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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 28th 2015

Hi, forgot to put a few photos up of the little market sunday morning in Rotorua, oh the last one is our clothes drying in the shed where we stayed !!!... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga March 28th 2015

Good evening everyone, so we left Rotorua this morning, now looking back I think I was a bit deluded with regards our accomodation, yes it was drabby and dull but I think after Kiddi packers, it was just peace and quiet so I got carried away. We did our washing there and had to hang it up in an old shed which was red hot, Stu then said he was going to get his money's worth and go in the mineral pool, well no way that was at least 44 degrees, it was sooooo hot, I couldn't even get a leg in it, Stu tried desperately, I said 'give it up, you won't have any skin left', he continued trying, looking for control buttons around the pool but in the end was defeated. We drove off ... read more
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Arrivés sous des trombes d'eau, nous avons décidés de laisser passer l'orage et d'attendre le lendemain. Nous avons dormis dans un charmant pavillon surplombant la mer, le réveil était magnifique avec un beau soleil. La randonnée de plusieurs jours s'effectue du côté montagneux à l'est de ma map ci-dessous. N'ayant pas beaucoup de temps, nous avons sélectionné "le meilleur" passage d'après nos critères: arrivée en voiture, marche avec une belle vue et surtout pas trop physique car nous attaquons dans quelques jours un glacier. La randonnée sur la plage suivie d'une petite marche à travers la forêt pour retrouver une nouvelle plage nous paraissait le plus judicieux. Nous avons compris la raison du surnom de cette côte "Golden Bay", un jaune / or, une impression de marcher sur du blé, des diamants nous a impressionné. Nous ... read more
Abel Tasman Park
Abel Tasman Park
Abel Tasman Park

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 27th 2015

Morning everyone, just couldn't do my blog last night, too tired, went to bed early. Well yesterday, woke up and the smell of sulphur here is so strong, you just can't get away from it, it really is over powering. Well we decided to visit 'The living Maori Village' called Whakarewarewa, short for 'Tewhakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao' it's hard enough typing it, let alone saying it !!! She got us to say it after her, well it really didn't work !! The village have been having visitors since the 1800's, they have bubbling mud pools, boiling mineral springs and we can see what they call the 'Prince of Wales' geyser from the village. So we met our guide who still lives in the village, she said a lot of people have now moved into the city but she stayed, ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington March 26th 2015

Back in the capital city again for a few days before we head back north to Auckland airport. Te Papa museum awesome. ... read more
Queens quay
Queen's Quay
mac's Brewbar

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 26th 2015

Hi everyone, well we set off this morning, leaving Kiddi Packers and stopping at the truckers cafe again on route. Spoke to the same lady, who gave us the places to go too yesterday, she was pleased we went to them, had a coffee and headed to ROTORUA, alias ROTAVEGAS !! Yep, that's what it reminds us of, Heidi and Simon who we met in Dunedin said that's what it was like and they weren't wrong, just havent got the huge hotels, just a strip of motels all along and some very strange shops !! very different from where we have been previously. It is situated roughly in the middle of the North Island and has a large Maroi community, it also smells of bad eggs which of course is the Sulpher from the hot geothermals, ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island March 25th 2015

Hi everyone, well it's been all waterfalls, hot thermal pools and character's today !!! Decided to drive a couple of hours to Lake Taupo along the Highway 5, inland. A local guy from Napier told us to go to some places which were free and we would see beautiful scenery, so on our way we stopped at a trucker's cafe and spoke to the lady there, she was a bit of a character, definitely into her trucks, photo's of them all over the place, said she takes photos of 'just the big one's'. Stu said there is a big one outside now, she looked outside, said, no that was small. Believe me it wasn't, it had those big 'cat' tractors on it, it was massive. Anyhow, she also told us some places to go to which ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Napier March 24th 2015

Forgot to say about Cape Kidnappers, in Maori legend the Cape itself was the hook with which Maui pulled the North Island from the sea. So it got its name in 1769 from the famous explorer Captain James Cook, when local Maori attempted to kidnap a young Tahitian boy from his ship the Endeavour. Thought I would give you all some Maori legends !!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Nelson Region » Nelson March 24th 2015

Après 7 mois en territoire hostile, à dialoguer avec les mains et à répondre "oui" à chaque fois qu'on nous pose une question même si nous ne la comprenons pas, nous avons décidé de passer un cap... Nous avons "enlevé les petites roulettes de la bicyclette" pour enfin regarder les films, séries et émissions de télé sans les sous-titres! Youpi (nous avons enfin trouvé comment changer la langue de la télé ^^Blague) Le séjour chez notre hôte fût fort sympathique et nous avons pu échanger sur les lieux alentours incontournables. Pour rejoindre Nelson, nous avons longé le bord de mer par un chemin de terre sinueux. Une vue magnifique de la mer aux nuances turquoises s'introduisant à travers les terres nous ont permis de rallier "The place to be": The Mussel pot. The village qui ne ... read more
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Napier March 24th 2015

Evening everyone, well what a fab day we had today and all by accident, didn't plan anything, but got in the car and thought we would head further down the coast. We went to a place called Te Awanga where we saw a group of school children sat in a field, so we went in and I spoke to one of the parents who said they had just been shown sheep shearing. Well, whoopee, that was on my list, so I found the farmer or maybe the sheep shearer as there called and he said 'sure I'll shear a sheep for you' !!! How good was that. It was great, just me and Stu there, the little sheep didn't like it much to begin with, he'd never been sheared before, he was about 7 months old, ... read more
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