa's friend Fiona (from Ealing) as Susannah and her boyfriend, Joe live and work in Auckland. Susannah suggested we went to Rangitoto on the ferry. It was a glorious day and the ferry took about 30 minutes. Rangitoto is a volcanic island which erupted from the sea 600 years ago. No one lives on the island but the landscape is very dramatic with the volcanic deposits looking just like a ploughed field. The island was covered in a beautiful forest and we took an hour to walk to the top of the volcano on a very hot day! But the walk was worth it as the view from the top was just spectacular looking right across the Auckland skyline and beyond. In the evening ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 10th 2015

Smelly place. Full of gas but the cable car up the mountain and the luge ride down were fantastic fun 😊 Stayed one night in Taupo and the spa pools were filled with natural spring water at about 40°... read more
Luge
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A mud pool




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