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2019 NOVEMBER 22 - 28 NEW ZEALAND

MISC LAST WEEK IN NZ


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FRIDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 154

We caught the ferry from Devonport to the city. Beautiful day out in downtown Auckland.

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MONDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 157

Mangawai, New Zealand

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TUESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 158

WAIPU & LANGS BEACHES

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WEDNESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 159

THE END. Yes another final flight home, brings this years trip to an end. But don't worry next years trip is already in the making - stay tuned.

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Posted by Cindy Bruin 13:51 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

2019 NOVEMBER 16, NEW ZEALAND

Pohangina Branch Road Walkway

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SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 148

Today we did the Pohangina Branch Road Walkway. Absolutely, beautiful walk. We managed to survive the little spots of rain, a bit of wind, mud, stiles and narrow paths. Great day, hope we are here again to do it next year!

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2019 NOVEMBER 15, NEW ZEALAND

OUT AND ABOUT IN BULLS


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FRIDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 147

Out and about seeing the sights in and around Bulls. Lovely to catch up with my old mate Mandy - (and by old I mean have known for a long time.) lol

Every good day starts with an ice cream and this honey one was delish.

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Down town Bulls.

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2019 NOVEMBER 11 - 14 NEW ZEALAND

ROAD TRIP CONTINUES


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MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 143

Huka Falls.

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Another one for my collection:

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We walked along Lake Taupo with views of the snow capped mountains in the distance. Lots of bird life on the lake also.

Lake Taupo is a lake in the North Island of New Zealand. It is in the caldera of the Taupo Volcano. The lake is the namesake of the town of Taupō, which sits on a bay in the lake’s north-eastern shore. With a surface area of 616 square kilometres, it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake by surface area in geopolitical Oceania after Lake Murray in Papua New Guinea. Motutaiko Island lies in the south east area of the lake.

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Sunset drinks lake side.

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WEDNESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 145

Today we drove from Taupo to Bulls to visit another friend. We had some amazing views of snow capped Mt Ruapehu.

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THURSDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 146

Great catch up with the Young family.

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2019 NOVEMBER 4 - 11, NEW ZEALAND

ICING ON THE CAKE OF TRAVELS


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MONDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 136

After months of travel in Europe and Asia, I ended this years adventures with a couple of weeks in New Zealand visiting friends. And of course enjoying the amazing green scenery that is New Zealand at any time of the year.

Here are some random pictures from my visit.

TUESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 137

Every trip to Auckland has to include a visit to Puhoi Cheese Factory, my favorite place to have lunch.

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WEDNESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 138

I stayed with my ex-housemate (from almost 20 years ago when I lived in Auckland) Toni, who has now moved to Papamoa Beach.large_DSCN4117.JPGlarge_986d9740-e306-11eb-bf47-e79103125050.PNGlarge_DSCN4118.JPGlarge_DSCN4115.JPG

THURSDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 139

McLaren Falls Park. We walked around the lake, beautiful, and lots of bird life.

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Close by was McLaren Falls.

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FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 140

Put a face to an online friend, love ya Sarah.

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SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 141

Walk along beautiful Papamoa Beach. Too cold to swim, but so lovely.

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SUNDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 142

Road trip.
Aratiatia Rapids, just outside Taupo.

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Yummy mussels for dinner.

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MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 143

Next day we visited Aratiatia Rapids again to see when the flood gates were opened.

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2019 NOVEMBER, AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY

Eastern Coast Walkway

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SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2019, DAY 134

A weekend stopover between Bali and New Zealand. Weather was lovely, great day for a walk.

Bondi Beach...

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Eastern Coast Walkway from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach, viewing the sculptures along the path.

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  • **Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition. See the spectacular coastal walk transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.***

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2019 OCTOBER 26, 27, 28 INDONESIA, LOMBOK & BALI

Back to Bali and the group starts to depart


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SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 127

Today we left Lombok and flew back to Bali.

The next couple of days our group is going to start to split and head home, or on to further travel.

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SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 128

We had a last group lunch at the Greek place!

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Oskar, Wendy & Jo left today to fly home.

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And then there were 4...

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Afternoon beers...

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Dinner on the beach...

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MONDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 129

Dolly flew to Thailand today, she has another couple of weeks before flying home to UK.

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And then there were 3...

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April left to fly home to Australia.

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And then there were 2...

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TUESDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 130

Lyn and I stayed on a few extra days in Legian. We didn't do a great deal except to lazy around the pool and eat whenever we got hungry. I needed a few days off after the stress of the group travel.

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WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 131

Enjoying our last lemon Bintang.

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THURSDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2019, DAY 132

Big thank you to Wayan for driving us around and our tour of Java. See you next time my friend.

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So, this is the end of Lyn & mine's adventure for 2019. Tomorrow we fly to Sydney for a few days and then it's over again for another year. Yes, of course next years travel is already in the works, but you will have to wait for that itinerary. Suffice to say, since we have bikes stored in Germany there might be another ride next year.

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2019 OCTOBER 22, 23, 24, 25 INDONESIA, LOMBOK

Sengeggi Beach, Lombok, Gili Islands, fish, turtles.

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TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2019, DAY 123

Our hotel grounds - Puri Bunga Bungalows - Senggegi Beach, Lombok.

I love this hotel, stayed here last year. The pool is amazing and the grounds are full of blooming frangipani trees. We were on holidays today, and just spent the day relaxing by the pool.

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Lunch.

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Sunset, then dinner.

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WEDNESDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2019, DAY 124

Today we did a snorkeling trip to the Gili Islands. Glorious weather, crystal clear waters, lots of colourful fish and a few turtles.

We were transferred by minivan about an hour up the coast to where the boats left for the Gili's. Joys of travelling in a group, we had the boat to ourselves. During the day we stopped at 3 islands, had lunch on one of them. Our snorkeling stops were full of colourful fish and just like last year I got to swim with a turtle again. Its just amazing.

I think the group had a great day, I certainly did.

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After witnessing another magic sunset from the balcony of our bungalow, Oskar and I shared a giant fish for dinner.

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THURSDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 125

Another lazy day by the pool. I love these pool days!

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FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 126

After a lovely relaxing day yesterday, today we hired a minivan to take us on a tour.

Our first visit was to the village of Banyumulek, that Lombok Pottery craftsmen of the village, where you will find local women producing pottery from materials and with a very simple way, a unique system, which is able to attract many foreign tourists as well as domestic tourists. Next is the village of Sukarara, a village which became a center of handicraft and Double Ikat woven native Sasak. Next we will visit the village of Rambitan/Sade is a traditional village that is still firmly holds the Customs and traditions of their tribes, both in socializing among themselves as well as in maintaining the architecture of their buildings. Tanjung Aan Beach , is approximately 5 km from the beach of Kuta, a beach with white sand that is so enchanting and cleanliness of its crystal-clear water.

So a few cultural stops, then the afternoon at the beach.

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Tanjung Aan Beach.

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Again, back in time to watch the sunset, this time from down on Sengeggi Beach, then dinner out.

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