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... had feet covers. Before we went in, they told us what to look out for - morey eels, scorpion fish, rays, coral sharks, and so many different kinds of fish. They also told us that we didn't have to be careful - unlike in the tropics, where the reefs are delicate, this place gets hammered fairly regularly by large storms. The life here is therefore really hardy, and we could touch and grab anything we saw (unless it had spikes, then they strongly advised us not to). We ...
... has been, one has done recently or what one is carrying, they have just one single question that covers medication, steroids, hard drugs, firearms and illegal pornography. So if you want to smuggle one of the items above, a) pack it well and b) just declare it as personal medication.
So after picking up the first of many white rental cars to come, we made our way to Whangarei, where we stayed for three nights and quickly discovered that New Zealand mattresses are usually ...
... doing face paints. Well that's it, we can't tell them no now, and their sign wasn't exactly obvious to how much it was. To be fair it was only $5 but that's still quite a bit for a face paint. We managed to get some photos of them before they started to scratch and wipe it off their face though. We tried to keep it on for as long as possible but it wasn't really happening. We had a quick look around, but they were both getting restless and wanted food so we decided to head to ...
... dives but still enjoyed it (a part from the guy who kept having to get in the way of everything for a photo)
Finished the dive and then drove back to Auckland - our hostel was in a great suburb called Ponsonby surrounded by bars and restaurants so had a cheeky drink and a some Laotian food before turning into bed.
The next day we wandered down to the harbour to meet Claire's uncle Mark and his partner Trish who are on a cruise around NZ at the moment. We went to ...
... A little way up is the cave. And I'm all "we're so adventurous!" and we walk down the dirt "path" to the mouth of the cave and I'm still all "yeah!" And then we walk about 10 steps into the cave and **** got real. Because this is a CAVE, people. Have you ever been in one? Cuz I hadn't, but if I had thought about it for any length of time this is exactly what I would've pictured. First, it's dark. Dark-dark. "I eat your flashlight beam for breakfast" dark. There are ...
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