Amy, is that smell coming from you?

Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
Trip End Aug 24, 2010

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Hello from New Zealand,

Last time I wrote we were in the middle of the rainforest in Cape Tribulation. We had dinner that night at the hostel restaurant, where I had a kangaroo steak. We stayed the night there, having to sleep through the eerie sounds of the jungle at night (or was that Amy snoring).

Got up and walked to the beach for what had we had planed to be Amy's beach day. We tried to sunbathe for a bit, but as is sometimes the case in the rainforest, it rained. Amy dealt with this very well, and after a bit of crab spotting on the beach, we decided to waste no more time and headed to Cairns.

We arrived at our hostel, and still the rain was pouring. Luckily, the hostel managed to cheer us up, as they gave us a voucher for a free meal in the local feeding trough. The next day and the weather was no better. This meant the day had to be dedicated to that day of the month that every traveler hates- wash day.

Neither of us particularly warmed to Cairns as there didn’t seem much to do, hence the wash-day. That night we met up with some friends we had met on our Whitsunday’s sailing trip. It just so happened that we were all in Cairns at the same time. Had lots of drinks with them, resulting in one of them expressing his love for Amy, so went back to pack for New Zealand!

All day yesterday was spent traveling. First a flight from Cairns to Brisbane and then one from Brisbane to Auckland. We got picked up at the airport by the grumpiest taxi driver I have ever met, and even grunting in response to my attempts to make conversation with him seemed like too much effort.

Picked up our new car last night too, which is possibly the campest car I’ve ever had the pleasure of driving. It’s a baby blue Daihatsu (arghhh), called baby blue bella (Amy’s choice). It is just about capable of moving me,  Amy and our luggage, so it will do.

Today, we left the hotel in Auckland and headed for the Waitomo Caves. Here we had a tour of the glow-worm cave, which was pretty spectacular. The cave is completely dark (obviously) apart from the green glow of hundreds of thousands of glow-worms on the roof of the cave. Amy had one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen for lunch. It’s called a 'lasagne topper’, which is a square of deep fried lasagne, covered in breadcrumbs…yum. I finished it off for her / ate it all.

After this we headed to Rotorua. The whole town is build on an area of ‘geothermal activity’ so there are geysers and hot springs everywhere. The side effect of this is that there is a large amount of hydrogen sulphide in the air, which anyone who did GCSE chemistry will know smells like eggy trumps. It stinks.

We’re staying in a gay-friendly and eco-friendly hostel at the moment, so we both fit right in!

Even with the smell, the town seems nice enough, and we’ve got a busy day of cultural experiences and geyser viewing planned for tomorrow.

Speak soon,

Nick and Amy
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Ben on

How did he express said love for Amy?!

Chris n Linda on

Any nice sheep?

Mum on

What a brave man! Guess he won't be a Facebook friend when you get back to UK. Enjoy NZ and keep the blogs coming - we love to hear what you are up to. Love to you both. M,D, and Rxxx

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