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Rewind: A few short clips

We recently gained access to some faster internet and so was able to upload a few video clips shot previously. They’re not great but I post them here for posterity. Here’s a clip of CM at the treetop adventure park in Bali, she loved it: This one is me heroically tackling a zip wire at [...]

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It’s nice up north…

So we headed out of Christchurch in hired jalopy, a Japanese import with dents on every panel and a speedo that’s economical with the truth, and began heading north up the east coast. The weather had turned bad, the rain poured much of the day as we followed the coast road. In a way that [...]

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Forest but not quite jungle

Continuing north on our trip to the very top of the country we drive further into the imaginatively named Northland district. This area was once almost totally forested but Maori and then European arrivals have successfully reduced the forest to about 20% of its former glory (for the Europeans all those sheep had to go [...]

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Kauri – A tall story

Consensus among those I’ve spoken to is that internet access is really quite limited here, and comparatively expensive. Quite surprising in a wealthy country, but probably has more to do with government deregulation of markets (or lack of) than anything else. Pictures are missing below as the slow internet connection here seems to be blocking [...]

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Carry on Camping

So with some trepidation we turned up to collect our campervan in downtown Auckland. Unsure exactly how old it would be, and how fit for purpose it would be, we had a pleasant surprise. It’s in seemingly good order, and everything needed for self sufficiency on the road is there. Only a small Japanese van [...]

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