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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell July 14th 2010

We were checking emails one evening and came across one from the Whangarei group on Couch Surfing. It was from an American girl asking if anyone wanted to join her competing in the Russell Birdman contest. A couple of weeks before, I had seen an article in a paper (NZ Herald travel section?) about the festival and thought it would be a fun way to spend a Saturday. I hadn’t mentioned it to Colin as of course he would be playing football that day, and I try my best not to find us other things to do on a Saturday too often! But it seemed like fate had dropped this group posting in our in-box. We decided that we’d reply and see what happened. The least we could do would be to offer a bed and ... read more
Morgan sewing
Karen and Alex watching Morgan sewing one of the kites
Cutting excess curtain off one of the kites

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell July 13th 2010

To the right is a picture that prompted me to hit the diet. This was taken last October and I was standing next to a REALLY SKINNY good-looking person. I knew something had to be done if I was going to go to France with a clear conscience. The second picture was taken today... Do you see the difference? Well, you should - there are about 20 pounds, or 8 kgs, missing..... But this now will give me the freedom to eat without guilt for the next few weeks.... I am armed with books of restaurants, books of street markets, articles of restaurants, lists of restaurants. And I am also armed with expandable-waist wraparound skirts, and expando-pants, and shorts with elastic waists. Hopefully, the damage I inflict will be minimal. But this isn't about me. It's ... read more
The Skinny Person

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell March 26th 2010

Vandaag is het Superhero day in Nieuw-Zeeland!! Eerste echte rit van Auckland naar de Bay of Islands. En heb vandaag genoeg oefening gehad met links rijden. Volgens mij deed Tom het er om. Had 'em ingesteld voor de snelste route, maar volgens mij houdt Tom geen rekening met wegen, waarbij je constant in de remmen moet voor bochten. Wel een hele mooie bay route... Was om 13:00 in Russell. Vlug even een onderkomen gezocht en daarna een cruise genomen in de Bay of Islands. In de bay zitten veel dolfijnen, maar ook killer whales. En wat de ochtend was er een schouwspel van een killerwhale die 2 dolfijnen het water uit jaagt. Was groot nieuws en zelfs op het nieuws te zien.....zelf heb ik alleen een aantal dolfijnen gezien. s'avond relaxed een burger en biertje ... read more
avond eten
bay of islands

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell March 25th 2010

We left Coromandel and the lovely peninsula and headed north. Our next stop would take us to Russell in the Bay of Islands. This was a reasonably long drive of about 6hrs which included going up through Auckland. We decided to take the coastal route with the expectation that it would be more scenic but we were a little disappointed. There were very few spots where you could see the sea and the road was very windy and nausea inducing. The weather on the drive up wasn’t the greatest and we went through some rain but as we arrived in Russell it brightened up and turned into a wonderful afternoon. Russell is a very nice little town. It is home to NZ oldest church and is almost entirely surrounded by water. The town is picturesque with ... read more
View out of the Bay
The Oldest Church
Morning in Pahia

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell March 4th 2010

Well, it's been quite a while since I blogged so thought I should, plus I'm moving ons soon so wanted to fill you in on everything that I've been up to in Russell in the past month or so. SInce I last updated this I changed jobs again! For the past 4 or 5 weeks I've been working at the 'front 4square' which is a little supermarket shop on the waterfront and it's been a total laugh. Ella sorted me out with the job, if I hadn't got it i would have had to leave Russell sooner cause I would have just spent all the money I'd saved up. Anyway, since I've been working at the 4sq it's been awesome in Russell and really all I've done is worked, beached it and gone out - what ... read more
Kat and me -  Baywatch
Bex and Me
26 Lying Down

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell February 26th 2010

After leaving Home Port Farm and the surrounding area of Whangarei, I continued traveling north and tried to stay at a nice little beach campsite but I was literally chased out of there by a mean old Maori man that actually verbally threatened to "tear down" my tent. Needless to say, I left in a hurry and ended up finding a far better campsite where the people were way nicer. After a hike around the headlands, a quick dip in the ocean, and an even quicker cold shower, I continued on to Russel in the Bay of Islands. The weather wasn't great. I could see rain coming in on the horizon and obscuring many of the islands from my view from my perch atop flagstaff hill. This was where the British erected a flagpole with their ... read more
Feeding the Ducks
Puriri Bay

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell February 7th 2010

Good Morning from Auckland 2/8, I have finally made it to New Zealand after numerous plane ticket problems as well as credit card problems. My Kiwi friend Jane I met in Austria last year and she picked me up from the port and arranged a beach house trip to the small beach town of Russell, NZ. Russell lies 3 hours north of Auckland and is built pretty much on a small mountain. There is also a heap of different facing beaches in each direction as well as islands scattered along all coastlines. It’s a beautiful quaint town in which is the oldest town on record in the country of New Zealand. While we were there there was an ancient ceremony across the bay called Waitangi, which was the treaty between the Maori people and the European ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell January 12th 2010

Well, it’s been quite a while since my last blog and a hell of a lot has happened! That means this is going to be a mammoth blog so I suggest taking a few attempts (I‘ve even broken it into chunks so it‘s easier…), anyway, for those of you short of time (or who know how boring this could be) here is a brief summary of what‘s been going on: Christmas and New Year was spent working but I managed to get a bit of partying in too. Felt quite home sick though. New Years day I got offered a new place to stay and so took the opportunity to quit my job at the Thai. I left my job and my house and I moved into my new place with Bex and Jay and started ... read more
Carrot Flowers, Christmas Eve at work
Christmas Eve at Work
Christmas Presents

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell January 11th 2010

So I have been trying for a bit to convince hubby that taking the Old Russell road home is really a good idea. He does the driving by the way so I understood that he was a bit tired of taking the long scenic routes. Thankfully at the B&B they said it would only add an extra 30minutes to the journey and he even recommended a place where we could stop along the way. Hubby=finally convinced! So after a satisfying lunch of yes you guessed it fish and chips and a cold beer off we head. The views were scenic and it was worth it! There are many places to stop along the way and every now and again hubby dutifully stopped for me to take a picture. Actually after a while it was me saying ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell January 11th 2010

So it is pointless to go to the Bay of Islands and not spend some time on the water so we booked ourselves on a boat tour with Fullers to the hole in the rock. After a filling breakfast at our B&B we headed down into Russell to wait at the pier for our boat. You have to check in at the Fuller's office first to get your proper tickets. The weather looked a bit iffy but thankfully the tour goes out in pretty much most weather and coming from Scotland we had seen worse anyway. The sun did try to shine in the beginning but it did not last but that was not to spoil a beautiful day on the water. The highlight of course is seeing the dolphins! Everyone on the boat goes a ... read more
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