Category Archives: New Zealand

Friday 2 December – the long journey home…..

Up at 5.30, in fact I was awake at 4, to head off to Auckland to catch flight home. Leigh and Dan very kindly drove me to the airport, some four hours, and we had an extra passenger. Tessa, daughter … Continue reading

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Thursday 1 December – my last day in New Zealand

My last morning in Ohakune was rather cloudy. We left around midday for the drive back to Taupo. We decided to drive round the right-hand side of the mountain as that was the brighter side. Leigh said it would be … Continue reading

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Wednesday 30 November – a drive towards Whanganui

Another lovely sunny morning. However I woke to find I had a bed companion, or at least he was on the wall above me. I pointed him out to Leigh and she confirmed that it was indeed an Australian biting … Continue reading

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Tuesday 29 November – Tongariro National Park Forest Walk

I hope this posting will reward you for lack of pics yesterday! I am still at Leigh’s apartment in Ohakune. I woke to the cockerel crowing just outside my window and it was wet first thing but dried up a … Continue reading

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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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