First Day with Locals in NZ

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By: leelefever on January 7, 2006 - 11:43pm

Well, we made it.  The flight was overnight and we actually got decent sleep.  We've made some really good friends in Rachel and Regan Cunliffe.  I originally met Rachel through my blog at and now we're sitting in their living room in New Zealand. This is a great example of how blogs work to bring people together. They recently had an interview published about their work with blogs and the New Zealand version of American Idol.

 Rachel, Regan and Sachi

Lacking wheels for a couple of days, they have been kind enough to wheel us around to places we couldn't visit otherwise. My favorite was the Muriwai Beach on the west coast of New Zealand.  There was a stinky, but otherwise amazing Takapu (or Gannet) sanctuary.  So many birds.  Here are the pics from the day...

Muriwai Beach: 

 A Takapu in Flight

 Lots of Birds
















By: Darren (not verified) on January 8, 2006 - 4:16pm
looks like they take everyone to the same places! And here I was thinking I was special! :-)

By: Regan (not verified) on January 9, 2006 - 6:31pm
next time you're here we'll take you somewhere else.  :P

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By: anastasia on January 8, 2006 - 7:40pm
Did you make it to Whatipu beach, also on the west coast? That beach is really lovely (black sand, caves, waterfalls). I also went to Piha Beach when I was there in May and it was also really nice. Both places are fairly close to Auckland. It's a really beautiful drive out to the beaches as well.

By: socius on January 10, 2006 - 6:08pm
Approval to your AKL guides - I recently spent a couple of weeks around Auckland, including several days at west coast beaches. Nearly got to Whatipu which is beautiful but in summer, I want to swim - and wouldn't there. Looking forward to seeing you when you get here.
By: John Dwyer (not verified) on January 22, 2006 - 9:22pm

Hey Lee, just had to tell you I'm loving the journal of your trip. It's great to hear the trip is going so well and as an Aussie I'm as jealous as hell that you're down there and I'm up here :-)

If it's cool I'd like to forward the site to the Kiwis and Aussies on Campus DL - I know there's a bunch of folks that would get a real kick out of it.


By: leelefever on January 29, 2006 - 10:39pm
I'd love it of you'd forward a link John!
By: Rodrigo Budog (not verified) on March 23, 2007 - 9:22am
bom dia amigos... ficou muito massa suas fotos, que lugares maravilhosos, tenho um grande sonho em mora (live) na nova zelandia... auckland.... beijos e tudo de bom...