28.01.2012 - 02.02.2012 23 °C
Here we are prepared to update you on what we have been up to on the North Island. We hope you all enjoyed yesterday's post on our South Island tours and that you are keeping updated with our pics!
We'll start from where we left off last, Wellington...
We arrived early on the 28th in Wellington, around 2 am and managed to find a free spot to sleep for the rest of the night. After only about 4 and a half hours of sleep we got back on the road into the city center to find cheap day parking and enjoy all that the city of Wellington had to offer. The drive in was reminiscent of a small scale Vancouver with busy city streets, shops and cafe's on every corner. We parked for the day and headed over to the famous Te Papa Museum for a guided audio tour of New Zealand's history and foundation. After a few hours at the museum we walked around the city for some more window shopping and to plan our next destination.
That evening we set out about an hour north of Wellington to spend the night at a cheap campsite, turns out it was not at all worth it. This took us down a windy, narrow gravel road about 14 KM off the main highway, it reminded me of the bumpy road to the cottage except longer and so much worse. When we arrived we paid $6 each to park in an open field with no running water and stinky toilets. We made the best of it however with our luxury lamb meal. This dinner wasn't exactly rack of lamb, but wow do New Zealanders know how to make a mean lamb sausage!
The morning of the 29th we got the hell out of there and started our drive inland to Taupo. Taupo is beautiful, with a large lake and surfer like atmosphere, it was a great place to spend the day and night. The next day we relaxed for the morning and drove about an hour north to Rotorua where we walked through "Craters of the Moon", an area where naturally occurring steam from bellow the earths surface breaks through the ground and is evaporated into the air. To finish off the day we tried our hand at Zorbing. Zorbing is where two people get inside a large plastic ball surrounded by another, larger plastic ball and get rolled down a steep grass hill. This is a truly hilarious activity, we suggest you YouTube it to get a better idea. We spent the evening in Rotorua and ran into some guys we had sat across from in the Vancouver Airport...small world! We went out with them that night to the local backpacker bar and joined forces with some other fellow Canadians for some trivia,a few games of pool, and 2 for 1 drinks!
The morning of the 30th we packed up and started a long 8 hour drive to Wenderholm Regional Park, about 30 minutes north of Auckland. Not much to say about that, but after such a long drive it was nice to stop for a hot dinner made over our Coleman stove and an early bed time!
The following day we made our way to Whangarei (pronounced Fangeray) and tried to take a look inside a glow worm cave. We were more than unsuccessful at this as we did not have the proper equipment or footwear, but we did get a few pictures outside of it... We continued north to The Bay of Islands where we are currently staying. We have spent the day relaxing in town and tonight we head out on a twilight kayak tour where we can swim in and out of a beautiful waterfall. We will keep you posted on how that goes, it should be amazing!
We head a little further north tomorrow to our final destination, Doubtless Bay where we will have our second meal out in New Zealand - "Mangonui World Famous Fish and Chips".
That's all for now, but we will update again soon! Keep all the great comments and posts coming, we love to read them whenever we get on the computer!
Love and miss you all,
Sarah & Jess xoxox