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

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby August 29th 2015

Hallo ihr Lieben, Nach 30 langen Stunden sind Anni und ich endlich in Neuseeland angekommen. Auf unserem Flug von Hong Kong nach Auckland (Wir sind mit NewZealand Air geflogen, sehr empfehlenswert!) konnten wir bereits erste Eindrücke von den Kiwis gewinnen. Vor uns saßen ein etwas älterer deutscher Herr, der vor 40 Jahren nach Neuseeland ausgewandert ist und sein Enkelsohn, geboren in Neuseeland, der gerade ein Jahr in Deutschland verbracht hatte. Wir kamen schnell ins Gespräch und schon bald luden uns die beiden ein, sie mal besuchen zu kommen. Wir bekamen die Adresse und Telefonnummern der beiden mit den Worten:,, Meldet euch gerne, wenn ihr Hilfe braucht oder in der Nähe seid. Ihr seid herzlich eingeladen." Echt toll ! Hinter uns saß Harley, der etwa in unserem Alter war. Er kam grade von seiner sechswöchigen Reise aus ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby April 4th 2014

Took the city bus to Auckland zoo. Saw kiwi and kea bird and KaKau birds indigenous to NZ. Can pretty much take any bus east/ west and will take u from Victoria street west. Art museum and zoo same stop. Jacuzzi at hotel Walked up college to kathy and Nigel's . Beautiful suburb lovely home great dinner and wine with good renewed friends. Golf in the morning with Nigel... read more
Kathy, kathi Nigel
penquins at the auckland zoo

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby October 30th 2013

We arrived into Auckland on the 30th October and to be honest, we weren't overwhelmed by the city. We stayed in a pretty homely hostel called Ponsonby Backpackers. The area of Ponsonby is okay. It's got a few cool little cafes and it's not too far from the main city. During our 3 days here, we took a ferry to Waiheke Island. This Island is really lovely. Lilies grow wild and the weather just seems so much better here! We did a cheeky spot of wine tasting and pretended that we knew what we were talking about. On 2nd November, we began the Kiwi Experience and were on our way to Paihia!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby May 25th 2013

New Zealand, last stop. Also my longest stop though so I'm not nearing home just yet. Actually Glastonbury was supposed to be my last stop but the good people of Qantas decided I wasn't allowed to stop in London on the way home, even though my flights go through Heathrow. New Zealand has been accused of being a bit of a backwards place, I found myself agreeing with this earlier today after getting a burrito that had carrots and peas in it. Something must have got lost in translation when Mexican food was brought to New Zealand. Was surprised they didn't put gravy in it too. I did two nights cruising the Whitsunday Islands, which was one of the best things I've done in my three months away. To prepare for my two nights on the ... read more
Whitehaven Beach
Sunset over the Whitsundays
Goon Drinking

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby March 13th 2013

Another beautiful day in Auckland. Blue skies, temperatures in the high 70s. We had a nice continental breakfast of croisssants, cheese, ham, muesli and fruit. We left Ponsonby House at 8:30 to give us plenty of time to get to the pier to catch our ferry to Waiheke Island. The cruise took about 35 minutes and then we boarded a bus for a tour of the island which has a population of 8000 but in the summer it is about 30,000. We stopped to view some of the island's beaches, Oneroa, Little Oneroa, Palm Beach and Onetangi Beach. All are great for swimming and other water sport activities. Our bus driver suggested we get out at Onetangi Beach (which means weeping sand because of a battle waged there). We had lunch at the Beach Front Restaurant ... read more
Walking on beach.
Waiheke Island
Sky Jump

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby May 31st 2012

After leaving Northland, we decided to head towards West Auckland and stay at Piha beach. The main reason that we wanted to come to this place was because it is where our travelling buddies Troy and Kylie (that we met in South America) call home. Unfortunately Troy was currently working in England and Kylie was away on business however we still wanted to check out this place that we had heard so much about from the pair of them. On our way down in the van, we stopped off in a little town named Helensville where we thought we may have been able to get some information as to where we could stay when we got into the Piha and the Waitakere ranges. Unfortunately the friendly lady didn’t have much in the way of information about ... read more
Sunsetting
Lion Rock
Donna, breakfast and Ducks!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby October 20th 2011

Well seeing as I haven't blogged for a few weeks due to laziness, I am having to cram as much of the last two weeks into this entry...so here goes. It was the match that to be honest I was looking forward to the most and if I had known the effect that it would have on my blood pressure, I probably would have had a few more pre-match beers to chill out. The build-up to the game was spent queuing for what felt like a week to get my face painted, and for the rest of the time in the pub...where else! I met up with Daryl and Byron (whom I had met in Wellington) for pre-match beers, Daryl proudly sporting his Scottish jersey, upholding the Celtic botherhood and myself giving him plenty of stick ... read more
A tense encounter
Daryl takes the plunge
The view from dry land

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby October 6th 2011

Happy birthday to Petey! I spent most of the week just getting back into being in Auckland. I walked into town and had a peak around the fanzone again now that it was quieter. They big inflatable rugby ball they have set up was sent all over the world over the last 4 years promoting this world cup and New Zealand. You can go inside and watch a bit of a promotion for NZ. I had a wander inside. The show they put on is quite cool. They show videos and stuff all over NZ and a guy does commentary and then he does a haka for everyone. Really cool. Pete didn’t want to do much for his birthday so I gave him his present tonight. I think he really liked it. Not sure when he’ll ... read more
big screens
fanzone
The cloud

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby February 3rd 2011

We decided to be big kids today and headed to Rainbow's End, Auckland's theme park. It was an overcast day but still quite warm out and a bit humid. Since it was a weekday the park wasn't as busy so we rarely had to wait in any lines which was great! We went on the pirate ship ride, then went on two different kinds of go-karts which was a ton of fun! No crashing either! So proud of myself for that. Haha. We went to a ride in goldrush town which is cool, you walk through this underground mine then you get into an old mining car and it's a rollercoaster that takes you through a mine haha. Sooo much fun! They also have a log ride but they call it a log flume which I ... read more
Can you find me?
Rainbow's end
Pete at Goldrush town

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Ponsonby February 1st 2011

Pete owed me a day at the zoo from the last time I was in New Zealand so today was the day! We drove over to the zoo and I was really excited. I love animals so much and getting to see them in their habitats. There is a little Aussie walkabout there that you go through and there is kangaroos, wallabies and emus roaming around. That was pretty cool. Pete and I had a good day out at the zoo and enjoyed the sun as it was out. Enjoy the pics!... read more
I WANT IT
Meerkat
love it!




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