Rotorua

The interesting smell that’s suddenly coming through the windows on the bus confirms that we’ve arrived in Rotorua. (They weren’t messing about giving it the nickname Sulphur City, bloody hell). We take a deep breath, get off the bus, and…

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Taupo

One hour and 7,345 pictures of mountains later and we arrive in Taupo. After spending a week in two big cities, we’re excited to see the other side to New Zealand – the proper sexy side you see on films…

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Wellington

After a full day’s train journey through glorious countryside, we get to Wellington in the evening and wander through the city to find our hostel – which turns out to be a bit dodgy and suddenly makes the very cheap…

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Auckland

After months of planning, delayed decision making and packing procrastination, our departure day has finally arrived. I strap on my suspiciously light backpack, check for the 375th time that I’ve got my passport, say goodbye to family and friends (not…

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