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Trip Start Jan 28, 2009
12Trip End Mar 26, 2009
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Not a long spiel this time! We've had a fantastic trip down from Auckland over the past week. 2 days with my brother Robert's friend Dick - very much an Englishman in NZ. Dick has a farm just north of Whakatane and as well as farming he is a very keen surfer. Dick made us very welcome, showed us around his farm and his favourite surfing spots. As ever we would have loved to stay longer - feels like that everywhere we go in NZ. Well nearly everywhere - next stop was Gisborne - we found it a fairly non-descript town. However we did find a nice motel and an excellent restuarant - what more could we wish for?!
Next day on to Napier and Hastings - spent a lovely afternoon in the former. Napier was devasted by an earthquake in 1931 but was totally rebuilt in 30s art-deco styleso we visited the museaum and got the detail of all that. Hastings is a lovely wee town very clean and quite the opposite to Gisborne.
Early departure next morning for the 200 mile drive to Wellington where we've stayed with Alison. Ann's friend and colleague. Alison 's grandmother was from Edinburgh and she is extremely proud of her Scottish ancestry and heritage - Talking of which we visited the Te Papa Museum and learned a lot about the Scottish connection. Alison (her full name is Alison Margaret) was so welcoming and spontaneous and she'll welcome anyone to stay overnight. Wellington is beautiful - we did a city tour as well and saw the highlightsof the city as well as other important aspects of NZ's past. In truth we're fair "cul'yured oot, so we are" The Parliament building is called the Beehive - see the photo and you'll understand why!
Up at 6.00 tomorrow morning and across to SI on the 8.30 ferry. It'll probably be Christchurch before I have any thing more to add. Have now added photos
As ever hope you are all well