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Camper’s resume – our favourite campsites in New Zealand

Camper’s resume – our favourite campsites in New Zealand

  For three weeks we’ve been living in and out of this van. I was not really sad when we gave it back – the roof leaked water, the lights didn’t work reliably and overall it was in rather poor shape. But it got us around. And at least we got a 200 Dollar refund when we gave it back and complained about it.

Northland

Northland

  We spent our last week in New Zealand exploring the region north of Auckland. We based ourselves in Waipu and Whangarei. There are some nice beaches, beautiful coastlines and cliffs, subtropical forests, waterfalls and exciting caves. We went to see Abbey Caves in Whangarei, but these were not as easily accessible as the ones in Waipu. Going in would have included some serious climbing, and we weren’t really prepared for that, so we didn’t enter this time. Henry still…

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Descent into the Underworld: Waipu Caves

Descent into the Underworld: Waipu Caves

  If you want to explore a cave on your own and experience standing under millions of glow worms in complete darkness, we can highly recommend a visit in the Waipu caves. It’s absolutely amazing. And – in comparison to the more famous Waitomo caves – it doesn’t cost you 50 bucks per person, (it’s completely free), you can take your time and explore the caves as long as you like and even take pictures (if you have a good flash…

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Meanwhile, in the Shire…

Meanwhile, in the Shire…

  “I should like to save the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them. But I don’t feel like that now. I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold,…

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Wellington

Wellington

  We spent two days in New Zealand’s capital. Went up Mount Victoria for a nice view over the city, had a look at the path where Frodo and his companions hid from the Nazgul (referred to as the “Get off the road”-spot), which was slightly disappointing, since you really don’t recognize it any more and took the weta workshop tour to learn about some of the props they manufactured for Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, Avatar and some other…

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Meet Huey, Dewey and Louie…

Meet Huey, Dewey and Louie…

  … our new friends from Wellington. Had a fun time together. They are in the terraforming industry helping New Zealand to look more like the Shire by building new hills and digging out ditches for new river beds.