Blogs from Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 4


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri May 11th 2008

Well we left the last entry with the starting of kiwi box making on the monday. Well it turned out we were putting spray covers on kiwi vines at a research centre for kiwis and it started on the tuesday! So we found ourselves with a free day on the monday. We had a bit of a relaxing morning and then in the afternoon headed of to another local waterfall - the Rainbow falls - pictures attached! However we were not brave enough to go swimming with the large freshwater eels - meant to be the biggest in the world! Apprently they bite! Then on Tuesday we started at Hort Reserach. The job was nice and easy, sitting on our bum most the day stapling green covers to vines. It was very relaxed there with just ... read more
Fishing trip
Kiwi work
Matauri bay - tourist drive

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri April 20th 2008

Week 2 Well we left it last week with our arrival in Kerikeri. Our first job was to find work, however the fruit was lacking sugar so the normal seasonal work associated with the fruit (picking, packhouse work etc.) was not available. So we took things easy for a couple of days whilst watching the torrential rain - it gets pretty bad here the weather is referred to as sub-tropical so generally when it rains, it rains and rains and rains! Anyway on Sunday I (Pru) got offered half a days waitressing and decided to take up the challenge - I have never waitressed before and always consicer it was probably not a job for me! Anyway I went out to work whilst Ian played 'Van husband' and it wasn't too bad but was knackering but ... read more
Can you spot us on the excitor?
hole in the rock

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri April 3rd 2008

Day 11 - Paihia/Kerikeri Had a well deserved lie in today and spent the morning getting on the internet and updating this blog. Unfortunately by the time we were ready to go out the rain began and though very warm was very very wet. Got the local dial a bus service to Kerikeri with a charming kiwi called Tiny. Upon arriving in Kerikeri we found somewhere to relax and have something to eat. Kerikeri isn't particularly large and therefore the 3 hours we had to kill there until we met the boys took forever. We did at least find a bar where we could partake in an alcoholic beverage in the dry. Finally met Dean and Matt at 5.30pm and although the rain had stopped it was to windy to have a BBQ. Instead they took ... read more
Nugget taking in the view
Drunken shenanigans involving lil's bra's

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri February 6th 2008

Saturday 1st Feb Left Pomonol and headed for Arrarat which was a small pleasant looking town and made our way onto Ballarrat which is a city with wide streets not a lot of traffic, some lovely buildings and a tourist information centre that was difficult to find. We only had a few hours to spare so could not do the whole ‘Eureka gold rush’ experience. Instead after lunch we headed out to look at a couple of the original gold rush towns, Creswick and Clunes. We stopped in Clunes first and had a wander round, sleepy, a bit like the wild west towns in films then went into the museum which for the size of the town was excellent. It had lots of info of the gold rush times and artifacts used and lots of old ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri January 6th 2008

We made it! We're in New Zealand! On arrival we sat and waited in Auckland airport for our pickup. We'd made connections with a friend of a friend who lives in Auckland and was bringing us up to stay with their family up north. After only 45 minutes of waiting, we found her, Lorna Mascall. The drive took about four and a half hours and we didn't arrive until late after dark so you could imagine we were relieved once we got there. The night had begun and we had woken up at 6:00am that morning in order to make our flight so we went straight to bed. The next morning we were acquainted with the entire guest list of people that were staying up at the cottage. In New Zealand, a cottage is tradionally known ... read more
View from the passenger seat
New Zealand Sunset
Sun setting

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri December 16th 2007

Ok, we’re really bad at giving updates. We realize this. Admitting it is the first step, right? It’s the doing something about it that we struggle with… But we’re trying - again. It is now mid-December. We’re about to leave Kerikeri to see a few more sights on the North Island before crossing over to the South. We quit our jobs on December 8 and have been enjoying being bums again. It’s been a welcome break (especially for Ryan) from the LONG work days. We’ve spent the last week sorting though our stuff (it’s amazing how much you can accumulate in 5 months when you don’t live in a van) and getting Shifty back into travel shape. The repairs never cease. But that’s part of the fun, right? Our time in Kerikeri absolutely flew by. While ... read more
Ryan and Erin sailing Abbagale
View from Cape Reinga
Typical American tourists in front of Kerikeri's largest known poo sculpture (on Halloween)

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri October 19th 2007

We've started farming now. It's not a very good deal for us, but it is nice to learn about local NZ agriculture. The arangement is this: we work five hours a day without pay for two meals and a bed. Mostly I have been digging holes and and installing a chicken coop and the like. Two days this week we're able to get payed work removeing fences and chicken wire so that was good. The people are really nice here but the last hosts didn't let us in their house. I'm hoping the women we're going to work with tonight, Louisa, will be more hospitable.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri October 7th 2007

It is now Sunday, October 07, 2007. We’ve been in New Zealand for over 4 months. If you’ve been checking our blog, you might think we’ve dropped off the face of the earth. However, we’re not dead - we’re in Kerikeri. We’ve been here, living in 2 different flats, for 3 months. Hard to believe - a lot has happened and time has really flown. Despite the best of intentions, we’ve been pretty bad about keeping you posted on our travels. This has been due to 1) a significant and surprising lack of reliable and/or affordable internet access 2) problems with the blog site 3) general laziness. We’ve been naughty… But we’ve given ourselves a good talking to and have decided to grace you, once again, with our fascinating accounts of New Zealand. Lucky you! Since ... read more
Thermal park in Rotorua
The Champagne Pool at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri July 29th 2007

I have just finished reading where is Peter Falconio ? Its a great read for someone setting off on his travels in areas that maybe somewhat isolated. Anyhow it came to the conclusion after 300 pages that he was dead or possibly riding a top Shergar in lush green meadows with Elvis in close pursuit. On a more serious note though the bike should be ready to go on the 1st august. Its a bit of a last minute thing even though I have had the bike for yonks. The initial set off date which has been cancelled about 5 times partially because of the weather/lack of funds(still an issue)/crap weather is now the definitive date. I think this gives me precisely 110 days to get to Bluff in the South Island before heading off to ... read more
remi and colm
lazy frenchy
sometimes its hard to look enthusiastic

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri May 18th 2007

Forgive the crap nature of this blog the brain is having real problems putting the jigsaw puzzle of the last few weeks together. It shouldn’t be too hard as it has followed a similar pattern as the previous couple of months. This does not include the 1st part which is still very fresh in my mind. This little bit is about Darcy. Darcy is weird. He is sometimes on the good side of weird but in general the wrong side more so after the little conversation we had. First of all Darcy doesn’t actually live in the actual hostel, he lives under a piece of tarpaulin supported by scaffolding down by the river. Look at the picture it gives you a better idea. He has the look of a stark raving Looney more so when ... read more
mandarin picking
mataori bay
room 66

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