Monthly Archives: October 2011

Monday 31 October – back to Auckland

Last day of October and it’ a grey day but still a warm 20 degrees. Only one month left of travelling – the time has one by so quickly. Today is an odd sort of a day as many of … Continue reading

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Sunday 30 October – meeting rellies, Faye and Jayne

Yet another good night’s sleep and a perfect sunny morning. I was due to return to Auckland on the Kiwi bus this afternoon but was still hoping to meet up with long lost cousin Faye. Although we had emailed each … Continue reading

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Saturday 29 October – Sky Diving!

Another good night’s sleep, so good to be in a quiet room. There was a new occupant in the bunk above me, a Canadian girl from Bamf, Savannah. Her first day of travels, she had come direct from Auckland Airport … Continue reading

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Friday 28 October – to Cape Reinga

A really good night’s sleep, I hardly heard the fun from the bar which was open until quite late. I had had a great barbecued steak and sausage with jacket potato , coleslaw and salad the night before. And although … Continue reading

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Thursday 27 October – to Bay of Islands

Well that has got to have been about the worse night’s sleep (or lack of) that I can remember! I will not be recommending the XBase Backpackers in Auckland. Perhaps I was just unlucky but there were 6 of us … Continue reading

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Wednesday 26 October – Kiwi Backpacker Experience

I didn’t sleep much last night, probably a little nervous about the idea of roughing it alone with a bunch of kids after six weeks of utter luxury, being totally looked after and not having to think! Dan and Sally … Continue reading

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Tuesday 25 October – last day in Taupo before backpacking

A quiet day today. Leigh and Dan completing assignments and me preparing for my Kiwi Experience. It was a beautiful sunny day wouldn’t you know it, and I spent some time relaxing in the garden and reading. Leigh’s Rhodies are … Continue reading

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Monday 24 October – relaxing in Napier before leaving

Wall to wall sunshine this morning as I drew back the patio door and walked out onto the decking from my bedroom. I sat for a while enjoying the early warmth from the sun. Today we are leaving Napier but … Continue reading

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Sunday 23 October – wine tasting tour in Hawke’s Bay

Well I drew back the curtain to see the sun rising over the ocean – what a great sight. That wonderful view across the city and down to the sea was still there but this time Napier was bathed in … Continue reading

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Saturday 22 October – off to Napier

A big surprise awaits me today!!! Very grey morning as we drive into the hills. “You want a photo here?” Leigh said encouragingly, stopping at the top of a hill in the pouring rain. “There’s a lovely waterfall!” Do I … Continue reading

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