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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands May 14th 2018

After another “fun” day of sitting in a bus for 11 hours (with a bus driver named Gollum), I arrived in Auckland. Since Auckland isn't exactly my favourite city, the next morning I took the ferry to Waiheke island with Eva and Marina (met them earlier on my trip). The island was gorgeous. You could see the ocean from most parts of the island and it was all so green! We walked around a little village called Oneroa and slept on the beach for a bit. It was a lovely little getaway from the busy city. The bus to the Bay of Islands felt like a school trip. The bus driver, Muesli, made us introduce ourselves with our name and country. It worked, it broke the ice. When we arrived in Paihia, we all took the ... read more
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Waiheke walking buddies
Auckland by night

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands February 10th 2018

Thursday morning we awoke to grey skies and showers. Our plan for the day was to visit Paihia and the Waitangi Treaty grounds. Having done British Pacific History at Uni (48 years ago) I remembered some of the history of this area. We drove to the ferry and had a safe, though, wet crossing. Then it was a short drive into Paihia and through the town to the Treaty grounds themselves. This is now managed by locals. It is $50 entry fee and no discount for Seniors, but there is plenty to do here .The pass gives two days to explore and also see a cultural show as well as have a guided tour, neither of which we bothered about. Our first stop was the excellent Museum. This is very modern with interactive displays and video ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands February 8th 2018

Tuesday was Waitangi Day in New Zealand. The Treaty of Waitangi between the Maori and the British was signed in Paia on this day and it is now a public holiday. We spent the morning with Debbie at Hamilton Gardens. These are the beautiful Botanic Gardens by the banks of the Waikato River which are a major tourist attraction here. We have visited before but they have recently opened more of their specialty gardens so another visit was compulsory. It was a beautiful crisp, clear morning and we set out, accompanied by Debbie, Criss and Oscar. to walk the short distance to where these start. Surrounding the specialty gardens are green lawns and we walked through these and down to the riverbank. Dogs are allowed to run free here and Oscar had a great time galloping ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands January 11th 2018

Firstly my apologies for being so tardy updating this blog and publishing it, New Zealand is such a fab country that we have been busy trying to get our absolute fill of it. We arrived in Auckland early morning to blistering sunshine and started our long (6hr) drive to Doubtless Bay in the Northland. I wanted to stop off and see the famed Hundertwasser mosaic toilets and have to say I was underwhelmed and don’t know what the hype was about. Kindly; it seems, Liz and Lesley lent us their holiday rain cloud and we drove into a sub tropical storm which rather stunted our plans for the first couple of days. We had booked into a small villa overlooking Cable Bay and had fantastic views for the first half hour and then the storm pulled ... read more
After the storm, Moira beach combing for paua
The selfie that was ok
The sand dune didn’t look so steep from the bottom

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia December 24th 2017

Up early today to drive 90 Km to Paihia to go snapper fishing on the skipper Jim boat. There were 6 fishing and the skipper. Alex caught the 1st fish, a snapper so she one the first bet for who caught the first fish then I won the bet for the biggest fish so we came out even. Total catch was Alex 4 snapper and pete 5 snapper. Bratwurst for lunch. We drove up the road to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and museum. Caught the 3pm maori culture show. A great experience. back home for pan fried snapper for dinner. Crap on the telly but the rum helps.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia December 24th 2017

Common dolphins Bottle nose dolphins Back to Andy and Elise’s Went to Tutukaka to look at a boat with Andy Dinner at a Thai... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia April 12th 2017

7th March Bay of Islands Well, back to the Bay of Islands and the weather when we arrived was in New Zealand parlance 'Custard' We had planned to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds but with the wet stayed on board. So a few pics from the ship and surrounds.... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell March 24th 2017

Our second week in Bay of Islands and our last week in New Zealand was super fun and relaxed! We cooked most our meals in so enjoyed cheffing up oysters, mussels, fish, steak and burgers. The barbecue was great to have and helped us keep on budget! One day we took the ferry over to the mainland and drove about 30 km north to the town of Keri Keri which is known for its oranges, kiwi fruit, vegetables and wine. Here we visited the Stone Store which is New Zealand's oldest stone building dating back to 1836. We also took the Keri Keri River Track leading to the beautiful Rainbow Falls. All in all, it was a great day! A highlight for us this week was the dolphin sighting cruise. And yes we spotted lots of ... read more
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Hoping to see a kiwi!
Exploring one of the beautiful islands on our dolphin excursion

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell March 11th 2017

Hello Friends and Family! We made it safe and sound up north to The Bay of Islands area. Unfortunately we experienced some rain so missed out on some of the scenery but according to local people here they have been in a drought so the rain was welcome! By the second day it cleared up and we were good to go with sun and highs averaging 25 degrees and quite humid. Some evenings stay warm but other times it cools off. We are renting a lovely holiday apartment set high above Orangi Bay called Oyster Watch as it overlooks a large oyster farm. Warren is enjoying himself feasting on fresh oysters that are available across the street, shucked and served with lemon ready to eat. As well they sell fresh flounder and smoked fish which are ... read more
The town of Russell
Some of the beautiful scenery in The Bay of Islands
The harbour in Russell

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Kerikeri February 26th 2017

" We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us" . Anonymous Flight NZ 102 lifted lazily into the skies above Sydney and with, Auckland our destination, the prospect of visiting a new country took hold. We had done a lot of research on New Zealand in the week spent in Sydney but the wonder of travel is that it will be different to the picture framed in one's mind. As flights go this one on Air New Zealand was uneventful as we had a two row window/aisle seat so no one alongside to test us with quirky or strange mannerisms. A relatively short flight of about two and a half hours and the approach into Auckland confirmed that we were indeed arriving in the land of the long white cloud. Most ... read more
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