Raglan

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The black sands of Ngarunui Beach were glittering in the sun and when we examined up close we could see tiny fragments of green and blue paua shell.

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Like standing on a shore of black glitter.

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All Cuddles, Furry Fuzzy and Prickly

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We were able to hand feed the lemurs! Today they had corn kernels.

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Ring-tailed lemurs are up there with my all-time favourite animals, so touching them and interacting with them like this was just amazing.

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Alyssa has always loved hedgehogs as long as I’ve known her; when we found out there are hedgehogs in New Zealand it became clear that we would need to meet one.

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This is George, a rescued hedgehog who has returned to health but as yet still is not good at curling into a ball when people and predators are nearby. He was quite snuggly.

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Mango and Banksy, two rescued ginger cats at Barista Cats Cafe in Auckland.

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Hamburglar arrived at the cat cafe at only 8 months old, but is very social and known for stealing food.

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Bryan is a ginger manx (tail-less) cat who lost both his eyes to cat flu when he was young. Being blind and tail-less, he isn’t as steady on his feet and relies on his nose and whiskers to find his way around. But he still found my chai tea as soon as I came over to say hello.

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Hamilton

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Lime flavoured milk?! We tried it, it was like a cross between Aero and green cordial.

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Alyssa found a wonderfully friendly cat to play with

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Chris was set on cooking spaghetti bolognese for dinner

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We love our Airbnb house tucked away in Hamilton

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We all watched The Hobbit together in anticipation for our tour of the Hobbiton movie set the next day.