Off to UnZud

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Hi All, Th Family Bonz are off to experience the other side of this wonderful websites attractions - Caravanning!!

No locked hubs, no dust and crap between my teeth, I am not sure how I will cope.

A 6 berth campervan around the North and SOuth islands of New Zealand should tell me if I can cope or not. Might have to trade int he swag and camper it from these days forward.

Maybe even a Kimberley Caravan like an Octogenarian here (actually he's only 60) and a T-Van who knows.

Have had LOTS of help from Ray an EO member and have three EO stickers for the camper so keep your eyes open if your floating around there in the next 2 weeks.

Bonz and Family and Al and Robbie
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Reply By: Go-N-Grey (WA) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 10:55

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 10:55
We are also leaving next Monday week, 17 days South Island only in 6 Berth Britz Motor home. Will have EO sticker on it.

We are looking for rain and ice and green - I had a rain deprived childhood growing up in the Pilbara.

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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 13:02

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 13:02
Hi all,
Just got back from 3 weeks in UnZud's South Island, had a fabulous time. Trust me, you'll get plenty of rain!!!
But don't whinge about it to the locals; they had a very dry January, and have got, and hope to get more bucketloads of rain since then.
Great place, even with lots of rain. Nicest part of the rain was the fjords, plus soaking in a hot pool at Hanmer Springs while it was bucketting down rain.
Was there too short a time to puck up an iccent.
cheers,
Gerry
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 20:13

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 20:13
Meant to add; watch out for those dreaded Keas up in the mountains! Saw a kea on the way to Milford Sound ripping apart a reversing camera on the back of a bus. Having a great time, it was! Poor camera was in shreds, and the bird pulled about half a metre of cable out of the roof before moving on to the next vehicle.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 11:55

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 11:55
we had only one day of rain in the 10 days on the sth island and the weather was gr8
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 14:30

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 14:30
Sounds like the drought hasn't broken yet, Bonz!!
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 11:08

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 11:08
Hi Bonz ,

You will get a blank look if you tell any sheep jokes , as over there sheep jokes are always told about us .

Don't talk about sport and you will stay friends with everyone . No sports jokes and don't mention rugby , netball or cricket .

You must go trout fishing if you get a chance - it's incredible over there .

Have a great time ,

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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 18:01

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 18:01
I was on another web site earlier in the week and a kiwi came on. All I said was G'day Sheep Shagger and he got all nasty on me. Told me to go experience sex and travel LOL. Must have been too close to the bone.
Have a good trip Bonzarelli snd for goodness sake don't break anything especially yourself.
Look after the lovely Marie as she especially deserves it.
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Follow Up By: Mark & Jo, S/side, Bris - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 08:22

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 08:22
Ohhh Des....
There isn't much we can do with you is there?!!

Cheers
Jo
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 11:57

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 11:57
Des we jhad a great time apart from the SAAB incident. UnZudders are same as us bleep takers extraordinaire
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 11:15

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 11:15
Baaaa...off to Helen Click's country eh ? Noo Zeland. Beautiful scenery but all those big hills get in the way. No population stress, they've all come here to work as used car salesmen in Brisbane.

Only kidding, one of my mates runs 4wd tours on the South Island. Just watch out for Ozzi jokes...same as out Kiwi jokes but in reverse!

And bite your tongue when they tell you that anything worthwhile was discovered/invented in NZ or that it's owned by Kiwis.

I'm sure you'll have a great time :))
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 11:42

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 11:42
Bonz I presume there will be 4 of you travelling in the motor home. We did 2 wks around the Sth Island over Christmas and New Year in a 4 berth and found it excellent. Heaps of power as well.

If there are more than 2 of you, what you may find is that the rear passengers will get travel sickness. We travelled with friends (they in their van we in ours) and they found that travel sickness was a real problem. Up side was that we had plenty of stops along the way to stretch the legs and take photos.

