04 septembre 2010

Taking it easy

All good things come to an end… Today we fly home. We spent a wonderful time. The country is truly amazing… It’s Labour week-end, an important holiday in New Zealand, so there aren’t a lot of people on the road. At the airport, we rush in the duty free to spend our NZ$ till the last cent, teddy bears for Noemie, jade and mother of pearl necklaces, and of course the original All blacks Adidas t-shirt for Jeremie… Enough souvenirs, the best of them we’ve shared with you.    
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30 août 2010

Newmarket and K road

This city is so spread… There are so many neighborhoods to explore but there isn’t enough time. We focus on Newmarket and K road, sampling vintage shops and art galleries. Some pieces of art we find outrageously expensive. Jeremie desperately looks for nice manga bookshops with little luck. We take the bus for the first time and it prooves quite nice to have a tour of the city.  What we find it completely cool is that no matter how you’re dressed it seems to fit with the scenery and doesn’t attract weird looks from other... [Lire la suite]
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27 août 2010

Home in the city

  We try to skip it every now and then, but no, Jeremie has a hard time convincing me not to go to the zoo when we travel. We spend the morning at the Auckland zoo and get a glimpse at the kiwi, the pinguins and try the cold weather sensation theater. It was worth it, though we could not see kangarous. In the city we do like the business men do. Soon enough, we trade our campervan and upgrade to 5 star hotel. A lot of time was spent returning the campervan and getting reimbursed for the half-days lost repairing the battery... [Lire la suite]
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23 août 2010

Volcano in the city

  Auckland is one of those amazing cities that sits on the highest number of active volcanos. Rangitoto island is the result of a volcanic explosion, and one of the best places to have a panorama of the city, from amidst the trees. The volcano is not considered active. We take the ferry there and start the hike to the top. It’s a nice walk close to the beach with some good bird watching opportunities. The day continues with a walk around second hand bookshops around Devonport and art galleries, where we enrich our National... [Lire la suite]
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19 août 2010

Tauranga to Auckland

We catch breakfast with the seagulls on the beach in Tauranga before hitting the road. We pass some empty cities and wander around in a city where shops seem specialized with antiques, they call it the antique trail. It feels like the notion of time does not exist here as we stumble upon dust-eaten books, old-fashioned china and colonial era pieces. Our driving skills in New Zealand do not prove as good as we’re about to reach Auckland. We spent hours in the traffic and awkward road and neighbourhood logic. We can’t seem to find... [Lire la suite]
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15 mai 2010

JEREMIE SKYDIVE

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10 mai 2010

Fly like a Bird

  The weather looks promising as the day starts. Here we go Tongariro! We had planned to walk until the Red crater as the Alpine crossing could be too much for Noemie. The path is well maintained and goes through wonderful scenery. We start climibing our way close to the Red Crater when we notice that Noemie is not enjoying the ride in the kangaroo. In reality, although the weather is magnificent, there are some cold winds brushing her face, a bit too much for a 6-month baby. We turn back and rest for no more than 10 minutes... [Lire la suite]
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19 janvier 2010

Holy smoke

This morning, a glimpse out of the curtains is enough to predict the weather… Ok. What do we do here in bad weather? The Tongariro Alpine crossing would not be doable with strong winds and snow, and the skydive cannot be done with these clouds. We surf our brochure-flooded campervan to help us decide on the course of the day. There are all sorts of information here, maps, activity guides, things to do under the rain, accommodation and restaurants directory. The Lonely Planet could be obsolete in this country… We drive 40 min... [Lire la suite]
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16 janvier 2010

Napier to Taupo

  Today t-shirts come alive out of our suitcase! Yoohoo! Sunshine and warm temperatures. Visit Craggy range winery (one of the best red in NZ) in Hastings for with nice setting. Take a walk in Napier’s busy streets, observe art-deco architecture and enjoy summertime for a few hours. Lunch at the Mission where Jeremie experiences Kangaroo meat (didn’t know it is eatable). Very good food here but we find the wines a bit flat. Overdosed with all drinks white and red - but in good condition to drive - we head for Taupo. The... [Lire la suite]
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14 janvier 2010

Grey and windy Wellington

  It rained throughout the night in our city parking lot. Apparently parking is hard in Wellington for campervans, with camping grounds at least 10 km outside the city center. We had chosen the best option without knowing it. In fact, parking grounds exist, except that you have to pay for it and it remains way cheaper than camping grounds. So we get wet and cover Noemie as we do parts of the walking tour mentioned in the LP. The shopping streets we find of little interest and we fail to notice the artsy shops which we thought... [Lire la suite]
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