BEST WESTERN Ballina Motel
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... the way down to Napier. They also had a free camping area, but it was absolutely chucking it down. Luckily there was a chippy (not as good as back home, but much cheaper) right opposite as there was no way we could have cooked anything.
The next morning as we were preparing to go, this Maori chap came up to me (Anja was in the toilet) on a bike (the pedal type), and just started chatting and asking the usual questions about where we were from and where ...
... results by what appeared to be a homeless kiwi. Following the recommendation of a very nice old couple in McDonalds we made our way to Huka Falls. Saturday afternoon we took the scenic (windy) road around Lake Taupo to Turangi only to be thoroughly underwhelmed. Now with time on our hands, we chose to drive further afield. The best option appeared to be to travel around (or so we thought) Mount Tongariro. However, as we continued on our journey ...
The great thing about a holiday in a country that you are yet to experience is the anticipation of what's to come, the planning of what to pack for such a trip is exciting. Brian and I have traveled to Australia, Fiji,Bali and Rarotonga over the past 30 years, but we have only been away for 10 days max. The two cats in the pic are our Burmese 'sachin' ( dark brown ) and 'Mya' ... Very needy cats who probably dominate our lives more than they should, so it was really important to ...
... that a town destroyed by an earthquake can recover and rebuild, although it is interesting to note that Napier was rebuilt in just over a year and it is now three years since the Christchurch quakes.
On leaving napier we were travelling north to the bay of Islands. as that is too far to drive in one day we spent the night at a B&B near Auckland. A pretty little place , what one might call "shabby chic" but it did have the distraction of three alpaca outside the ...
... of Hawkes Bay wine and we quite enjoyed it. We have been trying to enjoy some NZ wines on our trek and most of them we have enjoyed. Can you believe the Oosterdam cruise ship was in Napier? I said they are following us. We checked their schedule and they go from auckland to sydney and from sydney to auckland with many stops along the way. We don't have to worry about them as we saw the ship sailing away last ...