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... to fly. I watched Bridget Jones, the 2001 classic. Chris watched The Drop but didn't get to see the ending as we had to hand our earphones in, he was not impressed. Once we collected our baggage we had to take our bags to get scanned...yes to get out of the airport. They also wanted to see my walking shoes I had in my bag. I took them out and they still had loads of goat poo wedged in the soles from our lassoing lesson on the farm. They took them ...
The adventures of canyon exploration
A day trip turns into an all nighter on the
The plans to complete this canyon in a day were blown to
bits by bush so thick we were only achieving 250m per hour, the end result a
beautiful canyon and a night in the bush.
I chose this canyon after reading a university thesis about
the rock in this area being similar to that ...
... without some reference to Tolkien, Bilbo Baggins and all things Middle Earth. We drove 30 miles to Matamata and found the sheep station where Peter Jackson in 1998 created his set for Hobbiton. We expected a tourist nightmare. It proved to be an Unexpected Journey. We chose to drive direct to the farm, rather than take a bus from the town as many do. You arrive in the middle of rambling hills, with sheep in all directions and no sign of a hobbit, orc or ...
... the top of the coromandel coming in off the Pacific...really, wondered why I was so wet. Changed then jumped in the car and headed south again following route 25 to Whangamata . I parked up and headed in to the Tairua Forest following a bush trail. Once you get in you can see several layers to the canopy . There are ferns at head hight then the tall ferns can be up to 20m or so then the Tea Trees and above these are all sorts of ...
... and in a single axle bus it made for an interesting ride.
Just before we got to Hahei we called at Hot Water Beach, named because of the hot springs that run just under the sand. At low tide you can dig holes and get 60 degree water, but we arrived at high tide so just enjoyed the beach and hot weather - it was mid twenties today and the sun down here is pretty intense. Lots of sun cream!
Mid afternoon we got to Hahei and our accommodation, which was ...
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