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10/30   Right is Left
10/31   Omeru Scenic Reserve
11/01   Omamari Beach
11/02   Waipoua Forest
11/03   Mail Boxes and a Magic Orange
11/04   Cape Reinga
11/05   Ninety Mile Beach
11/06   Haruru Falls
11/07   Russell Forest
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11/13   Owharoa Falls
11/14   Thompson's Track
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11/17   Rotorua Rain
11/18   Haku Falls
11/19   Pureora Forest Park
11/20   Waitomo Glowworm Caves
11/21   Marokopa
11/22   New Plymouth
11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
11/26   Boring Highway 3
11/27   Boring Highway 1
11/29   Switching Gears
11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
12/14   Long Day Home
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Omamari Beach

2016-11-01

tl;dr: Another day in New Zealand. I mostly just photographed common scenery. I also visited Omamari Beach.

Pheasants cackling, roosters crowing, turkeys gobbling, cows mooing, geese honking, peacocks making that obnoxious noise. It is not quiet in the morning in New Zealand.

Once again I slept well; only waking to occasional animal noises that I could in no way identify.

A road worked asked if I was from Ireland. I don't know if he really thought I had an Irish accent or if he misinterpreted my "I started in Auckland" comment.

I rode up to The Kauri Museum, but as far as I can tell it is a heritage museum. So I skipped it. I want to see landscape and critters and stuff.

So far New Zealand has not been humid at all. It is actually very pleasant. I was expecting much worse. There isn't much of a swing between night and day temperatures. I don't really have a handle on Celsius, but that's not really a problem here, because the temperature only seems to go from "kind of cool" to "almost warm". Of course, it is still early Spring here.

I biked 20 kilometers out of my way to visit the ocean in Omamari. A local woman carrying a big fish away from the beach told me she thought it was going to rain soon. As as I had stepped foot on the beach the sky opened up and it started pouring. I retreated back to some restrooms by the car park. Eventually the rain subsided, but it was getting late, and I needed to find a place to camp, so I left. Some locals suggested I go to a campground on Lake Taharoa, but in the end I was too lazy and just set up in another logging forest.

About every other person I meet upon learning my origin here wants to discuss politics. Apparently our fiasco of an election is high entertainment for the rest of the world.

Report Koi!


good morning New Zealand




turkeys on Mountain Road


NO pig hunting


Every town has public restrooms.


This Pepsi tastes kind of funny.


In New Zealand there is absolutely no standard for mailboxes.




curious heifers


Finally got to someplace without hills.


Most towns seem to have a Foursquare store. They sell a little of everything.


Wairoa River


lunch of champions






This health food store sign is disturbing.


a few sheep


This timber has been harvested down to nothing.






a few cows


I've finally reached the ocean. In the rain.


good enough place to camp

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