Upshalls on Tour travel blog



Just the 2 of us

Well someone had to help them erect the sail!

The most famous view in Bay of Islands, just can't remember the...

Sunset in Russell from Playboy Bus

Cape Reigna Lighthouse

I've caught one!

Look at the size of that!...heard that one before...

It's getting all Christmassy....

So do you think traveling has changed you at all?...I don't think...

The highlight of the North Island for us was The Bay of Islands, such a beautiful setting and we were fortunate enough to find the best campsite in New Zealand in a little place called Russell, which was away from the main tourist town of Pahai, it is the more upmarket resort, which of course suited us down to the ground!

Here we managed to fit in a couple of trips, again experiences we hadn't encountered before, one was a day's sailing and another was an afternoon fishing for Snapper, which I am pleased to say was very successful as you will see from the photo!

Sailing was great and the yacht was very big and we even get a chance to muck in and pull the sails up and down, bloody hard work mind you, just gives you an idea of what these round the world sailors go through 24 hours a day, not just on a leisurely jaunt through the islands.

It was just like being on holiday up here, not much going on very relaxing and just gave us the chance to have a few days of no driving and sightseeing and just be in one place for more than a night, we ended up here for 5 nights, which was just what was needed to recharge our batteries before we head over the Tasman for the last time.

There was still time to charge up to the furthest point North, which was up to Cape Reigna and 90 Mile beach, again which was only about 65 miles...must've been named by a man, ha ha..

Anyway this was a nice spot and you get the chance to sea the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet and crash and have a general fight over the waves which is quite something to savour. Other than those points not too much else of note to report up this end of the island, so it was off down south once again.

We eventually found ourselves in Auckland and having to hand back the Playboy Bus and settle ourselves down for a few days. Fortunately we again had some very kind friends who put us up for a couple of nights and allowed us to indulge in some Christmas festivities, as you can imagine Tracey's face lit up when it was time to put the Xmas tree up.

The days quickly passed and then it was over once again, another country conquered and time to move on, a bit like being gypsies I suppose you could say.

Well now our travels have come to an end albeit for 2 months, whilst we lead a somewhat normal life on Kangaroo Island and work, hopefully not too hard, but we shall see and of course let you all know how we get on!

So Cheerio for now and here's to flipping Burgers and cleaning toilets for 2 months!

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