NZ – Auckland to Wellington

A very brief series of NZ blogs to catch up

It’s winter here and we didn’t make much southerly progress due to ice, but we’ll get to that. It’s very cold. We’re going to hit a few countries off-season and this is one of them.

The first stop is Tuaranga to get new tires. TKC 80’s since we’re not concerned with tire wear here
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Once free of Auckland it’s a dash across vividly green countryside
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Then to Hamilton
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The leaves are off the trees. It feels like winter.
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Our first view of the hills that characterize NZ. Choppy, like the southern ocean on a bad day
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Rivers everywhere
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Stocked with Rainbow trout from BC decades ago, now the dominant fresh water game fish
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Then to New Plymouth
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Our first ocean view
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A black-sand beach. It’s soft like mud
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The air is sparkling clear, always
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Mount Taranaki
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And around the coast to Wellington
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Back to the ocean
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My youngest daughter is visiting on her way through. We travel together for a while. Yes, there’s a broken leg in here somewhere
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This is what Wellington looks like when you ride/drive in. Normally this is a windy city, but today it’s stillDSC02966

We decide to check it out by air. We charter the smallest helicopter I’ve ever been in, but it has the benefit of being quiet. My daughter’s in the front, I’m crammed into what passes for a back seat
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Downtown Wellington
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Head north
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Over hills
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Beautiful little valleys
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Along the coastline
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To a small peninsula, covered in seals
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Down there
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Toy helicopter. In bike terms, this is a scooter
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Seals
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And back again
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