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After we settled into our RV we headed north to the Bay of Islands. It took a few days to adjust to driving on the other side of the road but we soon were very comfortable in New Zealand. The country is beautiful and the people are very friendly and helpful. Our first lesson was that ALL stores and most restaurants close on Sunday and we spent our first night in the RV with only a box of candy to eat. The next morning we were at the store when they opened for milk and cereal for breakfast. The next day we began our tour of the Bay of Islands

After our stay at the Bay of Islands we headed south toward Rotorua, the thermal area of New Zealand. In this area are many geysers and it is often referred to as the Yellowstone of New Zealand. New Zealand was formed from volcanic action and there often earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The NativeMaori people have many homes in this area as well and their carvings are known worldwide.

We continued south to Lake Taupo and then to Wellington where we crossed the channel to the South Island.

Celia Bell 2012