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Usual story - up at 7.30, breakfast at 8 (beautifully cooked by Tim and Bas today in our Big Brother house) and on the road again at 9 ish.
Today was windy with a big W and it was a head wind all the way, no coasting at all. The plan was to head due south from Mangawhai along lovely ridge roads, overlooking valleys east and west. The …
It's 7.50 on Sunday morning and we've just boarded the Northern Explorer train for the journey to Auckland. It will take about 11 hours so an express it ain't but we figured we'd let the train take the strain for a day and settle down with a good book. The scenery shouldn't be too shabby either.
Luckily the threatened cyclone, Lusi, didn't …
... trip up the Sky Tower where we enjoyed a 360 degree view of the beautiful city! As the view shifted from a city bathed in spectacular colours from the sunset to a sprawling metropolis busy at nighttime, we were more than content with our first experience of NZ.
Eager to take in as much of the North Island as we could in our short time there, we were on the move the next day. Our destination was Paihia situated within the Bay of Islands. Unfortunately the cold ...
... reasons for visiting Devenport though, was for the spectacular view it gave you across the water in the direction of Auckland. Auckland stood so proudly on the horizon, with all its tall high rise buildings and reflective glass, and not forgetting Auckland’s 328m sky tower giving views of the city and beyond. We decided rather than drive into Auckland, we would get the passenger ferry over for a walk around. And so after another boat journey (this time only 10 ...
... 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 ...