Monthly Archives: November 2011

Monday 28 November

A fairly uneventful day today. The day was beset with problems arising from Leigh’s computer which had been back and forth to Noel Leemings for repair. Sorry no photographs today – camera is having a rest and battery is on … Continue reading

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Sunday 27 November – the sun went down over the yardarm at the sailing club

Jessie and Hunter, Leigh’s daughter and granddaughter turned up at 9am. It was the first really hot summer’s day and we just chilled out in the garden where Hunter showed her skills at cartwheeling and we all played a bit … Continue reading

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Saturday 26 November – Election Day

Leigh and I went shopping in Taupo. The town was full of cyclists for the huge annual event of racing round the Lake, some 186K. The roads near the lakeside were cordoned off for this purpose and parking in town … Continue reading

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Friday 25 November – Ohakune

Today Leigh and Dan are working at Ruapehu School. I took a walk around the little ski-ing town of Ohakune which was very quiet out of season. I walked up to the school where I arrived in time to catch … Continue reading

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Thursday 24 November – the end of the road…

….. the end of the road with the Kiwi Backpackers Bus Experience that is! It was rather an eventful night, or early morning, in our dorm, as one of the young people on our bus, a French girl, had obviously … Continue reading

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Wednesday 23 November – back to North Island

Today the Kiwi bus took us back up to Picton to catch the Interislander Ferry back over to Wellington. We followed the coast road round the cliffs alongside the railway which periodically disappeared through tunnels in the rock. By now … Continue reading

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Tuesday 22 November – whale watching and dolphin encounters

After the most awful weather yesterday, we woke up at 6.30 to the most beautiful morning with wall to wall sunshine – what a contrast! I must say New Zealand has all types of weather as well as its rivers, … Continue reading

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20 November – to Kaikoura

We left Queenstown on a rather dismal morning and I was at least assured that I could pay for my coming night’s accommodation and had some food. The whole bus pass was already paid for and luckily there was room … Continue reading

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Thursday 17 November – Bottom Bus

I woke in the Top Backpackers in Dunedin to a bright morning – 16 degrees. We were picked up at 7.30 by Roger in a white minibus, smaller than yesterday’s Kiwi bus. We first drove to Balclutha, Roger’s hometown with … Continue reading

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21 November – rain

Today in Kaikoura has been crap. Wind and rain all day long, everything cancelled!!! But I was cooked a delicious spagbol by Izi and we shared a bottle of red. Thank you Izi! Tomorrow will be a better day pleeeeese!! … Continue reading

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