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Travel Blogs from Te Kauwhata
... aid kit, wear sturdy shoes, carry water, carry waterproof clothes” etc etc. Honestly you would think we were hiking up the Amazon! Anyway, it was worth the walk – we have seen the falls many times from the road, it was interesting to see them up close and personal!
Onwards and upwards the next day through the National Park and up to Chateau Tongariro at the foot of Mt Ruapehu. The area was, as ever, full of earnest looking folk wearing ...
We left Auckland and headed North over the Auckland bridge, looking back to the city it's striking how shiny and new it all looks. First stop was Puhoi, a tiny town outside Auckland so that Rach could visit her grandads grave and have a wee chat with him. Stayed in the car to give her some privacy. We drove up the Kauri coast through Dargaville, home of the kumura (sweet potato). ...
... motorway in NZ. We went via side roads and picked up a car, which we've hire for a week. Initially everything went well as we transferred all our stuff from the van, signed and paid for the car, but as Rhianwyn took to the seat this changed. Having only driven an automatic once many years ago for a short time Rhianwyn struggled with the concept of having no gears. John thought she was deliberately trying to stall ...
... by the airport, although another 40 minutes south of us. We set off and finally got to our campsite just after 8 to find the place pretty packed. We got to our spot and set up the van for the last night. We can't believe its already the end of our trip in NZ, we could both easily spend another week discovering the NE part of the island, however Australia will be a welcomed sight with its warmth and sun (and hopefully a little less driving).
... indicator showed that we had slowed dramatically. He said even though the engine was hardly working we were still flying along & would have time to find somewhere to land. (He told me in the briefing that if we are going to have to make an emergency landing he would tell me to pull my door handle up a notch as when it's all the way down the door cannot be opened from the outside).
I found I had to concentrate hard to keep the plane flying level as one second the ...
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