Kiwifruit capital of the world. March 20th 2008 After leaving Rotoura we headed up to the bay of plenty to a town called Whakatane (Wh in Maori is pronounced as an F) to alight on boat trip to the White Island or Whakaari. It is NZ’s most active volcano and its only marine volcano. The volcano is about 50km off shore so it took a few hours to reach the island. On route we saw a flying fish (our first ever) which we thought was totally weird! ... read more
Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
We have decided that we are ready for a break from academia/work and want to spend some quality time together seeing the world!
Our first stop is Bangkok in Thailand, where we spend a few days sorting out visas and visiting the delights that the city offers! We then move onto Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and back into Thailand in the north, travelling into the south to Malaysia and Singapore. We'll fly to the island of Java and then onto Bali, where we fly out to Darwin, Australia at the start of December. A few weeks will be spent travelling down to Ayers Rock, where we then fly to Cairns and m... full info