Our week as real backpackers!!

Trip Start May 21, 2007
Trip End Aug 08, 2015

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Friday saw us bid farewell to Oz and enter the final stretch of our travels. We flew into Auckland on Friday and after checking into our hostel, had a nice wee bbq with newly engaged David and Jenny, who did a fine job of being our tour guides in Auckland. We took the ferry across toWaiheke Island on Saturday with them. As the sun was shining, we spent some time at the beach but the cherry on the cake was the random "Santa Parade" that ran in the afternoon down the main street of the Island. it was quite surreal and included everything from men spinning wheelborrows to woman dressed up as grapes! Abd yes Santa did make an apperence at the end! The Christmas festivities were carried through to the evening when we went to "Christmas in the Park". It was a free concert with in a huge park, that ended with a fireworks display.It was a double bonus when the Chipmunks turned up to perform their Christmas song!

On Sunday we spent 3hours in tourist information organising our trip around NZ. I'm sure the woman's head was turning, the commission she was getting from us must have kept her sane. So on Monday we set off on the 11hour bus journey down to Wellington, our 1st stop on out bus ticket. Today we went to an interactive Museum, where we were more entertained at the children's exhibits. We also took a cable car up to the Botanical Gardens and did a bit of shopping. We are leaving Welly early tomorrow morning to go to Taupo for 2days, then Rotura for another 2, then a night at Waitomo and back to Auckland on Monday, to fly late Tuesday back to sunny Carrick! Hopefully we'll have a few adventure on our way back-that's the plan anyway.
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