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Getting ready to explore what New Zealand has to offer

Meet Jade, the latest addition to our little flock. After intense searches both on the web and on the road (looking at every van and station wagon passing, hoping to see a notice with 'for sale' on the back), we found our baby online and managed to get a real good deal. Then, of course, the fun part started: transforming the car from a standard vehicle into a movable home. Most of the materials we managed to find cheaply secondhand or even free. For example: the wood used to make the bed came from a neighbour who collects wood from workshops to light his stove. We're talking about Mahogany and other tropical, hard, beautiful wood, waaay to good to burn. The mattress we got for free from another neighbour, and most of the kitchen gear we found in garage sales and secondhand stores. Everything we needed and wished for sort of 'came to us' in some way or another, which we are incredibly thankful for.
We are very proud to present to you the result! (See pictures :) )

So Scottie and I are now finally on the road with Jade, just spent a couple of days -including New Year- with friends by Lake Taupo, and are heading for Rotorua, with a wedding of one of Scott's friends in Tauranga as our final destination. It's been great to camp out in nature, but still with the luxuries of having storage space and our own vehicle.
It's also great to get out and start exploring what New Zealand has to offer. Lake Taupo and it's surroundings are definitely notable, with it's hot springs, views over three volcanoes, crystal clear water, and of course, the Huka Falls.

The first three weeks in New Zealand we spent in Wanganui, living at Scott's dad and partner's house. We visited Scott's friends and family, giving rise to nostalgic memories and happy hugs. We also did all kinds of practical things such as finding a car, transforming it and getting it insured, getting a tax number and bank account, a sim card and so on. Further, we also spent some days as (de-)construction men, demolishing walls and ceilings to allow for some modernisation by a builder and friend of Scott (funny how people suddenly treat you so different, thinking you are a building expert, while you're still the same, building-virgin person!).

Christmas we spent having breakfast with Scott's mum, and lunch with his dad and Lynette and a few other family members.
It's great we had the opportunity to get all the practical stuff done while having a kind of base to start from. Nonetheless, it is a welcome change to now have the freedom of our own home; everyone knows that going to live back at your 'olds' place (as they say it here) is not the easiest thing to do.

Anyway, more on the first exploration of the North Island coming soon!

Love from us both!!

Posted by KiwiChocoTrip 17:47 Archived in New Zealand

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