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Trip Start Mar 07, 2007
Trip End Oct 04, 2007

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

And extra week in New Zealand.
Catching up with my sister! Freddy! Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, friends.
This is going to be brilliant.

Flying QANTAS was an absolute dream, friendly staff, great service, it makes you proud to be an Aussie.
Our persistent disorgansation nearly left us stranded at Auckalnd airport, we were lucky to have my Mum on the case to pass on the messsage that we had arrived, and we got a lift from the aiport - wow it was great!
We spent the first few days just chillin with my Aunt, Uncle and 3 supercute cousins in Clevedon, a farmy area half an hour out of Auckland, lots of sheep and horses, their sheep had just had lambs which were sprning around the field, and they have 14 chickens under a heat lamp in the bathroom, it was like taking a step back to my childhood really! We also rescued 6 ducklings that had fallen through a cattle grid, man were they cute! I will put pictures on because they make your heart melt.
After refreshing in our granny flat on the farm we decided it was time to explorE. aS WE WERE EVACUATED EARLY FROM hONDURAS WE HAD an extra week here before Pip and Fred got here, so thought we'd go north on Zhinny and Mark's recommendation. We hired a Wicked camper - they are wicked! It was really cheap (yes we're back traveling in off-peak season) but fuel was really expensive, we haven't been driving for a year spo petrol is scary! We got an Elvis van, not the coolest but still made people stare at us. It was economical even with the spense fuel because in NZ you can just camp on the side of the road. A friendly fisherman let us in on the trick... if you're too tired to drive you MUST pull over and sleep, so that's what we did!
Anyway, we headed north, cruised along the coast, camped at some wicked remote places, it was a dream having our own wheels (if only Simon had his own license! He loved being chauffered around, drinking beer no less!) and going where we wanted. We could pull up oysters and mussels off the rocks for entree every night, and wished we had fishing rods, although I was glad I didn't have snorkeling gear (brrr). We also saw sealions, and woke to the dawn chorus and sunrise in remote gorgeous locations every day.
We checked out the Bay of Islands which was really nice, some toursity little towns around but we didn't have to deal with them, yay.
And my favourite bits - the giant Kauris, man you should see these trees, bigger even than the giant cedars from Canada, and the Pemberton trees even, they really make you go WOWOW and the photos do not do their size justice at all. Really amazing, sadly only 3% of these forests remain, even worse stat than SWWA  forests I think?
So back in Auckland, we have bid adieu to Elvis, and heading back to pend some time with our cuzzy bros in Clevedon, PIP AND FRED GET HERE TOMORROW!!!! Which is going to be the coolest, very very excited.
Pictures soon friends,
Jill and Simon.
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