New Zealand - North Island
It took three hours on the plane to get to New Zealand from Fiji. When we arrived we got the bus straight to Auckland centre. It was nice to be in a large busy city, the buildings and streets reminded me a lot of New York. The city's christmas decorations weren't up to much though.
The next day we took a trip up the Auckland tower, and had a walk around the city. There was so many clothes shops but I had to restrain myself from buying any clothes, I had already bought a trolley in Fiji as my backpack was too heavy, I should have listened to my mum!
The next morning we picked up our little car, it's a Hyundai Getz. Although in New Zealand they drive on the same side of the road I was so nervous about driving. But after getting out of the city driving was easy. We headed towards Rotorua, which is known for its mud pools and hot springs. We had a trip arranged to a place called Hells Gate, which has natural geothermal pools. The whole place smelled awful because of the amount of sulpher in the air, but it was really interesting - definitley my dads cup of tea, he would know more about it than the tour guide!
We had heard good things about a place called Taupo so we took the car there and planned to stay for a few nights. The town was really nice and was based around a huge lake. The first day we visted Huka Falls, and walked along a little nature trail. We soon began to realise that there wasnt much to do in Taupo after seeing the falls, so we ended up being ladies of leisure the next day and got our nails done :) That night we went for a jog around the lake and managed to get some good pictures of the sun setting. On our last day in Taupo Jane did a sky dive - I was too much of a chicken as usual. She said it was amazing, and was brave enough to do it from 15,000ft.
After driving so much and seeing so much country side, we took the car back to Auckland and stayed there for a few more nights. We were struggling to feel christmassy as it seems xmas isnt a big deal in New Zealand, so we went to the pictures to see Arthur Christmas which made me feel a bit better, although i'm still gutted I haven't got an advent calander for the first Christmas ever!
After feeling like we had been in the north island for ages, I was excited to see the south island and get our campervan!