Blogs from Russell, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 7


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell December 24th 2007

No, we’re not on another trip, however using the blog seemed to be the best way to communicate with everyone for Christmas and New Year. So, MERRY XMAS and a HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR to all of our family and friends. We couldn’t get the whole family together at once, so we decided to have a "boys vs girls" sing-along and shot the video in two halves, we hope you like it, although we would never have made it on Bing Crosby's Christmas show. The video is at the bottom of the page; let it load before playing it. Since getting back from the big OE the weather here in New Zealand has been less than perfect, lots of wind and rain and very little fishing and diving. The lawns are growing, the olive trees ... read more
Kevin & Maryvonne at Waitangi
Butch Cassidy
The Wild Bunch

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell December 21st 2007

Friday 21st December Longest day of the year. Today we headed for Russell, one time capital of New Zealand, one time Hell Hole of the Pacific, now sleeply little village full of craft shops and restuarants. Reached by ferry on a really efficiently run shuttle service it has some really beautiful houses fro colonial times, that and flowers and gorgeous gardens makes it a pretty place to while away a few hours. The Morton Bay Fig Tree with its gnarled and patterned truck standing next to the police station is huge. We had lunch at a vinery restaurant near the ferry. Not bad at all. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell December 11th 2007

DATE VISITED: 10, 11 DECEMBER 07 We continued our plan of heading north on the long and windy New Zealand coastal highway and by-passed a couple of backpacker bases but to be honest they looked a bit of a dump! - shops were closed lining the central road through the town - which often reminded me of those mid-west cowboy type 'towns' or some remote hill-billy hamlet. Some of these places are quaint in places - decent colourful wooden houses with the odd church to brighten it up but generally not my cup of tea! We swiftly by-passed these and cought a quick car ferry to Russell which was like taking a trip back through time to England in the 1950's. Walking around this sweet little town was more like strolling on a film set in ... read more
A huge Kaori Tree!
6 metres wide!
The Kauri Kingdom, near Russell

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