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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Whakatane March 18th 2012

Right, time for a small update on what’s going on down under! Since the last time I did an update, I have been farming, mountain biking and generally having a good time. Me & Rob travelled to Rotorua on the 6th, to spend a week with a family doing general farm work and gain some experience of Kiwi life. Rotorua is a pretty special place in itself, due to large amount of volcanic activity there, the major downside of this activity however is that the whole city stinks of shit! (Due to the sulphur) We however were staying just outside the city, in small town called Oropi. We were greeted by the lovely Lilly family, who welcomed us at their small farm, and introduced us to their daughter, her boyfriend, their 8 year old son, the ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » White Island February 22nd 2012

Since she made the trip half way around the world, I wanted to show Maria Chiara New Zealand at its most exotic - and prefeably somewhere I had never been myself. Only thanks to a random mention from my uncle did I find out that White Island is a legitimate tourist destination - taking a boat 50 kilometres off the Bay of Plenty coast to visit an active volcano plonked in the middle of the ocean. For days before the trip I nervously checked the metservice website several times a day as the weather report was looking increasingly foreboding. We were lucky: the weather wasn't good enough to warrant a safe journey the day before or the day after - and with Maria Chiara only in New Zealand for seven and a half days we had ... read more
Karekare Beach
At the carwash
Auckland Art Gallery

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati February 17th 2012

Deze morgen namen we afscheid van Jizzy en Mike waarbij we ons de voorbije 14 dagen enorm geamuseerd hebben. Zoals in het vorige verslag vermeld, had ik ook beloofd om naar Eva & Clive te gaan. Het is een koppel dat gepasioneerd is door de natuur, buiten leven, meditatie en vooral alcoholvrij, veganistisch, glutenvrij en lactosevrij door het leven gaan. We vroegen ons af wat we nog konden eten bij hen. Gelukkig vonden ze het niet erg als wij toch melk en kaas aten, maar we probeerden toch zo veel mogelijk hun dieet te volgen. Eva is Clive's 2e vrouw. Samen hebben ze 1 dochter Melissa (15) , en Clive heeft nog 4 dochters bij zijn 1e vrouw. Clive is ooit een hippie geweest en heeft heel veel in zijn leven gezien en meegemaakt. Zo heeft ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Whakatane February 11th 2012

Uitspraak: Fakatane. Alles met WH in een naam van een stad of dorp = F van uitspraak. De voorbije 4 dagen verbleven we bij onze vrienden in Whakatane. Hiromi & Aron. Ze zijn nu hard aan het werk , met meer dan 40 uur per week, omdat ze in mei vertrekken naar Canada voor een jaar. Dus we hebben ze niet zo veel gezien deze week. Maar het was wel heel gezellig 's avonds. Wij kookten in ruil voor bed & douche. Ideaal dus! Hier was het ook een soort vrijwilligerswerk. Binnen een 3 tal weken gaan we naar Nathan in Rotorua. Whakatane zelf heeft niet zoveel te bieden. Een stad zoals een ander maar je hebt enkele kilometers verder wel een leuk strand en een gloeiwormengrot. De laatste avond gingen we naar de haven om ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati February 11th 2012

Mike & Jizzy zijn beiden Zuid-Afrikaans en leven ongeveer 20 jaar in NZ. Hun kinderen heten Shayni & Cam. En de kat heet Shanti. De taken zijn : maaien van het gras, de slaapkamer schilderen, wieden, plantjes planten, relaxen, mediteren, klankschaal muziek maken en zingen, ukulele leren spelen, en proberen self-sustainable te zijn. De mensen hier gaan zelden naar een supermarkt. Groenten, kruiden en fruit hebben ze uit eigen tuin of gaan ze kopen in een bio winkeltje of bioboer. In het dagelijkse leven is Jizzy , kinderjuf in een bio en eco crèche. En Mike is vertegenwoordiger van biologische producten. Alles hier draait om ecologisch en biologisch leven. Dit is wat we allebei heel erg leuk vinden. Deze namiddag zat ik op mijn knieën om kamillebloemen te plukken. Als je potje vol is , weet ... read more
Jizzy and Eva playing healing music/jizzy en eva spelen helende muziek
Jan tried it also/jan probeerde het ook
the house of the Green's family/het huis van de Green's familie

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Whakatane January 11th 2012

I have been here almost for a week and have seen already so many amazing things, I still cannot believe it. We caught really bad weather in Rotorua, although, we wanted to stay a little bit longer we had to find the sun and head towards Whakatane. After some shopping we drove towards the Rainbow Mountain and Kerosene Creek Thermal Area which looked secluded enough. We wanted to be away from tourists! It is surprising how touristic NZ actually is. You have to pay pretty much for everything. We were lucky to find this spot as it is the only free place where you can swim in thermal river in a beautiful nature. We stayed over night. I am getting comfortable with the van however still uneasy when at night. I am scared someone will knock ... read more
Kerosene Creek Thermal Area
Okataina Lake
Landslide

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Whakatane January 7th 2012

Je reviens tout juste d'une excursion au White Island. C'est un volcan. Méchante ride de bateau.. Le vomi coulait à flot dans les petits sacs de papiers.. ça brassait pas mal pour se rendre là bas. Mais pour ma part j'ai le pied marin, pas de trouble. C'est pas mal intéressant cet endroit. Mais ici à Whakatane c'est tranquille. La plage est loin. Le service de bus est poche. La météo aussi est poche.. Fa que.. Pis en plus c'est pas mal compliqué de trouver un liquor store d'ouvert.. Fa que... Je crois que je vais avancer dans ma lecture. Demain je pars déjà pour Napier et lundi je me tape une tournée de vignoble dans la Bay of Plenty..... read more
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Cheminée de souffre
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui December 12th 2011

Saying farewell to the South Island, we boarded the Interislander car ferry to make the 3 hour crossing through Marlborough Sound and Cook Straight over to the city of Wellington at the southern end of the North Island. In this part of the country, where the population is 3-1 compared to the south, the scenery is not as magnificent, but it's warmer, and there are endless beautiful beaches, nice little cities, and some fierce geothermal activity going on. The Bay of Plenty, on the east coast, is where the oil tanker/cargo ship ran aground, cracking in half and spilling its load of crude into the ocean. We can see its crippled carcass listing in the water just across from where we're currently situated. Disgusting. Somebody should MAKE THOSE BASTARDS PAY I tell ya! After spending some ... read more
Crossing the straight on the Interislander
Marlborough Sound
Marlborough Sound 2

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui November 24th 2011

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 ... read more
stormy N island coast
Raglan town view
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » White Island October 7th 2011

We arrived in Papamoa Beach on Wednesday evening, leaving behind the sulphourous Rotorua. We're staying at the parents of George's friend Mark in a fantastic beach side property designed and built by the owner. We overlook the beach which is 2 minutes walk away. Unfortunately it's also the bay where the large container ship ran aground (we can see it from where we are staying) so the locals are very worried about the possibility of an oil spill. Thursday morning saw us booking a boat trip to White Island from Whakatane, an hour up the coast from where we are staying. We just about made it in time (last on the boat) then set sail. It was an hour and a half to the island in fantastic weather. Once we got close it was like something ... read more
Inside the crater




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