Page 18 of silvernomads Travel Blog Posts

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Central Plateau November 4th 2010

This morning we awoke early as we had an early ‘visit from home’ with the arrival of the Oriana, whose home port is Southampton sailing right past our motorhome at the foot of Mount Maunganui. The ship was passing as we looked out of the windows from our comfortable bed at 7.30 pm, no doubt Mount Maunganui will be crowded today, it was so peaceful yesterday so glad we are moving on. Before we had breakfast we decided to walk around the base path of the mountain and by this time the Oriana was docked in the harbour at the edge of the mountain. We washed down the motorhome (still have some home chores to do!!) before we set off. We travelled through ‘Kiwi Fruit’ growing country with orchards all along the road side (the fruit ... read more
Buried Village
Te Wairoa Falls
Bath House Rotorua

Our next stop the Tongariro National Park which is at the southern end of Lake Taupo is breathtaking containing three active volcanic peaks, Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhoe (which starred as the scary Mount Doom in the film trology Lord of the Rings). We had wonderful views of these as we headed out of Taupo and up into the national park. When we stopped to look back there was a large hill which looked very similar to Silbury Hill in Wiltshire but this had a moat so it definitely was not (Frances you would have liked it)! We had intended to do several small walks in the national park but the campsite manager in Keri Keri one of our previous campsites had said that they had a sister site in the national park which ... read more
Three Active Peaks
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Central Plateau

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel October 29th 2010

We set off with every expectation of getting to our next destination in about 4 hours - funny! Just as we got north of Auckland the traffic starting picking up and then, stop we were in a traffic jam and we crawled all the way through Auckland (with lovely views of the sky tower though and the harbour, you can see why they call it the city of sails). We assumed that the whole population of NZ were in Auckland today!!!! It took us over an hour and a half just to get through the city but gradually the traffic eased as we travelled up the western side of the Coromandel Peninsular and the roads got smaller and smaller until there was just a ‘narrow’ road with ocean on one side and steep cliffs on the ... read more
Cormorants Goat Island
Hot Water Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland October 26th 2010

Our first stop after setting off from the B&B with our motorhome was the supermarket to stock up on the essentials like beer and wine and of course the not so essentials like food. We headed out of Auckland travelling over to the east coast for our first stop at Waiwera, the campsite was a little basic but the location was stunning, we parked the motorhome right on the sea front with the sea just yards away. There were hot water pools nearby and we went for a walk along the sea front, it was quite cold but the sand under our feet was warm. We spotted a couple of unusual birds on the shore amongst a group of oyster catchers and then found an area marked off to the public on the dunes with signs ... read more
Kauri Forest
Oldest Kauri Tree
Cape Reinga

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central October 20th 2010

We have at last arrived in New Zealand and got a shuttle bus to our accommodation in the Remuera area. We are staying at the Omahu Lodge a B&B run by a delightful New Zealand couple, Robyn and Ken who have made us feel very welcome and giving us lots of ideas and suggestions of what to do during our 4 night stay and even gave us a lift to a local restaurant for our first evening meal. They informed us that a couple of weeks ago six days of blizzards have caused deaths among new lambs numbering in the hundreds of thousands, and raised concern over the welfare of ewes yet to lamb. However on the day we arrived it was a beautiful spring day and lambs were playing in the fields. It was only ... read more
Waiheke Ferry
Pinot Gris Vines
Wine Tasting Menu

Asia » Hong Kong October 16th 2010

This was the memorable date we left the UK heading for Hong Kong on the first leg of our travels. Saying goodbye to our family was difficult but we look forward to keeping in touch by Skype throughout our journey. We were travelling with Air New Zealand and were so glad we upgraded as we had plenty of room and the service and food was good, together with great New Zealand wines. We arrived in Hong Kong late in the afternoon to extremely warm temperatures and made our way to the Eaton Hotel in the Kowloon area which proved to be a very useful location, next to busy markets and good transport links by metro or bus. Our room was on the 18th floor so great views from the windows to the busy city streets below. ... read more
Giant Buddha
Duck with head
Not Hollywood

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Winchester October 9th 2010

Well it’s has already been a couple of months since we retired and tomorrow we are to set off on the first leg of our exciting journey. We have spent a very busy time visiting family and friends and sorting out the house which we left in early September. We have attended a family wedding of our niece in Bradford on Avon, attended a christening of our great niece Phoebe, attended our daughter, Kerry’s 40th birthday party which was super as we were able to catch up with my brothers and sisters, Malcolm & Sue, Frances and Gillian as well as some of their families and attended the 60th birthday party of our very good friend Alison where we caught up with some more friends although it was sad that Judith and Evan could not join ... read more
Tintagel Bridge

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