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LEAVING MY SECOND HOME :(

semi-overcast 19 °C

LEAVING ROTARUA WAS VERY VERY SAD...SAYING GOODBYE TO THE MANY FRIENDS IVE MADE OVER THE LAST 5 WEEKS WAS HARD. I MANAGED TO FEND OFF THE TEARS TILL I BOARDED THE BUS THEN HAD A SHORT 10 MINUTE SOB BEFORE SAYING TO MYSELF 'HEY QUIT IT GIRL,FURTHER ADVENTURES AHEAD'
I HEAD TO A PLACE CALLED THAMES,NORTH OF ROTARUA AND THE GATEWAY TO THE CORROMANDEL PENNINSULA. ONE NIGHT HERE IN A VERY QUIET HOSTEL I ARRIVE IN TIME FOR A STUNNING SUNSET AND AN EARLY NIGHT. THE NEXT MORNING BEFORE I SET OFF FOR THE CORROMANDEL I WALK THE RESIDENT DOG ALONG THE BEACH AND THEN POP TO A CUTE LOCAL CRAFT MARKET IN TOWN.
THE JOURNEY TO THE CORROMANDEL IS BEAUTIFUL AND WE VISIT HOT WATER BEACH NAMED SO BECAUSE YOU CAN DIG A HOLE IN THE SAND AND STAND IN BOILING HOT WATER BELOW...A WIERD EXPERIENCE WHEN THE COLD WAVES ARE SPLASHING OVER YOUR KNEES AT THE SAME TIME.
MY BED FOR THE EVENING IS IN WHITIANGA,A NICE TOWN WITH A NICE BEACH. A GUY IN THE HOSTEL HAD BEEN FISHING AND BROUGHT BACK THESE HUGE GREEN LIPPED MUSSELS...JUST DELICIOUS.
THE NEXT DAY IS A LONG ONE AND ON THE WAY UP TO AUCKLAND WE VISIT WAITAMO CAVES. WE WALK 20 MINUTES THROUGH THE COVES WITH INCREDIBLE LIMESTONE FORMATIONS THEN A SHORT BOAT RIDE TO SEE THE GLOW WORMS WHICH WAS LIKE LOOKING UP INTO THE NIGHT SKY.

WHEN BACK IN AUCKLAND I SPEND MY LAST TWO NIGHTS IN A LOVELY COTTAGE STYLE HOSTEL JUST OUT OF TOWN. MY LAST DAY IN NEW ZEALAND IS SPENT HIKING UP SOME OLD VOLCANOES,MOUNT VICTORIA AND MOUNT EDEN. TO DO THIS I HAD TO GET THE FERRY TO DEVENPORT. THE VIEWS OF AUCKLAND WERE AMAZING FROM THE MOUNTS. ON TYE EVENING I GO UP THE AUCKLAND TOWER FOR MORE SUPER VIEWS OF THE CITY.

MY NEXT STOP....FIJI

Posted by TUTS 10:53 Archived in New Zealand Tagged round_the_world

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