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... after at work and again they have let us explore the site free of charge! Another massive saving and again nice to meet the team! There is so much to learn and do here. They have a 4D cinema, some little blue penguins, an Antarctic storm experience plus a Hagglund ride. Plus different accounts from people that have been exploring there. Some facts that we learnt are: Antarctica is the coldest, driest and windiest place on earth It is the worlds 5th largest continent and ...
... are over 100 artificial nesting boxes located near the waters edge that Sheerin and Francis built for the penguins to provide safe and sheltered habitat of the penguins, assisting to keep them safe from predators and allowing the population to grow back to a healthy state. The tour groups were very small and we able to assist in taking notes to help document the advancement and changes with the parents and the chicks. Each box is carefully monitored so as to ensure ...
... no wonder this place was voted number 1 in the list of "must-do's for Kiwis"). We messed about on the slides, rode the lazy river and went in every pool, sometimes several times. There were pools with sulphur and minerals with supposed skin benefits and our favourite, the "aqua therapy, adults only pool". It basically had jets around the side blowing air and the strongest jacuzzi we have ever experienced. We even had swimming fuel for lunch - ...
... and instead we were given the Wednesday and Thursday off. We decided to go to Christchurch and stay over. On the Wednesday, we started by playing a round of pirate themed mini golf, which was fun and something different to do. We then decided to go up the Christchurch Gondola which allows for an impressive view over the city. We also learnt about the formation of the Banks Peninsula which is where Akaroa is located, this was formed by a massive ...
... and everyone enjoyed Christmas and is having a good 2014 so far. Our road trip is taking good form now and keeping us motivated, first stop will be back to Akaroa before Queenstown, west coast and the Franz Josef glacier, Abel Tasman, Nelson and then North Island, starting with Wellington, up to Rotorua, Whangarei and then finish in Auckland. We'll be camping for a month or so, and we can't wait. We'll definitely be back on before then anyway, love to all at home, Dan and Laura. ...
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