Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 15

Woke to grey skies, but no rain so we headed off to Zealandia EcoSanctuary¬†, I know it is vitally important the work they do protecting native lizards and birds here, however, we actually found it a little boring. SORRY. The rare birds, while we spotted a few (Tui and Takahe) in the distance or hidden,…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 14

Woke this morning to grey skies and drizzle, a good day to stay inside, but you do what you have to do while on holiday. Thankfully a very helpful lady at iSite (Tourism Office) managed to find us two tickets to the Weta Basic Studio tour, which we were very happy to have. We drove…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 13

We woke up early grabbed a coffee and headed out, really not much to do in this part of the world, headed over to Palmerston North to see The Old Brickworks, pretty uninspiring after the Cement Works the other week. Stopped at Opiki Toll Bridge (or what is left of it). So we continued onto…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 12

After spending the night in the worst hotel, so hot and stuffy and noisy, no hot water to speak of so we gave up and left this little hell hole and quickly drove to Mata Mata and the Hobbiton Movie Set. We did this last time and we still loved it, although we did not…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 11

Due to complete exhaustion from the previous day or so we had a bit of a sleep in (I think I slept something like 11 hours!) and left Rotorua for Taupo. We briefly stopped at Huka Falls, honestly not very pretty there was a LOT of water going over, but brown and muddy and did…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 10

This time we were off to visit another Geo Thermal area, also near Rotorua (the area is full of them), this time it was Wai Mangu, it is more expensive and not quite the drawcard tourist wise as Wai-O-Tapu for a few very obvious reasons; the cost (triple the price, plus the optional boat cruise),…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 8

Visited the Burke Street Wharf in the early morning light, the tide was out and we had very pretty light hitting the remains of the wharf and creating fabulous shadows in the mud flats. All too soon it was time to be off again. Doubling back on ourselves we drove back through Whatatete Bay, so…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 7

We had the luxury of a small sleep in, then with coffee in hand, we headed off to Whitianga for our cruise into Cathedral Cove. It was a leisurely one hour drive through some pretty, but hilly countryside (Oh who am I kidding, not too many parts of NZ are NOT Flat! – but these…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 6

A truly horrible night spent in a horrible hotel, these guys did NOT get a favourable review on Trip Advisor! Too hot, too noisy, we were awake and could not sleep so we left early. Sadly it turns out they also had bed bugs, as we came in so late, we neglected to check the…

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Our New Zealand Adventure – Day 5

Today we drove to Paihia (pronounced Paheeha), we were booked on a Cruise out of the Bay to see some Dolphins and The Hole in The Rock, as well as Cape Brett Lighthouse and of course the coastline. We grabbed a coffee (best we have had the entire trip) and wandered the harbour, while we…

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