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Sydney so far

Some snaps of Sydney

Here are just a few pictures from our time spent in Sydney so far, which includes visiting some nice cocktail bars, walking around in the sunshine (yes, they have that here!), visiting the infamous Bondi beach and exploring the Vivid Sydney festival, a light show around the CBD, the center piece being the sails of the Opera House. Enjoy.
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Sydney - we've arrived!

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Bay of Islands and Goodbye New Zealand

We picked up another car in Auckland and headed north to Bay of Islands. Here we had hoped to get the chance to swim with some dolphins, but unfortunately on the day we headed out on the boat they were otherwise engaged and we didn't see so much as a flipper.

The boat trip took however was a great experience in itself and took us around the bay and for a short stop on one of the islands where we walked to the top for a viewpoint across the bays, which was pretty spectacular.

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We stayed in Paihia a nice little seaside town, with some excellent fish and chips at the local chippy, a boat, called the Shippey. In Paihia we went for a walk around the beautiful bays climbing up and over headlands and across the rocks.

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Sadly this was our last stop in New Zealand and as per usual we were off to the airport with plenty of time to spare before our flight across the Tasman to Australia!

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Aukland and Eden Park

We found a city of over 1.2 million people (dramatic pause)! Aukland. We knew there must be people in New Zealand somewhere and it turns out they're all hiding here disguised as hipsters and grasping coffee cups whilst they go about their busy days apparently oblivious to the quaint middle earth that makes up the rest of their country! I think I almost detected some stress on peoples faces and more than one person looked like they may well be doing a 9 to 5!

We had only a very limited time in Aukland as we were working on the assumption that you don't come to NZ for the cities and we were probably right, although Aukland is a very nice and modern city. We spent our first evening wandering the center with its high rise offices and apartment blocks and pretty little harbour before catching a movie at the cinema. (The Grand Budhapest Hotel if you are wondering, great movie check it out).

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The next day the sun was out and we went to explore a bit more of the city by daylight. We wandered through The Domain which is the main park in Aukland with pretty winter gardens and tropical and cool houses. We also went on 'Lovers Walk' a wander through the park passed a stream and through a tunnel of trees, we had to cut this walk short however as Rosa kept trying to hold my hand! I don't know what came over her.

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The evening was the main event in Aukland for us, a trip to Eden Park! New Zealand's answer to Twickenham and where the last rugby world cup final was held. We had tickets for the rugby game between Blues (Aukland) and Reds (Queensland Australia). We went for a few pre-drinks at a nice Belgian bar called Occidental before heading to the ground. The stadium did not disappoint and a decent crowd was pulled in. We had some half decent seats and on display tonight were players such as Quade Cooper (his 100th game incidentally and being oh so popular in NZ he got the honour of running out first to some serious boos, couldn't happen to a nicer guy....), James Horwill, Piri Weepu and Nonu among other NZ and Aussie internationals, quite a line up! Having been given flags and other paraphernalia to wave we made like the locals and soaked in the atmosphere! It was a great game with Blues running out easy victors 44 to the Reds 14. On the way home we swung passed the Occidental again for a pre-bed drink and thoroughly enjoyed our last night in Aukland!

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Return to Hawke Bay

On Sunday morning we got up bright and early, well 9am(ha!), to visit the Farmers market, where we came back with sausages, bacon, black pudding, cheese, cider, bread, walnut brittle and pies! We also bought more food that we ate there. We were very well fed in Hastings.
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We also headed back to Napier for a wander along the seafront and we revisited Te Mata peak, this time for a jog around the bottom and then up to the summit.
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On our final day we headed out to the Vineyards. Most people drive or hire a bike but as we were lucky enough to be staying nearby with Jilly and Garth we got a lift one way and walked back, stopping off at Te Awa first and finally Salvare. We had planned to visit another one but time got away from us after the first few tastings and after it being such a lovely sunny autumn day, the rain then arrived so we got a shift on. On arriving back at the house we were then treated to a roast lamb for dinner followed by apple pie! As I said, we were well fed in Hastings! As I didn't take a picture of my dinner I have included a picture of a lamb below and some sheep, because they have lots in New Zealand.
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