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Piha, Coromandel, Rotorua and Taupo.

rain 46 °F

We left Dargerville on monday afternoon, but in the morning we helped cam feed the calves and had a full tour of his farm, then he took us down onto the beach and and we rode his quad down the beach and he tought me (charly) how to drive so i took his 4x4 for a spin down the beach which was pretty cool, i could really get the hang of the gears on the quad bike though i kept stalling that, josh was loving it though go over the sand dunes, we got some really cool videos and pics! we both say that was one of our favourite days so far!!
We then made our way back to Auckland as we had to go back to the camper van place to sort out the insurance but we didnt get there until late so we had to find somewhere to pitch up for the night and the nearest place we found was an hour out of Auckland so that was abit of a mission, but it was a nice little place called Piha right by the beach, had some amazing veiws aswell! We then set off in the morning to the Coromandel peninsulia (via the campervan office) we tried to be clever and though we'd go off the state highway and take a 'short cut' it took us about twice aslong as the road wasnt really and road more like a few rocks, alot of sand and pot holes and in the camper that wasnt exactly the best of fun!we then pitched up for the night in a place called hot water beach and the next morning we went down to the beach and discovered why its called the hot water beach... the water was boiling! beacuse of some volcanic rock under the sand it heats the water up before it goes in to the sea, so we rented some spades and made our own private jacuzzi on the beach! that was pretty amazing!
From Coromandel we drove down to Roturua and we'd been warned that it smelt pretty bad but it wasnt until we got out the camper we realised how bad it smelt! it stank of rotten eggs and apparantly its because of all the sulphur in the the sand! so we stayed on a campsite just out of town to try and get away from the smell! we were going to go white water rafting in roturua but we'd of had to stay another night and we really wanted to get away from the smell and there are plently of other places to do the rafting. so we wandered round the town for abit, went to visit some natural hot pools and hot rocks (which are everywhere!!) and then went luging (whcih is kind of like toboganing but on a road type thing) which was alot of fun! And then we began the journey to Taupo, we stopped off at a few geothermal pools on the way and some natural mud pools and then arrived in taupo late afternoon, we booked our skydive in taupo for the next morning so we got quite an early night, but we got up this morning and it was chuking it down so it was cancelled so weve re booked it for tommorow morning and were doing it from 15,000 ft above lake taupo which should be nice! so this morning we went quad biking in the rain instead and it was only the two of us in our group and we paid for one hour but the dude took us out for nearly two, and it was awesome! we got covered in mud, it was propper off road and up some really steep hills. after that we went to visit a mauri village which was cool and saw some more geothermal pools but it was raining so we didnt fancy going for a swim! We then went to see the huka fallls which were pretty impressive and then we had a walk aroudn the town centre. tonight we might rent a dvd as our van has a dvd player or the campsite were staying on has trampolines and NZs biggest air cushion whcih is like a massive bouncy castle, we went on it last night in the dark, it was pretty cool, josh managed to fall off the trampoline whilst attempting a front flip and lander between the metal bars and cut his knee up, hes fine though! Anyway thats all for now, hope everything at homes fine, wish us luck for our skydive!
missing everybody xxx

Posted by charlyjosh 23:37 Archived in New Zealand Tagged backpacking

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Hi you two.Hope the skydiving went OK and that neither of you got any more injuries! I hope Josh gets to read this before his birthday as I just want to say Happy Birthday darling. I love and miss you lots xxxxxx mum. ps Grandma and Grandad loved your postcard and I am keeping them updated with your news. Enjoy the rest of NZ!

by mumm

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