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Driving New Zealand: Roadworks and rain

Posted by Squiffy on March 18th, 2009

Just so you don’t think travelling is all great, I want to share with you our more dreary days. Driving through New Zealand can be a frustrating experience. Whilst we used to cover up to 750km a day on the open road in Australia, we’re lucky if we can do 200km a day here. Why? Firstly, many of the roads are twisty, hilly roads with one lane bridges and occasionally, and for no obvious reason, they turn to gravel tracks. The ‘fantastic scenery’ from these elevated roads should make up for these slow, windy drives, but unfortunately, the pouring rain we experience at least for an hour or two most days means that a heavy grey mist masquerades any chance of seeing wonderful views. And just to top it all off, NZ seems to be a nation of roadworks, where orange cones and 15 mph speed limits are found even more frequently than in the UK. Aggh.

Rant over, I promise to write something nice tomorrow.


Comment from Nicola
Time: March 18, 2009, 3:33 pm

Hmm, we’re starting to have second thoughts about our proposed honeymoon destination….Nicola x

Comment from Sarah B
Time: March 18, 2009, 8:05 pm

Hi both,

Sorry to see all the mist – it’s back up to 35 here. The sauna-style Gulf summer is on the way!

Anyway – just checking in before I head off to Beirut for the weekend. It’s Sarah’s ‘first’ leaving party (of many to come I’m sure) and a few of us girls are hitting the Paris of the East for some fun.

(Btw, you can spare me the hostage jokes – if I make it back that is…)

Will report back next week.
Much love,

Comment from claire
Time: March 23, 2009, 7:26 am

Hi Nicola

I was wondering if you might say that…! It’s funny because many people have said ‘ooo, I’m so jealous, NZ looks great’ and we wonder if they’ve read about all the rain we’ve talked about! Don’t let our blogs put you off too much, most people really rave about NZ. I love the Bay of Islands, Auckland and other parts of the north island. Depends what you’re wanting to do I guess. The wine regions are pretty and very honeymoon suited. Which other countries are you thinking of?

Claire x

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