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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands January 22nd 2013

Arrived here a couple of stays a ago, found a lovely campsite just outside Pahia which is situated near the river, a lovely situation. The first day I visited the Waitangi treaty grounds where the treaty was signed between the Maoris and The Europeans hopefully to the benefit of both communities. A celebration is held here every year on the 6th February and the Maoris come in their waka's (traditional canoes) which are quite something to see. made from massive kauri trees and hollowed out to make the canoe. Apparently before the trees are felled they strip the bark from one side so that it begins to decay and makes it easier to hollow out. The canoes are huge and can carry the rowers, food and family. The treaty house has been made in to a ... read more
Dolphin in Bay of islands
The river at Kerikeri

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia January 14th 2013

Yesterday (Monday) we had the best day out sailing (explorenz) in the bay of islands, after a recommendation from Jo & Rob to do a boat trip. We boarded the 80ft maxi yacht Lion New Zealand. (Built for the late Sir Peter Blake, winner of the Syndey to Hobart 1984 and placed second in the Whitbred Round the World Race in 1985/86 - for anyone who is interested). The trip was done by Explore NZ and we would say is a definite must do. The day was really hands-on and we had the opportunity to sail, as well as Hazel and I choosing to sit on the bow and then teetering on the very edge as the boat tacked at a very steep angle! There was a moment when we both agreed that we had crossed ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands December 30th 2012

Today we are in the furthest north point on the eastern side of the North Island and it rained. We have been caught in the tail end of a cyclone. The sea is quite choppy and the only way to shore is by tender. As we are going to be at sea for the next two days we decided to get off and visit Waitangi and across the single lane version of the Sydney bridge to Paihia. Poor Don has a cold and is not a happy bunny. The waves going across were quite high. The towns were a big disappointment; dirty and shabby. If the weather had been brighter we may have taken a sailing trip around some of the 140+ islands. They even count a big rock an island. So instead we took the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell December 23rd 2012

Kilometervreters, nietig zijn ze, zij die gebogen over hun sturen zon en regen trotseren. De kilometervreters vreten nog niet zo veel kilometers de eerste week. 40, 60, 30 kilometer. Het is een kennismaking met het uiterste noorden van Nieuw Zeeland. Rivieren waar je zoals in Duitsland vlak naast rijdt. Bergen, derde en tweede categorie.Frankrijk, de Vogezen wellicht. Niet vergelijkbaar met Alpen of Pyreneen in ieder geval. Nietig zijn ze naast de voorbij razende fourwheeldrives en vrachtwagens, maar vooral heel nietig naast de duizenden jaar oude Kauri's, lords of de forests. Verbeten gezichten, rode hoofden, soms vloekend en tierend, maar altijd verder, op weg naar het eindpunt van die dag. Zo, nu hebben jullie een kleine impressie hoe onze dagen er in de eerste week uitzagen. Letterlijk:hoge pieken en diepe dalen. Veerle, die vloekend en tierend moest ... read more
Uitzicht langs de route, 18-12
Er zitten ook kiwi's....ergens.
ons huisje op de camping, Waipoua Forest, 18-12

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands December 23rd 2012

We headed to Hamilton after The Hobbit expedition and met Bobby for a pint in his local and then spent three days hanging out at the house he was sitting. It was fab; we had a double bed, hot shower, a kitchen that was fully stocked, a patio, garden, Jazz the dog and cats - bliss! Hamilton was not as bad as we thought it would be after hearing it was a bit of a dump. The public gardens as you enter are beautiful and have an impressive Japanese and Indian sections complete with pagodas and a mini Taj Mahal (well it beats East Park) and we enjoyed a take away pizza sat in them on our way in. In fact we found the whole place green and clean and you can easily miss the Waikato ... read more
Hornsea People in Hamilton
A little birdie!
Two Hornsea Travelling Treasures

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands November 24th 2012

The day looked brighter and we decided to make the most of it. KerKeri in the morning and Dolphin watching in the afternoon. Kerikeri is a small town north of Pahia where there are lots of shops and excellent coffee shops and a cinema! Clothes are not cheap in NZ and the lovely cut offs I tried on were £90 so I thought they would only get ruined by the laundries we use so gave it a miss. A quick takeaway toastie and off on the boat to visit cathedral rock and the islands and watch Dolphins. We stopped at a lovely beach to drop someone off and then spotted the dolphins. Weather not great and the dolphins were after fish not playing as before in the Galapagos. However the speed they travelled was amazing. As ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands November 21st 2012

We travelled from Auckland up to the bay of islands, Pahia to be exact. The journey was easy, stopping at a place that produces honey and learned that mobile phones can affect the bees ability to find their way back to the nest because it affects the magnetic field and confuses them. Stopped at the oldest town in NZ where Scottish migrants settled, their journey was horrendous taking them through Nova Scotia, South Africa, Australia and finally NZ. Cafe there and we had absolutely delicious lunch. They still have the Highland Games there. We arrived at the retreat where we had booked a studio I overlooking the bay. The views from the windows and balcony are amazing, the inside was dated but clean. We then drove into Pahia and shopped, really looking forward to cooking a ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands November 10th 2012

After an emotional farewell to my flip-flops I'd had for years, I said goodbye to Caro and the Phoebe (the car) and caught the bus up to Paihia, stopping off for 45mins in Auckland, which was plenty long enough to see all there was to see there. Arrived late to the backpacks and crashed soon after, spent the next day exploring the beaches and walked round to a waterfall to fill the time. The next day was an early start to get the bus tour of 90 mile beach and cape rainga, strictly following Mary's instructions not to go north! It was a very fun day sandboarding and seeing where the Pacific meets the Tasman Sea was pretty spectacular, and we body boarded at the most picturesque beach imaginable.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands November 3rd 2012

After a 3 year sabbatical (if it's good enough for the Stone Roses, its good enough for us . .not 3 years but who's counting?), we are finally back to finish what we started. I know everyone's been waiting patiently for us to complete the story of our epic travels so here it is at last folks! So, if you can remember, we last left off at Taupo. Next stop was Rotorua - not much to report apart from the stench of thermal activity - and that was just in our campervan! Only stayed one night, then moved on to Otorohanga and visited the mud pools at the Hells Gate thermal park where we indulged ourselves in a mud bath for $75 - we should have saved our money and gone to Glastonbury! More money madness ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia October 24th 2012

James was up fairly early to travel across town and pick up the hire car. This time we made sure it was a manual with a decent engine and we were excited for our road trip. We planned to drive about 230KM north of Auckland to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. We planned to stay there for 2 nights, spending some time exploring there and then heading further North, right to the Northmost tip of the Island to Cape Reinga, this is the point where the two oceans meet. The drive up to Paihia was pretty easy, taking us 4 hours in total but that included a lunch stop in a lovely small town called Whangarei en route. After the journeys in Australia we really tried not to push ourselves to far so we could ... read more
Waterfall again!
The Bay of Islands
Our boat!

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