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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall charting our adventures as we sail around the world. This season we spent 5 months exploring Vanuatu and are now on the east coast of Australia.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Back in North Island

We're glad to report that the ferry crossing was drama-free; it was pretty windy but the swell was gentle. We arrived in Wellington at 5.30pm  and drove 30 minutes north to a good campsite in Upper Hutt where we met Heidi & Peter from Stormvogel for a great BBQ supper; it was great to catch up with their news after 3 months or so and much wine was drunk.

The following day saw us take a very easy bus and train combination into Wellington where we spent the afternoon in the Te Papa museum before enjoying some very tasty pizza in Cuba Street, which appears to be the happening part of town for cafes and restaurants. We can see why so many people love the city (when it's not blowing a gale - it's known as Windy Wellington) but, to be honest, we like the wild countryside better so we felt that one day was enough for us.

Today (Sunday) we've headed north west to revisit the excellent little campsite in Eketahuna - we were about to rig the tent when we spotted that the cute little cabins (just two on site) were on $25 (£12.50) for the night including free use of a bbq on the veranda, free showers and even a free washing machine. The bargain of the trip, so we're enjoying a spot of (relative) luxury!

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