Blogs from North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 15


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island February 6th 2014

Like all good adventure stories, this one starts off like any other day. While going about our daily routine in the Shire of Balgowlah, I noticed that there was some new correspondence from a long lost Uncle, the great wizard James Snyder of Chatham Shire. He was boasting of his annual journey to the land of Hobbiton, known as New Zealand on the HobbitBook message board. After a quick discussion and a few Golummail’s back and forth to James, we decided to visit the lands of New Zealand and fit in a much overdue visit. We left armed with plane tickets, only our first two nights' accommodation, and a loose plan to meet James at noon hour of the 7that the central crossing of Queen Street and Vulcan Lane. Over the afternoon with James we loaded ... read more
Elliott Stables for dinner one evening
Us in Rotorua
Lake Rotorua

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Waipukurau February 5th 2014

This blog is dedicated to Angela, my lovely host.Thank you for getting me at the bus station, for letting me sleep and eat in your house. Thank you for introducing me to Charlie and Smiley, thank you for taking me to Masterton with your awesome bus. I just indulged in every day........ read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hamilton January 31st 2014

I have been visiting the Hamilton Dodds to catch up with my grandson. Lucky for me Stacey and Thomas came home on my second day so I have had lots of cuddles!! Here a few photos...... read more
Thomas was in hospital on Monday
But was home on Tuesday
and again

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 » Northland » Kaitaia January 29th 2014

South America, well, Chile and Argentina have been paving the roads so fast that we have put this 28 day, 5,000km plus, Tarmac Tour together for couples on Road Bikes. We have an eclectic mix of motorcycles and people for this adventure. From Auckland, we have Bob and Mary Grey, with Mary riding her Spyder and Bob on his BMW F650 GS. From Invercargill, we have Ross (D Duke) and Christine Bulling, they will be riding their bright red Ducati ST3. Raewyn (Bones) and I will be riding our Harley Davidson Ultra Classic CVO, with Gerardo leading the charge on his BMW1200 GS. We are also taking 3 x Suzuki DR 650's over in the container for three guys from Dunedin, they will only stay with us for a few days, then head off on their ... read more
Ross and Christine
Christine and 'D Duke'
Bob and Mary


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Takapuna January 29th 2014

I'm starting to write this blog entry as I enter the 22nd hour of travelling, getting from Auckland to San Francisco is a bit of a mission with all the stopovers. On a side note, whilst waiting in LA I found these amazing snacks which are green pea baked crisps - wasabi flavoured! God bless America, they are a delight. Anyway back to the last part of New Zealand. We left Queenstown for the final time on the 7th January and said a few goodbyes as our group was starting to disperse which was sad, but inevitable. The first stop on the way up was in a really quiet little town with a huge lake, unfortunately I spent most of that day in bed as my cold really came out that day (self inflicted) and I ... read more
Snuggle with Eliza for the ferry crossing
The Lumineers

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Wairakei January 27th 2014

I just want to thank Trudi for the shelter and trust she gave me! Thank u for teaching me to lead a pack of four dogs, to do the design of tops and bags, to sew, to embellish bags, to do embroidery......Thank you my love.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Hastings January 26th 2014

Well! Christmas and New Year have gone. We had a fantastic time. After coming back into Wellington we headed down to beautiful Wanaka in the far south, just for a few days,to help Viv, Di's sister to celebrate her 60th birthday. Magic time and catching up with a few people we haven't seen for a while. Lots of food and drink and great company. Still think this is a neat place and intend to spend more time down there exploring in the not to far future. A quite time with a few people around on the Friday, but all on for the party on Saturday night. Lots of people and a lot of laughs and good times. A bit chilly but with the fires burning and the Pizza oven sending out the heat, spent most of ... read more
Quite times.
Guess what one dessert is.
The cake.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City January 26th 2014

Having been introduced to the wonders of mountain biking in Colorado by fellow Kiwi-Coloradans, Carolyn and Pete, I now have the good fortune of these two living back in New Zealand to drag me out biking once again. We frequent the tracks at Woodhill, but occasionally our little trio ventures to the east side to spice it up a bit. Today we ventured out to Maraetai for our first foray into the easily accessible mountain bike tracks developed by the Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club. To ride here you'll need a permit. Contact details are available at the PCBC website The starting point is at the cul de sac end of Rewa Road. This is a residential neighbourhood so you can park anywhere along the street, or you could park at the beach and ride the short ... read more
The Ride Up
Logging Field
Sweet As Trail

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo » Wairakei January 22nd 2014

Just had some nice hot water shower:)... read more
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