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Kirky’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 16 Feb 2005

Location: Sydney, Australia

MapNew Zealand was fantastic. Stayed a bit longer than expected but it was great to spend time with the family and watch little Sophie grow so much in such a short space of time. She's now causing havoc having mastered the ability of walking.

Since the last entry I headed down to Invercargill, 'the arsehole' of New Zealand as Sir Mick once called it. Not much to write home about, just a means to get over to Stewart Island to walk the Rakiura track and take in the traquil wildlife haven that is Ulva Island.

It was then up the East coast to Dunedin, the Edinburgh of the South and onto Mount Cook National Park to take in the views of a truely magnificent mountain and surrounding area. Christchurch was a rest stop for a few days to chill. I'd planned on stopping in Kaikoura, but after a frantic half hour all of the plans had changed and I headed further North for the ferry back to Wellington and the International Rugby 7's tournament...the biggest two-day party in New Zealand and it was brilliant, although for a while it looked like I was going to be sleeping on a park bench for the weekend. Thanks to Helen and Jeanette for providing the entertainment and apologies to the two couples in front who left with only half the bells on their hats and minus a flag. Any Bob the Builder look-a-likes still searching for their tools, I'm sorry I can't help you. The weekend in Wellington also saw in the Chinese New Year with a great fireworks display, and was finsished off with the Waitangi Day celebrations. I was also lucky enough to see off the Global Challenge Round the World yachts and I'll see them again in Sydney. Good luck to Dave on SAIC and Emma on Barclays. Too keep up to date visit http://www.globalchallenge2004.com/en/

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Landed in Sydney today. Thank you to Elfreda for putting me up for my last couple of nights in Auckland and for the lift to the airport this morning at such an unsociable hour.

After a few days the plan is to head south to Tasmania and then make it over to Melbourne for the Grand Prix. As well as the ususal sites, taken in the 'Touch of Mandela' exhibtion, the Nelson Mandela art exhibition that is in town (see http://www.touchofmandela.com.au/). Hoping to head over to Manly beach provided the weather gets better (a great 20+ degrees when I landed it's currently blowing a gale with a big black cloud over head at the moment).

Keep well everyone.