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  • Day2

    Bedtime Wrap

    March 4, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Today we went the Museum of Auckland. Then we had breakfast (but it was at 1pm so really it was lunch). The best part of the museum was the music exhibit because it had lots of stuff for us to play with.

    Then we had to drive for 3 hours to get to Kerikeri (near the Bay of Islands). As we drove along we decided to stop at Dome Lookout. It was a windy path with lots and lots of stairs. I thought it was only a 5 to 10 minute walk up but I was wrong. I couldn't take it any more so I went back down to the car. Lysa kept going to the lookout. When Lysa got back to the car she was all sweaty. She had decided to run; in her jeans and heels.

    We kept on driving North, I kept falling asleep in the car but also needed to help Lysa with directions. I think we are getting better at directions now. Barely get lost anymore.

    Erin XO
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  • Day3

    Bedtime Wrap

    March 5, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Erin and I hit the ground running today. First up, breakfast at El Cafe, which was Mexican styled breakfast food; surprisingly delicious and great coffee.

    We followed breakfast with a quick stroll up a hill (Erin made it this time) to enjoy a beautiful view of the Bay of Islands. Erin absolutely smashed it too; suggested walking time was 40 minutes to the summit and we did it in 45 minutes return.

    It was back to Paihia; to jump on a boat and tour the bay. Absolutely stunning. Erin loved the dolphin pod we found; the dolphins did have great names like French Toast and Ripper. I particularly enjoyed Motu Kōkako or Hole in the Rock. The photos don't show the grand scale of the cavern. It was definitely an eerie feeling as we drove through it knowing 1000kg plus of rock was currently above our heads.

    We finished the day off with wine, dinner and a sunset in Russell; the orginal capital of New Zealand. It was a rather pretty scene, eating dinner and looking across the Bay towards Paihia.

    We had a slight oops moment on our drive back to our accommodation. We are staying at a hobby farm just outside of Kerikeri, our GPS took us along a dirt road...

    An unknown dirt road, at night; in the pitch black, full of potholes, sharp blind bends, closed gates and cows. Wasn't the easiest road to drive and there was a time or two when I wondered if our little Corolla was going to make it up a hill. Luckily it did and now it's time to grab some shut eye so we can do it all again tomorrow.

    Lysa XO
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  • Day57

    56th and 57th night - Bay of Islands

    April 14, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Den Samstag und Sonntag verbrachte ich in Paihia. Das ist ein kleiner Ort im Gebiet "Bay of Islands". Die Bucht besteht aus 144 kleinen Inseln und es sieht dort aus wie im Paradis! Richtig schön.

    Der Campingplatz war ein richtiger Campingplatz mit Duschen, einer Küche und WLAN. Dort verbrachte ich 2 Nächte. Eigentlich hätte mir eine Nacht gereicht, jedoch musste ich mich ja den Anderen anschließen.
    Da die Stimmung zwischen uns alles andere als gut war, verbrachte ich die Tage ganz für mich mit Filmen, ein Buch und Telefonaten mit Familie und Freunden.
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