Today is our last day in New Zealand. Nick and Chris went off down t'mine with a friend Paul in the morning which they both found very exciting. This afternoon we went to say our goodbyes to Julian, Victoria and family and then headed back for a barbacue with the Kanuians. This was followed by watching the All Blacks win the rugby world cup. Said some emotional goodbyes to the friends we have made and even more emotional goodbyes to Chris, Elaine and the children. There were some tears from Paul a six foot three kiwi but they were because the All Blacks had won not because we were leaving (or at least we think that was why!!)
Now for some facts about our NZ trip:
We have been in NZ for 66 days;
We have watched 9 live rugby games all over the country and every other match on tv (that's a lot of rugby);
We have eaten 40 home cooked meals all wonderfully prepared by either Chris or Elaine and have put on 1/2 stone each!
Everyone we have met has been very helpful and friendly apart from the guy at the Vodafone shop and the woman at the Campervan hire place!
We have met the whole of the welsh squad and many other internationals (all of which have signed our flag!)
I have won a free chicken (which was very nice!)
We have eaten 50 steak and cheese pies, swiftly followed by a Hokey Pokey (it became a ritual everytime we filled up with fuel);
Have been in far too many thermal hot baths.
We have travelled:
570 miles by car;
1200 miles by plane;
5240 miles by campervan;
1 mile by cable car;
0 miles on Julians boat (because it was broken);
25 miles by boat;
0 miles on the ex navy patrol boat (because it was too expensive to take it out of the harbour);
We have walked the fan trail in Hamilton, Auckland, New Plymouth & Wellington (more than once!);
200 miles by bus;
70 miles by bike;
40 miles by taxi;
5 miles by train (and we sung the whole time!)