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16/5/2019 NEW ZEALAND - North Island

We considered renting a motorhome or camper but when found out the cost decided against it. It would be cheaper to buy a small campervan then sell it when we were finished. This way we didn't have to book our return tickets and had the freedom of no time frame or rental restrictions.

Here is a photo of 'Bubble', named after the AbFab character in keeping with our theme (Eddie - our first little van, Patsy the motorhome, Saphie the scooter). Anyone a bit younger than us might not know about the English TV comedy called Absolutely Fabulous. Bubble was the air headed secretary in the show.

Photo of Campervan

In Auckland we stayed at an apartment in Mount Hobson - it had a nice walkway up behind to the top of the Mount. The photo shows part of the view.

Photo from Mount Hobson

After finding 'Bubble' we set off north, stopping along the way. Took a bus trip from Bay of Islands up to Cape Reinga. This included a drive along the beach, sand boarding, timber work displays and drive and walks through old forests. Photo of Cape Reinga Lighthouse:

Photo of Lighthouse at Cape Reinga

View over the Cape:

Photo of view over Cape Reinga

Photo of what a bus looks like on a beach:

Photo of the bus on beach

Travelling back down south in the town of Hamilton we came across a tribute to the Rocky Horror character 'Rif Raf':

Photo of statue of Rif Raf

The Hamilton Gardens were a highlight of our whole trip to NZ. They have over twenty different themed sections. The photo shows just one area:

Photo of part of Hamilton Gardens

Rotorua - mud bubbles, steam things, and smell of sulphur, but best thing - Museum closed but here is a photo of it anyway:

Photo of Rotorua Museum

I told a lie, the best thing was we took the amphibious 'Duck' ride through the streets, and into lakes, all the while honking our duck beaks. It was great fun and you couldn't help but be a kid again using the whistle they provided.

Photo of Rotorua Museum

Back to reality - In Wellington we had our first (of many more) sightings of buildings closed down due to not passing the new Earthquake tests. Photo of the Government building empty and neglected:

Photo of part of Building condemned

Black sand beaches also became a common site, but Robyn didnt like them much:

Photo of Robyn at beach

Wellington also had some nice beaches - very popular on hot days:

Photo of a Wellington Beach

Other highlights on the North Island (among many):
Glowworm cave at Waitomo - pretty special, walk through the caves, jump in a boat at the bottom and be transported through caves where glowworms were doing their thing on the walls and ceilings.

Napier - art deco themed city, park run and security guard being nasty.
Otorohanga - kiwi house where we got to see the little birds.

Photo of Kiwi Statue at Otorohanga

Whanganui steamboat ride
Whangarei - bike ride where the road kept going and going but we didn't
Matakohe - lovely camp ground and wonderful Kauri Museum with excellent displays including one of thousands of different wood hand saws and chainsaws:

Photo of wood saw Display

See you on the South Island

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