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Old 01-16-2004, 04:16   #1 (permalink)
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Hello from Auckland

Well, after stealing RSGerry's idea for a post topic, here I find myself in an Auckland Hotel, my first time visiting NewZealand.

First impressionas are good, seems to be a nice city, Im touring round both islands for the next two weeks. As the final insult, my hotel is opposite my work's Auckland office. I wonder what the work hours are like here, it certainly doenst seem to have the "rat race" (or should that be pace ) feel of Sydney or Melbourne. Tonight I have become a temporary member of DUAG, thanks to the hotels 31.1kbs connection

I must say the japanese motoring influence here is a little greater than expected. Everytime I take the hire car out, I find myself trying to work out what the hell that car is in front of me, certainly not the sort of numbers of falcons and commodores on the road like we find back in Australia. Seems that the LPG falcon isnt the taxi of choice either, this seems to be given to a 93 model bluebird, maxima or sprinter. Also the "european" themed traffic signals are a new sight for me, having only previously travelled to America.

Thanks to a stuff up by my rental company, I find myself behind the wheel of a 2.0L Mondeo for the next week before I head to the south island instead of the XR6. Not a bad car, engine has a bit of kick for a 2.0L, seats are very comfy, trim plastics need a bit of work though.

Fuel prices are about 1.15NZ for 91RON, 69C or so for diesel, which should give the aussie diesel users the shits. Oh, and the smokers might want to know I could get 250 ciggys for $34 dollars aus duty free..... if I smoked , sorry guys, cant take orders, my mates have already claimed that.

Special hello to the MIRC guys, especially danny.
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Old 01-16-2004, 23:48   #2 (permalink)
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come down to Wellington, then hop on the ferry down to the Malborough Sounds. Beautiful, absolutely ****ing beautiful
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yea come down to wellington, drop into my place hehe
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hi dave from london

NZ is a lovely country. i never went to the north island, but the roads in the south island are something else. the scenery is incredible, the people are lovely and it is a great place o visit. some of the roads had me longing for the RS, others had me wanting the XR6. all of the were great :-)

enjy your stay. i am off driving next week to the english south coast. supposedly in a focus or similar. today, i am off to the football. i am going to see millwall, so lets all hope i get out of there in one piece.
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Old 01-22-2004, 02:48   #5 (permalink)
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come down to Wellington, then hop on the ferry down to the Malborough Sounds. Beautiful, absolutely ****ing beautiful
Hey guys, yep, I did this today, I got into Wellington late last night, when it was ****ing down with rain, dumped the Mundane-o at the ferry terminal and got the Lynx to picton. Im now in ChristChurch driving a Mazda 6 (little more punch compared to the 2.0 Mondeo IMHO), heading up thru athurs pass tomorrow.

Beautiful country side, and I must say how polite the mass majority of NZ drivers are.

Anyway, losing net, talk soon
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Damn, I wish I was going on a driving holiday there now... oh well, at least you'll be coming back to join me in the Northern districts of Syd
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Head back up to the Mount (tm)...

They'll show you a good time..
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Old 01-22-2004, 20:58   #8 (permalink)
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Are you still going to do a trip into Milford Sound?

Oh and the diesel price - they get a road user charges tax. Something like $20 - $25 per 1000km. Applies to road registered vehicles farm machinary excepted. So it works out to be the same as petrol in some cases.
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Ohh yeah. My old mans mate pulled 240kays thru there in his ZR1 on the last Corvette cruise. Try and beat it
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you had to come in to Wellington on that day! but it was bloody shithouse
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