Blogs from Waiheke Island, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 6


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island February 14th 2009

Waitangi .............and because Kiwis do so love their holidays this weekend was another long one in celebration of the Waitangi Treaty being signed. the Treaty marked a "peaceful" agreement between the Brits and the Maoris regarding land rights. Well that was the aim anyway. Apparently there is alot of confusion over the translated version and it would appear that both sides may have signed up to a different agreement and its still causing problems today - but hey lets celebrate anyway! I celebrated by getting mucho sun burned walking up the North Head (an old volcano) in Devonport. I got some great views - especially of Rangitoto - another big volcano. there are alot of them in Auckland!!! Devonport is a very nice little seaside town 10 minutes from the city on a ferry. My walk ... read more
Oneroa - Waiheke Island
WINE!!!!!!!!!! Mmmm
Me @ Isola Vineyard

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island January 28th 2009

Wild on Waiheke Even though everyone had been telling us to get our butts up to the Bay of Islands, it didn’t make enough sense as a day trip, and travelling around up there seemed pretty costly. Some of the worlds best wreck diving will have to wait for us to explore them in search of treasure! Instead, we chose to venture over to the island of Waiheke, which Lonely Planet accurately describes as a smorgasbord of billionaires and arty hippies. We decided to celebrate our anniversary in style, and indulged in a Tasting Tour of Waiheke, offered by the massive transportation company Fullers. (:D) On the bus ride to the first vineyard, our driver told us all about the history of wine making on Waiheke, only a 25-year old industry but currently the fastest ... read more
Lunch with a view
Lunchy munchies
The sofa of our dreams

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island January 11th 2009

Since I got to NZ and met the family we've been doing a whole host of outdoor-sy stuff including; walking, horse riding, jet boating, tall ship journeys, sea kayaking, kiwi spotting and dolphin watching. We did pass through some cities but the way dad worked the itinery out it was on Sundays or public holidays when everything was closed. We're pretty sure he did it on purpose. The family flew home a few days ago so right now I'm on Waiheke for a few days, relaxing before I head to Auckland. There's a cinema and a smattering of cool arty shops, as well as some beautiful beaches but I'm a little impatient to get to Auckland and meet some Ozbus friends who may be in the area. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island January 3rd 2009

So we had to do something with our day. I got up at 10.30 to try and fianlly retrieve my own debit card, and after and hours searching in the humid heat i found the poste restante...shut. I wandered back along Queen Street (Yes, there is one in Cardiff and Sydney and any other commonwealth town...) and had a look in a book shop which was far to expensive. I got back to the YHA about 12.30 and Rob was still asleep. I thought i could use the time to finally catch up on my written journal that i had neglected over the alst few days. I managed to get as far as the night of the 1st January, which is good and will probably catch up the rest later or tomorrow. Rob was now sat ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island January 2nd 2009

Who needs debauchery when you can wake up with the sun in your own little caravan, walk 5 minutes down the road to the beach and have a half an hour hoop followed by a skinny dip and all before breakfast? Not me it seems. Waiheke is a small island a 45 minute ferry ride away from Auckland and feels almost like it's own little country. It is full of idyllic little beaches, mangrove swamps, bush, and lots of holiday homes...almost 75% of the population disappear after the summer holidays. There is a real sense of community here though amongst the residents and most people from my experience are people who arrived here when they were my age 10 or 20 years ago and so are now a little bit older. My fist stop was at ... read more
Waiheke beaches

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island December 10th 2008

Just a quick entry to post those pictures of the Mudbrick Vineyard! So beautiful! They had some horses too! Lucky me! Enjoy the pics xo ... read more
white horse

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island December 7th 2008

Hello again! Yesterday was a great day! Sunny and blue sky again, I made sure to wear sunscreen so that I wouldn't burn again....oh my little sunburn was a nice tan the next morning! Its funny cause I wake up early at 7am each day....tried to watch a movie the night before but I fell asleep! So Sunday morning I woke up and was reading my book then signed into MSN and got to chat with Mom, Dad, Ry and D!!!! That was real nice, I hear there is lots of snow back home....I definitely don't miss that! It is 24 degrees here! :) sorry for rubbing it in! During the morning Mark and I just tanned and relaxed at the cottage, went for a little walk....Mark has been buying all kinds of treats lol! They ... read more
More of Mark & the view
Photo 3
me and the view from Waiheke

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island December 6th 2008

Hello and thanks for all the messages! Steve and Tracy I hope you have a great time in Mexico! And Bigg John Mark said good on ya for your comment about him not being late :) S-Dawg glad you got things up and running and I promise to post pictures soon, probably when we get back to Mark's house! It is so beautiful here on Waiheke! It was so sunny today! Of course silly me, I got a sun burn! lol I was tanning on the deck that looks out on the ocean, the view from here is gorgeous! then we headed to the beach! Soooo sunny! and HOT! The ocean was a nice cool off though! Is that enough rubbing it in Ry? :) We are going to stay in and make a nice dinner, ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island December 5th 2008

21st September 2008 - Waiheke Island: Winery tour In September Becky's parents came for a quick visit so we took the opportunity to explore a little bit of paradise close to home. Waiheke Island is just a short ferry ride from the big city but feels like a million miles away. Sunshine, gorgeous waters with dolphins playing near the shore, wineries around every corner - what more could a girl need???... read more
Me & Becks
Beach view
Mudbrick winery

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waiheke Island December 5th 2008

Hello!!!! I made it to NZ safe and sound and Mark has been showing me around Waiheke Island was raining when I got here but then turned beautiful and sunny this afternoon. Oh and Mark was late picking me up! Geeeze! Well our flight was an hour early and I was through customs and got my bags really quickly....and THEN Mark was late! lol He figured it would take some time to get my bags etc and the flight was suppose to land at 6am...he was there about 10 after ;) The plane ride was actually ok.....I felt a bit sick mid-way through while i was trying to sleep so I put on Momma Mia and fell asleep to was just such a happy movie it took my mind off the flight!!!! I miss ... read more

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