Fiancee, we were not on a shoe string budget and because of this we
could afford to buy a car which gave us independence from public transport,
also we got married in New Zealand.
arrived at the beginning of December in Auckland. We had a stopover
in Malaysia - Penang to break up our journey thus alleviating the strain
of the long flight.
On our arrival in Auckland we stayed with Doug and Betty, ( Wendy's
aunt and uncle ) who made us feel very welcome. We stayed for a week
in Auckland to get over our jet lag which gave us time to explore some
of the sights in Auckland such as the Kelly Tarltons undersea world
and the Auckland Museum. If you do go along to the museum visit the
Maori culture exhibition, there is the stage show with some marvelous
The weather on New Zealands South Island at the time was not favourable
for traveling so we headed to the tropical north where we could guarantee
some warm weather. Our first port of call was Orewa, the Hibiscus coast
as it is known just north of Auckland.
From Orewa we caught a coach to Whangarei and stayed at the camp site
just off Chelsea and Kensington. We visited the clock museum which is
a exhibition of strange and historic clocks, the botanical gardens which
has some huge Begonia's and the Whangerei falls.
From Whangarei we moved upto the Bay of Island's and settled in at Russell
before the mass Christmas exodus descended on Northland. Having a Christmas
in a tropical climate always seems a bit strange if your used to the
cold winters of the northern hemisphere but it all added to the experience.
At Russell we did as much as possible, visiting the Kelly Tarltons ship
wreck museum, Waitangi governors house which is a museum,
the Harruru falls, took the boat trip out to the hole in the rock and
on Christmas Eve we went out on an organised trip to swim with some
dolphins which must be one of the high lights of our time in NZ. This
is an excellent experience which should be taken if you are in the area
and have the time.
From a week before Christmas the camp site population was building up
and on Christmas Eve it was at maximum capacity but it was not intimidating
as it might sound as every body was in the Christmas spirit.
Christmas day was hot and we could not turn down the opportunity of
a Christmas day swim.
The Christmas week flew by and before we knew it New Years Eve was upon
This was even more eventful as there was a concert in the local pub,
The Duke of Marlborough, the Commitments were puting on a gig, playing
late into the night and were extemely loud.
We saw the New Year in at the camp site listening to the Commitments
and planning our journey of South Island. The day after new years day
we headed back to Auckland, stayed a few days here and then headed south.