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Kirky’s Travel Diary

Monday, 13 Dec 2004

Location: New Zealand

MapW/B 13th Dec

Where has 2004 gone?! Richie arrives from finishing the originally planned trip to Southern Chile, Easter Island and Tahiti...I'll get there soon enough thats for sure. Off to Rotorua to see Paul and Rachel again and meet Fabienne, mad Swiss girl who I haven't yet seen pause for breath! A couple of evenings in The Lava Bar and this staying sober is going to take a bit of getting used to!

Off down to Napier, NZ's Art Deco capital, includes a trip to a local Winery and Cidery. The tune 'Why does it always rain on me' is cropping up a lot lately. We also take in a local Reggae band, 'The Uplifters', EP release hindsight not sure about the purchase of the mightly yellow t-shirt though.

In search of more walkable weather, we head in the direction of Turangi, south of Taupo, hoping to walk either the Tongariro Crossing or The Northern Circuit...this rain's really starting to get annoying now. Both tracks are closed due to bad weather.