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... the true joy of camping in **** weather. There are few greater pleasures than snuggling up under a duvet/in a sleeping bag while the rain hammers on the car roof above your head. Add in thunder and lightning and it makes for a fun night in a cosy shelter while the elements roar and rumble overhead.
The next day we almost met with disaster, as our ancient camper doesn’t have a working alarm to let you know that the lights are left on. A call out by the Kiwi AA for a ...
... drove up
to the shut down ski lift to find sights that looked exactly like
Lord of the Rings scenes with fog and snow around too.
Wellington was another city we had two
chances to look around, being the port for the ferry crossing between
the two islands. A little like Auckland, though smaller, it had
motorway type roads and some of the worst parking we have ever
experienced. One 'large' car park was available for longer stays,
which safe to say ...
... at 6 we had a final drink with our tour leader in the lounge and then walked to El Porchetto, an Italian restaurant for dinner. Tomorrow we leave NZ for Sydney.
Day 25: Relatively easy day. Got up, packed, had breakfast, shuttle took us to Auckland Airport. Flew our last Quantas flight to Sydney. After customs and immigration we took a $50 cab ride to hotel, checked in, got organized, and then walked down along Darling Harbor looking for ...
... I had his undies and PJ's in the washer. Bob said "What am I going to do when the man comes up?" I said "OH, just hide in the closet, he will just be in the bathroom." I called the front desk a second time and finally the guy came up. He looked like he was a high school student and had never seen a laundry machine before. He read the manual and then pushed the button, adding more water to the mix. Finally he said I will have ...
... indigenous plants and animals are thriving in New Zealand.
Another interesting visit was to the Weta Caves, where our tour was given by none other than a South African. This is where the props are made for a lot of the big movies, including of course, Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. We got to see and touch quite a few of them and hear about a few tricks that are used to make them look more realistic. An interesting fact, it took two guys 2 years to ...