Bay of Plenty to Hawke's Bay

Trip Start Apr 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2010

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Sunday, April 11, 2010

The holiday park in Ohope was right on the beach so we spent the day there.  It was fairly
secluded and perfect, so beach day was on! Thank God! Vaughn discovered sand, seashells, and seagulls,
but alas, it was too nippy for a dip.  At three o'clock, we headed out and drove through, 
what felt like, the Appalachian mountains.  I mean, a little warning, guys!  Seriously, I
thought the steep inclines and snaking roads would never end, but they did and we finally
bedded down outside of Wairoa (where Whalerider was filmed). 

Today, Saturday, we stopped by a lake to gawk at 6 black swans.  They were friendly
and greeted us with tinny honking.  We then landed in Napier, art deco capital of NZ and
wine region (Hawke's Bay). Met a nice little family over a pint.  Vaughn is digging the NZ
kids.  Great little town and blue skies for miles....

Our weather luck so far has been phenomenal.  We expected to drive when it rained, but the
rain has remained at bay for the most part.  Taking advantage of the NZ drought, we are!
Now descending towards Windy Welly!

Things I've learned so far:
1.  Winding roads make Vaughn puke.
2.  New Zealand is full of winding roads.
3.  Te Uwewara National Park translates to Burnt Penis National Park.  (It's true. Look it up.)
4.  Vaughn can now chew gum.  Not really, but he is imitating the motion by smacking his lips.
Hilarious. And I must chomp like a yat! (My New Orleans folks will get that one.)
5.  Our camper heater has a magnificent safety feature, which switches off
when there's less than a quarter tank of gas.  Found out the hard way...burrrrrr!
6.  One way to pay a tollroad fee is to go online,  Yea, we're so going
to forget to do that...
7.  Our GPS has a sense of humor.  It seems to think we want to go down dark alleys and gravel roads. 
Thus, it has been renamed, Shithead.  We know, stay on the main highways, there are like 2 of them,
but it's hard to ignore the guy with the map. 

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Ted on

You guys look like you're having such fun

Marcsalot on

Love the 10 things list, hilarious. Loving the photos of chubby Vaughn.. he is so big, I can't believe it.
When are you back? Enjoy NZ!

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