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Going Home
Submitted by bugsly on Sunday, July 16, 2006 - 10:14 California | Car | Core | Fly

WE ARE HOME!!! It is great to finally be home, anyway looking back at the last few days in Auckland all we did was pack and get coffee (no joke!). We got home to all our friends and our new home too! it is great being here but I am sure all of us miss the adventure of the trip a little. To all of you who continued to check my blog when i kinda "forgot" to write it every day (we get pretty busy sometimes you know!) thank you for being faithful readers. One af my favorite things was getting email and comments from you relating to our adventures. So thankyou for all of your contributions!

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Day Out in Auckland
Submitted by bugsly on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 22:24 Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | New Zealand | Physical and Health Education | Walk

This morning we headed out for a day in downtown Auckland. Auckland is like a lot of big cities we have visited so far, very clean and safe feeling.

There are a lot of upscale stores and some pretty good bakeries and restaurants too.

Tomorrow we are going to the Auckland Museum and hopefully the Antarctica Museum too. We can't wait!

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Driving to Auckland and Seeing Brian and the Calves
Submitted by bugsly on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 - 22:21 Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | New Zealand | Physical and Health Education | Walk

Today we drove from The Bay of Plenty to Brian and Jean's farm. Since we last saw them, their cows have had many calves. Some of the newborns are very quiet but others chew at your legs for milk. They were soft and came in all colors ranging from red to brown and white.

It was great to see Brian again.

We drove the rest of the way to Auckland and checked into our hotel. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and unpacking.

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Bay of Plenty Results in Tomato Bonanza!!!
Submitted by bugsly on Monday, July 10, 2006 - 22:17 Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | New Zealand | Physical and Health Education | Walk

We arrived in the Bay of Plenty and after browsing the shops for a while, Dad and I just happened to come upon 12 plastic tomatoes at a store called The Warehouse. As we were paying for them, my Dad's cell phone got a message from my Mom saying "Tomato Bonanza, all set!". When we finally counted up all of them, we had 36. So now we have to figure out how to get 36 plastic tomatoes home on the plane.

Hopefully they will make it home as beautiful as they are now!

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Lake Tauop and Our First Tomatoes
Submitted by bugsly on Sunday, July 9, 2006 - 22:12 Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | New Zealand | Physical and Health Education | Walk

We have been in Taupo right next to Lake Taupo for the last couple of days. My Dad and I went to see a geothermal collection area for the power plant. It was really incredible to see all of that hot air coming right out of the earth. They capture it in HUGE pipes and send the steam to the generator where it powers 5% of New Zealand's electrical needs. Pretty cool.

Also, big news, my Dad found the first plastic tomatoes that we have been looking for. They have them in restaurants with catsup inside and my Mom is obsessed with having some. My Dad found three and he is now a hero.

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Hodd Cottage and Jessie
Submitted by bugsly on Friday, July 7, 2006 - 22:07 Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | New Zealand | Physical and Health Education | Walk

We have had a great yet somewhat cold time in the country. We stayed on a farm in a little house called Hodd Cottage. We were greeted by the owner Virginia and her Corgie, Jessie. Jessie is very friendly and likes to bark a lot as most dogs do.

We settled into the cottage, built a roaring fire, and listened to the rain pour down. Virgina made us a delicious meal of chicken lasagne, salad and a great cake. It was just what we needed on a cold winter night.

The next day we drove to Taihape for the internet and lunch at a place called Cafe Exchange. There was good food and mostly it was warm!

We had a great time at Hodd Cottage and Michael and I got to play ping pong in the garage. That was fun!

Bugsly


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Wellington (not the boots)
Submitted by bugsly on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 - 22:02 Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | New Zealand | Physical and Health Education | Walk

Our time in the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington, has been great. It has been extremely windy and rainy though, and a bit harder to get around.

We went to an amazing exhibit at the Te Papa Museum that had all of the costumes, props and some of the scenery from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

The detail in the costumes was amazing. Even the main characters costumes were in the exhibit. They had interviews on screens with all of the different actors and clips from the movies too. Even the ring itself was there. It was an incredible exhibit.

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Queenstown and COLD!!!
Submitted by bugsly on Sunday, July 2, 2006 - 21:58 Car | Core | Fly | Foreign Language and Music Study | New Zealand | Physical and Health Education | Train | Walk

We've had buckets of fun in Queenstown for these last five days. We started on the first day going lugeing at Skyline Luge. Dad, Michael and I went down the luge track three times each. It was SO much fun with dips, turns and hills all over.

The next day I went to the movies with my Mom and saw "Click" while Dad and Michael went snowboarding. I really liked the movie and it was good to have some time on our own.

The day that we left, we all went back to the luge together and this time, my Mom did it too! We got to go four times and it was just as fun as the first time!

We headed to the airport next to make our way to Wellington.

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More good time at Tangowahine Farmstay
Submitted by bugsly on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 21:55 Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | New Zealand | Physical and Health Education | Walk

We have just had 3 more great days at Tangowahine Farmstay. This time, in addition to feeding the cows, we got to milk one. Hand milking is not as easy as it looks. It's tricky business making sure the cow doesn't kick you or the bucket.

It was relaxing to be there again and I will miss Hugh and Pauline when we leave this time since we wont' be coming back on this trip.

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Paihai and The Bay of Islands
Submitted by bugsly on Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 21:47 Boat | Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | New Zealand | Physical and Health Education | Walk

We have been in The Bay of Islands for the last two nights. The weather has been glorious and the hotel where we stayed was great.

We took the ferry over the Bay to the town of Russell where we walked around, saw the museum, and had lunch. After we took the ferry back, we drove into the night to have fish and chips at a place in Manganui where my Dad had been many years ago when he stayed there. The fish and chips were so good, wrapped in paper and greasy with lots (too much!) salt. It was worth the drive and I am glad we got to go there.

On Sunday morning we made our way to the place where the Maori and the settlers first signed a treaty to found New Zealand together. It's called Waitangi and there is an amazing Maori meeting house there. It had Paua shell inlays and beautiful weaving and carvings.

We drove back to Tangowahine Farmstay after leaving the Treaty Grounds. It was a beautiful drive. The rain has stopped for now.

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