Blogs from Waiheke Island, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 2


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island July 12th 2012

We made an impulse decision this morning to do the Auckland Bridge Bungeewhich was really cool. The walk under the bridge has nice views over the harbour. The water is just so clean and clear, quite impressive for an industrial port. The 4 of us leapt out over the water where just minutes later a pod of dolphins swam through. Wayne even enjoyed the walk, as a spectator he got a taste of the bridge climb. The boys dropped Tash and I at the ferry where we caught the 11am Waiheke Explorer Tour ($49 includes the ferry $35 plus all day bus pass $9 plus an island tour). Waiheke is beautiful - every cove and bay and hill a picture postcard view. Although our tour guide Glen didn't seem to approve we abandoned our tour at ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island April 10th 2012

Easter has arrived in Waiheke along with it an influx of tourists. Lots of people own houses around these parts which they only use for weekends like these. And what a weekend, the temperature on the beach is ideal, around 24 degrees, a cooling zephyr and warm sea water make this the ideal beach time of year, better even than summer. The boats from Auckland line up in the bay and people pile into little dinghies to access the beach. And what a beach (see even more photoes of it!) A place to really be in the moment, full of mindfulness. Autumn's here and the cicadas have stopped singing. It's also cooler at night- around 15 degrees. The nights are fair drawing in! It's dark at half past six, just as well we've got Tunein radio ... read more
Long shadows
Tourists arriving?
Boats line up in the bay

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island March 15th 2012

We've been having such a great time here on Waiheke. Yesterday we had the most amazing walk, starting at the Onetangi sports club on O'Brien Road, crossing the peninsula to tale us to coastal bays with a view to Auckland. We stopped for lunch at the world famous Te Whau vineyard and restaurant. Then continued our walk to Rocky bay, where we caught the bus back. This walk has unbelievable scenery. The weather was perfect, totally clear blue skies, but with a cool breeze. We had panoramic views over Rocky bay, Te Whau point, inland parts of Western Waiheke and to Auckland. This is a secluded part of the island. We had a serene excursion through mature coastal forest and vineyards. Savouring the amazing fare of Te Whau- excellent food and wine. We've explored many other ... read more
O'Brien Road
Vines and Olives
Upside down moon?

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island March 10th 2012

Every house in Waiheke has a long, steep driveway at the end of which there is a mailbox.... We've got a new hobby, photographing thr quirky ones. Haven't we anything better to do with our time??... read more
Two's company
Bird box?
Post box red

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island March 4th 2012

We've spent 5 days on Waiheke now. Enough to know it's New Zealand's best kept secret!! Check out the photoes and you'll see why.... read more
View from the balcony
Onetangi beach
Onetangi beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island March 3rd 2012

So finally got a chance to write a bit of an update! Been in New Zealand nearly 2 weeks, and it’s going pretty good so far. So I arrived on a sunny afternoon on the 20th, knackered and looking forward to a bit of sleep! Didn’t get to sleep much on the massive 28 hour flight, mainly due to the fact I was squashed in between a fat Indian guy and a Dutch guy who kept on falling asleep on my shoulder! Never mind… So after sleeping for about 20 hours I thought I would go make some friends in the hostel, and make sure no hippies had nicked my bike. After befriending a small Northerner we went to the sky tower to do a bit of sight seeing. However his camera broke on the way ... read more
Pizza Time

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island November 26th 2011

Waiheke Island is based 30minutes from Auckland by ferry. Its known for the shire quantity of vineyards. After getting into the harbour you can immediately see mountain bike hire rentals, van and car rental companies and scooter hire to get around the island. We hired a mountain bike which I only recommend for the most fittest of people or the most insane people. Reason I say this is that we rented the bikes and didn't quite realise how steep the island can be. The journey from one winery to another after having a tasting session at each place just takes it out of you. I would not recommend hiring a bike that's for sure but the Island is well worth a visit if you are ever in Auckland. The tasting sessions are very informal and each ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island November 18th 2011

Eigentlich wollte ich auf Rangitoto oder so ähnlich und hab auch das richtige Ticket gekauft aber nach 20 Minuten rumlaufen nach ankommen mit der Fähre, hab ich dann doch gemerkt dass die falsche war. aber war trotzdem schön. Siehe Bilder! :)... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island October 26th 2011

We were planning to head back to New Zealand one last time to see a few things we’d missed, to catch up with some friends and also to meet up with Colin and Roberta, Kat’s Dad and Stepmother. We flew into Christchurch and picked up the rental car and found a place to spend the night, as it was already rather late. Christchurch is still badly affected by the February earthquake with the CBD still closed and lots of derelict buildings and empty plots where houses once stood. That night the earth moved again when another earthquake, this time a 4.9 shook our hostel. There was no damage and it only lasted a few seconds but it was a rather eerie experience and we were rather relieved to be leaving the following morning. We next found ... read more
Lake Tekapo
Mount Cook
Glacier at Mount Cook

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island March 31st 2011

Almost my last day in NZ and I am still saying "wow" . As I have said before North Island dosesn't sell itself so well - and often people don't spend long in Auckland - they just fly in and drive out... but what are they missing??? Auckland lies inthe Harauki Gulf which is part of the Pacific and there are so many beautiful island in the Gulf. Most of the time wherever you are you can see Rangitoto which is a dormant volcanic island and some of the other islands are predator free native animal sanctuaries, and on other islands people live there and even commute to the city by ferry. So today was an island day for me and Patricia kindly dropped me at the wharf and I took the trip to Waiheke Island. ... read more
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