9th April: Ahipara and Shipwreck Bay

9th April: Ahipara and Shipwreck Bay

09/04/2014
Em writing

Today we all enjoyed a lazy catch-up day not doing very much! We’d considered going for a drive to see the Kauri trees but then decided we’d done a lot of driving recently. We spent the morning catching up on our blog, facebook-ing and reading random websites. Then somehow time had passed so we didn’t have lunch until 3pm!

After lunch we felt we should see Ahipara so from…

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8th April: What’s on the other side of the world? Its end.

8th April: What’s on the other side of the world? Its end.

08/04/2014
Andie writing

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Today we were going to the northernmost tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga. Em thinks that we Burkimshers are a little bit odd as we find going to geographically-extreme points so exciting. (Actually, I think she finds us all a bit odd generally :P!) We managed to drag ourselves out of bed fairly early as we knew we had a long drive up from Ahipara to Cape Reinga.

Driving…

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7th April: Drive to Ahipara

7th April: Drive to Ahipara

07/04/2014
Em writing

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We got up in anticipation of a check-out time of 11am. However by the time we’d cleaned the chalet, packed and made lunch it was 12pm when we actually set off.

Having returned the house key to its lock box on the side of the house (which is such a great idea!), we piled into the car and headed off for the car ferry to Opua. We arrived at the ferry crossing just as the ferry…

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6th April: Bay of Islands Cruise

6th April: Bay of Islands Cruise

Sunday 06/04/2014
Em writing

This Sunday we didn’t get to church as we all slept in! It was nice to enjoy a lie in in the morning as this is something I particularly like to do! It was also my brother James’ birthday. Happy Birthday James!

Andie and I had surfed online to find cruises for the Bay of Islands, something my Grandad and many other people had told us we must do. We decided on a half…

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5th April: The Northland East Coast

5th April: The Northland East Coast

Saturday 05/04/2014
Andie writing

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We woke up after a pretty good sleep, but still in the AirBnb place where I’d felt a little uncomfortable. I went to have breakfast while Em was still snoozing. The guy had made some freshly baked bread for us, which I thought was really kind. He said it was made of spelt flour, which he uses because, supposedly, spelt has seeds that are too hard to crack open,…

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4th April: Coromandel to Auckland to Whangarei

4th April: Coromandel to Auckland to Whangarei

Friday 04/04/2014
Andie writing

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We knew today was going to be a long driving day, going from Coromandel all the way up to Whangarei. We were heading for the Bay of Islands, but knew that we couldn’t do the whole journey in a single day and enjoy it, especially with only two of us driving. We managed to get off from the cabin we’d been staying in by 10am, which must have been one of the earliest…

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3rd April: Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach

3rd April: Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach

Thursday 03/04/2014
Em writing

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We got up earlier today as we knew driving back to Hot Water Beach would take a while on the wiggly road. Somehow it still got to be 10:30am before we left!

Stocking up on lunch supplies we left Coromandel with some imposing, grey skies over the hills. It did shower on us during the drive but once we got to Cathedral Cove car park the sun was shining in the…

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2nd April: The Pacific Coast Highway, NZ Style

2nd April: The Pacific Coast Highway, NZ Style

Wednesday 02/05/2014
Andie writing

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After writing so much for the blogs the evening before, we didn’t manage to get up very early! We actually only got off from our AirBnb about 12:30, despite our original plans. We first had a quick check-out of Mount Manganui, the suburb of Tauranga where we were staying. The suburb is a peninsula that ends with a huge rock – the Mount. Up to the rock is a…

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1st April: Geothermal Activities

1st April: Geothermal Activities

Tuesday 01/04/2014
Em writing

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Today we got up earlyish (for us!) at 9am. As I mentioned yesterday, we played with Mo’s daughter Poppy after breakfast. When we went to our room to pack she kept crawling in to find us to play with again! In the end, Mo put her upstairs for a while so we would actually pack and not get too distracted!

We set off at 10:50, calling in at a naturally hot geothermal…

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31st March: Sunny Lakeside Stroll with Steaming Sand

31st March: Sunny Lakeside Stroll with Steaming Sand

Monday 31/03/2014
Em writing

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After my travel weary day yesterday I slept really well and got up pretty late. We considered going to check out the hot pools but then Mo invited us for a scenic walk by the lake with her daughter, nine-month-old Poppy.

Excuse me while I gush about Poppy but she has to be THE cutest, smiliest, happiest baby I have ever met! Whenever she looked at us she would just…

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30th March: Rock Church and Ruka Falls

30th March: Rock Church and Ruka Falls

Sunday 30/03/2014
Andie writing

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The previous two church services we’d been to were quite traditional Anglican in style. They were nice in their own way but quite quiet. I’d enjoyed them, especially the books of common prayer in dual English/Maori. However, although there was an Anglican church in Taupo, we felt like something a little more contemporary.

Google found us a pentecostal chuch (Elim…

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29th March: Tongariro, Turanga and Taupo

29th March: Tongariro, Turanga and Taupo

Saturday 29/03/2014
Andie writing

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I got up early to put money in the car park machine. It was a good thing I went as there was a car park attendant checking nearby as I went up to our car with the new pay and display ticket! Going back upstairs to the flat, there were nice views of the dawn light just breaking into the clouds over Wellington.

We packed and had breakfast and managed what must…

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28th March: Walking in Wellington

28th March: Walking in Wellington

28/03/2014
Andie Writing

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Em very kindly got up at 6:30am to go and put more money in the car park machine. She came back to bed and fell fast asleep again though! In fact, she probably slept for longer after this little trip than before as she slept til 1pm! I think she was still fighting off her cold. Despite lots of sights to see in Wellington, we were also both feeling a bit travel-weary,…

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27th March: Driving and Dolphins

27th March: Driving and Dolphins

27/03/2014
Andie writing

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We’d done most of our packing the night before, so we just finished packing in the morning. We ate our breakfast all together before loading the car with Jo’s, Em’s and my stuff. We all said goodbye to Gordon, which left poor Em a little teary. We’d really enjoyed having him join us on our South Island road trip :).

On the map there was a much longer, but fast road route…

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26th March: Boats, Bush and Beaches

26th March: Boats, Bush and Beaches

26/03/2014
Andie writing

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As this was our last full day in Nelson, we decided we really had to get to Abel Tasman National Park, given that so many people rave about it’s beauty so much. I made a picnic lunch and all four of us set off in the car (A, E, Gordon and Jo). If it hadn’t already been clear in previous posts, Jo stayed with us in another bedroom of the huge house we were staying in in…

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