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Wellington and the swift return to Auckland

Lots of buses

sunny 23 °C
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Day 59 (Thu 22/12/2011)

We arrived in Wellington before 18:00 and got a shitty free meal with the hostel room. I took the time to get sorted out after the previous 6 nights in the wild. Later in the evening we met up with a girl from our first bus who is staying in Wellington for a while. As far as I know everyone else had already moved onto the south island.

We kinda arranged sometime after 20:00 to meet, this turned out to be 22:45. We’d got some drinks and started some games in the hostel room where we involved 2 other randoms that were staying in the room. By the time we left it was already 01:30, we met Laura’s friends in a bar and stayed out partying until 04:30.

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Day 60 (Fri 23/12/2011)

I felt awful this morning, forced myself to get out of by just after 11:00 as this was my only day in Wellington. I got some food and headed to the Museum; Jan had got up earlier to go on the internet so I had no idea where he was but he knew the plan was to go to the museum. Laura met me at the museum shortly followed by Jan. Laura, who is hating staying in Wellington is even more keen to leave NZ early and join in on the Asia trip.

After looking round the museum for a while we walked round the shops in town and didn’t buy anything apart from a cookie each. We headed back to get our free meal and then chilled at the hostel that evening.

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Day 61 (Sat 24/12/2011)

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Mount doom from the desert side

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The awesome river we swam down

The KiwiEx bus left at 08:00 to head back to Taupo, making a few stops on the way. I knew the library was open until 16:00 today so made the most of the free internet. Armed with my tent etc, I headed up to Spa park to find a place to camp near the hot springs; I don’t know if you’ve realised it yet but I love the hot springs. Spa park is really nice, very big and overlooks the huge river. I found an awesome spot to put up the tent then went to the hot springs about 20:30. Later I was joined by 6 mauri lads, they were pretty funny and started doing crazy jumps off the bridge into the water; the bridge isn’t that high but the water is only about 1m deep so they were pretty much doing high belly flops!

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The stream at the hot springs

The weather was pretty good so the night was quite warm. It was the first time I’d stayed in the tent on my own and it’s a pretty good size for me and my bags.

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Looking up the river with the water level being high

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Day 62 (Sun 25/12/2011)

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I camped just up from here in the park

It was Christmas morning and I woke up in a tent on my own in the middle of a park. I had to get the bus the Auckland so needed to get back to the pickup point in town. I walked the 3km back to town carrying all my stuff. I got to the bus on time and we headed off to Auckland making a couple of stops on the way.

Posted by kendrick 14:15 Archived in New Zealand Tagged geothermal

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