Blogs from Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 3


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri February 22nd 2010

On the 28th of November, we finally decided to get out of Auckland and move on again. We all finished our jobs and planned to head north to a place called Paihia in the Bay of Islands, in Northland of New Zealand. James had been to Paihia the summer before so we moved into a hostel there to plan where to look for work and stay long term. After two nights in Paihia, which is a popular tourist place right along a small beach, we went to check out a place called Keri Keri, 20 minutes drive inland (a place that Tim had heard of). We moved into a holiday camp called Aranga, which worked out reasonably cheap for the week; and Me, James, Tim and Georgia (James’ friend from home) moved into a backpacker flat ... read more
Birthday Boat
Taupo Bay

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri February 9th 2010

We set off early and blitzed the drive from Rotorua up past Auckland and over the harbour bridge, ending up in the seaside resort of Orewa. On our original itinerary we were supposed to be going up to the Coromandel peninsula for a night but when we looked again at the map and driving times decided that it would be ridiculous. We paid an extra few dollars for a beach front site and were so glad we did - the perfect spot directly opposite the sea. There was not a great deal going on in Orewa but the 2k sandy beach was ideal and we even managed a run along it in the morning (which was far harder than it should have been - we just haven't fitted in much running lately). Then to make our ... read more
seafood pizza
whangerei falls
lookout point

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri January 31st 2010

How can I possibly explain our time at Kerikeri Organic? Well, from the moment we arrived, we were surrounded with a feeling of being at home. The overwhelming sense that this was land that was loved, lived on and sustaining to a big, happy family was everywhere; and from the very beginning we knew that we were a part of something good, and that's a good feeling! The WWOOF cabin on the property which was our home for one week was a simple, hand built structure, and we LOVED it! two bed rooms with curtains instead of doors opened into one large room which held two couches, a fire place, a wooden kitchen table two gas burners, and a modest book shelf- full of books. We had running water, a small shower, a bed and... well, ... read more
sunset on the farm
the front porch of our sweet cabin
morning coffee...

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri December 10th 2009

Hi there Just a test run to check out this blogging stuff. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri April 23rd 2009

We got a van not long ago, our Lilly runs very well. We were impressed by service that we had got at Backpacker Car Market in Auckland. We bought Lilly in one day. Staff that work in there is very helpful and friendly. They gave us the best advise that we could have got for buying a vehicle in New Zealand. We had had done change of ownership at Backpackers Car Market, got third party insurance there, roadside assistance and ferry tickets to go to south island. We were told by staff there that they have the cheapest tickets for the ferry and insurance for people that not have residency in New Zealand. We have checked out everywhere and it was truly the cheapest that we could have got. As I said our Lilly runs very ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri April 7th 2009

We left Auckland behind us and headed north to get to some greenery again. Our first stop was a rural campsite along the beach at a place called “Uretiti” (which could easily be remembered by thinking “you’re-a-titty” - how mature am I?). The next village along is a Scottish Highlander Settlement (meaning some bloke from Scotland set up home there once upon a time) and as we drove through it, there were many thistles adorning shops and signs. I asked Paul if he wanted to stop so he’d feel at home - strangely enough, he wasn’t keen on the idea. Anyway, we parked up at our campsite which was right next to a fantastic beach - miles long with white sand and aqua blue waters. We decide to take a stroll. “Is it me, or does ... read more
The Basin at Whangarei #2
The Clock at Clock Museum
Harbourside at Whangarei

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri March 14th 2009

Hello again, Sean and I are now on a dairy farm in Waipapa, just north of Keri Keri in the Bay of Islands. We arrived here yesterday morning around 10 am and will be here until tomorrow. The farm is run my a gentleman, Clive, that we met down on Stewart Island. He has 600 acres here, with 400 cows and a massive fruit orchard with every citrus fruit you can think of. Clive took Sean and I around on ATVs yesterday to show us the land. He has a magnificent view of the Bay of Islands and the "Hole in the Rock" attraction from a hill on his property. This is also a neat farm because it is the only one I know that is in the center of town. His house is on the ... read more
Wild Turkeys
Bringing the Cows in for Milking
Rounding Up the Cows

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri September 28th 2008

The next day we went to a beach in the Bay of Islands and I can see why it would be one of the favourite spots for holidaying Kiwis. It is all sand bottom, turquoise blue water and lots of sheltered bays. Spring had only arrived a couple of days ago but the sun was already really warm. We climbed a “hill” to see a shrine for a the rainbow warrior - sunk by the French in Auckland harbour in the late 1980s. Of course we took the hard way up and found that there was a marked path when we started down. Did you notice—Top Ten again? Yes we have discovered a great deal. It is a campground so there is camping possibilities if we wish but they also have a variety of cabin accommodation. ... read more
Into the rock
Shell  Beach
Up, again!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri July 14th 2008

Well I've found it difficult to start writing about this next part of the journey, had some awkward moments, and discovering the strengths and weaknesses of being alone. Wrestling with my own thoughts and ideas and fitting into other peoples was not what I was ready for, was brought down a peg or two and maybe coming to terms with parts of myself that have been pointed out that I’m not quite sure what to think.. So landed in Keri Keri, postcode 0230, just to reiterate the twist of fate, for those into chaos theory or just understand the implications of the number 23, and having watched the butterfly effect recently, realise that sometimes your dealt situations but its what you make of them that count. I never got round to taking photos of the ... read more
Thinkin' Of You x
Sketch of Bunk Bed at Hideaway Lodge

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri June 8th 2008

Well it has been a while, but this travelling thing is hard work and very busy! We will break things down into a couple of entries first I will go back to our last couple of weeks in Kerikeri. Well we continued to do lanscape gardening till 2 days before we left - when the rain allowed. Then at weekends we took it fairly easy but we did manage a couple fo days trips: We did some more finishing - successful again! We also went to a place called Russell which is on a peninsula and from where we were staying is a short ferry ride from a near by town. Russell is where the first church in NZ was established and also very near the first capital in New Zealand. It was very quiet whilst ... read more
view from flag pole
Ian and a Kauri

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