Monthly Archives: May 2009

Rafting

I've been wanting to go rafting for the entire trip – but we missed out Viccy Falls and it was a bit dry throughout the rest of Africa. So I was really looking forward to giving it a go in … Continue reading

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Chilly mornings

We thought that we’d left the snow behind on the South Island – “oh it’s so much warmer on the North Island”, everyone said. Or not! The mountains look amazing covered in snow, but it’s a bit less romantic when … Continue reading

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Snowy walk

We were determined to do a 5 hour walk around Mt Taranaki (which had a starring role in The Last Samurai), but the plan had to be ditched when dear old Bertha (our van) was unable to make it up … Continue reading

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Whangamomona

This pioneer town of around 300 people has dwindled to a very sorry 30. Many of the old buildings display plaques telling of their former glory. But this town ain’t dead yet – indeed, it isn’t just a town, it’s … Continue reading

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Our very own colossal squid, Brian

  The main museum in Wellington is just amazing. We spent two hours there and saw about 5% of it. Just recently some fishermen caught an Antartic Toothfish that was in the process of being eaten by a colossal squid. They … Continue reading

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Up, up and away

Last time I (Ben) was here I did pretty much every adventure activity going, but there were a few left that I still wanted to do. One was paragliding. There was the option of a tandem flight (strapped to the … Continue reading

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Giving Bertha a complex

100_0286[1] Campervans are EVERYWHERE in NZ, especially in the South island. Most are big, white and expensive like these ones on a site in Wellington. But size isn't everything. It's OK Bertha, you're great. As some of you found our … Continue reading

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