Monthly Archives: January 2013

Day 172: Marvellous Melbourne

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Fri. 1st February 2013 Melbourne is a modern city in every way and we want to take advantage of the shops and facilities during our brief stay. We will be passing through both Singapore (soon) and Kuala Lumpur (where we …

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Day 171: From New Zealand To Australia

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Thurs. 31st January 2013 It is now time to sensibly repack our backpacks ready to fly. For the last month we have been firstly spread out in the campervan and then in the car. All food needs to be eaten …

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Day 170: Hobbits And The City

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Wed. 30th January 2013 Right from our arrival in New Zealand, there has been a Lord of the Rings theme and so it is appropriate that on our last full day here we visit Hobbiton. This set, built on a …

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Day 169: A Walk In The Woods

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Tues. 29th January 2013 Rotorua was firmly on our agenda from the time we started planning months ago, but now we are here we have a rethink over what to do today. We were expecting to visit areas of thermal …

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Day 168: On The Clock

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Mon. 28th January 2013 It seems that we are doing the North Island at a million miles per hour. In truth, we have allocated too little time for it and there will be big chunks of the island that we …

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Day 167: Volcanic Action

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Sun. 27th January 2013 As we head out of Napier I grab some last minute photos while Dave grabs a Starbucks. The drive today is going to be further than I hoped as the access road to the three active …

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Day 166: We’re Halfway There

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Sat. 26th January 2013 As close as we can tell (without resorting to Excel), we are now starting on the second half of our trip – we have fewer days ahead of us than behind us. We have mixed feelings …

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Day 165: From South To North

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Fri. 25th January 2013 An early start today as the alarm wakes us at 5:40 and the sun is only just coming up. Luckily our motel room has cooking facilities and we breakfast on the end of our supplies from …

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Day 164: Goodbye To The Van

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Thur. 24th January 2013 We’re now at the end of our 3 weeks with our camper van. As always, the time has gone really quickly. It puts it into perspective when we reflect that 3 weeks is the longest holiday …

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Day 163: A Happy Draw

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Wed. 23rd January 2013 Today we consider what there is to do in Hanmer Springs now that we have “done” the Springs. The options we come up with are walking or golf, so we decide it is about time we …

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