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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati December 18th 2014

We arrived in Auckland on the night of 16 December and were glad it wasn't far to the hotel. Rain poured; wind howled. Vile. The next day we drove to Thames, then to Katikati in our lime green hired car, staring out of the window at the rain and mist and wishing it would all stop. The rain slowed to a drizzle in Katikati and I went for a walk in my Goretex waterproofs. Katikati is cool. There are colourful murals depicting the history of the town, fun-looking restaurants and signs informing visitors of the many things to do. I opted for the haiku walk and ambled through a lovely riverside park reading poetry on large rocks interspersed among the grass and trees. I saw tuis and kingfishers that posed for me as they knew I ... read more
orchid
bird sanctuary
waterbird

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati January 4th 2014

Saturday January 4th, 2014. Bay of Plenty and Drive to Coromandel, North Island, NZ We awoke in Tauranga after a really good night's sleep. Tauranga means "safe anchorage or resting place" in Maori. It is the main town on the Bay of Plenty. The Maori originally voyaged here from Eastern Polynesia. In the late 13th or early 14th century 3 Waka (canoes) landed in the Bay of Plenty. They found a coastline richly resourced with seafood and forests with many birds an berries for food as well as timber for buildings. One of the 1st recorded European visitors was Captain Cook who sailed past Mt Maunganui in 1969. James Farrow was the first permanent trader who came here in 1829 to obtain flax fibre for Australian merchants. We didn't stick around as this was yet another ... read more
25. Mural at Katikati, America's Gluttony
31. M on Haiku Pathway, Katikati
63. Postbox, Thames

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati May 21st 2012

Try this one! http://www.travelblog.org/ then put my name in; Lynnie or vaughan and you should be able to find me....I am learning to do this so I can keep you all informed....if you want to be...whilst on my travels. Ta Luv Lynnie... read more
The Road
A view towards the gate
The courtyard

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati May 21st 2012

Lynnies Travel Plans 25th May to 25th July 2012 NB I will not have my phone with me. I can be contacted on Skype. My Skype name is: lynevaughan. You can leave messages on Skype for me. I will be able to get email on occasion. Leave Friday 25th May by Thai Airways Flight TGO492 12.40pm Arrive 8.25pm Stay All Seasons Bangkok Siam (2 nights) Thailand Adventure: Day 1 Bangkok: Welcome meeting at 6pm Get acquainted with the Thai capital on a stroll down the travellers' hub of Khao San Road. Days 2-4 Kanchanaburi/ River Kwai Depart Bangkok after a morning khlong tour. Cruise the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, visit the Jeath War Museum and swim under a waterfall in Erawan National Park. Day 5 Ayutthaya Get a sense of Siam's former glory on a guided ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati May 21st 2012

Intrepid say to take only 10kgs of belongings with you, so this is my list so far: one head light ( for reading and going to the toilet at night time). one microfibre towel large mosquito net ( it has mosquito repellent on it) a cotton sleeping bag inner ( my friend said i shouldnt have been so mean and got myself a silk one instead) one small bag for dirty laundry and a travelling clothesline. malaria tablets (enough for three months) I hope I remember to take them sleeping pills ( when I absolutely have to). ear plugs (when I absolutely have to). togs a long sleeved white shirt (impregnated with insect repellent.) two sets of underwear. a light gortex raincoat and small umbrella a set of shorty pyjamas ( for modesty's sake) a pashmina ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati February 17th 2012

Deze morgen namen we afscheid van Jizzy en Mike waarbij we ons de voorbije 14 dagen enorm geamuseerd hebben. Zoals in het vorige verslag vermeld, had ik ook beloofd om naar Eva & Clive te gaan. Het is een koppel dat gepasioneerd is door de natuur, buiten leven, meditatie en vooral alcoholvrij, veganistisch, glutenvrij en lactosevrij door het leven gaan. We vroegen ons af wat we nog konden eten bij hen. Gelukkig vonden ze het niet erg als wij toch melk en kaas aten, maar we probeerden toch zo veel mogelijk hun dieet te volgen. Eva is Clive's 2e vrouw. Samen hebben ze 1 dochter Melissa (15) , en Clive heeft nog 4 dochters bij zijn 1e vrouw. Clive is ooit een hippie geweest en heeft heel veel in zijn leven gezien en meegemaakt. Zo heeft ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati February 11th 2012

Mike & Jizzy zijn beiden Zuid-Afrikaans en leven ongeveer 20 jaar in NZ. Hun kinderen heten Shayni & Cam. En de kat heet Shanti. De taken zijn : maaien van het gras, de slaapkamer schilderen, wieden, plantjes planten, relaxen, mediteren, klankschaal muziek maken en zingen, ukulele leren spelen, en proberen self-sustainable te zijn. De mensen hier gaan zelden naar een supermarkt. Groenten, kruiden en fruit hebben ze uit eigen tuin of gaan ze kopen in een bio winkeltje of bioboer. In het dagelijkse leven is Jizzy , kinderjuf in een bio en eco crèche. En Mike is vertegenwoordiger van biologische producten. Alles hier draait om ecologisch en biologisch leven. Dit is wat we allebei heel erg leuk vinden. Deze namiddag zat ik op mijn knieën om kamillebloemen te plukken. Als je potje vol is , weet ... read more
Jizzy and Eva playing healing music/jizzy en eva spelen helende muziek
Jan tried it also/jan probeerde het ook
the house of the Green's family/het huis van de Green's familie

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati January 6th 2011

I stayed with a family of four; James and Victoria with their two boys (aged two and five). James is English and Victoria a Kiwi but she lived in England for 15 years, where they met and decided to move out of London to a more peaceful lifestyle in New Zealand. They have a lovely open plan house, in a nice rural setting so there were some great views. I had a decent room with an en suite! There’s also a lodge which they rent out to guests who can then access the pool and gardens. Most of the time I was doing various gardening jobs, which was pretty good with the sun shining for the majority of the week. They had a small vegetable patch, so we ate a few home-grown things, including strawberries (one ... read more
Gardens
House and gardens

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati December 24th 2009

Hello everyone from sunny Katikati!! Well most of you will already know that I'm back from my travels and have been for a while now....I seem to have lost interest in updating this blog when the trip came to an end! After my 5 weeks in Thailand and Cambodia I returned to Sydney but didn't hang around very long, I instead flew on to Adelaide to catch up with Tory before I head back to NZ. We spent the whole time I was there down at Victor Harbour which for those of you who don't know is about 1 hour from Adelaide on the coast, it's a lovely little holiday town with a fabulous beach and the best hot dogs in the world! Tory and I went for a few bike rides....with a lovely lunch at ... read more
Me.....still smiling
We made it!!
Tory and Tracey

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati September 5th 2008

We have picked up our camprvan woo hoo............. read more




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