Blogs from Manukau City, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City March 28th 2016

Zadnji dan najinega popotovanja sva začela s pakiranjem. Čeprav nisva nakupila zelo veliko spominkov, se je zdelo, da bosta torbi hitro pretežki. Po zajtrku in ko so bile najine stvari uspešno zložene v primerno obliko za na letalo, sva odrinila proti Aucklandu. Dan sva preživela umirjeno v priljubljenem lokalnem zabaviščnem parku in se še zadnjič sprehodila po bližnjem regionalnem parku, ki je pri domačinih priljubljeno mesto za piknike. Zvečer sva na letališču oddala avto in tako sklenila 4521 kilometrov dolgo popotovanje po Novi Zelandiji. Zdaj naju čaka le še pol sveta letalske poti do doma.... read more
Regionalni park

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City November 21st 2014

hadShad a relaxing, easy day spending most of catching up with Rick, lounging on the deck overlooking the bay... Went for a drive to check out a golf course, and stopped in the community of Howick to walk along the quaint Main Street filled with shops, cafe's, bars. We did a major grocery shop..Rick is making us dinner tomorrow night. I think he's become quite the cook! You get used to driving on the left side pretty quickly. Ricky navigates with the GPS, and Gary drives. Almost every couple of blocks, there is a roundabout. Definitely helps traffic flow. Lots of ups and downs and turns on the roars, no road ever goes straight. You dare not try to cross the road thinking people will stop for you...pedestrians definitely don't get the right of way. Had ... read more
Dad and his boy

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City November 20th 2014

After 27 hours of a travel, we arrived in Auckland! Ricky joined us 3 hrs later from Australia! We stayed in sore upper clean motel just outside the airport.....the lady whose home we are renting for the next 5 days gave us the name of a trustworthy car rental place, and Wendy showed up at 10 this morning, and offered to drive with us to Cocklebay where we are staying. Gary got to drive under her tutelage which we don't know how we would have done it without her. Driving on the wrong side of the road takes some getting used to. Kiwi drivers in the big city are like impatient Calgarian drivers. Lots of similarities there. One thing you notice right away is all the birds singing, beautiful! It is nice out, about 22 degrees. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City January 26th 2014

Having been introduced to the wonders of mountain biking in Colorado by fellow Kiwi-Coloradans, Carolyn and Pete, I now have the good fortune of these two living back in New Zealand to drag me out biking once again. We frequent the tracks at Woodhill, but occasionally our little trio ventures to the east side to spice it up a bit. Today we ventured out to Maraetai for our first foray into the easily accessible mountain bike tracks developed by the Pohutukawa Coast Bike Club. To ride here you'll need a permit. Contact details are available at the PCBC website The starting point is at the cul de sac end of Rewa Road. This is a residential neighbourhood so you can park anywhere along the street, or you could park at the beach and ride the short ... read more
The Ride Up
Logging Field
Sweet As Trail

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City March 25th 2012

Today, I went to Rainbows End, it's an amusement park in Maukua. I got up around 7 and got dressed. For breakfast I went down to the coffee shop across the road. I got bacon and eggs and a coffee. Around 8 oclock I was back at the hotel waiting for the cab. Many poeple were walking the street, it was a public holiday but all the city shopping centres were open. Today was a bit cloudy but the sun was peeping through. Rainbows End was roughly 20 minutes away from the hotel. After 15 minutes the cab arrived and I had Steven, my first driver (Mr Grumpy). Even though i've been here for over a week, I still find New Zealand's nature to be breath taking. The trees are incredibly tall and green and there's ... read more
The log flume
My beloved fear fall

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City March 21st 2012

Day 2. It's stormy today, I woke up to the sound of rain. It was 9:30 and I thought that would be the end of my day, but I promised myself I'd try do something each day that i was here, so today, I had planned on going to Butterfly creek. I then had a shower, and got myself ready for the day. I ordered pancakes for breakfast, promising myself that I'd go and find a better place to have breakfast tomorrow. Expecting a long wait, I sat down and turned on the tv, all that was on was the news and early morning childrens shows. I left the tv on for backround noise while I organised myself, packing an umbrella, an extra jumper, some spare money for if I find some cute plush toy souveniers, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City September 3rd 2010

Well, the campervan is rockin' so don't come a knockin' - but unfortunately it's because of the howling wind and pouring rain not because of anything saucy! New Zealand has been a real rude awakening regards the weather, but it hasn't managed to dampen our spirits on this new part of our adventure. We have been travelling for over 100 days now and this leg of the journey is where we are really embracing the backpacker culture! Chez Cain is a beautiful three room dwelling (drivers compartment, and bedroom/living area/kitchen with ensuite bathroom and toilet) with a huge garden and is in a great location (wherever we want it to be!). In reality, we are living in a Transit van sized vehicle and the garden is the whole of New Zealand's great outdoors! Our few days ... read more
Welcome to Auckland
Chez Cain!
Rachel driving the beast

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City April 19th 2010

I had only one week left on the north island. I came here with the ferry from picton to wellington. After spending one day in the capital of new zealand, nothing really amazing, and yes i did go to the national museum :P i took a bus half way across the island to taupo. taupo is a small town on the shore of lake taupo, nz's biggest lake. I spend the rest of my day walking to the huka falls. The next day i hitch-hiked back south to the tongario national park (volcanoes) as i wanted to do the one day crossing but it was really windy and the top of the mountains were coved in clouds, so I decided not to do it. I ended up doing a small easy walk around lake rotopounamu (in ... read more
tongariro crossing4
tongariro crossing4
it's autum

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City April 9th 2010

Situated by the airport, Butterfly is a fun way to spend a few hours. Attractions include the Crocodile Show, the butterfly house, the buttermilk farm and the aquarium. So its my birthday - 3 family members overseas (Mum, Bals & Hubby) & 3 at work (Angie, Arun & Dad) - I do not want to spend the day at home so go and check out what Butterfly creek has to offer before heading for drinks with friends (all working). I thought it would be a let down but was quite suprised at how much I enjoyed it and the hours just went. The Crocodile Show was amazing. I learnt that Crocs are one of the biggest sulkers in the animal kingdom and can easily sulk for a year (i.e go without food to prove a point). ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Manukau City March 12th 2010

Well seems like ages since we last blogged but thats NZ for you it costs so much to get online and when you do its so slow.....funny how Vietnam does it so well yet they cant manage it here. Our time is up here and we have just handed our camper back so spending our last night in our little trusty tent that we get in oz. We have had a great time here really relaxed and loved just spending time together in beautiful surroundings. We have tried not to spend too much money here so have done alot of long walks in the mountains or round lakes and so on. However the one thing we knew we wanted to do was go on a wale search so we booked up a boat trip....they warned us ... read more
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cooking in our van
hanging with the locals

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