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Australia + New Zealand 2010: Summary

13-May-10

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Oy. Toilet. Boot. Torch. Have a go. Carpark. Carport. Take Away. Boomerangs. Bush. Surf. Koalas. Kangaroos. Wallabies. Penguins. Tram. No worries. Mate. G’Day. Sweet As. Petrol. Eucalyptus (gum). Shell is Coles is Australia. Burger King is Hungry Jacks in Australia. Ozone layer above Australia is thin. The sun+rays is very intense, you can feel the […]

New Zealand 2010: Day 06 (18): May 12

13-May-10

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Checked out and ready to go. Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland! Opening at 830 we arrived around 9 and started through the park. 25 markers in total, each one had something special about them. Mud boiling, different minerals coming through the steam creating different colours, steam geysers, and the stench of sulphur. But all in all it […]

New Zealand 2010: Day 05 (17): May 11

13-May-10

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One thing we HAD to do if we ever got the chance on this trip was….. Surfing! We called last night and they happened to have another person arrange a lesson as well! Discovery Surfing nz. An hour away at Mt Maunganui north of Rotorua in Tauranga, we joined the 1130 lesson at the Main […]

New Zealand 2010: Day 04 (16): May 10

13-May-10

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Setting out for Tongariro National Park, we stopped by the Huka Falls, a small detour. The Huka Falls, where the New Zealand’s largest lake drains into its largest river, the Waikato. Tongariro National Park. Driving past Lake Taupo and a couple of other small towns, 2 hours later, we parked at the Whakapapa Village that […]

New Zealand 2010: Day 03 (15): May 09

13-May-10

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Seema at Freeman’s Lodge ordered a rental car company to pick us up at 8am, arrived at around 830. Meh. The first thing that bothered me was that the driver didn’t offer to load our luggage. Went off to pick up another client, 4 passengers… And then headed to the rental car lot, Quality Car […]

New Zealand 2010: Day 02 (14): May 08

08-May-10

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Heading out from the hostel, UPhill to K-Road, a hub of buses we found our bus heading to the Newmarket/Broadway shopping streets. K-Road, Karangahape Road. Anyways. Got on the LinkBus, $1.70 ride! To the shopping district and got a nice breakfast as Massimo. Visited another Westfields shopping centre and other random shops. The unique chain […]

New Zealand 2010: Day 01 (13): May 07

08-May-10

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Auckland. First impressions… Steep hills. Reminded me a bit of Korea actually… And the city centre was very heavily Korean as well! Although there were some Japanese and Chinese, more Koreans. Yup. After making some plans, we ‘ran’ to the dock to get ferry tickets to Rangitoto Island… Only to be late by about 5 […]