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30/10/2009 I was doing research on Lake Tekapo, trying to decide whether to go there or not and while looking at the map, saw that there was a river there, called the Macaulay River. I thought that was very interesting, as my family name is Mc Auley, even though it’s spelled differently and I wanted… Read more »

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20/10/2009 The last part of my holiday was in Paihia, on the very north part of the North Coast of N.Z. Even though it’s a coastal town, it’s still totally different to Coromandel. Luckily the town hasn’t been overdeveloped and like many places in New Zealand, still not too touristy, or commercialised. I decided to… Read more »

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13/10/2009 Well, I’m in Coromandel town, on the Coromandel Peninsula at the moment. It’s a gorgeous, little town on the west coast of the peninsula and my God, the scenery and the coastline coming in on the bus from Thames to Coromandel was to die for. The road followed the coast, which was rocky and… Read more »

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7/10/2009 I was lucky to get to Rotorua at all, as the road to there, via Taupo, had been closed for the previous 3 days, with bad snow! The people in Napier said it was the first time in 25 years, that the road has been closed for so long.On the way there, on the… Read more »

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29/9/2009 So now I’m in Wellington. The weather is not great but that’s partly what the museums are good for, to immerse yourself in the culture, on rainy days like this. The weather was miserable when I got to Wellington last Tuesday, pouring out of the heavens and windy to boot! Wednesday morning wasn’t much… Read more »

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24/9/2009 It was my birthday on Tuesday. I didn’t do much, as I was in Lake Tekapo for the first half of the day and traveling to Christchurch, the second part of the day. But I made up for it, a little bit, the following¬†night because I went to a dance in Blenheim. I got… Read more »

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20/9/2009 After spending 5 days in Kaikoura, I decided to backtrack a little bit and head to Lake Tekapo. It meant going back through Christchurch and on out to the southwest, towards the mountains. I had been to an Observatory in Christchurch and seen a cluster of stars through a small telescope there, called the… Read more »

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10/9/2009 So now I’m in Christchurch. I got here last Thursday and the weather has been great since Friday. I took a Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour, with Hassle Free Tours, to visit the location of where they filmed “Edoras”. www.hasslefree.co.nz I had been wanting to do this for the last four years, since… Read more »