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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty January 31st 2013

31.1.2013 Had a fun dinner with our usual mob last night! Had a fairly early night as we had to be up fairly early for our tour out of Tauranga to Rotarua. Being on late sitting for dinner (8p.m.)it is 10.00 – 10.30 before you know it. Ten of us on our tour of Tauranga to Rotarua, 6 Germans from St Albanks and us 4, they were a friendly bunch and our tour guide Dennis looked after us all very well. Had a bit of a tour around Tauranga and headed to Kiwi 360 where we tasted the different types of Kiwi fruit, juice and also kiwi fruit wine (yes wine again) and then on towards Rotarua taking in the Green and Blue Lakes, then to a very fast flowing river to see the white water ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty January 28th 2013

Had to be done, lovely magical Maketu, just had to go back again, it's not the most beautiful beach I have seen but the whole place has such a great atmosphere, it's like something from the sixties, everything is very laid back, relaxed and frankly wonderful. It's difficult to explain really but the place just has a really lovely feel to it. Only managed to stay for one night but my cabin was right on the beach, so was able to lie on the bed listen to the sea and watch the sun go down and the full moon rise. Just a perfect evening. Bliss. Next day on the road to Ohope a much bigger town than I was expecting but nice, a harbour and lovely beach. from there headed towards Gisborne once again a biggish ... read more
View from my log cabin Maketu
Sunset at Maketu
Ohope beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga January 4th 2013

Nun ja, das alte Jahr verabschiedet sich sehr nass - nicht mit Bubbles im Glas sondern in fadenförmiger Form vom Himmel. Nachdem wir vier Tage im Nieselwetter gecampt haben (unterbrochen einmal von vier Stunden Sonnenschein am Nachmittag) und nun auch noch Gewitter und Sturm vorhergesagt wurde, haben wir kurzerhand die Notbremse gezogen und sind nach Hause gefahren (waren ja auch nur zwei Stunden). Aufgewacht am nächsten Morgen bei strahlendem Sonnenschein, versauert mir das schon ein wenig die Stimmung - nach einem Blick ins Internet aber wieder alles gut, in der Coromandel gibts immernoch Regen, die Entscheidung war also richtig. Wir haben dann eben das warme Wetter ausgenutzt und alle sieben Sachen im Garten getrocknet, Wäsche gewaschen und herumgelungert auf'm Sofa (was einem nach vier Tagen auf'm Gras-Zeltboden ja auch nicht verwehrt werden kann. Silvester eben dann ... read more
nein, keine Sandburg!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga January 2nd 2013

Hello everyone, I just wanted to say happy New Year to you all. I hope you are having a lovely christmas break. We are in New Zealand now. We picked up a campervan in Auckland about 10 days ago and are travelling around the North Island. So far we have visited the Northland, 90 Mile Beach, Puketti Forest, the Bay of Islands, The Coromandel Peninsular and now we are in the Bay of Plenty. New Zealand is a beautiful country full of wildlife and stunning scenery. We have spent some time on the beachs, we have been snorkeling (we spotted a sting ray about 2 foot away, it was amazing) and had a few beautiful walks. It is a great country to explore and be outside. Unfortunatley we have had quite a bit of rain though ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty December 16th 2012

Yesterday spent the day exploring Maketu, it's on the coast approx 45minutes by car from Rotorua. Its about the size of a small village, there is what looks like a small creek behind the beach on one of the beaches on the other side is a gorgeous long beach. I walked down there and when I got to the beach there were about thirty people ointo and the beach just went on and on, lovely. Walked along the beach quite a way the weather was nice so I decided to dip ,y toes in the water, it wasn't as cold as at home but not as warm as Fiji. The weather was beautiful very warm but with a breeze. Today's visited Tu Puia to discover the many layers of Maori history. Te Heketanga a Rangi is ... read more
Beach at maketu
Te Heketanga a Rangi
Maori Greeting


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty December 12th 2012

I had a very long day yesterday. Caught the 8am ferry from Picton to Wellington. I have been trying to fit in a walk everyday, so when I got to Wellington I drove to Belmont Regional Park to fit in a walk. When I got there I was absolutely knackered so decided to have a nap. When I took my boots off my foot was quite red and swollen so I was a bit worried that the infection from my insect bites had spread. I decided that after my nap I would track down another doctor. When I woke up my foot looked a lot better so took a walk as originally planned. The brochure said the walk would take an hour, but it seemed to take a lot longer!! I had a bite to eat ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga December 8th 2012

Was für ein stressiger Dezemberanfang - gleich der erste Advent, Weihnachtsdeko aufstellen und auch noch Geburtstag feiern. Da Linus' Geburstag auf einen Montag fällt, gibt's "nur" einen kleinen Kuchen und die Geschenke, die Feier wird verlegt auf's Wochenende... dieser Stelle sollte eigentlich Linus' kleiner schriftlicher Beitrag erscheinen über seine Feier und sein Geburtstagswochenende, aber, Ihr ahnt es sicher, irgendwie tut sich da nix, da kann ich reden wie ich will, der Junge ist einfach stinkend faul - das müsste man bis Deutschland riechen! Bei mir stapeln sich die Geschichten, sodass ich jetzt mit Weihnachten und unserem Urlaub fortfahre (entweder schreibt Linus noch was oder eben nicht, vielleicht komm ich ja noch dazu in nächster Zeit). Naja, nach dem Geburtstagsstress (Stress vor allem für mein Konto) verlief die Vorweihnachtszeit eher ruhig... read more
erster nasser Stop
in der Coromandel

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga November 10th 2012

Fruehling ist irgendwie ausgefallen... Sommer Sommer Sommer!... read more
schon wieder Strand!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty November 10th 2012

The Bay of Plenty is on the Pacific 4 hours east of Auckland. About 100,000 pop. Very upscale area and the largest harbor after Auckland. We ave done a lot of walks and bush hikes since arriving last thur. Hiked up mt Maunganui 700' Walked around its base 1 hour. Did some beaches. Did the fish and chips thing. Monday we will venture up the Cormandel peninsula for a few days. here are a few images from the last few days. Lowell There are 8 images click on them they get bigger... read more
Ponga Fern Tree
Giant Kauri Tree
Lots of wool on these

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga October 7th 2012

Auf die Plaetze fertig Fruehling!!!... read more
der Strand hat uns wieder!
Saison eroeffnet
fang mich doch...

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