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Torrential rain, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand travel blog

Torrential rain

A travel blog entry by rich

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My decision to do fruit packing as opposed to picking was fully vindicated last week, as it rained...and rained...and rained! In fact, a month's rain fell in just 2 hours last wednesday, creating armageddon-like scenes in and around the Bay of Plenty ...

Giant's Marbles, Oamaru, New Zealand travel blog

Giant's Marbles

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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We drove up the coast road through steady drizzle, to the Moeraki boulders. These are spherical rock formations, which developed under the sea and have been revealed as the sandstone they were embedded in has eroded. They were an intriguing sight, and ...

Finishing work...prematurely!, Ashburton, New Zealand travel blog

Finishing work...prematurely!

A travel blog entry by rich

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I take it all back! Well, not all of it, but Thursday's events definitely went some way towards making up for the previous misdemeanours. It started off the same as usual, with me working with Kyle on one side of the conveyor belt. It was so cold ...

Beautiful Queenstown Area, Queenstown, New Zealand travel blog

Beautiful Queenstown Area

A travel blog entry by kgonnam

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Day 15: Tiring day.  Couldn't sleep knowing we had to get up early.  Breakfast at 6 and on the bus by 6:30 to get to the airport for a 9:15 flight to Queenstown NZ.  Lost two hours going over but gained one back with their switch to ...

Action packed, Queenstown, New Zealand travel blog

Action packed

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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... from the pub with the Union Jack and the faces of Wills and Kate, but lost it later on! Kevin’s Queenstown Queenstown is New Zealand’s place to do stuff so we did. We started off with the Ziptrek which was pretty boring. Having done Go Ape in ...

Queenstown, Queenstown, New Zealand travel blog

Queenstown

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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Out of Milford we stopped to walk the initial section of the Routeburn track from the Divide to Key Summit, where 360 degree views of the surrounding Fiords and Alpine scenery amazed us. We arrived in Queenstown on the night of the Winter Festival ...

Wanaka, Wanaka, New Zealand travel blog

Wanaka

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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Following a chance encounter with someone who I survived D of E with five years ago, in a Wanaka  supermarket, Oscar had a third passanger, which was fortunate as it apparently takes three graduates half and hour to fit two snow chains. Once this ...

Sealord, Nelson, New Zealand travel blog

Sealord

A travel blog entry by rich

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... is known for its excellent climate afterall. Just before 3pm, I made the 20 minute journey to Sealord's and met the other new starters outside the gatehouse. We were soon greeted by a supervisor, and we spent nearly 2 hours with her, getting acquainted ...

:), Riverton, New Zealand travel blog

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A travel blog entry by mtrmsd

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Today's earlier entry was from rainy, dreary Invercargill. This entry is after a great trip back to Te Anau. I mainly went through Riverton and Tuatapere, but the usually short two and a half hour drive took me about six hours. I saw so many signs ...

Go Insane, Seacliff, New Zealand travel blog

Go Insane

A travel blog entry by mtrmsd

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I've made it to Seacliff. Seacliff probably has more horses than people, however it's a great place on the coast. I arrived last night after driving up through Dunedin. I'm WWOOFing (Willing Workers On Organic Farms) at the Asylum Lodge. The place is ...

A year on..., Lake Gunn, New Zealand travel blog

A year on...

A travel blog entry by paulandciara

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Well, we left home a year ago today and now here we are in New Zealand with just 5 weeks until we're home. Today we left Invercargill and after a boring drive from Dunedin south, we took the advise of the guy who owned our campsite and took a scenic ...

Pancake Rocks..., Punakaiki, New Zealand travel blog

Pancake Rocks...

A travel blog entry by rich

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... again, but I promptly got back into the swing of things and went on a 45 minute walk to the geographical centre of New Zealand. The monument that represented this was unimpressive, but the hike uphill provided great views of Nelson, and the weather was ...

East coast South Island and whale watching, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

East coast South Island and whale watching

A travel blog entry by nickiemoore

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Our time in NZ is nearly at an end.  Here are some photos of our time on the east coast of South Island (and a few professional ones from Whale Watch Kaikoura).  As ever, blog write up to follow. ...

Not more seafood...!!, Nelson, New Zealand travel blog

Not more seafood...!!

A travel blog entry by rich

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... some stage as we keep in touch via text messages, but this was yet another coincidence that is the norm whilst travelling in New Zealand. Unfortunately Shortbread Cottage, being a small hostel, was booked up for the following few days so Jacco had to go ...

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand travel blog

Auckland

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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Our Kiwi fan club, otherwise known as Jemma and Charles, had amazingly flown up from Christchurch for one final autograph! It was fantastic to see them again, as we will do again in January for their wedding - hopefully, although to date donations to ...

Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand travel blog

Christchurch

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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Returning to Christchurch, I was jokingly dreaming of a famous English victory versus the All Blacks. Before this dream was comprehensively shattered, we had spent the previous night at Lyttleton winter festival (Christchurch's harbour). Live music, ...

Waipoua Forest, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand travel blog

Waipoua Forest

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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You haven't seen a big tree until you have been to Waipoua Forest and seen the majestic kauri beasts that scatter this region. Once in huge numbers across North Island, this is one of the few areas that now remains after the dramatic effects of ...

Mangonui & Keri Keri, Mangonui, New Zealand travel blog

Mangonui & Keri Keri

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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... happily stocking up on drop in a Dutch shop, we were on our way. We couldn't resist having lunch at what was apparently New Zealand's best Fish & Chip shop. It did not disappoint as, sat overlooking Mangonui harbour, we filled up for the rest ...

Taupo Bungy!, Taupo, New Zealand travel blog

Taupo Bungy!

A travel blog entry by rich

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... room. After chatting for a while, inevitably the talk turned to these adventure activities that seem to be everywhere in New Zealand! I looked at her skydive pictures, and also some photos of her Bungy Swing in Queenstown (something that I definitely ...

Kaikoura Part 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Kaikoura Part 1

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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Kaikoura We left Christchurch at 8am and had a long drive to Kaikoura arriving early afternoon. A combination of the Pacific Ocean, deep trenches and underwater canyons up to 3 KM in depth that are only a few Km's away from the shore and a marine ...

Back in Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand travel blog

Back in Auckland

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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Well, we got back to Paihia, but I only stayed for two days, just to say my good byes and to pick up the rest of my stuff. I really found it hard; I had made some lovely friends there and had a great time. My aid parcel had arrived from my sister-in-law ...

Te Anau, Te Anau, New Zealand travel blog

Te Anau

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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I had arranged to meet Esther today so that we could have a proper chat and catch up on each other's news. Esther had hired a car for the last part of her trip so if we wanted to we could go for a drive. She kindly came and picked me and my washing up, ...

Wellington-gateway to the South, Wellington, New Zealand travel blog

Wellington-gateway to the South

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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I packed up all my stuff on the Friday night before I left, I realised I might have a bit too much stuff again so I have left some stuff in Jackie's care. I really can't thank Jackie and Ian (her husband) enough, they are both very kind and generous ...

Crampons and axes!, Fox Glacier, New Zealand travel blog

Crampons and axes!

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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... managed this, the rest of the day was spent climbing progressively longer and steeper walls.  For this we had to add a new skill, which was belaying each other.  I have to say this wasn’t my greatest skill having absolutely no arm muscles ...

Auckland Again, Auckland, New Zealand travel blog

Auckland Again

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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I arrived back in Auckland to rain and loads of it. I had booked back into base again; you know what you are getting with Base. We arrived back at about 8pm after a shower and some food I headed down to the bar and met up with Neil and Simon again, it ...

Wellington to Auckland, Wellington, New Zealand travel blog

Wellington to Auckland

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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A very early start, the coach turned up at 7am and we were off. Driving from Wellington to Auckland oh what fun! I had done this journey before but it was in a car and I could stop wherever I wanted it took longer but it made the trip a lot easier. We ...

Gorillas to Gizzy, Gisborne, New Zealand travel blog

Gorillas to Gizzy

A travel blog entry by mtrmsd

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... decided to go to sleep. It was odd to be back in the same place in Wellington. The last time I was there I was in New Zealand for two days. It was quite different then. I stayed the night and the headed out in the morning. Thursday I headed West ...

Penguin kisses, Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand travel blog

Penguin kisses

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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... like kingfishers. We parked at the top of a steep hill leading down to the beaches where, hopefully, we would encounter some of New Zealand's rarer wildlife. First sighting was a one-year old Hooker's sea lion, still looking rather pup-like as he lazed on ...

Hills, Falls and Crutches, Paihia, New Zealand travel blog

Hills, Falls and Crutches

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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We had been in the house for Two days and we were loving it, I friend I had met on my last stay here was coming over to see me after she finished work at about 10.30pm. Yannie had phones me saying that she couldn't find the drive way that led to the ...

Evil smells!, Rotorua, New Zealand travel blog

Evil smells!

A travel blog entry by rich

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... nose against his friend's, as opposed to our more formal hand shake. He seemed genuinely interested in where I was from and why I chose New Zealand, and so far this has been the case with most of the Kiwis I have encountered on my travels. Sweet as! ...

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