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Mar 16, 2007 - New Zealand - Wanganui

We crossed back over to the north island at an ungodly hour in the morning and decided that we would head past Palmerston North and make camp on the banks of the Whanganui River and the town of Wanganui. We found this place very Huckleberry Finn and the city centre's main street was lovely and quaint.

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Mar 4, 2007 - RIVER VALLEY - New Zealand

Sorry keine Fotos, weil nichts hier zum foetelen. Heute gings ins abgelegene River Valley, eine Lodge direkt an einem der besten River rafting Fluesse, welcher momentan da Ende Sommer aber nicht genug Wasser fuehrt um tatsaechlich raften zu koennen. Ich hab mich um 9 Uhr im 32 Mann und Frau hohen Mehrbettzimmer hingelegt und wunderbar geschlafen. Am naechsten Tag am Flussufer suennelen um meine Ferienbraeune nicht ganz zu verlieren und weiter gings wieder in die Zivilisation nach Wellington die suedlichste Stadt der Nordinsel.

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KARIN GOES FAR

Jun 30, 2006 - Wanganui

We drove through more stunning countryside as we made our way to the sounthern tip of North Island. We stopped in Wanganui for a night, and we remember telling the lady at the hostel what great weather they were having. She kind of laughed and told us that it wasn't always so. Well, we can see now why she was laughing. We looked at the road conditions on the internet yesterday, and the road leading to Wanganui is closed due to massive flooding. Actually, the entire central portion of the North Island is closed down right now. Anyway,...

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May 15, 2006 - A Northern Irish Prime Minister

Wanganui was the area of one of the first prime ministers of New Zealand. A man called John Ballance, who was from a little village in Northern Ireland called Glenavy, was NZ's Prime Minister back in 1890's. Yep, the same village as I (Brian) came from. The town lies at the end of the Wanganui river which is known for rafting and canoeing. I guess all great men come from Glenavy eh? Despite our attempts to enquire and the info centre and drive around the town, we didn't find any sign of memorabilia (i.e. a statue or plaque) but we did learn...

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Mar 16, 2006 - Being artistic!

Left my campsite as early as I could this morning and have made my way up to Wanganui on the edge of the national Park, where tomorrow on my way back to Cambridge (to stay with Pip and John again) I hope to pass by the volcanoes that were used in Lord of the Rings for Mount Mordor and "the other one" (blast I've been searching through my guide book because I found it before and now I can't). Wanganui is ok but again there's a feel of things "closing down", but then again Dorking High Street is a bit like that too. Anyway, I grabbed another...

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Oi you! Ugly

Feb 2, 2006 - National Park - Wanganui

Was fuer ein Tag - irgendetwas wollte verhindern dass ich laenger in Wellington bleibe... Da in Wellington dieses Wochenende die Rugby Sevens stattfinden (ist ein internationales Turnier allerdings mit weniger Spielern als bei einem normalen Rugby Game und kuerzeren Spielzeiten) spinnen die total mit den Preisen. Fuer eine Uebernachtung in einem 10er Zimmer haette ich 50 Dollar zahlen muessen und auch sonst ist alles teurer. Nope, nicht mit mir. Habe darum entschieden nur Donnerstag auf Freitag in Wellington zu bleiben anstatt 2 Naechte...

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Conny on Tour

Dec 29, 2005 - Hawke's Bay to Taranaki

Happy Holidays! The sun has finally broken through, and we have had some beautiful weather. The blue sky provides a stunning backdrop to all the green scenery. We had an enjoyable Christmas, complete with a Chinese food buffet for dinner! Not quite the turkey and stuffing we were craving, but it was tasty (and the only place open). Our treat to ourselves was to check into a nice hotel on Christmas day, it was a lot more comfortable than our campervan. And, we were able to call our families, so we felt connected on the holiday. Then on the...

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Nov 1, 2005 - Wanganui

We arrived at Wanganui on the 31/10/05 and booked into the camp site at Castlehill for 2 nights because it looked pretty good!!! We had just booked into an area from different horror films Wrong Turn, Deliverence etc WEIRDOS!!! The regulars at the campsite would appear everywhere, one had a big eye, another a very weird limp/jump and a tall slim freaky guy always saying hello and laughing and they all looked related. Enough said I think but Rachael fitted in very well He He. Also to top it off it was the worst night of weather blowing a...

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Jul 22, 2005 - Wanga

We stayed one night here. The hostel was a big house, run by a gay couple. We headed into town, only to find that the one place we wanted to go..... was full!! bummer!! so headed to a bar called Buzz, the only other busy place - but the customers in there were either v young, or rather old!! After some drinks and some dancing, to a bizarre mix of music, and a DJ looking like Laura's brother, we headed back. Only to find that the other people in the hostel (two kiwi lads) had put gardening crystals in the washing machine instead of washing...

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Jun 15, 2005 - Back in cyber contact after 5 star break! (Wanganui)

We are back in the truck again after 2 nights celebrating my birthday (late) and Kingsley's birthday (early- well we did wake up there) in NZ's leading hotel- The Grand Chateau at Tongariro. The crew and cast of the Lord of the Rings stayed there for several weeks whilst filming Mordor as it is at the foot of 3 fantastic, still active volcanoes which are currently covered with snow. We arrived in the dark after another great day at Waitomo, taking in the German Angora Rabbit Shearing show (I jest not) and Billy Blacks NZ cultural show- a...

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Apr 3, 2005 - Day 30

Left our final campsite on the South Island at 7.20am for Picton, and our ferry back to Wellington. Needless to say we had to make another stop at the Montana Vineyard at Blenheim for topping up the wine cellar in the campervan (the broom cupboard)! Ferry crossing was superb, sun all the way, smooth crossing and sat out on the deck for a three hour crossing. Two hour journey to our camp site for the night.

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Mar 10, 2005 - Wanganui

We arrived back in Wellington early afternoon and decided that while we were in the city we'd go to the cinema which was one thing we'd found we'd been missing for the last two months! After doing that and having something to eat we headed out of the city back to the campsite we'd stayed at in Lower Hutt on the way south. After spending the night there we continued on to our next destination - Wanganui. We arrived there with it absolutely tipping it down which kind of limited what we could do, especially as it barely let up for the rest of...

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