March 19, 2017

A nice drive to Auckland was interrupted by arriving in Auckland. We said our farewells to Little Rimu {POD RENTALS} which was emotive as it signified the end of our trip:( Our loss is somebody else's gain. With an Extra 2580km under her CAMbelt I'm sure she will be st...

March 18, 2017

We are back on the road now heading from Thames to Hammy. We'd decided to end the trip with a spot of shopping @ the Thames Saturday Market. We had a voucher courtesy of Steff and enjoyed a delicious burger & bagel from Chequers Cafe.

Next up was The Thames Goldmine Exp...

March 17, 2017

Rain! But that did not deter us. We went on the Ha-Hei Explorer with Riley the Marine biologist/geologist/surfer/diver/spear-fisher/dude! We bounced over many waves, learning about the Maori legends, tree dwelling penguins (Sorry Rachel they don’t exist)!
 

 The legenda...

March 16, 2017

A great day: sun was out, pizza planned for dinner, Ha-Hei to Cathedral cove kayak for me and Te Whanganui a-hei marine reserve snorkeling for Rachel. I had a single kayak, which allowed me to stay away from the crazy French lads, and start my bromance with Rad Brad of...

March 15, 2017

Onemana was a serene and quiet beach paradise, a far cry from our future direction: Hot Water Beach. Equipped with spade, some Canadian allies, and resolve to take no prisoners in the pursuit of building our own little wallow pit. We succeeded after some trenching and...

March 14, 2017

Beer hanging over us, we made our move out of the ‘nosy’ corner and out to the streets of Mt Maunganui. Most notably we hiked halfway around the volcano and then enjoyed ice cream on the beach. When walking back we narrowly avoided a hi-vis & cycling helmet clad bike-l...

March 13, 2017

Waking up to sunshine and surf. We met Chris who taught us about the NZ ocean currents, some skills on the floaty foam boards, critiqued reggae from a surfers perspective, and enlightened us on the dangers and crime that sweeps across NZ (I’m now  a paranoid android)....

March 12, 2017

Woke up to forest and ducks….undoubtly more rain. Luckly, at McLaren Falls this is a major perk; we stopped to view the Wairoa River cascading over the dam wall creating torridity like nothing seen before! The dam was built back in 1915 and by 1925 the Omanawa Falls Po...

March 11, 2017

Day two of rain endurance. 

To use the word "rain" doesn't quite cover the deluge that has fallen as the NZ heavens opens. Bringing not our British cats & dogs but a NZ version of bugs & frogs!

At night we slept to the beat of the drum.

In residence at McLare...

March 10, 2017

We arrive at the legendary Redwood forest to hit up the trials. After hiring two gorgeous Giant Reigns we spent a day going up and down and down and up, awesome bikes and great tracks. Rachel turned her frowns upside down and could be seen smiling all the way down (she...

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