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Nov 30, 2005 - Karanghake Gorge & Waihi Beach

A late start after all the activity of yesterday. First of all we went to watch Kristina (Lib & Tek's daughter) compete at the regional athletics competition. She kicked ass in the 80m race and came 3rd in the high jump and 2nd in the relay. We should call her speedy. Early afternoon we went on a walk along Karanghake Gorge, the site of intense gold mining in the region. The walk followed the old rail line through bush, across numerous bridges and the best bit through the old mining tunnels. We didn't really come prepared and were left to...

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Nov 27, 2005 - Coromandel Peninsular

Early start to watch the kiwis cream the Aussies in the rugby league final. Watching with devoted NZ supporters made it even better. Today Tek and Libby took us out to explore the Coramandel Peninsular. We took the really twisty roads all around the coast. Yet another pretty drive. Is there an ugly drive in NZ? If so we haven't found it so far. Our first stop was the 1200 year old square Kauri tree. As we climbed the brief 175m to the tree we finally made a positive identification of the national emblem, the silver fern which has eluded us...

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Oct 27, 2005 - Waihi Beach - Opoutere (HOT WATER BEACH)

Hot Water Beach is exactly as it is named. There are underground hot water springs that are accessible at low tide. The draw to this place is being able to dig your very own thermal hot pool!!! We arrived at around 5pm and had dinner in our camper while watching the sunset. Low tide last night was 9:30pm, and they say that you can access the section of hot water beach where the hot springs are starting from 2hrs before low tide and until 2hrs afterwards. At about 7:45pm, after watching a half dozen people armed with buckets and shovels make...

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Oct 26, 2005 - Rotorua - Matamata (HOBBITON)

We were greeted by a sign saying, "Welcome to Hobbiton" as we rolled into the tiny town of Matamata. The main street had a wide grassy boulevard, dotted with the odd blossoming tree. It was a very quite town. As it was a beautiful day out, we decided not to take a chance on the weather and to book onto a tour of Hobbiton today. Our tour guide and driver were very friendly and full of anecdotes and information about the filming. Apparently, the section of a sheep farm that was eventually transformed into Hobbiton was spotted by New Line...

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Oct 9, 2005 - Stop the Music

Coming out of Auckland, I heard an ad on the radio for a show that I've just missed: Snow White and the Seven Gs. It promises 'a little old school and a whole lotta new school', probably featuring some rhymes by those legendary lyrical bad asses the Brother Grimm. When fairy tales are getting re-tooled and gentrified it's a good indication of how Auckland has become the hip-hop epicentre of New Zealand. Partly it's down to the large Pacific Islander community which has informed the music of Deceptikonz and other Kiwi crews, but it's also...

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Jul 8, 2005 - Trip to Tairua

This morning we had a slow start; partially due to hangovers (not me!), partially due to watching the news and partially due to Greg getting completely lost in Tauranga! We wanted to get some wine to give Lindsay (Jade's Mum) for letting us stay with her so when she and Gordon were back from work at lunchtime and were hankering for a Burger King, Greg offered to get it for them as an excuse to get out and find some wine. Burger King was just down the road so I thought even Greg's sense of direction could cope - how wrong was I?! He managed...

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Jul 8, 2005 - Road Trip to Tairua, Coromandel Peninsula

The plan for today was to get up early, for Greg, Angie, Jade and myself to jump into the campervan and head up the coast to Hot Pool Beach in Tairua on the Coromandel Peninsula. Unfortunately our departure was delayed, firstly due to horrendous hangovers from the night before (bad news and absinthe is a dangerous mix) and secondly due to Greg getting lost on a solo Burger King mission (explains why he's so rarely let out on his own! ;-) ). We finally got on the road about 2pm, and so unfortunately missed the tide up at Hot Pool Beach by...

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Meet the Parents

Jul 6, 2005 - Hobbits and Ents

We had dried off a little bit by the time we got to Matamata (near Hamilton) and reported to the i-site. Our tour was at 2.30pm and Gandalf the big white bus turned up to collect us and drive us to the Alexander's farm which is where the Hobbiton scenes were filmed. Coincidentally, one of the Alexander brothers, Dean, used to be the bank manager of Colin who took us horse riding in Franz Josef! The tour was really interesting - Greg obviously loved the Lord of the Rings side of things but it was still fun for me to learn about the general...

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May 1, 2005 - Tramping in Coromandel

After nearly five weeks of being quite (abnormally) stationary in Hawkes Bay and specifically at the Prickle Patch, we found ourselves preparing the van (which we have since named Pearl.. or was it Possum?) for yet another road trip. One might think that living out of a van would result in a messy and disorderly disaster, what with the small size of the thing, but, one should not underestimate the power of Jon Queally's ability to find a neat place for EVERY belonging that we have. I should say, before Jon gets angry at my mentioning his...

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Apr 14, 2005 - Te Aroha

After drying off from the hot water beach experience we headed off to Te Aroha - a small town on the road down to Hamilton. It was getting late when we finally rolled in there in the dark, and managed to find the YHA. The hostel was unlike any others we'd seen - it was a tiny cottage that didn't have a reception. There was a sign up in the kitchen telling new arrivals to find themselves a bed, and someone would be along to check them in at some point! There was only two very small 4 bed dorms and a double bedroom in the whole place, and...

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Mar 24, 2005 - Bay of Plenty

Na een prima en lange nacht is het wakker worden en gaat het regenen. Het was voorspeld, maar voor ons is dat voor het eerst hier. De temperatuur wordt er nauwelijks door beïnvloedt. Het was 25°+, nu nog 24°. Het paasweekend komt er aan, de mensen hier zijn vanaf Goede Vrijdag vrij, op die dag is ook alles dicht hier, en gaan er een weekend op uit. De camping is volgeboekt, maar als het weer zo blijft; de voorspellingen lijken niet gunstig... We willen richting Bay of Plenty en hebben een camping op het oog die maar een halve dag rijden is....

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Mar 13, 2005 - Whitianga

I drove and drove and drove. It´s like an aenestetic for my brain and it feels good. The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful region. It´s all sea and grassy green hills, it´s the countryside by definition. So beautiful. I drove up to Coromandel town long the west coast of the Peninsula and then down the east coast. I stayed in Whitianga at the Cosy Cat Cottage. The old guy has spent the last 40 years decorating his house with stuff about cats. It´s scary but funny. So I left the pictures of Hooligan overthere... I went to the Hot Water...

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