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The adventures of Fe & Chris

It’s grim up North

We made it to the top of New Zealand (well, nearly), had a fine walk and a swim on a rather beautiful, long and sweeping, deserted beach, not half an hour’s walk from the procession of grockles heading to Cape Reinga lighthouse.

We camped by a beach on the other side of the Cape - a very  beautiful spot too. Only when the sun set did we discover the dark side of this delightful spot: more mosquitoes than I have ever seen before. The lee side of our van was black with them. All night we could hear the whine of these infernal beasts.

For the past eight months we have been cursing the mosquito net that we have been carrying around and have only used once. This night we used it - it fitted badly in the camper van, however it saved us from the hoards of mossies that we knew would find their way into the van.

In the morning we awoke to discover the power of Permethrin. Approximately 200 dead mosquitoes lined each side of our net (on the outside!). A few we still flying around, looking slightly intoxicated. We soon dispensed with them.

We are now in Rawene and heading south. Just one more week in New Zealand, then we are off to Thailand.


  Soph wrote @ January 24th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Does this van have a name?

  Keir wrote @ January 25th, 2008 at 12:18 am

or is it preaching the good word again?

  Kalina wrote @ January 26th, 2008 at 2:56 am

hey guys,
know this is completely defeating the point of your site but sorry! I lost the piece of paper with your emails on can you let me have them again please? How are you guys bearing up? I’m so jealous,
Kalina x

  fiona wrote @ January 29th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Sadly, we have just said goodbye to our lovely camper. It was never christened properly, but I did start referring to it as “Vanny”.

  Keir wrote @ January 31st, 2008 at 8:36 am

Christened?? What do you mean by that! You must have!!

  lachlan wrote @ February 1st, 2008 at 8:27 am

Can be cold in NZ and you know what Chris’ temperature regulation is like. Might be better in Thailand.

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