Marc & Lisy's little adventure travel blog

The beach and dunes at Mt. Maunganui. We loved this lively beach...

The first official day of summer. Can someone please get me a...

Our van is not a 4x4 but it gets us to some...

Another beautiful headland on the East Cape.

Santa came early and brought Marc this new board - a retro...

Lisy getting over taken by the rainforest. She's blending in with her...

Labor of love-traveling with surfboards is such a pain. We load and...

The road side view in the Waioeka Gorge. Another "only in New...

The Waioeka River.

The sights in New Zealand are so enchanting that you'd almost expect...

We didn't realize it at first, but this horse is standing over...

Even though it was cold, the meadow was so beautiful that we...

Marc's "sunset over Poverty Bay".

The fading sunset on the longest day of the year (9pm). This...


Lisy and I thought that we had beat mother nature by escaping the extra rainy winter of 2005 in Southern California, but she caught up with us here in New Zealand! We have been here just about 1 month, and it has rained all but 2 or 3 days. Some days the rain and wind are so strong that we cannot even drive our van!

Nevertheless, we are having a good time and getting full use of our cold weather clothes. We are making our way around New Zealand's North Island. In the past week we have explored the Bay of Plenty (named by Capt. Cook because he was impressed by all the bay had to offer) and the remote East Cape. We are now in Gisborne, New Zealand's sunniest city (and it's pouring). Gisborne is also the first place in the world to see the sun rise on each new day.

Since Christmas is a summer holiday in New Zealand, all the Kiwi's have taken to the roads and campgrounds. The beaches are starting to fill up, it's like a 4th of July type of celebration.

As we said before, every inch of New Zealand is green and beautiful, check out our latest pics.



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