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  • Day61

    Ps.... KL lay-over

    April 1, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    So we had an 18 between flights... So made the most of KL, and Colin visiting his childhood. First stop Batu cave home of the 5 legged cow (since dead) Colin was surprised at the development here, as a child it was mainly fields. There are 272 steps to climb before heading into this remarkable Temple and well worth the visit. The visit was made by going into the Dark Cave which was a 45min tour around labyrinth of very dark caves with interesting flora & fauna.

    A quick visit was made to Low Yat plaza where we were disappointed to find electronic goods were not much cheaper than home. Found a local restaurant for lunch and had amazing nasi goreng (of course what else would we choose?) for less than tenner.

    Then long wet (yep it was raining) to KL towers and Petronas tower (this one was shut unfortunately) but we did go thr the shops underneath it and wow, every designer brand going, all I could afford was new Pandora.

    To finish off (our trip completely) we went round Central Market, now these prices were more our style. In the taxi on way back to airport we passed the first place Colin stayed in as a kid on his way to maylasia, the Old a railway station.

    So lots new memories made but old ones revisited as well.
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  • Day61

    So we sadly come to the end

    April 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Our last night in NZ was spent in Howick visiting the lovely Caldwells. Who took us out for what must be one of the best Thai meals. Just down the road from them was a beach and plenty of parking.... So finished our trip how we like it.... By the sea.

    NZ we miss you, but not the rain or the apples. 😀
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  • Day41

    Goat Island

    March 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    First stop was Whangarei Falls. Quite a pretty waterfall and walk. Nice being able to make these impromptu stops now that rain has held off.

    Original plan was to hire kit and dive at Goat Island but we didn't arrive until afternoon so too late to arrange. The water didn't even look good enough for us to warrant getting snorkle gear out even though there were quite few in the water I think we've now just been far too spoilt with what we get wet in.

    Goat island is a very beautiful area, although the road we took getting down to it was precarious to say the least. The island is even close enough to swim out to, but we were happy exploring the area on foot. The rock pools were filled with crystal clear water. Lots and lots of beautiful shells but not much evidence of other life.
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  • Day17

    Happy birthday to me

    February 16, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    What a great place to spend a birthday. Sun shining. Blue skies n seas.

    Today we did one of my top ten dives. We went along a wall explored an arch but creme de le creme was going into a cave. There were balls of damsel fish which were amazing to watch then a kingfish came up between them. The best bit was just Colin and I being there as we decided to dive unguided. The damsel n kingfish (which was pretty huge) were joined by rays.

    We then went up to roof area where there is an air bubble.. The acoustics in this was pretty spectacular.

    The evening we spent a rare time eating out.... Well it was my birthday... Pizza over looking the marina.
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  • Day16

    Poor knights-bucket list

    February 15, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    So after our disaster of not getting to dive the rainbow we headed to tutukaka to dive poor knights a day earlier than planned.

    We found a fantastic freedom site over looking the bay, and which we ended up staying there 3 nights. I loved this area the houses were amazing and helped by a good helping of sunshine.

    We arrived at the dive centre bright and excited, this trip was on hard boat and diving with dive tutukaka. We had an amazing skipper! Steve, who took us of a tour of islands and some history of them. We also were taken into the world's largest sea cave.

    So the dives. Wow just wow. Water not too cold 21. Viz not too shabby. Saw load of rays. Scorpionfish. Kingfish. Huge emperors. As well as lot of others that weren't too skittish.

    We enjoyed it so much decided to dive again tomorrow. And the best bit.... Not rushing back to van to move onto somewhere else.
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  • Day15


    February 14, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We've driven up for 7hrs hours to paiha to dive rainbow warrior. Arrived at dive centre at 7.45. Taken the 45 mins to boat launch beach. After dive brief the rib was launched n we all jumped it.

    Excited to dive this wreck, to find after few moments the engine cut out and would not start. After few phone calls n more fiddling with the engine it was decided it was well dead n we needed to wait for pick up.

    3 girls decided to snorkel in, the rest of us stayed on boat it took them over an hour to get on shore.

    Dive centre owner eventually turned up n towed us in.

    Got back to van at 15.45 bloody long wasted day. We decided to head to poor knights site n dive tht tomo.

    Getting more n more frustrated with this trip
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  • Day13

    Good bye for now.

    February 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today we say bye (again) to my daughter and her friend. I shall miss her and Laura cooking but be so good to get the van to ourselves, we can keep our bed up, we hav more space for things and more importantly not feel bad doing things we want to do n worry tht they don't want to.

    I treated us all to a fab breakie at $91 it should be good. We dropped them off at bus station n we headed to coramamdel
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  • Day13

    Spa day

    February 12, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    After having to put earplugs in overnight as the rainfall was so loud we were woken to the most beautiful view.

    Headed off to hot water beach where you did holes in sand to allow the hot spring water through... Omg it was hot. I couldn't believe how water tht hot could be found on the beach and the contrast between that and the cold rough seas was very evident.

    After tht the long trek to cathedral cove. We had hoped to do the snorkel trail at gemstone Bay but sea was mucky n swells. Headed onto sting Ray Bay but didn't even go down to beach just viewed it on the rocks.

    Cathedral cove was pretty but again water disappointing I was expecting turquoise water not the mucky tea colour.

    The hike there n back was hard going... Well for me. Decided to make our way towards paihia and stopped at a beautiful beach called Ray rest, which was covered on loads n loads of sea shells n hardly any lsand seen.
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  • Day11

    The upside down

    February 10, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Stayed in another amazing freedom site called roselands. In the woods at the back there were glowworms, i kept popping out tryin to see when they were coming out, by 21.00 I got Colin to come n see them as there were a few more then. It was very slippery in the woods n of course I fell n got muddy.

    Another dreadfully wet day but for once it didn't matter too much as we were going down under.

    Off for caving and tubing. It was amazing I've never seen anything like this before. I descended the 7m ladder first so was down there on my own for period. I turned my torch off and could see glowworms shining thr the darkness.

    We waded thr runny water. Water we couldn't touch the ground. On inner tubes... Let's just say I'm not a natural on tht part. We swam and we went fast down pinball ally. It was brilliant but my god I was really tired afterwards.
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  • Day10

    Frodo n Co

    February 9, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Stayed in a great low cost site tower museum $12 with electric.

    Hobbiton was great. Yes very commercial but what a business for the farming family the Alexander's. Unfortunately it poured down, but it didn't spoil the day. The houses are just props really only goin back about metre. Inside scenes were filmed in welly. But it was great recognising areas in the film. Including Sam wise house.

    Tour ended in the green dragon where you're given a drink.. We all had the cider which I'm sure tasted better from the hobbit mug.

    Actually l lied as the tour ended in the gift shop... This time I bought some things namely my traditional mug tht I purchase on my travels.

    Afterwards made a very long hour journey (you would think hire comp would ensure their sat nav are up to date?) towards waitomo for tomorrow cave trip.
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