03.05.2009 71 °F
Hey guys! hope everyones all good! we fly into Auckland a couple of days ago, was werid to leave Australlia and feels even weirder that were now over half way through ur trip! After our trip to the outback we drove onto to a place called magnetic island, we had to catch a ferry across to this georgous island! our hostel was really nice, had its own beach, it was kind of in the middle of no where but the whole island was pretty quiet to be honest with only one bar! we did 5km walk up a mountain and we got an amazing veiw of the whole island and we walked past a few wild koalas! we then went to a wildlife sanctuary where we got to hold crocs (only baby ones though), snakes, a variety of lizards, rock wallabes, cockatoos etc which was really cool and we also got to feed the lorikeets (parrot type things) and as soon as we held the food out we were covered in them, like 3 on our heads 1 on each shooulder and 4 on each arm it was crazy! from maggy island we started the long trip up to cairns we had a few stops on the way one at a croc farm where we got to hold more crocs and snakes, feed more roos and wallabes and we saw a croc feed which was pretty awesome. there was one croc who was 7m long, he was pretty scary!
we finally arrived in cairns late evening. the next day we did some shopping and then went and chilled by the massive lagoon for the day making the most of the sun before we lose when we get to new zealand. on our last day in cairns we treated ourselves and went on this posh cruise boat around the great barrier reef where we snorkelled alongside sea turtles, reef sharks, stings rays and loadsa cool fish including little nemos! the coral down there was absolutly amazing!
We arrive in Auckland on the 1st may and met up with Coralie ( a girl we met on our tour in thailand who lives in auckland) she took us out that night and then the next day we picked up our camper (which is sick!) and then coralie showed us round auckland and took us up some volcanoes which were pretty awesome. we then went to visit some more friends and then began the drive up to dargerville to visit cam (another dude we met in thailand) he owns a massive farm with 400 acres of land, quad bikes, crossers, a boat, guns, 4x4 and loads and loads of cows! we got here late evening and cam took us possum shooting at 3am, we got a few but cus it had been raining they were all hiding! Today cam gave us a tour of the the north part of the north island which was pretty cool, saw the bay of islands which were very pretty and luckily the weather was good today aswell. we went to see this massive tree, it was crazy, its trunk was 14m in girth! and we said we had the best steak at the cattle station in oz but we take that back we had some from the cows on his farm for dins tonight and it was amazing! were getting up at 6am tommorw to help milk the cows then were going to drive the quad bikes on his private beach and then were going to start our road trip down south!
hope everyones all good back home! take care charly and josh xx