The Krystal Maze!

Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
Trip End Aug 13, 2013

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hey Guys

So we left The Mount and went across to the bridge to Tuaranga. The lady in the I site told us there wasn't much to do here, how informative! We went to our campsite which had more hot pools and relaxed for the afternoon. The following morning we had decided to go to a 'Go Ape' type of place, a high ropes course!! When we arrived we weren't so sure it was the best idea but agreed we would give it a go. The 1st three courses where cool and really good fun, but when it came to the 4th it got a bit sketchy. This one was 15 metres high, and had lots of challenging parts. Hayley almost had to be rescued by the guide but managed to get through, and we made it round. The flying fox was our favourite part and all in all we had a really good day.

Our next destination was Waihi Beach, and we were the only ones here. That night we finally got another BBQ and had some really nice burgers, hopefully there was no horse meat in these. We woke to a nice morning and went to explore some caves or so we thought. We got half way through them and Hayley decided this wasn't really for her, turned around and promptly ran back out, I took some pictures and went to find her. We'd reached the corromandel now, and the drives had become beautiful again. We went to a place called cathedral cove, which was a huge hole in the cliff face again another stunning spot. The next day we headed to hot water beach, this is a place that can only be reached 2 hours either side of low tide. Due to volcanic activity thousands of years ago, if you dig a hole in the sand it fills up with boiling water. Pretty crazy place but definitely a new and pretty nice experience. The drive after here was spectacular very similar to the south, and we found a market finally. The only thing is this market was in a Hillbilly town, and we've decided New Zealand haven't really cottoned on to how markets should be yet, our personal favourites being the lady selling guinea pigs from the inside of her jacket and the one toothed Maori man playing the guitar, it reminded me a lot of Burnley.

We treated ourselves to a nice campsite with more hot pools, and as it was raining spent the afternoon lounging about in those, and we were very soon into our last week! It was to be spent in a place called the Bay of Islands, no prizes for guessing why it's called this. We stayed for 3 nights in a place called Paihia, which we really liked. Whilst we were there we found a deal for a trip to go dolphin spotting. The sun was out and so was the wildlife. We hadn't even left the harbour when dolphins had surrounded the boat and were chasing our waves, we loved it and we got some really good pictures and got so close to these amazing animals. We then sailed out into the open ocean in the hope of finding some whales, the last tick missing from our checklist, and it wasn't long before we found a pod of killer whales! It was amazing to witness these in real life, the are so slow and graceful but yet intimidating at the same time. We sat and watched them for ages, the were beautiful. We then did the usual tourist route back, through the hole in the rock and around the beautiful islands and even got a goodbye from the dolphins who chased us back to the marina. All in all it was a fabulous day, one of our favourites.

After the bay of islands we went up to the northland. Stopping at a place called 90 mile beach, which in fact is only 55 miles long. We were staying right next to the beach so I treated myself to a round of golf, and it was probably the nicest place I will ever play. Whilst I was there Hayley decided to take the village dogs down to the beach, she quickly returned back to the van and waited for me to get back, and we went to the beach to watch the sunset. The next morning we had to be up early for another day trip, up to Cape Reigna, the most northerly part of the country. We went sand sledging which was really good fun, down these huge sand dunes. Sand got everywhere and it was really hard climbing up them, but we had a really good time. Just as we got to the lighthouse it started raining, but only for a short while. Our driver was really funny and informative and after stopping for some HUGE ice cream we made it back to our van.

Our last week had flown by and it was soon time to head back down to Auckland. On the way we stopped at a Kauri Forrest, these are massive trees which can be thousands of years old. The oldest tree in New Zealand was here, it was huge and believed to be 2000 years old!! We also got to hug one and take some silly pictures another nice place. We eventually made it to Auckland back at the same campsite where it all began. We went into town today and its been really hot, we also went into the casino which has got us mega excited for Vegas. We are both getting colds now though so hopefully they will go before that wonderful flight. We take Krystal back tomorrow and will be really sad to say goodbye. We have had the most amazing 8 weeks seeing the whole of this beautiful country and loved every minute of it, yes Stewie even you! It's a place that we will never forget and will always have a special place in our hearts.

New Zealand you have been amazeballs!!

Next stop USA!!

Love Us xx
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Mummy Bear on

I love reading the blogs....speaking to you on Skype too because it puts the whole picture together :) The poor people of Burnley don't half get some stick but I have to admit ..that bit did make me giggle :) We know you've loved every minute of your time in NZ and we hope you love the USA too.... Love you & stay safe xxx

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