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Thursday, March 9, 2000
Paihia to Whangarei, New Zealand
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Whangarei, New Zealand:
Latitude: 35° 42' 0" South
Longitude: 174° 20' 0" East
Altitude: 53 feet
From Seattle: 7858 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Bunkdown Lodge

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Today's Travel:
Country: New Zealand
Region: North Island
Route: Bus: Intercity: Paihia - Whangarei
Path:Paihia - Whangarei, New Zealand
Linear:36 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1064
Linear Dist: 209099
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 256
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Hotels: 336
Friends / Family: 287
Camping: 121
Hostels: 237
Transit: 69
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3793
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Journal Entry:
Packed, bought my bus ticket, and left my pack at the hostel. Called ahead to Whangarei to book a bed and a couple dives for tomorrow. Whangarei is the nearest town to the Poor Knights Islands - which Jacques Cousteau called the islands one of the ten best diving sites in the world. So that's where I've decided to spend the next couple days. Also called the buss company again to see if there was any word on my pullover - there wasn't, but I left my name and number again.

Spent a couple hours on the internet - mostly goofing off and reading mail. Luckily this bus trip was unsurprising. The hostel owner picked me up at the bus station saving me the search and walk. Spent the afternoon lounging / napping and coming up with a tentative itinerary to see New Zealand in the time I have. In the evening when it started to cool off I walked in to town to look around.

Decided to see a movie, and since the timing was right I saw "The Beach". I bought the ticket with mixed feelings because I've tried twice in the last three days to buy the book and I'd rather read it first. Oh well. The movie was actually pretty good. Lots of Lord of the Flies in there, and lots of travel thoughts that I can relate to right now. Not sure if I would have liked it at home. Can't wait to get to Southeast Asia though...


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: New Zealand
CIA World Fact Book: New Zealand

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