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

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Hello everyone, Here I am with my second blog from New Zealand. After 5 days in Auckland I took a bus and went to Coromandel Peninsula. My mate Johnny, who I met in Australia in 2008, contacted his family and I was invited to go and stay for a few days there. The Peninsula lies to the east of Auckland but you need to drive around to get there, since the Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames divide the peninsula from the Auckland region. The bus drive took about 4 hours, including one stop-over. I arrived in a small town with no more than 4000 people called Whitianga. There is nothing particular about the town, but in the summer it's crowded with tourists. Not only Whitianga gets a lot of tourism, but the whole peninsula ... read more
Hahei Beach
At the table with the Herbert's
Flaxmill Bay

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 26th 2014

4347 kms 1 car..... 2 adults ...... 3 kids under 7 ...... 7 Days!!!! Crazy!!! Yup that's us. Driving from Brisbane to Perth. Across the Nullabor because we want to create memories.... Should be interesting, so follow us on our road trip, the good the bad and the ugly!!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 21st 2014

Today we all were invited to Onerahi for morning tea. Jennifer made us LOADS of cups of tea and we had a really good time celebrating Joseph's birthday. Thomas was very well behaved and had a good sleep on the bed while we played the new game. Even Kitty Kat had two cuddles on Pauls' knee and Flyn was outside enjoying the sun.... read more
One cuddle required
Blowing the candles out on the cake
The hostess with the mostest

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 21st 2014

Well, if you have been following the adventures of Cap’n Doug and his trusty sidekick, Hakura, you will know that the motor broke down during the first 24 hours of the big trip to Tonga in 2013. You will also know that the decision had been made to fix the motor. So that was the story in the pervious blog. Have I tell you that the only constant in the universe is change? Well, no, oh then, it is. With Hakura safely back on the hard in the Riverside Drive Marina, Whangarei, and the parts ordered, you would think that it was only a matter of time and the engine would be fixed and Hakura would be relaunched. No such thing. This was forgetting the mischievous nature of the fates. Even though I had checked that ... read more
In the workshop
All gone and cleaned up
The new motor is bedded in

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 15th 2014

Now we are on the last leg of our holiday. We are all packed and ready to go. Looking forward to getting home again to catch up with family and friends and return to our well loved recliner chairs! We had a great day yesterday buying an all day transport pass we hopped from ferry to ferry. Our first stop was Devonport. We had tried to drive into there with David and Cheryl on Sunday but as there was too much traffic we decided to turn around and not go in. It is a pity as it was really the best part that I have seen of Auckland. We went for a great walk up the north head to see the remains of the gun battery that was there. The views were just fantastic. Then we ... read more
Out of uniform
Great views
Not the Sydney harbour bridge!

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 13th 2014

Leigh and I decided to make the most of the lovely weather and sent for a walk along the beach finishing off with coffee and cake!... read more
The view
Getting ready to catch something for tea?
Tea and muffin

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 13th 2014

Our wonderful holiday at the bay of Islands came to an end today. Before David dropped us off we went to the mt Eden lookout. Mt Eden is an extinct volcano. It was quite an amazing view. We then got dropped off and booked into our apartment that will be home for the next 3 nights.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 13th 2014

Well, it is almost time for the 2014 adventures with Hakura, so I thought it was time to pull my finger out and get up last year’s story. So where shall I start the belated story of 2013’s big voyage to the South Sea Isles and Australia? In the middle maybe: Owen and I got back safe and sound and so did Hakura (well most of her anyway). The old motor was in the bin. So, now how did this all come about? Way back in the first half of the year I had decided to sail to Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, and some islands in between and end the year in Hobart, Australia before spending the next year sailing the east coast of Australia. As part of this Owen Smith, my friend for the past 38 ... read more
Another shot of the sunrise
It was very windy - we wished.
The sails are up and ready - where's the wind?

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands April 12th 2014

We spent a very lazy day celebrating Cheryl's birthday today. We visited the craft market at paihia. HAd a game of cards in the afternoon. Then we went for a beautiful meal on Russell Island (so David thinks it is an island). We are finishing it off with another game of cards. We are all a bit disappointed with the footy scores so far, except Cheryl of-course!... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands April 11th 2014

Today Peter and I went for a ferry ride and then walked to Okiato. Okiato was the site of the first capital of New Zealand until it was moved to Auckland. We then made a return visit to Paihia and had a look around the shops And tourist spots. Peter and I are on dinner duty tonight and we are going to try and make seafood risotto.... read more
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