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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga February 28th 2014

24thFebruary Tauranga, New Zealand Our first view of New Zealand is the approach to the city of Tauranga past Mount Maunganui on our port side and berthing in the port of Tauranga. Tauranga is the largest city in the Bay of Plenty and is a fast growing metropolis; its port is the largest in terms of gross export tonnage. The city is known for its export of avocados and kiwifruit. In Maori, Tauranga means ‘an anchorage’ or ‘resting place’ and it is believed that the Maoris settled here in the late 12th Century having made the sea crossing from Polynesia. Captain Cook (1879) was so impressed by the agricultural riches when he arrived on the Endeavour he named the area Bay of Plenty. Settlers took land that belonged to the Maoris which led to the ‘Land ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga February 17th 2014

TAURANGA, NZ AND KIWIFRUIT - CRUISE DAY 2 An 8:00 am tour and the first day at sea made the breakfast lines in the buffet an extreme challenge. Holland America’s policy for the first couple of days requires that passengers be served rather than self serve. The lines were too long, so I went without breakfast rather than put up with the frustration. I’ll make up the calories later. The weather was very nice and the 36 people on my tour had the pleasure of a pleasant bus driver and narrator to show us some of the highlights of the area as we drove through the city to the Georgian style Elms Mission House and gardens which was completed in 1847 by A. N. Brown on land purchased from Maori to carry out his missionary duties ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga January 31st 2014

Urlaubszeit! Endlich unser wohlverdienter Urlaub - in diesem Jahr zieht es uns in die wunderschoene Bay of Islands, eine Woche in Whangarei und eine weitere Woche in Russell.... read more
Monster Truck Show
Monster Truck Show
Monster Truck Show

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati January 4th 2014

Saturday January 4th, 2014. Bay of Plenty and Drive to Coromandel, North Island, NZ We awoke in Tauranga after a really good night's sleep. Tauranga means "safe anchorage or resting place" in Maori. It is the main town on the Bay of Plenty. The Maori originally voyaged here from Eastern Polynesia. In the late 13th or early 14th century 3 Waka (canoes) landed in the Bay of Plenty. They found a coastline richly resourced with seafood and forests with many birds an berries for food as well as timber for buildings. One of the 1st recorded European visitors was Captain Cook who sailed past Mt Maunganui in 1969. James Farrow was the first permanent trader who came here in 1829 to obtain flax fibre for Australian merchants. We didn't stick around as this was yet another ... read more
25. Mural at Katikati, America's Gluttony
31. M on Haiku Pathway, Katikati
63. Postbox, Thames

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty January 3rd 2014

Friday January 3rd, 2014. Volcanic Valley and Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, North Island, NZ After breakfast we jumped back in the car and returned to WOT. The reason for this is that our ticket from yesterday included a visit to the Lady Knox Geyser which spouts every morning at 10.15 am. We had to leave by 9.00 in order to make sure we were there in time for this daily event. This geyser is not in the main body of WOT, it is located up the road down a side track. We arrived and joined hundreds of others in the queue to park and then made our way through the entrance to the geyser. It was laid out like an auditorium with terraces of seating in a semi-circle around the main attraction, the geyser, which ... read more
6. Lady Knox Geyser Spouting
11. M with the Lady Knox Geyser Spouting Behind
18. The Emerald Pool, Waimangu Volcanic Valley


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga December 21st 2013

Carey, Cath and Daryl were up bright and breezy to walk up the Mount-I decided to have a little bit longer in bed, and meet them for breakfast afterwards. We went to a little Cafe on the beachfront called the Slow fish-recommendation of Caths and what a lovely breakfast it was. Carey was trying to persuade Daryl to jack work in and move out here, and i was assured he'd be sorted out with a visa by the time we returned from our afternoon trip! Afterwards Cath and I picked the other girls up from the main house as we were going to the vineyard for lunch. It was Mills Reef winery in a little place not far from the port of Tueoranga, called Bethlehem which was nice and festive-especially for Jan who is finding the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga December 15th 2013

Alles Liebe zum 13.!!!! Schöner Auftakt zum besten Monat im Jahr - Geburtstag, Weihnachten, Urlaub, Silvester und alles im Sommer...... read more
Weihnachten 2013
Weihnachten 2013
Weihnachten 2013

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Opotiki December 6th 2013

Our first night in New Zealand was spent in a gorgeous YHA with only 3 rooms, in Te Aroha, Waikato country. It was refreshing, after the dry Australian bush, to see lush green grass and trees, but it took us some getting used to all the buttercups, daisies and blackbirds; only the towering tree ferns reminded us that we weren't at home. We enjoyed our first week in Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty in balmy temperatures and sunshine. We hit the tourist spots in Rotorua, dipping in thermal pools and touring the geysers, but our highlight was a morning spent with mountain bikes in Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest, a forest of over 90 km of graded mountain biking trails. Mountain Biking in Rotorua, by Eve The Redwoods Forest (Whakarewarewa forest) is one of the oldest and ... read more
Redwood Forest Rotorua
Captain Cooks Cove
Wwoofing Gisborne

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga October 27th 2013

Sommer kommt mit grossen Schritten. Hatten wir ueberhaupt Fruehling?... read more
meine Erste!
Eins ins Körbchen, eins...

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga September 7th 2013

Die letzten Winterwochen und der Fruehling ist schon nicht mehr nur um die Ecke - die Blumen schiessen buchstaeblich aus dem Boden, die Baeume bluehen als waer's der letzte Fruehling auf Erden und die Voegel zwitschern ohne Luftholen... Es ist schon iemlich schwer in die Gaenge zu kommen - nachdem wir uns so richtig ans Ausschlafen am Wochenende gewoehnt haben! Frueh aufstehen? Klingt ja fast schon stressig ... Abfahrt zu'ner festen Zeit ... und fertig mit Fruehstuecken und Anziehen und Morgentoilette. Hm, na das schlechte Gewissen arbeitet sich den Wolf ab und nach ein paar sonnigen Wochenenden klappts auch endlich. Unser erster Ausflug hat uns mal wieder in den Karangahake Gorge gefuehrt, eine Autostunde von Papamoa. Wir waren da ja schonmal vor sechs Jahren, hatten damals aber keine Taschenlampen fuer die Tunnelgaenge dabei. Diesmal also kurzer ... read more
Karangahake Gorge
das Tor zum Gorge
altes Bergwerkshaus

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