Friday, January 4, 2013

New Zealand World Cups

It's currently -17 in Moncton, New Brunswick, but Will and I are enjoying the sunny, warm New Zealand summer. Yay for sunshine, fresh corn and strawberries!

We arrived in Auckland on January 1st. I just completely skipped New Year's Eve and went straight from January 30th in California to New Year's Day in New Zealand. We were hosted by the very welcoming Smith Family in Auckland for two days, where we had a chance to explore Auckland's sites and a couple park maps.

On Thursday we found a car and joined forces with Helen Palmer (GB) for the drive to Palmerston North. On the way we stopped at the scenic Lake Taupo for a picnic and a run out to Huka Falls.

Today we went and ran the first public race, which was fantastic open, intricate sand dune terrain. It's very exciting; there are so many really fast orienteers here!

Look for us in the first World Cup middle race on Monday. The first start is 9:30am local time which is 3:30pm EST (on Sunday!).

PS: Our favourite New Zealand road sign so far is when entering the town of Bulls: "Have you herd of Bulls ... A town like no udder"!


  1. Thanks for keeping us posted Carol and Will! Happy New Year!

  2. Thanks for the update. Good Luck!

  3. Saw some maps - it looks insane! Must be great fun.

  4. Have a wonderful time! Sounds exciting.