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Apologies for not posting for a while... The thing is that the last 10 days, even if spent in a country I've never been to before, felt like home. Strange, when all the faces met on skype materialize. We had a great time during the extra time hanging out with friends and family in Auckland, Rotorua and Tauranga, doing some sightseeing and driving up north to the Bay of Islands, ...
... hitchhiker. We just about squidged 15 year old Shane and his surfboard into the car. He was a sweet kid who was skiving off his last day of school before the school easter holidays to go surfing. He’d got up at 6.30am to catch the best waves. Not bad dedication to sport from a kid missing school! We dropped him off at the top of the hill by his house and continued on our way happy with our good deed and having teased him about being unlucky ...
... then headed back home. We made our way to drive on the 90 mile beach at about 3:20 pm. Getting onto the beach from the north end is a little more challenging. We almost got onto the main part of the beach before we got stuck. After about 20 minutes of trying to dig ourselves out of the sand a couple of vehicles stopped to help us. Fortunately one truck had a tow rope to pull us out. We then travelled for about an hour at 90 km on ...
... away to make dins, so Erik pops out to find us a pizza or something to eat. I figure he’s popping to the grocery store to get a ‘bake-at-home’ pizza. Indeed, no. He actually rocks up with a Pizza Hut pizza. Hawaiian. AND it’s the absolute best food deal in all of New Zealand! $NZ 4.90 for a pizza that will feed the two of us! If only we had discovered this sooner, we would both be substantially fatter by now!
... about burning when kayaking so, seeing as we are completely in holiday mode and don't care what people think, he wore my colourful hibiscus T-shirt over his flowery trunks, and turned a few heads when he went up on deck. He looked positively gorgeous. We were tendered over to an island - I bobbed around with my snorkel and mask and flippers but, apart from a few ordinary looking fish didn't see anything exciting and got a bit ...
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