Blogs from Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania - page 3


Arrived mid afternoon at Mount Maunganui (the mount as everyone calls it) was a really nice day and so went straight to the beach and lazed around for the rest of the afternoon. in the evening i met a french guy jerome who had been travelling around OZ for the last 2 years and had now come to NZ for the next year, we went out for a couple of drinks and then had an earlyish night. the following day i was up early and went to the beach and had a surfing lesson, surfing is the best thing in the world by the way, caught on pretty quick and was stood up catching waves by myself within an hour, the lesson itself was 2 hours and cost $60 which included a board and wetsuit hire ... read more

I just love the Camping Van life!! Rob is slightly less enthusiastic about it but he is definitely coming round to my way of thinking!! We picked the van up in Auckland after 3 great days staying in a beautiful contemporary apartment (for next to nothing) and exploring the city and Waiheke Island - Thanks Josie, for the tip off! We loved the island - beautiful beaches - and we happened on a nudist beach! We didnt realise untill we got there and looked up from our rock pool explorations! I suggested to Rob that we should swim, as the fact we did not have our cossies with us didnt matter in the least! but he was not as keen as me so we didnt!!An opportunity lost - but probably a big relief to the other ... read more
Hot Water Beach
Katikati - the mural town
River side at Katikati

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui January 29th 2010

In a few words David and I flew into Auckland, NZ got a van fitted with a bed in the back which is going to be our home for the next few moths...and now we are driving tru the North Island. Ck some photos here but most of the photos of our adventure and travel tips are being posted (Internet and weather permiting) onto Please ck us out there and leave us comments so we know the time we spend uploading is worth a while....we love reading them. Thanxs for following... read more

Mount manganui es un lugar que conocimos cuando ya estabamos terminando nuestras vacaciones por Coromandel. A la vuelta, antes de llegar a Gisborne paramos alli a almorzar y decidimos hacer una caminata de 45 min en subida que fue bastante dificil pero realmente valio la pena, espero que aprecien en las fotos la belleza de este lugar...... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui November 22nd 2009

One sunny Sunday we headed out to the beach at Mount Maunganui with our American friends Jess and Matt for a barbecque. We had seen other beach side barbecques along the way and they were all coin operated, so we were pleasantly surprised when we got to the beach and discovered they were free. That's right all that beach and free barbecques, they make being a beach bum pretty easy on you at the Mount. We watched one of the first cruise ships of the season sail out of port and enjoyed the sun, while it lasted. It was a beautiful afternoon at the beach and when we got back the German's and Chilean's were having a sort of farewell barbecque which the manager of our hostel joined in on. Four of the guys were heading ... read more
Beach BBQ
Nick and Matt

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui November 16th 2009

In the morning, we called and said yes to the van. He came by this morning, we went to a post shop and changed the ownership over to Adam. Now we are the proud owners of a lemon-pie colored van! It was amazing how quickly and cheaply buying a car is in New Zealand. We drove over to Mt. Maunganui and decided to climb to the top of the 232m hill. It was a pretty steep walk up, and I wasn't sure I'd be able to make it to the top. Eventually we did make it up (even though joggers had passed us on their way up and down) and I felt very accomplished once we were there. The views from up there were pretty amazing. We could even see our van parked waaay down at ... read more
Mt Maunganui
Mt Maunganui
Mt Maunganui

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui October 23rd 2009

Mount Maunganui We drove down from Whitianga to Mount Maunganui pretty much on a whim. Turns out this is a major vacation spot for Aucklanders and this was the first long weekend of summer known as Labour Day. We had to get another backpackers membership which ended up paying for itself quickly but still, that's three now. Along the way we checked out Waihi, a giant open pit gold mine in the town itself, you can just go walk along the top. We checked out a lookout that afforded a view of the whole Bay of Plenty and went and checked out the beach at Mount Maunganui. The beach here is big on scale we haven't dealt with before and there is a lot of beautiful scenery and huge beach houses along the strip. Reminded us ... read more
That's a Huge Beach
Nick and the Ocean
Carla on Top of Her Mountain

Sorry for the huge delay in writing this blog but having been in Thailand for 4 weeks and trying to find a job here in Auckland I have been lazy and just haven’t got around to typing it up. So here I am on my final stage of the Magic bus journey before heading off to Thailand and what a painful week it was. So after only 3.5 hours of sleep and a pretty rough hangover we departed Wellington and headed north towards the sunny coastline of Hawks Bay aiming for a finally destination of a pretty little beachside town of Napier. Napier is apparently very ‘art deco’ but having no idea what that meant, I was still none the wiser as what to expect. Although suffering a bad hangover I did still managed to speak ... read more
Awesome tall trees
Mount Maunganui and its lovely beach
Looking out over Maunganui

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui February 27th 2009

When we first arrived in Auckland back in December we caught a glimpse of an advertisement for a Maori festival. So here we are. The Kapa Haka is a celebration of the Maori language, music and dance. It is also a big competition! The 4 day festival was absolutely amazing. The photos and videos can not capture the atmosphere we felt in that stadium. The teams were all dresses in different traditional costumes as they sung choral pieces that ranged from traditional to modern. Each team performed 5 or 6 pieces over 30 minutes. The crowd returned performances by honoring their teams with the Haka before or after each performance. Truly an amazing 4 days. From the festival and a chance meeting with the Prime Minister of NZ we explored Motueka and Kiwi Country. Met up ... read more
Almost ripe kiwis
Kiwis on the vine
Men in costume

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