Archives for posts with tag: new zealand

My period started

Jonny’s response to my period starting

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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Queer Eye. Such a cute dog too.

Lauren’s flatmate viewing schedule. So funny.

An evening with Will. Watching Ladybird. We had one of most emotional conversations and it was heartbreaking but it was also so nice to be that close to him again. I will always love him. Also he gave me Whittaker’s. 😍


A lovely walk in Epping Forest with Jonny

Remembering the Malteasers incidence in NZ outside the place with all the mosaics.

New (to me) stretchy trousers. *SO* STRETCHY AND COMFY.


Another MRF. Love recycling.

Watching Hunt For The Wildepeople on the sofa on a Tuesday

Booking a train to Brussels. Just like that. 

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Texts texts texts.
Waxed off my moustache for the first time.
The Beyoncé poi video. Yus New Zealand!

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Hearing the New Zealand accent again
An evening of Belgian things. Stoemp, chocolate, beer and Emmanuel.
Accidentally getting drunk on a Tuesday night

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Walking up to the top of Mt Eden and looking out over the whole city.
Fresh air.
Getting more pillows for tonight. Hello good nights sleep.

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An amazing day at the Paeroa Highland Games and Tattoo. Specially:
Stripping the Willow.
The amazing marching team.
Screaming for Scottish John during the games – the caber tossing, the farmers walk, the hammer throwing. It was so exciting!

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Lying on the sand with my legs in the sun at Cathedral Cove.
Going through the carwash.
The smell of wood burning at the campsite.

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Waterworks. The weird water ‘theme park’ in the Coromandel. Loads of fun! Giant hamster wheel, big swings, a flying fox and lots of water inventions that get you wet.
Driving Creek Railway. The teeny tiny train zig zagging it’s way up the big hill over double decker viaducts.
A beautiful sunset over the water.

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Seeing the geyser Pohutu erupt at The Puia.
Getting loads of films and TV series off the friendly woman at the campsite. That will make the long flight home easier.
Opening the paracetamol packet to find really old school style tablets. The two color ones.

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The Tongariro Crossing. What a walk. The scenery was unlike anything I’ve seen before. It looked like the surface of Mars. And then the lakes! You reach the summit and look down to see these stunning multicoloured lakes.
Not just doing the walk but doing it well. I’m much fitter than I was a few months ago and I enjoyed the whole 20km of it. The ups weren’t as hard as I thought they might be and I had energy for the whole 6 and a half hours.
Getting a giant pizza and eating it on our lakeside camp site. What a day!

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A good lemon ice tea.
Seeing the steam billowing from one of the volcanoes in Tongariro National Park.
Watching the Sevens.

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The shoe fence.
Kicking a stone at the waterfall.
Getting my energy back down by the water.

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Funny kiwi place names.
Playing with the face app that makes everyone look ‘prettier’.
Teasing Matt about the strange stains on our makeshift bed.

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Driving past bright bright blue canals, rivers and lakes and then spotting Mt Aoraki appearing in the distance. Absolutely incredible.
Clay cliffs. It all felt so out of place in New Zealand but it was awesome.
Heads Up in the van in the evening.

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The Infinity Room at Steampunk HQ in Oamaru. So cool.
Being less than a meter away from two yellow eyed penguins, the rarest penguins in the world.
Watching loads of sea lions sunbath, swim, play, fight and fish in the sea.

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The blue blue water in all the lakes and rivers and streams. The scenery down here is just incredible.
Being in a quiet, friendly campsite. There are deer in the field across from us, ducks in the stream and almost no one else around. After Queenstown this is bliss.
Knee slapping, steering wheel banging, loud singing. Red Hot by Hugh Laurie. Twice.

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The luge. I did a big laugh scream down the ramps.
Getting out a new soap. And not just any soap but one of the lovely smelling Trade Aid soaps. I was so happy to have a few minutes to myself with this soap.
Playing cards and singing stupid songs in the van.

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Rob Roy Glacier. Simply amazing. Well worth the walk up.
Seeing two big chunks of ice/snow fall off the glacier and tumble down the mountain, shattering into pieces.
The big huddle of sheep, staring at us.

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The ridiculous views in Wanaka. This one is up Mt Iron.
Puzzling World. Way better than I thought it would be.
Every now and then glancing out the window in the campsite common room and seeing huge mountains capped in snow.

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The clouds. Driving through them and watching them drift up and down the mountains.
Being back in Wanaka.
Warming up in the hot tub.

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Deciding to brave the rain and go for the walk along Charming Creek.
This cool tree covered in moss and plants.
I did a REALLY stinky fart in the van and had to open the door to let it out.

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The Riwaka Resurgence, a beautiful spring with clear cold water and set in some stunning scenery. We watched a family jump into the deep Crystal Pool, squeaking at the temperature.
A lunch stop in hippy Takaka. Tons of beautiful food, a coffee and some fresh raspberries.
Leaping around the van trying to squish all the mosquitoes. It took two of us 10 minutes to get them all. It was a massacre.

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Seeing this view after trekking up hot hill after hot hill.
The seal splashing around in the water below us at Separation Point.
Relaxing in the sun and writing my diary at the campsite at Puponga after a long day of walking and driving.

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The NZ Family Camp style group at the Totaranui DoC site. One with this monster of a van!
Driving the van to a shadier spot with him still asleep in the back at 8am to try and cool the car down and go back to sleep.
The egg shell disaster. I managed to get shell in the cup before I even got any egg in there. Absolute nightmare.

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Walking Archer Track from our campsite in Elaine Bay. Such incredible views.
Driving up to French Pass. Even more ridiculous views. The water is so blue and the hillsides look fake.
Having a nap in the van in the afternoon. It’s so nice to be able to just lie down wherever you are.

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The view from the ferry down the Marlborough sounds.
Swimming in the river.
The view from our van, on our first night in the campervan. Pretty amazing. Such a peaceful place.

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Packing everything into our van ready for tomorrow. It’s so exciting!
Working out how to pump up our tyres.
Doing the sleep meditation podcast together. Shuffling into position and deep breaths.

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Watching two films ‘together’ on the plane. We counted down to press play.
Realising that I no longer need to worry about big dangerous spiders and snakes.
Dinner. We spent most of it in hysterics, making stupid faces and being a bit silly.