Auckland and Northland
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Sorry itâ€™s taken so long, but weâ€˜ve been having a fantastic time and Iâ€˜ve fallen in love with New Zealand. Itâ€™s like a massive activity centre here, If thereâ€™s somewhere to hike, float, chuck yourself off, or go fast in any means of transport, then thereâ€™s a Kiwi with a list of dire jokes in a small knackered minibus to take you there and bring you back to the bar afterwards.
We started in Auckland which to be honest was the most boring place in the country. (For the record Caz liked it). There are plenty of nice parks to walk around (most of them old volcanoes) but not much else unless you go out into the bay to visit the many islands. Itâ€™s hard to see why a quarter of the population stay here but at least it makes the rest of the country less crowded.
When we arrived the weather was a bit colder than we expected so we decided to head north to gain a couple of degrees. We spent a few days in the bay of islands in a small beachside town called Paihia and visited the original capital Russell which as it has the oldest licensed bar in NZ deserved a beer or two for historical purposes. From here we went on a coach trip to the very northern tip of NZ and a drive down 90 mile beach (only 67 miles really but the Aussies have an 80 mile one and must be beaten at all costs). They have massive sand dunes you can sand surf down, the only problem is the walk up is a killer and so limits the number of times you can do it (I only managed twice before I gave up) Caz stayed safely at the bottom while people tried to convince her to go up by telling her that an 85 year old did it last week, and they would be up there if it wasnâ€™t for their plastic knees! Alas she stayed put on this occasion.