BTW food and booze is a lot cheaper than here and diesel fuel is about 30c a litre cheaper than ULP. Many shopping centres are open 24/7

We noticed that he only Motor Home with forward facing bench seats like a car was Pacific Horizon, Kea, Maui, Apollo etc all had seating around the table.

Also some vans will only afford good visibility out of the RHS of the vehicle so rear passengers only get to see half the story.

Enjoy your trip. We loved our first experience of motor homing it and definitely will do it again.

Tip if you have a hand held UHF take it with you.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 11:58

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 11:58
Thanx Dunc we fouynd it much better to remove the table and sit like in a train, heaps more room too
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Reply By: Muddy doe (SA) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 14:41

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 14:41
Hi Family Bonz

Have fun and keep safe!

The Muddies
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 15:48

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 15:48
Have a fabulous time. Last September while we were rather warm out in the WA Goldfields, our son and d.i.l. with 3 y/o in tow, spent two weeks touring NZ. They didn't do the camping thing, but hired a car and stayed at pre-booked accommodation. I couldn't believe how much snow and ice they saw. Most of the time, the weather was good, with only one or two rainy days.

Enjoy.

This icy lake has a thin layer of ice holding the 'icebergs'. The three y/o was able to walk on it a bit before the surface broke.

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Reply By: Willem - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 16:06

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 16:06
Gush

It looks like evryones been to the Land of the Long White Cloud!

Must go back one day and spend some more time there.

Have a Happy Holiday, Bonz and family

Cheers
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Reply By: T-Ribby - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 16:08

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 16:08
You will enjoy your trip over to little brother, especially the lack of humidity at this time of the year. Buy your booze cheap in the supermarkets, and stock up on industrial strength sandfly repellent for around the bush and the west coast. For free drinks in Canterbury province pubs, casually mention how great the Crusaders are doing in the super 14 without using words like seeks, eet, beet, shares, feesh & cheeps, ween, instead just mutter "moi oath" to everything.

cheers
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Reply By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 19:58

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 19:58
goodday bonz
you and yours have a great time
steve & denny
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Reply By: Member No 1- Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 20:45

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 20:45
pack the fly rod
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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 20:49

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 20:49
Bonz, Marie and Imi, have a great time there un Un Zedd. Thought of you on the Black Range Track today and Crofts too being towed by a Yota. See you in a couple of weeks guys
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 22:53

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 22:53
Never needed to go to NZ - I lived in kalgoorlie for 10 years
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 12:01

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 12:01
you have sheep in Kalgoorlie? or just Hay as in the street :0)
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 22:08

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 22:08
Nope but more NZers than the n and S island combined
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Reply By: Member - Clive G (NZ) - Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 07:01

Sunday, Mar 23, 2008 at 07:01
Bonz.
Good to see Ray has been helping you with info. You may have already heard of a good camping ground, spots, etc book that is printed here. Go to www.nzcamping.co.nz for a look. The web site is a bit vague on site detail so you have to buy the two books (1 North and 1 South) to get the full info. I find them well worth the money, otherwise you can drive right past spots and never know they are there. Have a great trip and I’ll keep an eye out for those EO stickers. (central Nth Is).

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 23:30

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 23:30
Clive, I am sure if you park your camping accommodation along the road in front of him he will look again. LOL When I talked with Bonz on Fridy he was really looking forward to it.

Have fun always
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Reply By: Member - Michael J (SA) - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 20:31

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 20:31
Bonz,

A quick trip report when you get back please,

If the Gods are with us, we intend to do a similar trip within the
next 6 months.

Intend to impose on Ray, or anyone else in NZ, for info.

Plan to take 10 - 15 days in a motor home to tour NZ.

MM me with the positives and minuses please.

Enjoy your holiday.......

Cheers
Michael


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Reply By: Steve from Top End Explorer Tours - Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 23:40

Monday, Mar 24, 2008 at 23:40
Hey Bonz

Have a great holiday with the family.

The Magela was 1.1 today when I took Philip through to a culvert to land his first Barra.

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 12:03

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 12:03
wow 1.1 eh was it really a year ago we were there with you mate? hope the barra came off second bist
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