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Before leaving Gisborne we went up to the Kaiti look out which is located on top of a hill in the town. We could look down on Poverty Bay and on the port which was full of logs waiting to be shipped out. Close to the port we passed a memorial commemorating Captain Cook's first landing in New Zealand. We also went to visit a small village near to Gisborne where Sue's dad spent much of his childhood. The evening before Lois had told us that it was difficult to see the ...
... a The Lord of the Rings, a place I have wanted to visit for years. We decided to go here on route so I could do the tour (Sarah hasn't seen the films so decided not to go.) The drive to Hobbiton took us from the mountains and into country side. It looked just like England but with better weather. Eventually we reached Hobbiton. I jumped straight out of the car and managed to get onto the 4 o'clock tour. We were picked up by a bus and driven to Hobbiton. I was dying to see it ...
... looked a little apprehensive. For Jimmy, this was understandable, as last time he rafted it, they flipped and he got caught under the boat. Our run on the Kaituna River started with a quick slalom through the gates that were set up for kayakers before we made our way through a few grade 3 & 4 rapids. The rafting wasn't quite as good on this section of the Kaituna compared to the Wairoa, but the scenery was stunning. The river cut its way through ...
... watch a bit of tv. Book and plan for the next couple of weeks. Dinner tonight is chicken again, but tonight we have marinated it in a honey and soy sauce, then we will bbq it and then make a noodle and veg stir fry. Kind of healthy... Maybe. We have to justify it when all we do here is bake cakes. The guys that stay here every week are getting toad in the hole with veg though. Not sure he will enjoy ours as much as us. Rae and Peter arrive home not long after we ...
... crater lake.
Take out the terrifying and the rest is true. Only terrifying if it starts to erupt, we suppose!!
We had a 90 minute boat trip to the Island, and had the opportunity to chat to other passengers or Volcanoites, as we like to call them! Tony chatted to a German policeman called Michael and Helen chatted up two lads from Colchester, although they had been in New Zealand for 5 years.
The boat trip was fun ...
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