Published: March 2nd 2012November 24th 2011
right-go surfing, left-dead fish? I know which way Im heading....
After a little over a week in Christchurch, sorting my post Antarctic work stuff and seeing what I could in Christchurch, off to Auckland, where by rent a car I headed SE through the amazing countryside to Mt Manganui, 'The Mount' the picturesque and trendy beach town across the bay from busy port city Tauranga. I was there to visit Kiwi friends Sheryl and Tony-whom I met many years ago while volunteering in Thailand after the Tsunami. Hoping to get some surf, the region was recovering from a major oil spill, the worst in NZ's history, so I stayed on the beach. After a too short stay, Im off across the North Island to Raglan, the cool little west coast town famous for its surf and physical beauty. Ive been to Raglan many times and never tire of it, although this time it rained for 3 days straight. I usually camp but opted to stay in the historic Harbourview Hotel and Pub-a good move on my part. From there back to Auckland and my flight to Sydney where 4 days of hanging out at Manly Beach and Royal Nat park and of course the harbour bridge area (Circular Quay) these are
stormy N island coast
no visit to the west coast of the north island is complete without storms rolling in, here in Raglan the surf is small and blown out for the next few days.
all places Ive visited before, Ive just put in a few pics this time, as i will be returning to Hawaii and Australia in a month or so. So its off to hawaii and then Christmas Island (Republic of Kiribati)
There are more photos below