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Big World; Small Adventures
16th Mar 2006 - 18th Mar 2006
Last few days in NZ

My last few days were spent travelling back up to Auckland and seeing some of the city sights I hadn't yet seen such as the Sky Tower and quaint Devonport. As I came full circle back to where I'd started this adventure 27 days earlier, I was feeling sadness at having to say goodbye to this lovely country and it's wonderful people. My relatively unplanned trip had brought me into contact with my old friend Lou and her forever gorgeous hubbie Jamie, slightly home-sick recent expats Tina, Robbie and Stef and their cute puppy Indie, mad Yvonne, to whom I owe a great deal for truly shaping the direction of my trip, Carl and his much extended family for unparalleled Maori hospitality, 'The Dutchman' Frank who never ceased to make me laugh, Tom 'Inspector Clouseau' Church and his amazing moustache and of course my far away family Pam & Johnnie.

As I reflected on my experiences horse riding across the beach, sleeping out under a million starts, floating above a basking sting ray, eating cheese and biscuits in front of Mt Taranaki, tramping the Tongariro Crossing and jumping out of an aeroplane, I felt extraordinarily lucky to have had the opportunities that I'd had and I only wonder when I'll return to this amazing country.

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View from Sky Tower in Auckland


Ferry ride to Devonport

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