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October 7, 2011

New Zealand Overview

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Travels in New Zealand.

I arrived in New Zealand in early April and proceeded to look for a car. I eventually found a Subaru station wagon that I bought from some Israeli backpackers. I was glad to get out of Auckland and headed south past the Waikato River to Raglan, which is a world famous left-hand surfing spot. It is a nice little town, typical of most surfing towns.

Raglan Point

After that I headed through Hamilton and Taumuranui to the Tangariro National Park and Mount Ruapehu where I was interviewed for a job working on the ski lifts. But alas I did not get the job. Here is a photo of one of the chairlifts. There is not much snow yet as it was very early.

Mount Ruapehu Chairlift
Mount Ruapehu ski lifts

I had to get a job fast as I was running out of money, so I headed north to Te Puke to look for a job picking kiwifruit. I finally found a job driving a tractor, carting the bins of kiwifruit back to the orchard centre where they got put into a truck. I was not doing enough hours so I applied for a job at the packhouse and eventually found a job working night-shift. It was tough at first working ten hours at night and trying to sleep in the day but eventually I got used to it. And then the season ended. doh!

After that I headed south to Wellington to get on a ferry to cross the Cook Strait to the South Island. It is a very spectacular trip, especially as you enter the sound that goes to the harbour.

Cook Strait entrance
Entrance to the Marlborough Sounds

The sounds go for miles and miles and are a very pretty sail. You can see dolphins chasing the other ferry in its wake and the hills around are very green and the water is so clear.

Marlborough Sound
Marlborough Sounds

Finally we got into Picton and the other ferry was docked at the wharf.

Picton Harbour
Interislander Ferry

I drove from Picton to Blenheim and then south a short way where I worked for three months in vineyards doing wrapping and pruning.

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