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  • Back home after 4 days hiking December 29, 2015
    36° 54.529 S | 174° 48.136 E We are back in our home tonight after our really sunny and warm hike around Cape Reinga. We had a great time! Pictures and more details soon hopefully. *** Nous sommes de retour à la maison ce soir après une randonnée très ensoleillée et chaude autour du Cape […]

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News of 2016

I haven’t been really good with keeping this blog running in 2016… well, I can always try to be better in 2017!!

To make the long stories short:

– climbing a big mountain early this year (Taranaki, 2518m – starting from 950m),

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Climbing in the fog… until 2000m high, where we came out of the clouds!

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To have an idea of the slope of Mount Taranaki… and all in the scree! But we made it to the top!

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On the drive back to Auckland, we stopped for a walk along the beach the following day to see the three sisters

– volunteering at the longest water slide in February,

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Looking after the slide during the day, and got to slide down in the evening!

– exploring an underground river (cave stream),

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A 45 minutes walk through the underground river, dark and cold, but fun! (actually a really good opportunity to wash up after an overnight tramp)

– going to a concert in the opera house in Sydney,

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Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera house, while in Sydney for work!

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The opera house outside and outside!

– exploring Auckland surroundings (Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island, Waitakere Ranges, Hunua Ranges…) and further (Pirongia, Kariori…)

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Omanawanui track and Mount Zion track, Waitakere Ranges

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Mount Eden in Auckland Duder regional park

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Tawharanui Regional park

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From Mount Kariori, Raglan

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Tree climbing in Woodhill forest

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Kitekite falls, Piha, Waitakere Ranges

– playing paintball

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Looking proud and ready

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Paintball is painful

– going on a sailing trip with my brother for Easter (yes, and feeling sea sick…) – but going on an Easter egg hunt on Motuihe Island 🙂

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Schnaps on it’s way to pick me up… and enjoying the family egg hunt!

– growing my hair from really short to… longer!

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– celebrating my 30th birthday…

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– moving house in July

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Packing a van

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Our new place for now… with a fire place!

– playing a couple of handball tournaments

– learning how to taste & drinking wine with Bob Campbell

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Wine tasting course

– participating in a mud race with colleagues

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Pretty dirty at the end!!

– travelling to Christchurch for work a couple of times and enjoying the weekends there.

– becoming New Zealand Residents

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Resident visa in the passport!

– experiencing muddy tracks in Pirongia for a week end

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From Pirongia Summit, Hamilton for an overnight stay in the hut

– learning the NZ anthem and singing it in Eden park stadium – watching the all blacks for the first time in real

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All Blacks vs Wallabies at Eden Park!

– baking beer cakes

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Cakes in shape of beers

– getting a new car (diesel and manual!!! yea!!!) and selling our Apteryx… (too big for us now) we got a ford focus!

– finishing my second pair of socks, after I started them more than 2 years ago…

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Socks!!

– and tramping for another 4 days for Christmas! (pictures and description to come in a next article…)

1 comment to News of 2016

  • MamOdile

    Happy to read something about you and fast all in 2016 !
    Très bel et explicite résumé d’une année bien remplie… l’essentiel ou presque y est-il ?Merci pour les sensations suggérées, au fil des photos et légendes, pour avoir ravivé quelques souvenirs ; bravo pour ton chef d’œuvre tricotistique !

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