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Our last day and night in Rarotonga taking in this beautiful island before taking the midnight flight to LA and then onto Las Vegas!

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Posted by Nick.KyeTravels 10:23 Archived in Cook Islands Comments (0)

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

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An hours North of Rarotonga lies Aitutaki, it's what you call a 'Paradise Island' ... got to be one of the most beautiful places on this earth .. a stunning little island in the middle of the South Pacific. The island is very small and not much there (they have a supply ship visiting the island only once a month and they look upon Rarotonga as a city in comparison) ... everyone runs on 'Cook Island time' so it's a very chilled pace of life ... it's an awesome place and the people are wonderful.

We spent 5 nights in our over water bungalow in the huge turquoise Lagoon and 5 nights on the other side of the island on the beach.
Aitutaki was paradise and we loved every minute, we spent most of our time in the water, snorkelling and seeing all the amazing sea life ... from the colourful array of fish to the stingrays,turtles and the huge1 metre long clams.

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Posted by Nick.KyeTravels 15:45 Archived in Cook Islands Comments (0)

Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

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Bound for the Cook Islands and the mainland of Rarotonga we arrived on the 8th December in what felt like a Cyclone, it wasnt far off!

After the storm had settled the following day we had 3 days on the main island before heading to the northern atoll Aitutaki for 10days.

Rarotonga is a wonderful place, we have not met such friendly people before, the Islanders are so welcoming and friendly it makes such a difference!
We stayed in a gorgeous beach villa on the lagoon Muri Beach, the water temp is like bath water and the snorkelling is perfect, we spent 3 days in the sea, kayaking and walking around the island.

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Posted by Nick.KyeTravels 15:34 Archived in Cook Islands Comments (0)

North Island - NZ

A bit late

Hello again all ... we have been completely out of contact up until now, the Cook Islands internet is pretty non existent.

We are now sat in LAX waiting for our plane to Vegas so a perfect time to get on the free WIFI and update our blog ... the last bits from the North Island NZ and then onto the Cooks!

The North Island went pretty quick for us and we had to cram a lot in, the weather wasnt great either but we still made the most of visiting lots of awesome places and here are some photos of a few these, starting at the Huka Falls nr Lake Taupo, and up to the thermal waters of Rotorua and a pic of our trusty Tui Camper.

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We had a great time in New Zealand, it's a beautiful country and we're already looking forward to going back!!

Posted by Nick.KyeTravels 15:51 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

Leaving the South Island

Akaroa - Picton

We've had a great time in the South Island so it was sad to leave and head on our longest drive yet to Picton to stay at the campsite near the port to catch the 6.30am ferry over to Wellington on Tuesday morning.
We left Akaroa at 6.45am Monday morning, stopping off at most places along the East Coast, from the devastation still effecting Christchurch, to see the seal colony and seal pubs in the waterfalls near Kaikoura, so sweet, we wanted to take one with us.
Found a great stop for lunch on the sea... was a very eventful 9 hour drive and we had a great journey.

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Next stop Wellington .. the windy city!

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Akaroa and Banks Peninsula

A long drive from Lake Tekapo to our next stop, Akaroa. A gorgeous, harbour village on a peninsula. We decided to stay here 2 nights as it was so lovely and a great find.
Today we swam with the worlds smallest and rarest Hector dolphins, the only place in the world you can swim with them. It was touch and go whether Nick was going to join (due to the sea temperature and the fact we had to swim in the middle of the ocean with fish!) ... he did it though. With our 5mm wetsuits on and another 5people we set sail and found a great spot where we all jumped in and swam with these playful dolphins, singing underwater to attract them to us. Such a great morning, sunny and warm and so calm .. a perfect day for dolphin swimming!

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Lake Tekapo

Only a short 1.5 hour drive today to stop here for the night, Lake Tekapo ... the colour of the water is amazing ... a crystal turquoise, stunning. A very sleepy village but we had a great pitch overlooking the water and enjoyed the walks and scenery

A long 3 hour walk to the top of the hills to get an amazing view of the lake and village.

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Lake Wanaka

South Island

Our next stop ... a 5 hour drive from Milford Sound, to this gorgeous little village/town on Lake Wanaka. We're getting used to the campervan lifestyle now and our breakfasts are getting better everyday!

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Milford Sound

Stunning views whilst cruising The Milford Sound

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Jet Boating In Queenstown

A perfect morning for some water sports!
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Getting suited up
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Great views on the rivers
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