Journey on into the wilds..

Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
Trip End Jan 15, 2010

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wellington top 10 campsite

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hey folks managed to find another internet point...wished we had bought a laptop now as this is a real pain and half of thenm take 10 minutes to load the pictures so you might have to wait till we get back and then we can boere you silly with our 2000 photos ...and thats only up to now !!!!!!
So what has happened since I wrote last.. We have progressed through North island in our campervan ( a great lumbering heap of shit that rocks and rolls and grinds and bumps ..most uncomfortable but a great experience... you should see me driving it...any problems ..its the vans fault!!!
We picked up in Aukland and have driven Northwards to the bay of islands the most stunning bay with 100's of islands in it ...(you wouldn't have guessed would you !) We saw Dolphins then took a trip via coach up 90 mile beach and Cape Regenia...Awesome .. beach desolate and windswept after hacking along the beach in a coach ...yes ON THE BEACH we stopped to go sand boarding. The dunes were massive and I nearly had a coronary just climbing it but the whizzing down on a boogie board made up for was important to keep your mouth shut !!!!!! The cape was again awesome the Maouri"s believe that this is where all the spirits of dead people come to jump off into heaven so it is highly regarded. The 3 days spent there were great although our camping location left alot to be desired ...a carpark in town!!! not pretty but FREE!!!!!!!!!!
From here we travelled to the Coramandel peninsula.. very windy roads but once again amazing coastal scenery Once here we went to the famous Hot Beach. what fun !! You turn up 2 hours either side of low tide when a small amount of beach is exposed on the main beach.You hire a spade and start digging with about 50 other people to find the hotspots where the water bubbles up from the thermal streams below. Once a spot is found you stake your clain and build a little spa pool by digging a bigger hole. Unfortunately we managed to find the hottest spot and the water was actually boiling up, but by combining our spa with the next door cooler one we were successful although still forgot at times and sat on the boiling spout ...ouch !
From here it was a gradual trek down past Rotorua where we went up the gondola to see the view, followed by Luging down the hill again ( Karting). This was then followed by the polonesian spa where for very little money you can sit in thermal waters ranging from 39 degrees to 42 degrees...surrounded by a sulpherous smelly lake....mmmmm no one would know if the bubbling was the spa or .......
This day finished with a maouri evening and Hangi..a feast cooked in the undergound ovens the traditional way...a really great but expensive day back to baked beans again !
WE then drove down to lake Taupo taking in the geothermal resreves on the way. I am amazed that you can have normal green trees and fields one minute sandwiched by bubbling gesyers, mud pools and very smelly gasses the next. It makes me think twice coz we are standing on an active volcano !
on to the Torango national park and some lovely walks finally ending up here in wellington waiting for the ferry to the South Island tomorrow....we have driven so far...but the is so much more to do ....even 5 weeks here is not enough... speak to you all again soon...lovely to hear from you

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claytons on

Hi ya Steve and Sarah, we've just caught up with your blog and it sounds like you are having a fantastic time. It makes life back here in miserable England seem really dull and boring...we are very envious!!! The blog has made us laugh a lot - you two are bonkers. We wish we were there too. Keep blogging to brighten up our dull lives back here. Take care and chat to you soon. The Claytons

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