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Sep round-up

When? / Where? The pleasant little stops. I had fun paying for this… I freely enjoyed… I missed doing… and why I felt
Sep 8 Fri Waitomo, Rotorua Mt. Eden (again), Otorohanga Kiwiana town mini-tour Waitomo Abseiling
(very exciting), Waitomo Glow-worm
caves
(spectacular)
  Waitomo Black water rafting (no time), Otorohanga Kiwi house
(no time), Rotorua Tamaki Maori
village
Hangi and concert (no interest), Rotorua Polynesian Spa (no
interest)
Very thrilled, having done two activities in Waitomo.
Leisurely night, smelling sulphur in Rotorua.
Sep 9 Sat Taupo Lady Knox geyser, Taupo Huka Falls lookout (green waters) Rotorua Wai-o-tapu
(colourful thermal activity), Taupo
Bungy
(no words)
Early morning Lake Rotorua walk (amidst hot pools and
smells),
Rotorua Kaitaki Rafting/Sledging
(no time),
Bungee is the scariest adventure activity in my life (full stop)
Sep 10 Sun Taupo   Mountain biking in Taupo (tiring)   Tongariro Crossing (bad weather) – arguably the finest 1day walk, Taupo Tandem Skydive (costly), Taupo Prawn Park (tired) Had kiwifruit. Very lazy day.
Sep 11 Mon Rotorua, Te Puke, Mt. Maunganui   Rotorua Zorb (wickedly
funny)
Mt. Maunganui mount walk (awesome views) White Island
active volcano (no time)
Last night of travel for the trip.
Sep 12 Tue Waihi, Paeroa, Auckland Karangahake Gorge, Paeroa L&P     Thames (tour bus didn’t go) Just a return bus ride to Auckland. End of my Central North Island trip.
Sep 15 Fri Dargaville, Paihia Tane Mahuta (biggest Kauri tree), Hokianga harbour
(breathtaking), Opo(noni) Dolphin video (heart-warming)
Matakohe Kauri Museum (ancient) Haruru Falls (pathetic)   Hokey-pokey ice-cream, barbeque. I can like white girls!
Sep 16 Sat Awanui, Cape Reinga, Paihia Ancient Kauri Kingdom (good for souvenirs) 90 Mile Beach (beach drive), Te Puki sand boarding (thrilling), Cape Reinga lighthouse (northernmost tip) Puketi Forest (Kauri trees again)   Fish ‘n’ chips. Met an Indian Naveen on the tour bus. This day trip – one
of my best days.
Sep 17 Sun, Auckland   Waitangi Treaty grounds (historic NZ’s founding), Hole in the Rock MacAttack fast boat (ok) Paihia Lookout walk, Romantic
Russell Flagstaff walk
Kawakawa toilet (bus didn’t go), Whangarei Falls (above
excuse)
End of the Bay of Islands trip
Sep 22 Fri, Tokoroa, Bulls, Wellington My first sight of snow from the bus after Taupo, Bulls has weird names for its shops (e.g. The police station ConstaBull)     Overlander
train (stopped in Sep 2006, so couldn’t get tickets), almost all of Wellington esp. Te Papa museum
Just a plain bus trip to Wellington. Stayed overnight with Naveen who I met last Sat. Dined with his Mallu cousin.
Sep 23 Sat, Picton, Christchurch Kaikourra coastal town Cook Strait
Interislander
ferry (pleasant),
TranzCoastal train (romantic)
TranzCoastal snow thrills, Picton paragliding Kaikourra whale
watching
(no time)
Met an IIMK professor and his family on exchange in the train. Had pooris and channa (tasty).
Sep 24 Sun Akaroa, Christchurch Banks Peninsula, Birdlings Flat Beach, Little River rail station, Hilltop Tavern Akaroa French
Connection
shuttle, Akaroa Harbour nature cruise (penguin, dolphin spotting),
Willowbank
(wild
kiwi walk
)
Christchurch Garden City walk, Cathedral Square, Botanical
Gardens, Avon river
Avon river punting
(didn’t know – very English), Antarctic
Centre
(no time)
Very cold day in Akaroa. Disappointed not to get student
discount in the cruise. But the Kiwi walk was worth the wildness.
Sep 25 Mon Arthur’s Pass, Greymouth, Nelson Punakaiki Pancake
rocks
(natural wonder),

TranzAlpine
train (a MUST-DO), Greymouth to Nelson drive (first the beautiful coast, then the scenic river)
Buller river views Greymouth gold panning Another great day. Loved the TranzAlpine ride and the pancake rocks, blowholes bonus.
Sep 26 Tue, Auckland   Air NZ flight back home (?) Centre of NZ walk
Abel Tasman National park
(hafta see it later),
End of 1st South Island trip. The island is simply magical.
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  1. sk
    11 October 2006 at 1:55 am

    Adapaavi, one month evlo suthi irukka. Did you do bungee jumping? Do write about it. DH wants to do it and I have been dissuading him. The landscape of NZ is simply awesome.
    Hope you have started studying now :–D

  2. 11 October 2006 at 8:50 am

    of course, i did a bungee on my very 1st trip. there’s so much to write 🙂 DH has to do it. It’s very safe. Nothing to worry!

    i’ve been studying for the last 1 month, can’t you see? :-p i’ve got 2 exams today and after that, my 1st term is done.

  3. A
    11 October 2006 at 11:59 am

    Awesome :-D! Looks like you have not wasted a single day!

    I am impressed with your bungee jumping. I have been wanting to do it for a long time – can’t seem to locate any brave souls to do it with me though :-(!

  4. 11 October 2006 at 7:54 pm

    A, you got no companion for bungee? what a sad thing!! but why do ya need a friend to jump? are you lookin at the romantic tandem jumps? i can send you some of my pix. it’s safe and it’s the second before the jump which’s the scariest. everythin else is just fine.

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