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Loveday’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 11 Oct 2007

Location: Havelock South Island, New Zealand

MapDay 4 Bay of Islands to Coromandels

Travelled south - visited Whangeriei Falls. Stopped at Warkworth to sample great NZ pies. Travelled back through the 4 o'clock Auckland traffic chaos. Crossed 1km long single lane bridge across the Firth of Thames. Stayed at Oceanview on Thames B & B - a hearty NZ breakfast with the works!!!

Day 5 - Coromandel Peninsula

Travelled on the 309 road - Waiau Falls. Saw 13 massive kauri trees at Kauri Grove.

Waded in the hot spring pools at Hahei Beach.

Tramped to Cathedral Cove - magnificent. Well worth the walk!!

Travelled south through Paeroa - home of the famous kiwi softdrink - L & P.

Arrived at Farmstay at Wairere Falls. Had our own little cottage. Milked 240 gurnsey cows. (very small compared with 1500 herd in South Island).

Day 6 - West to White Cliffs Station

Travelled to Matamata - Emily's pick of all towns in NZ - so far. John went to Hobbiton of Lord of the Rings fame. Country in mourning after the All Black loss in the World Cup.

What is the difference between an All Black and a teabag?
The teabag stays in the Cup longer!!

Travelled to Cambridge - Town of Trees and Champions. Visited the Cambridge Horse Stud - home of 6 Melbourne Cup winners.

Next was Otorohanga Kiwi House - saw Northern Brown Kiwi and Spotted Kiwi and the silver fern.

Arrived at White Cliffs Station quite late. Angus cattle and sheep.

Day 7 White Cliffs - Marton

Toured White Cliffs Station over very steep gravel roads - through locked gates etc. Visited the white cliffs - very rugged coastline and John walked through the 89 years old Te Horo Sheep tunnel to the ocean.

Travelled through New Plymouth. Missed seeing Mt Taranaki because of the weather. Disappointing but that is life in NZ!

South to Stratford - named after Shakespeare's home town - Romeo & Juliet glockenspiel clock and saw our first rhododendrums in flower. All streets named after Shakespearian characters. Saw 13 Fonterra milk trucks in 5 minutes.

Visited Nigel Ogle's Tawhiti Museum - History in dioramas - excellent.

Arrived in Marton - John saluted the statue of Captain Cook each time we went past it!! - Cook was born in Marton, England. Visitied Luke Kleinschmidt - Emily's cousin!

Day 8 - Wellington

Travelled to Bulls where John drank 'milk from Bulls' at the local dairy (corner store). Went on to Feilding - home of Murray Ball of Footrot Flats fame.

Stopped at Kapiti Coast to sample the famous Kapiti ice cream.

Next stop - Wellington. Stayed at the Sharella opposite the Botanical Gardens. We had views of the tulips. Visited the Beehive - Parliament, Te Papa National Museum and back to the Gardens by the Wellington Cable Car.

John went on the Sanctuary by Night tour at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in search of kiwis.

Day 9 Interislander Ferry to Picton

Caught the 8.25 am Ferry in pouring rain. A very smooth ride across Cook Strait. Raining in the South Island.

Our hire car is a brand new Ford Focus with only 7 km on the clock. Took the scenic Queen Charlotte Drive to Havelock.

John tried some green lipped mussels - an acquired taste! Visited Ernest Rutherford Memorial - the father of the Atom.

Day 10 Havelock

We are going on the Mail Run Cruise around Pelorus Sound.