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Mark's World Tour 2007-08

Trip: New Zealand

There are [46] stories from my trip: New Zealand

Day 244: Post-trek recovery in Nelson

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 6 Jul 2008 | Views [497]

Sunday 6th July I had a good, comfortable nights sleep and got up feeling well. It was another beautiful day in Nelson, and the claim that it is one of the sunnier towns in New Zealand rang true. After breakfast, I sorted out my stuff from the trek ... Read more >

Day 243: Abel Tasman Trek: Day 3

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 5 Jul 2008 | Views [584]

Saturday 5th July I woke up in the cold of the Anchorage dorm hut to find a much better, sunnier morning than the day that had been left behind when darkness fell the previous evening. It had been a better nights sleep than I had expected and the ... Read more >

Day 242: Abel Tasman Trek: Day 2

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | Views [601]

Friday 4th June We got up to much better weather than that of the night before; the sun was out and the rain had disappeared. The other guys in the hut all left before we were ready, but we made it out by 09.30 and headed off on what we had expected ... Read more >

Day 241: Abel Tasman Trek: Day 1

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | Views [778]

Thursday 3rd July I set the alarm for 06.30 and got up almost as soon as it went off as I knew I had a lot to do, and we were on a tight schedule that morning. I made breakfast and some sandwiches for lunch that afternoon, packed my bag and we eventually ... Read more >

Day 240: Nelson to Abel Tasman

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | Views [489]

Wednesday 2nd July We checked out of the hostel, got back in the car and returned to Picton to pick Thomas up from the ferry. Danika and I had met him in Bamber House hostel in Auckland and he had taken the bus from there to Wellington, and got ... Read more >

Day 239: A lovely day in Nelson

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | Views [703]

Tuesday 1st July We got up to a beautiful day, with the sun shining outside and a nice surprise of freshly baked bread sitting on the kitchen counter. It was just another little perk that guests in 'The Bug' are treated to each day, and a nice ... Read more >

Day 238: Wellington to Nelson

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | Views [561]

Monday 30th June I had managed to get some sleep despite the fact that the room we were staying in was situated directly above the pub that was attached to the Nomads hostel, and the music was loud enough for me to hear it through my earphones. ... Read more >

Day 237: Taupo to Wellington

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 29 Jun 2008 | Views [606]

Sunday 29th June After a decent nights sleep, I was in pretty good form ahead of our start towards Wellington. The driver picked us up about half an hour late from the hostel and we headed off around Lake Taupo, taking in the sights of this volcanic ... Read more >

Day 236: Rotorua to Taupo

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 28 Jun 2008 | Views [526]

Saturday 28th June I got up, gathered the last of my stuff together and had breakfast before the Magic Bus picked me and few others up from the hostel at 09.30 (slightly on the late side). We did a whistlestop tour of Rotorua including an old church ... Read more >

Day 235: The world is getting smaller!

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | Views [1001]

Friday 27th June I didn't have anything planned for the day and so had a good lie-in, something that has become a rarity over the course of this trip. Really, I have become such a morning person, and it's been due to the fact that I have to be up ... Read more >

Day 234: A day in Rotorua

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | Views [611]

Thursday 26th June I got up and saw that it was another grey, wet day hanging over Rotorua, just like it had done since I had arrived in New Zealand. Even though I had only left Auckland the day before, I still needed to get a few chores done, ... Read more >

Day 233: On the road again!

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | Views [2986]

Wednesday 25th June My alarm went off at 06.30 and I hopped out of bed, got some breakfast and gathered my food together, got a shower and packed my bags before heading out to wait for the bus across the road from the hostel. The Magic Bus picked ... Read more >

Day 232: Back to the hospital

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | Views [732]

Tuesday 24th June There was no football on for another few days so I had a great lie-in, not getting up until 10.30. The room felt like a furnace as all of the heaters had been kicked into action, but it felt good as it was starting to get very ... Read more >

Day 231: Another quiet day in Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 23 Jun 2008 | Views [678]

Monday 23rd June The last of the quarter-final matches – Italy versus Spain – got me out of bed at another early hour, and it was starting to become a bit of a chore to be getting up at 06.30 when I didn't really have to. But, I wanted to watch ... Read more >

Day 230: Lazy Sunday afternoon-ah!

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 22 Jun 2008 | Views [422]

Sunday 22nd June One of the tastiest games of Euro 2008 was on this morning: Holland versus Russia. Both teams were young, gifted and had played some of the best football of the tournament. It was a decent game and the Russians caused an upset by ... Read more >

Day 229: Saturday in Mount Eden

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 21 Jun 2008 | Views [395]

Saturday 21st June I was out of bed and in front of the TV in the hostel living room by 07.00 to watch the second quarter-final of Euro 2008: Croatia versus Turkey. It was a fairly dull game until the last couple of minutes of extra-time when it ... Read more >

Day 228: Shopping and hospitalising

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 20 Jun 2008 | Views [226]

Friday 20th June I was up early, about 07.00 in an effort to get into town before the shops opened; I was expecting there to be a queue forming outside the Kathmandu store and wanted to make sure that I got my hands on some of the bargains on offer ... Read more >

Day 227: Getting stuff sorted

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | Views [240]

Thursday 19th June I had quite a few things to get sorted out while I was in Auckland. Apart from going to the hospital to get my arm looked at, I wanted to look for some winter clothes as I would surely need them later in the trip (and they would ... Read more >

Day 226: Back to Auckland

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | Views [306]

Wednesday 18th June We had a long drive ahead of us, at least Mum & Dad had to travel from the Northlands to Auckland, drop me off there, and then continue onwards to Rotorua, a few hours extra drive south again. It was going to be a very long ... Read more >

Day 225: The Bay of Islands

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | Views [336]

Tuesday 17th June The first thing I did when I got up was to pull back the curtains in my room and inspect the mornings weather. Although the skies were still grey, there was no rain and it all looked a little less forboding than the day before, ... Read more >

Day 224: Auckland to the Bay of Islands

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | Views [357]

Monday 16th June We woke up to a miserable, rainy day in Auckland. The docklands were covered in a thick blanket of rain and the skies were a dark grey. The cooler and wetter weather that met us on our arrival into New Zealand the day before had ... Read more >

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