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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany March 2nd 2018

Day 4: Parekai Springs to Hanua, 120 or so km, more like 140 with all the wrong turns the Donkey took Today was a sad day for both Showponey and the Donkey. Showpony was once again poorly overnight and the two friends agreed that it was not a good idea for Showpony to carry on so the Donkey was suddenly by himself. He panicked as now he had to do all the thinking. Showpony had done most of it till then; he had covered all eventualities including potential calamities some of which had come true. And today was just the day the Donkey needed Showpony more than ever as he had to navigate through Auckland, the biggest city of New Zealand, and it is well known that navigation is not one of a donkey's strengths, in ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany September 17th 2017

Hey there guys! Sorry I've been so quiet of late - been really ill and still suffering the effects of flu bugs that I've no resilience to. Next BIG adventure will kick in 2 weeks today as I am going to South Island for 7 days to re-trace some of the stuff I so loved in 2011. But...I treated myself to a ticket to see the All Blacks face the Springboks at QBE Albany yesterday and OH MY GOSH was it a good choice! A brilliant night spent with Kiwis, Aussies and SA's culminating in a crushing defeat of the 'boks by the Blacks. Katie has now been kitted out with 1cm thick 'gym mats' in the rear which will provide the much needed flat sleeping surface to properly enjoy the wilds of South Island. Anyway...no ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany August 25th 2016

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany December 8th 2013

De dag erna lijkt het weer redelijk. Het eerste deel van de rit zal over dezelfde baan verlopen als de heenweg. Met momenten is er ook veel passage van grote trucks volgeladen met boomstammen. Deze komen hard voorbij. Waar ik kan, zet ik me opzij. In Kaitaia kijk ik nog even men mail na. Ik had wat couchsurf-verzoeken gestuurd maar deze bleven onbeantwoord. Dus ik rijd door naar Ahipara aan de kust. Het weer is redelijk dus ik zet me op de camping. De Engelse fietsers kom ik hier weer tegen. Tijd voor een wasje en ‘s avonds zie ik een Koreaanse film. De dag erna besluit ik om te plekke te blijven. Ik ga naar het dorp, wat niet veel voorstelt en log wat punten om later aan de openstreetmap toe te voegen. Ik ga ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany November 25th 2013

Na een 2 tal weken onderweg te zijn is het hoogdringend dat ik iets op de blog zet... Het vertrek naar Schiphol ging na een kleine omweg goed. Daar aangekomen verliep de check-in ook goed. Ik denkt dat ik iets over de bagagelimiet ging maar ze deden niet moeilijk. Ik ontmoet er nog een Nederlands koppel dat in Myammar gaat fietsen met een gids van Awol. Met de eerste vlucht naar Singapore heb ik het gezelschap van een Singaporees. In Singapore moet ik 4 uur wachten. Tijd genoeg om eens rond te wandelen en naar huis te Skypen. Vervolgens komt flight deel 2 tot Auckland. Hier heb ik minder spraakzame buren die de weg naar het toilet blokkeren met boomgezaag. Aangekomen in Auckland is er eerst een paspoortcontrole en dan mag de bagage opgehaald worden. De ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany March 13th 2012

13 hrs on a plane from LA, but i was a lot more comfy than C B Cool last leg to christchurch, booked in the backpackers hostel for 2 nights then onto Queenstown to vist Sean and the little man. Ta Ta for now x... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany August 8th 2011

08.08.11 Fahrt nach Auckland / Flug nach Brisbane Heute krabbelten wir zum letzten Mal aus den uns liebgewonnenen Schlafsäcken. Bevor wir frühstücken konnten, mussten wir unseren Camper nochmals auf Vordermann bringen und auf hochglanz polieren. Auch unsere Wäsche haben wir natürlich wieder, fein säuberlich gefaltet, in unseren Taschen verstaut. Nach zwei Stunden konnten wir dann endlich unsere letzte Mahlzeit in Neuseeland genießen. Zum Essen gab's die Restbestände. U.a. unseren heißgeliebten Curry-Reis. Leider war es diesmal mit dem Curry etwas zu gut gemeint. Anschließend machten wir uns auf die letzten 70 Kilometer bis zur Kea-Station. Dort wurden wir von einer „kleinen Französin“ freundlich in englischer Sprache empfangen. Wie erwartet, wurden wir für den hygienisch reinen Camper gelobt. Nun ging es mit dem Kea-Shuttle zum Flughafen Auckland, wo unsere Reise n... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany May 22nd 2011

NZ day 21 Port Waikato. Well what a lovely relaxing day it has been. No rush to get out of bed, get showered, have breakfast, do the dishes, pack up & hit the road before 10am. Nup, today we stayed in bed until about 8ish (well that is a sleep in for us), then we had brecky in our jamas.....I was going to have a jarmy day But Raymond thought we may scare the natives.......had bacon, eggs & tomato- yum! Then off to the showers, bit of housework & tried to find the park manager so that we could pay him. Talk about laid back...Colin is his name.....he wasn’t in the office so we rang the intercom- this connects to his phone. Well he had gone home to have the farm to have breakfast & if ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany May 21st 2011

NZ Day 20 Well today we made our way (via the scenic route) to Port Waikato....or Port Whakahoota, as Raymond calls it! We weren’t in any hurry to leave the Cosy Cottage International Holiday Park- cause they charged so much we thought we would get our moneys worth- if that is possible. It was one of the most expensive parks (in line with Queenstown) at over $40 for the night. You didn’t have to pay for showers (yep- still coming across that....the cheapest so far is 50 cents for 5 minutes...& not a minute longer either I’ll have you know! The dearest I think was $2 for 10 minutes). Anyway, they also charged for hairdryer usage (50 cents) & the washing machine was $3 & the dryer $4!!! Stuff me- & guess who had 2 loads ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Albany January 13th 2011

Exploring New Zealand, December 2010 Having recently returned to the States from working in China for a year, I knew I would have only a couple of months to get my system back into the Western Hemispere, before not only returning to the Eastern but also visiting a new one, the Southern. My family had long been planning an epic adventure for the holiday season: a trip to New Zealand, where we have friends and where Mom fell in love on her first visit with the unique biodiversity of this island nation. We left "sunny" Florida, which was actually turning quite cold, flying and transiting for 27 hours, and arrived at 7:30 in the morning on a Saturday in Auckland. Once through customs and "biosecurity" (intense, I might add), and reunited with ecstatic friends, we ... read more
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...I baked a cake!  Kiwi humor at work. :)
relaxing on the back deck




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