Blogs from Central, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central March 12th 2019

Hi everyone Well, I have 3 weeks to go before I set off on my first solo MLCOE (Mid Life Crisis Overseas Experience). Checklist nearly complete: Backback - tick (my first ever backpack and my first backpacking experience...ever...) Boots and sandals - tick Ugly hiking pants and shirt - tick Medicine - tick...last rabies shot this week get the idea. Lots of stuff and I haven't tried packing it all in the backback yet. Many of you are a little worried about how I'll manage and some of you have concern for my safety. I get that and I share your concerns! I probably won't be on the phone much so, here's my blog page to keep you up-to-date with my travels, and a place where you can see (most of) what I'm up to...but ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central November 12th 2018

SC:Internet problems...not convinced that this blog post actually went, so I'm sending it again... Cjwrites: An easy getaway from our Guatemalan hotel at 04:30 on Friday 9th November and a reasonably comfortable flight to Dallas. Fortunately we spotted the need to change terminals before it all got too tight! but there was an anxious wait for seat allocations once at the gate. The flight from Dallas to LA is clearly hugely popular, with a lengthy list of stand-bys. Time in Dallas is as in Guatemala: 7 hours behind the UK. (SC adds: This was a good flight with a fabulous sunset and some great early evening views of LA.) A much longer period hanging around LAX - and no lounge available that will let us in (this Priority Pass isn’t nearly as useful as we’d hoped). ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central January 20th 2018

Before heading to New Zealand we motored north three hours away from the 40 degree heat of Sydney to stay with friend Liz Warne in Salamander Bay. Liz hosted us royally and we enjoyed the local sights including the largest moving beach in the Southern Hemisphere called Birubi. We also watched a magnificent storm roll in and out; wind rain, lightening, it had it all. It was easy to sup the odd glass of wine from Liz’s house with views over the bay. After three days we headed back to Sydney airport, leaving at 06.45, strangely the kick off time of the Sheffield derby, back in Blighty. (0-0 a good result under current circumstances). We flew Qantas on a 737 and the 12 of us in business class were well fed and certainly not left short ... read more
Supper at Liz’s
Storm approaches
Photo lit purely by lightening

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central May 3rd 2017

If you want a quiet pace to have a picnic lunch,or even the more traditional pie and sammies from the local vietnamese bakery, I thoroughly recommend the romatically named wintergarden, one of the most benign remnants of colonialism in new zealand, two sprawling late victorian neo gothic glass -houses, full of verdigris covered statues and carniverous plants,and bierdslyesque wishing wells. Set in the grounds of the domain,surrounding the forbiddingly named war memorial museum, the wintergarden reflects the other sade of the late victorian coin,lushness and exoticism and a faintly eliotian odor of decay... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central April 11th 2017

6th March Embarking Queen Victoria This leg of our trip is going to take us back to Australia via The Bay of Islands calling at Sydney (2 days) and Melbourne. From there, it's back across 'The Ditch' to cruise the Sounds starting with Milford Sound. We then sail around to Dunedin and Christchurch (from Akaroa) before heading to Wellington, from there it's to Apia (Samoa), Honolulu, Hawaii (the Big Island) and finish the leg with a two day stop in San Francisco. Pictures are of us leaving the beautiful 'City of Sails'. Once again Thankyou John & Heather x... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central November 28th 2016

The flight from Honolulu to Auckland was three Lord of the Rings movies long. My hotel room in Auckland was a pleasant surprise. It took me a while to realize that I was about four blocks from Queen Street, which is the main area for entertainment.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central October 7th 2016

This was what you could call a real long day and that following a long yesterday as well. The layover day in Los Angeles turned out to be very nice, but with one caviat, we had to leave the hotel at 6.00 PM, whereas our flight was at 11.10 PM. We spent abour 5 hours sitting a lounch at the airport. Although confortable, 5 hours are 5 hours. Leaving on Wednesday at 11.10 turned out well nevertheless; we fell asleep shortly after boarding and we slept about 6 hours, which with a flight of 13 hours is nice, but not great. Watching movies and drifting into sleep every once in a while, we arrived on Friday at 8.00 AM. Thursday never existed! Kind of strange. We were picked up at the airport and taken to our ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central September 29th 2016

Me voilà au Pays des Kiwis, après un long voyage de 15h. Je mets pieds à terre (sous la pluie) en Nouvelle Zélande. Un an que j'en parle et j'y suis. Mes premiers sentiments sont mitigés : la peur et l'angoisse, je me demande ce que je fous réellement ici. Peut importe c'est fait, si ça va pas je rentrerai. J'arrive à la guest house, où il n'y a que des français ! L'angoisse, elle est où mon immersion anglaise !? Premier jour de nouveau sous la pluie à faire mes papiers et visiter Auckland, à ma grande déception je n'ai pas vu de bateaux de la coupe de l'America... Deuxième jour, reprise de la course (avec mon dos en vrac suite aux massages Thai) au Mont Eden, et mission voiture et wwoofing pour m'enfuir de ... read more
Auckland depuis le Mont Eden
Auckland's climbing style

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central August 22nd 2016

Flying into Auckland I was full of excitement and also a little anxiety. The New Zealand outdoors are legendary and I could not wait to travel them to see it for myself. Problem was I didn't really have a plan on how to get around. I quickly ruled out taking a "backpacker" hop on hop off bus tour as I wanted to travel at my own pace and see some of the lesser known places and less traveled roads on the North and South Islands of New Zealand. My other two options were buy or rent a car. I found a few good deals for purchasing a car for around $NZ1,100 which upon departure I could resell to get some of my money back, but I worried about a possible lemon and the problems that could ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central May 11th 2016

11 mai 2016: Arrivée en Nouvelle Zélande! Le vol de 7h s'est bien passé depuis Perth. L'avion n'était pas plein et j'ai eu la chance d'avoir les deux sièges d'à côté de libre donc j'ai pu m'allonger pour dormir. Je suis donc arrivée à Auckland à 6h du matin heure locale (4h de décalage avec Perth et 10h avec la France !). J'ai récupéré la voiture que j'ai loué pour tout mon séjour (1 petite Yaris) et hop me voilà partie sur les routes Néo -Zélandaises. Je suis allée directement à l'auberge que j'avais réserver pour une nuit, pour récupérer du voyage et me donner une journée d'adaptation. Malheureusement le soleil n'était pas au rendez vous, c'était couvert avec des averses de temps en temps. Cela ne m'a pas empêché pour aller faire un tour dans ... read more

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