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Rotorua, The Orlando of New Zealand, Part II

It seemed like it would be hard to top Zorbing, but our second day in Rotorua was loaded with activities that were equally as enchanting. European Kiwi culture perhaps reaches its apotheosis in the Agrodome’s world famous Sheep Show. We joined a tourbus full of Koreans and a few scattered Aussies for 45-minutes of unadulterated…

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Rotorua, The Orlando of New Zealand, Part I

This first two and a half weeks of our 48-week adventure qualifies as a vacation rather than hard core travel. We knew they would be. Savvy parents and seasoned travelers that we are (be sure to detect the sarcasm in this assessment), we planned on easing our way into this adventure. When American parents think…

Wifi Withdrawal

How much do we rely on uninterrupted broadband access? Um….a lot more than we expected. You’re getting a bunch of posts spaced only a few hours apart because we’re having to upload them all at once and pay a pretty penny to do it. It seems none of New Zealand’s RV parks are equipped with…

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The Many Faces of the Maori

Twenty-first century New Zealand is a lively blend of cultures, combining a European sensibility with the indomitable spirit of the indigenous Maori people. Over the course of the past week we have had a crash course in Maoritanga by visiting some of the most vibrant and significant Maori locations on the North Island. We started…

Scrum at One In the Smelly Room

My views of rugby may conflict a little with New Zealanders since the All Blacks aren’t my favorite team (I prefer the Wales Brains and the South Africa Springboks) but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a good game of New Zealand provincial rugby…. The next game would be the All Blacks (who dominate almost every game and were on a 16 game winning streak) versus the South African Springboks (a team who has been in a slump for quite some time and is usually blow out by the All Blacks)…. The Boks drove down the field driving farther and farther until the Blacks finally got in and stopped them, for what seemed like an eternity neither side moved, then a Blacks player in a fit of anger shoved a Bok to the side and stepped offsides, (to which the man next to us shouted “YOU IDIOT!”… The hopes of the Boks rested on their kicker, Praetoreous who despite being good during the offensive runs had been having a so-so kicking day, if he could score here then the Boks would have a one point lead over the Blacks and would win.

“What kind of coins do you have?”

Ever since my dad brought back coins back from his work travels, I wanted coins from everywhere. I loved the designs and the colors (compared to 1 color american coins), and the holes…. When we arrived in New Zealand, I found a 20 cent coin by the McDonald’s…. In one well I found a 5 cent coin, later to find out that this year they took away 5 cent coins and changed the way the 50 cent looked.

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Swimming with the Dolphins

He brought a large moving truck and unloaded a house full of power tools, electronic toys, and many other things which I either failed to notice or didn’t care to remember…. I have surfed with them, pet them at marine parks, and seen them from afar during ocean swims, but it wasn’t until yesterday that I got to talk to and play with wild dolphins…. I swam for 20-30 minutes before the dolphins tired of my very few dolphin sounds and the hypothermia started setting in. The crew called me and the one other swimmer, a nice Englishman, back to the deck. I headed into the warmer confines of the boat to savor the memories of the swim and to encourage the boys to jump in next time even if it is freezing.Be sure to check in over the next few days to see my underwater video of the dolphins.