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  1. My friends and I rented a van last summer and went road tripping all over.
  2. Let's off the party with a game of volleyball.
  3. My grandparents live at the of the state, right next to the border.
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#522 Tips for New Zealand

Kate gives travel tips for New Zealand.

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start off

Well most often you will fly into Auckland airport so you can start off in Auckland.

'Start off' is another way to say begin.  Notice the following:

  1. The day started off sunny, but in the afternoon it rained.
  2. When you start off learning a new language it may be difficult.


The most important thing about New Zealand is the smaller countryside parts of New Zealand.

The 'countryside' is the area outside of the city.  It is usually very natural, with few buildings and houses. Notice the following:

  1. Although it is boring for some people, I prefer to live in the countryside.
  2. On the weekends, we go to the countryside to escape the noise of the city.

very top

A place called ‘Cape Reinga’ which is the very top of New Zealand.

The 'very top' of a country is the place that is the furthest north, or the northern border.  Notice the following:

  1.  At the very top of the world there is always ice.
  2. The countries at the very top of South America are usually warm.

camper van

Hire a car or a camper van.

A 'camper van' is a van, or very large car, which has space to sleep and maybe to cook.  You can use it to go on vacations if you don't want to sleep in a hotel or a tent.  Notice the following:

  1. They drove their camper van from Canada to Mexico last year.
  2. There is only space in the camper van for 4 people.


It’s where Lord of the Rings was filmed.

To 'film' something is to make a video or movie of it. Another way to say 'filmed' is 'recorded.'   Notice the following:

  1. My parents filmed me a lot when I was a child.
  2. She didn't know that he filmed the party until she saw the video.


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