Visitors to New Zealand

A brief write up of the last few weeks on the North Island when Joy (Sharon's mum) and Bernard joined us, and our first few days on the South Island. After the Bay of Islands we headed south, went zorbing, saw lots of cool scenery and hundreds of little lambs. We were then joined by Sharon's mum and Bernard and on their first night had a meal in the rotating restaurant at the top of the Sky Tower (the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere). We got fantastic views and could even see our cool little van with her boats on the roof. They've stayed on the roof; the weather's been pretty awful so far.

Since then we have travelled the length of the North Island, revisiting the zorbing, a farm, going blackwater rafting (tubing through under ground rivers) with glow worms. We've seen Angora rabbits on racks being shorn. We've seen volcanoes and buried villages and the Te Papa museum.

After a long and rough ferry ride to the south Island we headed to Kaikora and went on a dolphin swimming experience. Except the dolphins were hiding & we didn't get to see many and stayed dry. Yesterday we drove across the awesome Arthur's Pass and we're now on the west coast, trying to work out whether to Quad bike, go Eco-rafting or just wander up a glacier.

We've got a local phone number: +642102579206 if anyone wants to call us on it.

Internet is scarce and slow, but we'll keep trying to upload photos and blogs when we can.

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