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... of the law at you (same as when you forget to pay the congestion charge in London). Anyway, it was a fair cop; welcome to New Zealand. So we pick up the hire car in the airport car park. We set off behind Steve Donovan, who has kindly turned up to meet us at 6am. As I'm about to discuss the $400 stupid tax with Jane, I notice my bag - with laptop and everything of value inside - is ...
Getting to New Zealand
- didn't sleep great on the flights
- Was going in a direction such that the sun set for about 2 hours
- Landed around 6:30 am
- Got through passport control and whatnot and was on a bus by 8:30 am
- Arrived at the hostel too early to get a bed, but was able to drop off my backpack
- Next, I went to Waiheke Island
- Walked to Oneroa Beach, which was very empty for some reason
- I then walked ...
... since landing and were feeling in need of something good for us, ha! Everybody here is super friendly, it just makes everything pleasant where it might otherwise have just been ordinary - we like it already :-) After the town, we headed out to a hill which had a lovely view and some old world war artillery points on it. I forget the name of the place, but it was gorgeous - again, the grey weather and bad visibility did nothing to dampen its appeal, it's just such a ...
... day, pretty amazing after a 26 hrs flight, but the kids manage to keep me amused/amazed - it was great! The are where Julie Lives is quite wonderful- it is on a peninsula whereby 3 sides face the Moreton Bay- the other amazing thing is that all the entire waterfront is publicly accessible ( it apparently is a law in Australia that sea/ waterfront needs to be, we should learn from that in Canada...) It is also only 2Km ...
... our sights on Rotorua. As mentioned above, Rotorua is the cultural center of New Zealand. It is where you can go to interact with the original peoples of New Zealand - the Mauri Tribesman. It is also where you can find Zorbs. For those that do not know what a Zorb is, you’re missing out. They are large plastic inflated balls that you get inside and roll down enourmous hills. Picture an oversized hamster ball (or just look at the pictures below). Ashlyn had ...