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// SEPTEMBER 2015
Go, on va,
Thessaloniki
Istanbul
Singapore
Auckland
Rotorua
Napier
Auckland
Rarotonga
Rarotonga
Aitutaki
Rarotonga
Papeete
Bora Bora
Mo'orea
Tahiti
Papeete
Easter Island
Santiago de Chile
Puerto Varas
Valdivia
Santiago de Chile
Buenos Aires
Posadas
Puerto Iguazú
Foz do Iguasu
Santa Maria
Punta del Este
Montevideo
Colonia Del Sacramento
Buenos Aires
Istanbul
Thessaloniki
Hobbiton
Potaka
Taupo
Waitomo Caves
Matavera
Arorangi
Vai'are
Ma'atea
Ha'apiti
Papetō'ai
Maha'ena
Tautira
Taravao
Papeari
Puna'auia
Chiloe Island
São Miguel do Oeste
Chuy

Auckland


15th of September 2015
A very special room!!!

We woke up in our very special room and a little later we went out to enjoy the city. 



We took photographs of its quay, of its historical centre (which is accessible only on foot) and we also captured beautiful Art Deco architectural samples. Next, we started our trip towards the  lake Taupo and the Hukafalls Jet
We arrived at the city of Taupo, we had a promenade and then we visited the Huka falls.


Like wet cats!!!

The river Waikato is the biggest river of New Zealand and moves to the north of the lake Taupo. Just before the waterfalls Huka Falls, it enters into a shallow ravine with walls of hard volcanic rock. The result: natural hydroelectric power with more than 220.000 liters of water per second. The best way, if someone wants to approach and see this natural phenomenon, is by jet boat.

And that’s exactly what we did. We had booked our tickets through internet, so we were there on time. They led us to the lake’s jetty, where we put on our plastic raincoats, our lifejackets and embarked. Our driver was an enthusiastic young lady who seemed to enjoy a lot making us…wet to the bone! Armed also with a towel, she kept cleaning and drying the lance of the camera she was using, so as to record every single thing. At the same time she was turning right or left, “scrapping” literally the branches of the trees, heaving greywater…

Would you like to know where all those frozen waters ending up? To our backs, of course, to our necks and to our hair! Quite precisely, Christos was mumbling in between the water he was splitting:

«May I have some…shampoo, please?»

Since we are wet to the bone, we may as well make some use of it, by washing our hair properly, at least!!



I shall have to say the truth. I was suspecting something like that, since I had already seen photos and there was a mentioning, in the site, for dry clothes that we had to have with us for this particular trip. But, in all honesty, I had never thought that I would have to keep drying myself for the next two days!!!

After twenty wet, adventurous minutes, we disembarked looking like…wet cats! We wrote down losses and then we contnued towards Waitomo.


Fireflies were lightening our way!!!

The day had another activity too…The Waitomo Cave.

We saw amazing limestone formations, created by Mother Nature. The sightseeing tour led us through an underground landscape of unique beauty. The culmination of it was an incomparable journey by boat, through the amazing Glowworm Grotto.

While we were gliding silently into this galaxy of tiny lights and unearthly peace, we were mesmerized by the tiny fireflies which were lightening our way. Bewitched by the experience, we left with the promise to return.
 



We went back to Auckland, strolled at the port and finally ended up to our hotel at the airport.

The next day would be a real landmark.

We would face the date line and we would defeat it. We would win a whole day and we would find the “elixir of youth”! We would remain for twenty four more hours younger, since we would have two overnights with the same date (15/9/15):

One in Auckland of New Zealand and one in Rarotonga, at the Cook Islands.

 

Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
Duration: 27 days
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Population: 4.471.000
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