Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove

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November 3rd, 2017

We were at the bus stop 45 minutes early. The only other eager beaver was a guy standing not far from us. He proceeded to speak to us in German and he quickly realized that we didn’t understand a word he said. We get mistaken for Germans all the time, it’s funny. After a long wait, the bus arrived. The driver guide was friendly and had interesting info about the places we drove through. The first stop was the supermarket PAK’nSAVE for everyone to get food. We were in there for maybe 30 minutes and then made our way to Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park, checked in, dropped off our packs and headed out to explore. The first place we went to was Hot Water Beach. This beach is popular for its hot water springs located in a 

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Mount Eden

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October 31st, 2017

Sitting at the top of Mount Eden, we had a good view of Auckland. It was a nice day and the tourists were out. It was a short easy walk to the top. Mount Eden is also known as Maungawhau in Māori and it means Mountain of the whau tree. It is one of the 48 volcanic cones in a area which is considered dormant. Mount Eden is Auckland’s highest natural point and its crater is sacred. We secretly wished we could

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It’s cold in here

October 29, 2017

The bus driver had the air conditioning on full blast. It looked like all the passengers were freezing and couldn’t wait to get off that bus. Brrr. Once in Auckland, we grabbed our backpacks and waited for the train to bring us home. A staff member at the station asked where we were going. He probably heard us lightly arguing about which train was ours. Kisa thought we had to wait for the next one but the worker confirmed that it was the first train. Finally, we arrived home. We visited with our hosts, devoured pieces of pesto and veggie pizzas and watched the first episode of Stranger Things 2. While we were watching the show, Nic messaged us and asked if we wanted to go hang out with him, British Andy and Hendrick. We politely declined and said we were visiting with Justin and Leeann at home. Earlier that day, we said goodbye to Nic and Henrick and they called us ‘Farm Girls” and teased us for leaving the bar and going to bed early last night. Thanks guys! 🙂

 

– Kisa + Sara

Paihia again

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October 28th, 2017

Ear plugs saved the night. At one point one of the earplugs fell out and I heard the snoring so I quickly stuck it back in my ear and all was good again. Kisa wore her headphones so she could sleep. When morning came, we extended our stay to another night because our bus to Auckland didn’t leave until the next day. We were switched into a girls/guys 8 bed room. There was only one guy in our 

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Paihia

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October 27th, 2017

This was another interesting night for us. We are staying in an 8 bed all girls room and I (Sara) was on a bottom bunk. I’m pretty sure the girl on the top bunk, was sleep talking in German. She sounded like she might of been arguing. A second roommate was snoring surprisingly loud. I had never heard a woman snore like that before and there was another girl making weird noises with her 

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Sleep disturbance with a side of fish and chips

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Day seven

October 26th, 2017

I couldn’t see much as my eyes were half asleep and my back end was still in the tent. On all fours, I shone my headlamp around but all I (Kisa) could see was my underwear swaying in the breeze. I thought maybe a bird had gotten caught in our clothes we had left outside to dry but the screeching sounds weren’t coming from there. It was 1am and the rumpus 

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Rainbow Falls in Kerikeri

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Day six

October 25th, 2017

We met Andy at the bus stop this morning. We were all headed to Kerikeri at 8am to start the trail again. Once on the bus, Andy ranted about some other hiker that he had met on the Ninety Mile Beach. He was quite animated with his story and we were amused.

When we arrived in Kerikeri, we still had a full day ahead of us. We needed to get rid of our big packs and so we decided to trek down to Hone Heke Lodge, which was only 15 minutes from where the bus had dropped us off. We were told that this hostel was really good. Unfortunately, once we arrived, the owner informed us that the place was fully booked but he generously offered us a ride to Kerikeri Holiday Park. We accepted cheerfully. He also gave us 

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