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May 31, 2014 - Epilogue

Just a few closing thoughts on our RV trip. A campervan holiday is a wonderful way to see New Zealand. Would we do it again - YES! Our Maui Platinum Beach RV was very comfortable and easy to drive. We upsized to the larger RV with a plan to leave the bed made in the back and use the front table for relaxing, eating, playing cards, etc. We ended up making/unmaking the bed every day and used the table in the back for our relaxing, card games, and eating. I think we would have been just as comfortable in the smaller unit. We found the...

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May 8, 2014 - New Zealand

Arrival in Auckland was at 4:40 am as planned. There was no issue clearing customs and we were heading to the hotel by 6:30 am. My plan had been to just leave our luggage at the hotel and leave to explore Auckland. We were able to get an early check in for a nominal fee and we were able to rest for about 2 hours. Our plan for today was to use the Hop On Hop Off explorer bus to get an overview of Auckland. The HOHO bus was nice but with the winter schedule, it was hard to plan our time. We got off at Sky City and walked to the harbor,...

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Apr 25, 2014 - Auckland, North Island, NZ

Today we head back to Auckland to turn in our rigs, clean up in a real hotel, and do some city sightseeing. For most of our group it's a 250 kilometer backtrack, but because we opted earlier to take the longer route through the Kuari forests, half the trip was new sights for us. We hit some coastal fog as we left - remained us of our hilltop house in Vestal as we saw the tips of hills peaking through the fog. Glad we didn't get up really early to make the trip, as it would have been wasted by the slow pace through the fog. We stopped to see...

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Apr 4, 2014 - End of the road

Yesterday we took the bus into the city, did a little shopping, then took another bus to the Auckland Domain, a large park which contains the Auckland Museum and the Wintergarden, among other things. The Auckland Museum had a good section on the New Zealand Civil Wars from about 1840 to 1870 or so, presented from both the Maori and European viewpoints. Basically, the Europeans, as usual, came in and took or bought land and kept pushing the Maori off the best land, cleared the forests for farming, which took away the Maori way of life....

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Apr 2, 2014 - More Kauri

We took the bush walk this morning. The “40-minute walk” took us 1 ½ hours, as we expected it would. There were some really big kauri trees. This walk also had the clean-your-shoes facility at both ends of the walk. (While the “clean” facility has a good intent, I have no idea if it really makes any difference – or if anyone has checked whether or not it has any effectiveness. L) The kauri bark is interesting, and so is all the vegetation it supports—it is really a whole ecosystem up there. Kauris are related to pines—they have cones, but...

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Mar 27, 2014 - DAY 32: Kauaeranga Valley to Auckland

Well we are certainly finishing with a flourish! We had been a little concerned that the final leg into Auckland might perhaps feel like a bit of an anti-climax after all the amazing experiences that we have been privileged to have enjoyed over the last few action-packed weeks, but we needn't have worried! If yesterday's sights were an unexpected bonus, then today has firmly put the icing on the cake - the perfect surprise end to our NZ travelling. We've still got tomorrow of course to try and 'do' Auckland before we (very reluctantly!)...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Auckland

We arrived at our hotel (Rendezvous Grand Auckland) at around 6:45, and the sun still had not risen yet. The hotel manager greeted us and was very nice. He checked us in and gave us our room, even though we were about 8 hours early for check-in! That was awesome, because we were absolutely exhausted. After a short nap we went out to see Auckland. The weather was great and we were excited to check everything out. Of course, I immediately stopped for a coffee as we made our way to the waterfront. We had a look at a couple of the older...

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Mar 13, 2014 - Auckland, New Zealand

Pete called tonight from Auckland, New Zealand. Things are going well and he is having a good time. He did mention that he will be sending a revised itinerary. Repairs to the theatre are mostly finished after the sprinkler malfunction. We have added a couple of pictures here that Pete sent - one of the area around the Auckland harbor and one of the Auckland Space Tower.

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Mar 12, 2014 - Fiji Islands

Booked a trip to see the Islands where I am told everything is different, boarded the south sea island catamaran to take us to Mana to join the Seaspray yacht. First stop was a drop off for people visiting or staying at Southsea Island. Beautiful beach and sea but not much else, depends what you want from your vacation. After several more drop off's at Bounty Island, Treasure Island and Beachcomber we arrived at Mana Island. Here we transferred on to the Seaspray, this was the yacht used in the TV series in the 60's The adventures of the...

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Mar 12, 2014 - Auckland New Zealand to Wilmington, North Carolina

We are up early 3 am to get our flight. We went from Auckland to Melbourne where we boarded a huge plane two levels we were in Economy Plus, much more room. We flew to LAX then on to Charlotte on to Wilmington. WE were up about 48 hours, arriving home 11PM on the 12th. Wonderful trip!!!!!!!

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Mar 11, 2014 - Aukland, New Zealand

Today is our last day. We got off the ship this am and went to our hotel. After getting checked in Mike and I took a trip to Sheep World which was about 1 hour from Auckland via bus. We watched them work with the sheepdogs, how they respond to commands of the farmer to bring the sheep in from the fields. The dogs respond ot the tone of the voice, not words. We were shown how they sort the sheep to different groups. They may sort around 3000-4000 sheep a day. They are sorted by sex, age, health or for weaning from mother, also by tags or...

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Mar 10, 2014 - Nadi Fiji

Was not sure what to expect Fiji to be like but it is certainly not what I had imagined. One thing it is not is a south pacific paradise island. Being here for the rainy season probably sways my observation but it doesn't change the fact that the general area is rundown. It is not cheap in relation to Spanish prices but on a par with uk prices. That basically makes the place what it is, a winter resort for Australians and New Zealanders, a reasonably short plane journey and a lot cheaper to eat and drink compared to their prices. The...

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