Dec. 2

December 2 – Day 8 – Sunday A rest day. Many of the students had hoped to skydive, but the clouds were too low, so some went white-water rafting, and some went sailing on Lake Taupo.  I caught up on some work and explored Taupo, including the loca…

Dec. 1

December 1 – Day 7 – Saturday Not a work day but still an early start; on the coach by 7:30.  One student was locked out of his room, wearing only a towel, so we were delayed 20 minutes while we found someone with a key.  Drove from Taupo around …

Nov. 30

Nov. 30 – Friday – Day 6 Concluding Thursday: Starting with just a bit more from yesterday.  On the long drive south from Kataia, through Auckland, to Hamilton on Highway 1, we re-passed through a short tunnel just north of Auckland.  Our driver,…

Nov. 29

November 29 – Day 5 (Thursday) Early start today (bus packed by 7:30; off by 7:55 am).  Main item today, other than travelling south to Hamilton, was a visit to the Ngawha geothermal power station, near Ngawha Springs.  (Ngawha is pronounced

Nov. 28

November 28 – Day 4 This was “90 Mile Beach” day, on tour led by Doug, the proprietor of  “Sand Safaris” tours.  The tour was basically a loop from Kaitaia north on highway 1 to the very northern tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga, and the…