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New Zealand

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  • "New Zealand is beautiful!"
    Ok, agreed!
    Tauranga has one of the most impressive beaches i've ever seen - by the way - the whole town is really nice!

    The only drawback - being in civilisation - no glass of wine with your friends at the beach.. :-/

    Good news - until now - we've only moved forward. Now, we're on our way back. Pretty much the same route until Bali via Australia. Means - the end of my contract is getting closer :-)Read more

  • Long drive from Collingwood high on the Abel Tasman peninsula towards Greymouth on the West Coast. Interesting and varied road, but so many corners and bends to contend with. Broke up a journey by staying overninght in a basic DOC (Department of Conservation) camp ground on the Old Ghost Road - an old route from the now disappeared gold rush town to the processor on the West Coast. The route is now a two day mountain bike ride theough the wild and high mountains. The route back may be a little easier for some as there is a helicopter service to return riders and bikes to the start! Landed in the middle of the campsite with bikes on a special rack attached - now there's an idea for downhilling....
    Next morning headed to Westport on the coast and turned left for the West Coast, heading South. This will be our path for the next week or two. After stopping off at Cape Foulwind in weather that described the location, a quick cliff top walk watching the crashing waves and a run back to the car. Further on at Kaipakati point there is a small seal colony with lots of young pups, many of whom were splashing around in a nursery pool. After setting up the tent in Punakaiki we explored the pancake rocks and blowholes. These are amazing stacked rocks that have been eroded by the sea to create some really interesting stacks and formations. At high tide the sea rushes through the rocks and emerges as plumes of water. Nearby is the Punakaiki caves which you can explore, however without a torch we didn't venture too far. The landscape here is rugged but very tropical with fern trees and lots of very dense foliage.
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  • Had a look at the beach where our campsite was located this morning but there was no way that we were going for a swim as the waves and rip tides were very strong. Speaking to the locals the sea is much colder than it usually is at this time of the year but then it's not surprising when they haven't really had their summer this year with it raining everyday on the west coast for the last 11 weeks. Had a lovely day today though with only a short shower this evening.
    This area is in another National Park and it's not surprising at all as it is beautiful. We think we have found the most stunning part of NZ today while walking on the Pororari River Track that we found by chance, often overlooked by the Pancake Rocks nearby. The track, which we walked along to a swing bridge and back, ran alongside a beautiful shallow river with unique fern trees and tall limestone cliffs.
    We then continued our drive further south stopping off at the beaches on the way including Hokitika where we brewed a coffee and had scones.... Camping by Lake Ianthe Matahi with our hundreds of friends (sandflies) but those aside its very picturesque with a jetty that we sat on to eat tea.
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  • Last day of this great walk and our luck with the weather was gone at the top of the mountain for the great outlook views towards the valley, but it got better by the time we were descending onwards.

    As we arrived at the other ends car park, we got very lucky again with a hitchhike taking us out of the country side and back to the town where we are going to take the plane tomorrow back to our own rental car.Read more

  • Stopped in at Dunedin on our way back up to Christchurch.

    Dunedin is the Scotland of New Zealand sharing many street names with Edinburgh and lots of Scottish references including a Robbie Burns statue in the city centre.

    Yesterday we basked in the not so Scottish 30 degree heat on St Kilda beach.

    Woke up to drizzle this morning, starting to seem a bit more Scottish. After a relaxing swim (and shower) at Moana Pool we went off to explore one of Dunedin's highlights... the Speight's Brewery. Interesting tour finished off with a generous tasting session in the bar!

    Also managed to squeeze in some coffee and cheesecake!

    Back to Christchurch tomorrow before the Trans New Zealand Enduro begins.

    Christine
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  • Cheeky exploration in Freya - the purple turtle. Headed out for an afternoon trip to Tikorangi Island on a whim and a quick glance on a map to see if anything was there.

    Ended up being a really sweet little beach with lots of small yachts in the bay. We headed along the rocks to get to the tip of the headland. Just a lickle adventure with cool views and nice water.

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