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... was rugby match 2, and was way more fun due to the fact that everyone was sober enough to see the game this time. The rest of our time in Queenstown was quite chilled, few burgers, few films, few nights out. The last night out was hilarious, full of unmentionable events. Queenstown was without a doubt my favourite place in NZ! Saying goodbye to Emma, Simon, Emily and Joe was horrible when we left to go up to Lake Tekapo but I was happy that there was still 12 of us ...
... and no doubt world politics crept in there, as it usually does. We made our way out of the city towards Parnell, a western suburb, where I crashed on Patrick's couch.
We rose early the next morning in order to make the ferry to Tiritiri Matangi, an island sanctuary for native birds and woodland. It is a beautiful place with an amazing landscape and birdsong wherever you go. Some of the birds were straight out of mythology, and indeed my first thought when ...
... wonderful examples of 1920's architecture, and to top it off
I arrived in time for their annual festival celebrating the era. The apparel,
automobiles and arts of 1920's were in full shine, with much folk dressed up
and vintage cars parading around town... It seems like i was yet another 50
years out with my time keeping leaving Featherston! What a superb mini fete-
apparently it attracts fanatics and the occasional wayward hitcher from all
We arrived in Auckland about midday and took the shuttle bus up to Mount Eden to our home for the night. We stayed with Liz, Mum and Tessa's friend/house mate during their time at Witherington Road in London where they gained the name the Witherington Tarts. It was lovely to meet Nigel and daughter Hannah too and to be in a home environment having been in hostels for two months. We had a lovely curry while Nigel and Liz enlightened us about Mum's time at Witherington. Great ...
One of our longer days, mileage wise, so we were up and off. We called in at Olivia and Tim's who live in Clevedon near Auckland and got there about 2.20. We'd never met them before but Olivia is the sister of another friend of ours, Alison, who'd insisted they'd like us to visit if we were passing. Olivia and Tim were very welcoming hosts and we spent a very pleasant afternoon chatting, sipping tea and ...
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