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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
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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
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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!

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

Went to Russell accross the bay by ferry. This was briefly the old capital and a very lawless town in the 1800's. Ships containing numerous nationalities would pull into the bay and the sailors would behave like sailors of the time. A French missionery named Montpellier arrived in 1863 and set up a printing press to produce bibles in the Maori language. He was very influential in the signing of the treaty between the British and the Maoris. Had a very good lunch in the oldest Inn on NZ then took the ferry back to Pahia. Only a 20 minute crossing but very rough seas.... read more
Montpellier's house
Russell church
Russell-Pahia ferry

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia October 22nd 2012

Went to Paihia for Food and Wine Fest.... read more
Russell by Ferry
Monday morning
Drive up

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Paihia October 15th 2012

Kawakawa und Waithangi In der Nacht hat’s begonnen zu stürmen und zu regnen – wie in den Wetterprognosen angekündigt. Wir haben uns also richtig entschieden, als wir die beiden Trips buchten. Da hatten wir das schöne Wetter. Wir werden ziemlich früh geweckt vom Motorenlärm der Autos der Gruppe, welche am Vorabend hier eingetroffen ist – Mitglieder eines Automobilclubs von Auckland. Sie haben heute ein Rennen, wahrscheinlich eine Rallye hier in der Gegend. Die Wagen sind dementsprechend „dekoriert“ und aufgemotzt. Sie dröhnen dementsprechend laut und anscheinend muss der Fahrer jeweils mit nervösem Fuss den Motor in Gang halten. Allerdings, und das ist gut, sind sie so schnell weg, wie sie vermutlich nachher auch fahren. Deshalb gibt’s noch eine ungestörte Zusatzrunde Schlaf. Willi hat – er ist schon vor uns aufgestanden – das Morgenesse... read more
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