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|Touring New Zealand 2005 - Introduction|
This year we are repeating the approach we used for a similar series from Australia ("News from Downunder") and uplifting them as we go to our web site and limiting the emails to a summary. This approach will, we hope, allow us to provide some background information for those new to the newsletter whilst allowing those who have heard much of it before to quickly scroll through the web pages to new sections.
This year we have gone one step further than previous years and added many pictures from Pauline's Digital Canon A75 Camera in high and low resolution as well as re-using some of the best previous pictures from Film and stills from the Peter's digital video camera.
This year we are spending our time in North Island and our travels will include two weeks sailing in the Hauraki Gulf. The route can be followed as we progress from the links at top and bottom which will be common to all the pages.
We are also including our initial plan for the trip which we will progressively update as we proceed - we never keep to our plans as we adapt to weather and to follow interesting diversions!
17-19 Jan Fly AirNZ to Auckland, Christine 20 Jan Collect campervan. Christine 21 Jan Christine 22-23 Jan 2 nights Dargaville/Trounson Kauri Park 24 Jan Opononi then Rawene ferry to Ahipara 25-26 Jan Cape Reinga then 2 nights Waitiki Landing 27 Jan Back to Ahipara 28 Jan Lunch at Mangonui then Whangaroa Harbour 29 Jan Kerikeri then Hururu Falls 30-31 Jan Thro' Paihia, Opua and Kawakawa to Matakohe 1 Feb Auckland 2-3 Feb MOTAT then to Thames 4-5 Feb Waihi Goldmine tour then 2 nights Rotorua 6 Feb Taupo then Taumarunui 7-9 Feb SH43 to Stratford then 3 nights at East Egmont 10 Feb Drove around the mountain then overnight in Wanganui 11-13 Feb Wellington * 14 Feb Valentines Day cruise on Waimarie, Wanganui 15 Feb River Road to Raetihi 16 Feb Napier - Taihape Road to Kuripapango 17-20 Feb Napier Art Deco Festival * 21 Feb Lake Tutira then Lake Waikaremoana 22 Feb Back to Wairoa then to Gisborne 23 Feb Tauranga 24 Feb Waihi 25-27 Feb Auckland Christine 28 Feb Return van 28 Feb-14 Mar Sailing Auckland * 15 Mar Finish sailing - Auckland 16 Mar Whangarei Falls 17 Mar Russell 18 Mar Tauranga Bay 19 Mar Tauranga Bay 20 Mar Sandspit 21 Mar Auckland Christine 22 Mar Auckland Christine 23-24 Mar Take van back then fly to London
After each visit we also try to extract more from the chronological organisation and consolidate the content into specific pages. Some background pages which may be of interest are: