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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waitakere January 13th 2014

Monday 13th January, 2014. Drive to Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. We left Dargaville and continued our drive along the north west coast the North Island. We headed for a pinnacle called Tokatoka Peak that we had seen in the Dargaville blurb. We could see it clearly from the road but continued on and turned up to the start of the walking track. The scenery was very boring (we couldn't see the peak anymore) and it was a steep climb. We decided we had bigger fish to fry, so we returned to the road and drove back to where we had some good views of the peak and took some photos before continuing on our way. We came to a sign off to our left for Pinoa Falls along the Gorge Road. We weren't in any ... read more
13. Helensville Post Office Building
22a. M at the Gull Colony
22. Birds and Chicks, Gull Colony

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Dargaville January 12th 2014

Next stop will be Waipou Forest It's full of Kauri trees. There I met the Tui bird. He makes such gorgeous louds. Apart from the Tui, we went for a night walk to search for the Kiwi. If you are quiet you can hear how he rassles in the forest. But don't frighten him with white light.Then he will escape.Use red light. This one he can't see. I am proud of having seen two Kiwis. For the first time I could hear their strong louds. Kiwis are territorial .I want to thank Christian for driving so carefully in spite of steaming pads and unstable vehicle body. THX Chris!... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Dargaville January 12th 2014

Sunday January 12th, 2014. Hokianga, Kauri Coast & Kai Iwi Lakes We had an al-fresco breakfast at the holiday park and then threw our stuff in the car and checked out. The first thing we did was drive down to the Ahipara end of 90 mile beach as D had not gone with M when she went for a stroll last night. Then we set off through the Herekino forest, heading for Kohukohu. Here we joined the half dozen or so vehicles waiting for the car ferry which would cross the Hokianga Harbour to Rawene. We took some photos of the coastline while we waited, and then of the ferry as it approached. Once we were all loaded, the skipper closed the gates at the back of the boat. Then at the last minute two more ... read more
9. Still Squeezing them on Hokianga Vehicle Ferry
13. Opononi Beach
16. M having picnic Omapere

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Paihia January 12th 2014

Da stand ich nun an der Bushaltestelle an der Ecke Queens Street und Quay Street in Auckland City. Der Motor des Busses brummte schon und ich war im Begriff einzusteigen. Ein mulmiges Gefühl machte sich in meinem Bauch breit. Ein Teil von mir wollte wirklich in dieser Stadt bleiben um das anscheinend perfekt passende Auto zu kaufen. Ich war offenbar tatsächlich dieser Meinung ohne es je gesehen zu haben oder besonders viel Ahnung von Autos zu haben. Die anderen 50% von mir wollten aber auch schleunigst raus aus dieser unpersönlichen und brummenden Stadt. Marcus war mit zur Haltestelle gekommen um mich zu verabschieden. Wenige Minuten später saß ich im Bus und das Gefährt namh Fahrt auf. Nördlich, immer nördlich in Richtung Bay of Islands. Ich kann mich noch daran erinnern, dass die sanften grünen Hügel in ... read more
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Nächtliche Paihia Wharf.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga January 11th 2014

Saturday January 11th, 2014. Northland Road Trip, North Island, New Zealand After an al-fresco breakfast we threw our stuff in the car and headed to the 'Far North' (bit of a joke as that is really the north pole!). It is actually only moderately remote and the coastline was supposed to be amazing. Our first stop was Whangaroa, described in the AA book as "one of the most scenic harbours in the southern hemisphere". Whangaroa Harbour (the centre of the County) is 40 minutes drive north of the Bay of Islands and 30 minutes drive south of Doubtless Bay, making the area’s attractions an ideal stopover for travellers searching for something different that speaks of authentic Northland – unspoiled and unique. The harbour is almost land-locked and is popular both as a fishing spot in its ... read more
4. Whangaroa Harbour
7. M at Whangaroa Harbour
18. 3 Harbour Entrance Pa Sites, Doubtless Bay

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei January 11th 2014

today Patrick came round with his extra long hedge cutter to trim our bushes! Paul and Jennifer helped....we all had a lovely meal together....and now watching cricket and playing games!... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands January 10th 2014

Friday January 10th, 2014. 'Cream Trip', Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand We woke in our cruddy backpackers and had a cup of tea for breakfast in the same mugs that we used for our wine last night. Today we are going on a boat trip. D made some sandwiches and then went into the village for a couple of bottles of water. The Bay of Islands is exactly that - a bay full of islands (144 of them to be exact!). It therefore made perfect sense to explore the region by boat. We had booked on the 'Cream Trip'. In 1920 a launch service began to the scattered islands to pick up cream from the dairy farms. At the same time it also dropped off mail and supplies. A few tourists began to tag ... read more
25. Cream Cruise, Bay of Islands
33. Cream Cruise, Bay of Islands
49. M at the Top of the Hill, Island Stop, Cream Trip

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington January 10th 2014

Hello all. So, Christmas has come and gone, along with New Year. We had a great time in Gisborne at Pam and Warwick's place, were Amy, Jeremy and the kids were, as well as Sarah, Brad and their two kids. We had 5 days with a mixture of weather, but did get to the beach a few times. Christmas day was great, with the kids up bright and early and the adults following their lead. Christmas stockings were attacked and the delighted faces made the early rise well worth while. Pancakes for breakfast, then the main presents. Once again every one was happy, and, as usual the kids got so much that they didn't know what to play with first. The magic of Christmas remains strong and healthy, you just have to watch the kids. Christmas ... read more
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Stocking time.
Wow. Lets see whats in the sack.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach January 10th 2014

Well done! We have reached Cape Reinga-the northest peak of New Zealand. It's a magic place where the history of New Zealand began. Long time ago the Maori came from Polynesia and started to settle down. For Maoris this special place means a lot. When the Maoris die, their spiritis return from Cape Reinga to Hawaiki (where the Maoris actually come from).You see more Maoris than European people in Cape Reinga. My absolute favourite was the point where the Tasmanean Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. There you can have a glimpse at huge waves from far. The Maori say that it's there where man und woman comes together and new life is created.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri January 9th 2014

Thursday January 9th, 2014. Paihia, Kirikiri & Russell, Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand We breakfasted at the Youth Hostel and then loaded the stuff in the car as we are staying somewhere else in Paihia for the next two nights. We booked it and went in and paid for it yesterday afternoon. Paihia is nestled between rolling green hills and tranquil blue harbours with yellow sandy beaches in the Bay of Islands. We headed out of town and rejoined the Twin Coast Discovery Highway (TCDH) and headed north to Kerikeri. Kerikeri is known for its orchards, wineries, subtropical gardens, artisans an art and craft galleries. It was one of the first places to be settled by Europeans in the early 19th century and is the site of New Zealand's two oldest buildings. We headed straight ... read more
3. St James Church, Kirikiri
6. The Stone Store, Kirikiri
8.  Kerikeri Kemp Mission House




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