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From Rotorua!

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Heyyy everyone!
The past couple of days have been great! We left Auckland and drove south to Rotorua. By the time we arrived in the town it was pretty dark so we headed to a huge Lidl style supermarket, bought some supplies as we were going to cook with the gas stoves provided with the van. As we were packing the food into the vans we met this older couple who invited us to camp in their garden! They were lovely folk, and although we were a little cynical, it turned out really well! We followed their car to the Waikite Valley (where the water is boiling hot and rises from the ground!) Got to their house which is huge - they have 4 horses, 2 dogs, a cat, 10 acres of land, neighbours are ages away, and a huge garage with a pool table and table tennis!! So me and Elisa got cooking the Pasta bolognese, opened up the beer and chilled out whilst the boys played pool with the family and their son who is our age.

We headed to bed early in the campervan - quite a comfortable sleep but I got a little too hot in my fleece, hat and sleeping bag. The weather's been very Scottish-esque - so lots of rain! But the scenery is also like scotland - all hills and cows and mountains - beautiful!

The family have allowed us to park/camp in their drive-way again tonight, so today we went to the Waikite Valley thermal pools for a swim - they were amazing! Just lots of pools at various tempertures varying from 37 degrees to 47 degrees - very hot but very relaxing! The boys left early and headed hunting with the family (hunting wild pig and the likes)

Me, Elisa and Jane are wandering around Rotorua for a wee while, then we're heading back to the house for a BBQ (eating the son's wild pig he hunted!)

We leave tomorrow for Taupo!

God Bless x

Posted by cheryl.j. 21:53 Archived in New Zealand Tagged tourist_sites Comments (2)

We've arrived!

Auckland, New Zealand

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Hello!! I'm now on the other side of the world!!

We left London Heathrow around 11pm, arrived in Bangkok Thailand 11 hours later, then arrived in Sydney 9 hours later, then arrived in Auckland 3 hours later. What an extremely long journey!! But it wasn't too bad - we had our own TV's on the plane, and had a massive selection of films and programs to watch, and an unlimited supply of booze haha!

Unfortunately me and Elisa's bags didn't make it to the connecting flight from Sydney to Auckland but they should arrive first thing tomorrow morning so it's not so bad - I'm just glad I kept all my cameras on my hand luggage!

We've booked into Aspen House in the city centre - a little traveller's B&B and at quite a cheap price! My bank card didn't want to work at the airport, so I've had to borrow some pennies until I find another bank - it should work as it's VISA, we'll have to hope and pray..

So we've all had our showers and are heading out to St. Patrick's Cathedral for mass at 7pm, then we'll go out for din-dins and then maybe a drink or two.

Check out's at 10am tomorrow and then we'll get our camper vans and hit the open road!
The plan is to drive all the way from the top of the north island, get a ferry to the south island, and continue down to Christchurch with a stop for snowboarding!

The scenery here is very much like Scotland, I'm liking it. Very autumny - leaves everywhere. Just a shame it's winter.. I didn't know what to expect of Auckland as a city, it's OK, but we haven't had a chance to check it out yet so I'm excited to wander around.

Right I think that's enough for a wee update - not much to tell other than we got here safe and sound with just a few glitches!

Mum, Heather and Mark - I sent a post card from Bangkok yesterday - no idea when you'll get it though!!

Not sure when I'll next update, hopefully get a WiFi spot for the laptop and get a few photos up at some point!

God Bless x

Posted by cheryl.j. 21:44 Archived in New Zealand Tagged air_travel Comments (7)

Hello and welcome!

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I’m off travelling in less than 5 weeks (New Zealand and Australia) and instead of updating blogs on livejournal, bebo, myspace and facebook, I thought it best to add stuff to the one page. I can also add images very easily, so you can all have a look and see what I’ve been up to. You can subscribe to this blog which will send an email to you to let you know I've updated with a new entry - pretty clever and saves you repeatedly checking every day ('cause I know what you're all like!). Just save this link, and I’ll try update as often as I can.

The next time you hear from me I'll be on the other side of the world in the height of winter!

God Bless x

Posted by cheryl.j. 14:50 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged preparation Comments (0)

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