Quest on Mount
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... to our beds and it was lights our! Surprisingly, we managed to make it to breakfast then it was off to the city! A short ride with a very informative bus driver brought us to the ferry port at the bottom of Queen's Street. I must point out that the weather was particularly miserable and that the only logical thing to do was go shopping! (Oh well, if we must! ) after spotting a nice housewarming present for Laura and Jonny we wondered into a shop called Amazon ...
... br> people off the deck but hey that was quite fun. The ferry itself is
pretty big with plenty of space to move around and is well organised
and easy enough to drive on and off, just follow directions and the
people in high-vis jackets. It is, however, expensive and you need to
book in advance. Don't just expect to rock up and pay $20 for a quick
ferry ride, it's not like that. We booked through our camper company
and got a little discount but still ...
... options such as Mega Mac (2 big macs) as a routine order. Jackpot!
After the Northland we set off on the long journey south. First stop of significance was Matamata, where Rob launched into Lord of the Rings geekery by dragging Emma on a tour of the Hobbiton set. Even Emma, who had never seen the films, thought this was brilliant. The set was built from permanent materials when they made The Hobbit and the farm who own the site now run it as a full time attraction, employing a ...
... wallet! But we eventually got up and admired the views. It was really cool actually, seeing all of Auckland from one place. We then went to the cafe, and had dinner there, because it was rather cheap, which took us by surprise. When we left, Pete and I both went on a ride just outside the tower, which was like a elastic band that fired you up in the air. So good, anyway we then went back to the hostel and ended up in the bar. Stevo went to bed not long after that, but for Pete ...
... pronounced as an f. We visited a lovely beach New Chums which was hidden away from tourists down some very winding roads. We visited cathedral cove which was a hugearch in the rock created by the sea. With the sunny weather here we relaxed on the beach before heading to hot water beach. This beach is a tourist hub at low tide as digging holes in the sand which fill from underground hotwater creates hot pools! A very strange experience, some pools got to hot and began to boil. ...
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