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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - 16th January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum,

This afternoon we drove over to Mount Maunganui to have a look at the beach. Last October a container ship called the Rena ran aground on a reef 20km off the coast. Since then oil has spilled into the ocean, also containers and their contents have washed up on the beach. Today though the beach looked beautiful and there was no sign of any problems
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this is Pilot Bay - the harbour side of Mount Maunganui
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Can you see the big cruise ship behind us Mum?  B)

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Now we are on the ocean side of Mount Maunganui
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I like it here Mum, this beach goes for miles and miles!!  :D

Love and hugs

SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Jan 28, 2012, 7:58 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Tauranga, New Zealand - 17th January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum,

Today we went out on a boat on the Tauranga Harbour
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It was a bit windy and bumpy but we had a good ride.  :D
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In the afternoon we went to visit a friend at a place called Te Puna - we looked out over the beach and harbour
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Love and hugs
SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Jan 29, 2012, 1:55 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Rotorua, New Zealand - 18th January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum,

Today we had a big drive to Rotorua . Our first stop was at Rainbow Springs
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this is a giant moa a flightless bird that has been extinct for a long time.
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we saw kaka's but it was much easier to take a photo of the sign to show you!  ;)
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we went under water to look at the trout!  ;)
Baby tuatara were the next animal we looked at - the adults can eat once every 6 months and breathe once an hour!! :o No wonder they don't do very much!!
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Isn't it cute??
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we had a little rest by a waterfall
then went to visit the kiwis
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we had a photo with this big guy, we couldn't take any inside because the kiwi are nocturnal and bright lights will scare them
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Here we are in the Government Gardens, this was the old bath house building, people came to bathe in the mineral water for their health, now it is a spa, art gallery and museum
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the water from this spring goes to the spa, it is 212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius - bit hot for me  :o
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this carved post is by a memorial to the Maori soldiers who went away in WW1
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Lake Rotorua
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this water was boiling up out of the ground and had a very strong sulphur smell  :( was like rotten eggs!!
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On the way home we drove through Te Puke and had a look at the big kiwifruit - lots of kiwifruit are grown in this area
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Early night for us - we had had such a busy day!
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Love and hugs
SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Jan 29, 2012, 2:51 am Last edited Jan 29, 2012, 3:08 am by fleursmum [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Tauranga, New Zealand - 19th January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum
Today we went to a beach Sue used to go to when she was a little girl
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Love and hugs

SchokoCookie
xooxx

* Posted Jan 29, 2012, 3:05 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Waihi Beach, New Zealand - 20th January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum,

Today we are driving back up to Auckland, but on the way we had a break at Waihi Beach.
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Back in the car now

Love and hugs
SchokoCookie
xxooxx

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Auckland, New Zealand - 21st January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum,

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Today we had a look at the Auckland Harbour Bridge - Sue did the bridge climb here a couple of years ago - you can watch people bungy jump from the middle of the bridge too.
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we had a look at the boat marina
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we went to a cafe there
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and had a cuppa
Then we went up the Sky Tower. But in the bottom of the tower was a shop that sold things from Weta Workshop.
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we had out photo taken with Gollom from Lord of the Rings
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now we are up the tower looking down on the road below  :o
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the bridge looks very small from here
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Tonight we went out for dinner at the Cock and Bull English style pub
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Love and hugs
SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Jan 29, 2012, 3:37 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Aucland Airport, New Zealand - 22nd January 2012

By: fleursmum

Heading back to Australia today Mum
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Love and hugs

SckokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Jan 29, 2012, 3:43 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Gisborne, Australia - 24th January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum
A new TV arrived today all the way from Chile and her name is Meav.
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Love and hugs

SchokoCookie
xxooxx

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Gisborne, Australia - 25th January 2012

By: fleursmum

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Another new Tv today Mum all the way from Switzerland, it took him a long long time to get here, his parents were worried that he was lost!
His name is Freaky.

Love andhugs

SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Jan 29, 2012, 4:10 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Gisborne, Australia - 26th January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hey Mum,

Today was Australia Day, so we went to the park to see what was happening
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we watched the flag being raised and heard how it came to be from a combination of Scottish, Irish and English flags and we sang the national anthem, well I listened my English isn't that good yet!! ;)
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Love and hugs

SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Jan 29, 2012, 4:19 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Tyabb, Australia - 27th January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum,

Today we went to Tyabb with a friend of Sue's to visit the antique centre
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We had lunch at Rattling Red's - it was an old train carriage
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Later we sat on a bench in the shade  B)
Love and hugs
SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Jan 29, 2012, 4:36 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Gisborne, Australia - 29th January 2012

By: fleursmum

Hey Mum,

Sue just scanned this special photo we had taken at the Sky Tower in New Zealand.... :o
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Good one aye!! :D

Love and hugs

SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Jan 29, 2012, 4:39 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Gisborne, Australia - 4th February 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum,

A sad thing happened today - the cookies ran out!!!! :o  Am I travelling on to Norway soon so I can find another supply??
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Sadly yours
SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Feb 4, 2012, 9:36 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia - 5th February 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum,

Today we went for a drive in to Melbourne
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here we are on the freeway getting near the Westgate Bridge
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on the top of the bridge
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coming down the other side - can you see the P & O cruise ship int he background?  B)
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Coming down the other side, you can see the city of Melbourne in the background.

Love and hugs
SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Feb 6, 2012, 7:59 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Gisborne, Australia - 6th February 2012

By: fleursmum

Hi Mum,

Look what we found in the garden - the hot weather has stopped most of the flowers, but we found one that smelt beautiful!! :D
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Love and hugs
SchokoCookie
xxooxx

* Posted Feb 6, 2012, 10:13 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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