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Dec 23, 2004 - Beautiful Bay of Islands

Hi Christmas duckies It's Christmas Eve and we are in the Bay of Islands which is at the top of the North Island. We arrived here a couple of days ago. No change though as as we were driving up the rain was just falling out of the sky but by the time we were entering Paihia where we are staying the sun came out - what timing. We checked into our accommodation which is called Chalet Romantica. It's a Swiss style house perched ontop of a hill. I know what you are thinking - poor Spen - but honestly the hill was more of a brew really, not that...

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Nov 10, 2004 - Whangarei / Tutukaka Coast

Drove down East Coast to Whangarei via the Tutukaka Coast.. a mass of bendy gravelly roads that are made up for by some absolutely stunning scenery! Ngunguru (Seaside Resort)is particularly nice! James decided to head out to Poor Knights Island, which is one of the top 10 dive sites in the world (according to Jaques Cousteau), for some diving. It was brilliant, he saw pregnant sting rays, more fish than you can shake a stick at and even ended up in the biggest sea cave in the world! I decided that the hour boat trip each way to the dive...

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Nov 6, 2004 - Nov 6th Poor knight Islands

ON my own now so lets go diving. this is one of the best sites int he world because of the mixture of sea creatures that are usually found only in warmer or colder climes, and rarely mixing. This allow an almost reef like culture with the colours, and rays, eels and smaller critters covering the area. When I was there I actually get quite blazay of the Rays because of the frequency of them, eels were common but the wall were covered in brightly covered nudibrachs (sea slugs) and sea jellys. Sea gooseberrys were in there reproductive stage...

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Oct 16, 2004 - The journey back to Auckland

Get your maps out folks! After walking to the actual cape in the morning, we drove all the way through the northern Peninsula on Highway 1. We then followed the coast down the left handside of the country down to Dargsville, which meant that we had to drive through a huge forest and also take a cute little ferry, which reminded us of The Falmouth ferry. From Dargsville (in the rain) we carried on back to the North Shore campervan park, where we stayed, sheltering from the rain! It was a huge drive, taking about 8 hours in all. Although it...

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Oct 13, 2004 - Whangeri

Nice place this. Not really much touristy stuff to do, but a cool town to chill out in. We checked into a motor camp this time, as we were in desperate need of a shower (nice), and these camps are cool & come with all the facilities you need. So after checking in we head into town to find & surprise our pal who works in an Irish pub. After a couple of beers in various establishments, we finally came across the right Pub, only to find Helen had just left, luckily we get her number from a nice irish bar man & let her know we were there. We...

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Apr 27, 2004 - Diving the Poor Knights Islands

We drove from Hobbiton up to Tutakaka, the jump point for the Poor Knights Islands. Jacques Cousteau rated them in his top ten dive sights in the world. We found out why. Excellent visibility, abundent sealife and huge schools of fish. It was also good to get our first cold water dive under our belts. First dive site was Mary┬┤s Wall, a wall that drops 20 metres to the sandy bottom. We saw scorpionfish (very poisonous but docile), nudibranch┬┤s (colourful sea slugs, very pretty) as well as a kelp forest and lots of other fish. On the way to...

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