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Auckland and Bay of Islands

First stop in NZ

rain 15 °C

Unfortunately blog readers I have had to step in and write about our first stop in NZ as Adam (or Madam as I call him) is refusing to do it as he'd rather brag about white water rafting and skiing which is coming later! So here goes! First stop was Auckland, as is ever the case: nice hostel shame about the area, we popped out to get some supplies and saw a few prostitutes loitering down our street. The first day we went to the Stardome Observatory and saw some cool constellations. I further improved my limited knowledge of space by discovering that the moon doesn't just 'come out' at night, it's there all the time!! Then we decided to check out a place called 'Ice Bar' where they were offering entry to the bar for $10 the following night rather than the usual $30 so we opted for that. Little did we know that it meant we got no protective clothing in there whatsoever, apart from a measly pair of gloves so we freezed our arses off! Ice sculptures were cool though - boom boom! 4694905184_da844681de.jpgAfter a few days in Auckland we headed up to a place called Paihia in the Bay of Islands with a rather disciplinarian bus driver called 'Geoff' who would only allow 'lightly coloured sports drinks' on his bus. Unfortunately I took a sickness tablet on the way up which made me pass out and when we finally got there I'm pretty sure I'd got concussion from continually banging my head on the window for 4 hours. This was confirmed the next morning when Madam told me I'd laughed in my sleep and told him I was laughing at Westlife...Anyhoo, Bay of Islands was a pretty place and our hostel had great views over the bay. 4689255215_ee5e8e46a1.jpgHowever the weather was pretty crap so we couldn't do too much. So we went to the Treaty House where the English and Maori first signed the treaty back in 1840 and then the next day we went over to a town called Russell and saw the oldest Church in NZ....Good times! Can maybe see why Madam didn't want to write this part...it gets better I promise!

Posted by palmer830 17:59 Archived in New Zealand

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Haha Madam, I love it! Am going to be using this name from now on!! Shame about the weather as bay of islands is just breathtaking!!! I gather you have moved on by now so there is no point suggesting a boat trip, preferably a swimming with dolphins one?! Well if you are off to the south islands, at least do a dolphin swimming one in kaikoura. It will be cold but you get wetsuits and trust me it IS worth it! (I wasn't so sure about it at the time either but I'm not regretting it at all!!) can't wait to see you when you back!! Xx

by mafgirl

that's on the agenda! Is it seal swimming too? can't wait to see you too! xxx

by palmer830

"Madam" is excellent - can't believe we didn't think of it before. This is the route Frazer and I did when we were in the North Island - weather also rubbish / drizzly when we went up to the Bay of Islands which was a shame. I liked the Waitangi Treaty place and Paihia the best. Congrats on keeping up with the blog- I ran out of motivation and prob won't finish mine - annoyed with myself really as it would have been nice to complete it but I've left it too long now. Looking forward to your BBQ ;-D xx

by Sambosonic

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