Blogs from North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 5


26-27 fev On prend la route cette fois pour rejoindre Whitianga, sur la cote est de la peninsule de Coromandel. L'odorante Rotorua est derriere nous maintenant. On s'arrete pour luncher a Waihi beach, assis sur un tronc d'arbre mort face a l'ocean. Aux alentours reposent 9 kilometres de plage completement vide de touristes. C'est le calme plat sous le brulant soleil de midi. On en profite pour trainer les pieds dans les vagues qui s'etendent de tout leur long sur le sable... ...avant de repartir pour Whitianga encore plus au nord sur la peninsule. On s'y installe dans une petite cabane aux allures de chalet, a deux enjambees de la mer ou un pere montre a son fils le plaisir de surfer. ... Ce n'est que le lendemain qu'on rejoint finalement Coromandel town, dernier village de ... read more
Sur la route de Coromandel Town
Port d'Auckland
Quai a Coromandel Town

Sunday 16th Few more days and its the end of tour for me. But first had to get passed this crossing. The Tongariro Crossing is in Tongariro National Park, which was the first national park in NZ and the fourth in the world with three volcanoes, of which we could see the steam coming out of vents as we drove closer. The three volcanoes all active still and are called Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro. Ruapehu is the oldest volcano where as Ngauruhoe is the youngest. Both Ruapehu and Tongariro have vents of steam in the sides of the volcanoes but Ngauruhoe is a conical volcano. Ngauruhoe is also famous because it was used as the volcano known as Mount Doom, Mordor in Lord of the Rings. The crossing itself doesn't take us over ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Turangi March 2nd 2014

22 fev On embarque dans notre voiture louee et on s'eloigne tranquilement de la ville universitaire qu'est Palmerston North. On passe par des patelins comme "Bulls", "Mangaweka" et "Waiouru" ... avant d'atterrir a Turangi, ville reputee pour sa peche a la truite (...a la Strout que dira Marilou). C'est qu'il y a beaucoup de pecheurs a la mouche ici, cales dans la riviere claire parallele a la Highway one, caoutchoutes jusqu'au nombril et armes de leur cannes a peche paratonnerres. Next Exit: Trout Center. On pourrait decouvrir un peu plus le merveilleux monde de la mouchete si on le voulait. Mais ce n'est pas la raison principale de notre escale ici. C'est qu'il y a une marche dans les montagnes tout pres qui a la reputation d'etre la plus belle marche d'un jour de toute la ... read more
La montee du Tongariro
La montee

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 2nd 2014

We've been a bit of a lazy bloggers recently, mostly because we are currently camping around the North Island of New Zealand, and thus have very limited wifi access, but also because we have just been quite busy taking in the wonders of this place. Arriving in Auckland almost two weeks ago truly felt like a return to civilization; after all the Spanish and French speaking countries it was so nice to have English spoken all around us, and being able to easily communicate whatever we need to. And after nearly four weeks of island hopping in French Polynesia, it was a nice change to be in a big city again. We stayed in Auckland three full days, rented a room in the house of a nice and fun Maori lady, Ruth, in a peaceful suburb ... read more
hiking in Auckland
view over Wellington
berry picking :)

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Massey March 1st 2014

Today we all helped Joseph and Stacey move from Hamilton to Massey in Auckland ready for Joseph's new job starting on 3 March! All went well but we are all worn out!! Patrick and I drove from Whangarei and met Jennifer and Paul at the new house. Joseph and 3 VERY NICE helpers packed the first load on Friday night and Joseph drove up on Saturday morning and collected Claire on the way who had the key! Then we unpacked, had a cup of tea, and Joseph, Patrick and Paul drove down to Hamilton - collected second truck load with Patrick driving Stacey, Thomas and the cat. Jennifer, Claire and I unpacked, moved things around, made beds, cleaned etc. We unpacked the second load, had a cup of tea, and then Joseph drove back to Hamilton, ... read more
The living area
the first boxes ready to be unpacked
Quick to unload


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 » Auckland » Central February 28th 2014

25th February Auckland, New Zealand Today we lose some friends that we have made crossing from San Francisco to Auckland, thanks John and Heather for the laughs at trivia and the launderette (in joke). We arrived in Auckland quite early as this is a turnaround day, some 400 people leave to be replaced by who knows!! Our berth is in the heart of the city harbour so anybody not on an organised trip has no trouble finding their way into the shopping areas. A favourite for yachting, Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’ and has one third of the countries population. The city has become the biggest Polynesian city in the world; many of the residents are from the Polynesian areas of the South Pacific and latterly are from Asia giving Auckland ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua February 28th 2014

After lunch we drove down to Rotorua, where we would be meeting the Maori tribe chief of Ohinemutu and be given a tour before having some traditional food called hangi back at the hostel. We got into Rotorua about 4 pm, with Simon still dressed as tigger. We persuaded him to go up to the bride (a wedding party was taking photos near the lake where we parked up) and get a photo taken with her. As we were waiting, a car pulled up with a man who had Maori tattoos covering his face asking who we were waiting for. We later found out this was one of the chief's cousins or brothers (can't remember which). We moved to the toilets to wait for Chief. He turned about 10 minutes later. We introduced ourselves to each ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui February 27th 2014

Left Napier in a more mundane form of transport - our campervan. Lovely quiet road skirting the Tongariro National Park. Great views of the volcano and seems like only yesterday that we were doing the Tongariro Crossing (not 5 years ago!). Although the weather is hot - 30 degrees - there was snow on the mountain tops. Now heading for Pipiriki along a narrow road bounded by a deep gorge. Lyn driving and fortunately didn't meet any traffic. On the way we noticed several little areas where we could pull off the road for an overnight free camp. However we needed to find the Whanganui River Adventure HQ so pressed on. So glad we did as they have a beautiful flat small campsite just above the river and surrounded by tree ferns - only one other ... read more
Room with a view
Lyn with half a Waka
Relaxing by the river before we start

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo Caves February 26th 2014

The next morning we left Raglan to head down to the Waitomo caves. Simon, our tour leader was dressed in a tiger onesie because it was his birthday. These caves have glow worms which has made the sites famous. They look like LED lights or stars in the roof when. All other lights have been switched off. G-Adventures booked with one particular company where you can do tubing (also known as black water rafting) or abseilling down through the caves in darkness and seeing g the glow worms glow. I chose tubing, because I kind of hurt my right wrist kayaking (maybe RSI playing up or something) so decided abseilling was not for me. So we got to Waitomo caves area. Some people were dropped off as they were doing the Spellbound tour, where you walked ... read more

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