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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui February 14th 2009

In den letzten paar Tagen ist ziemlich viel passiert. Flo, Réne und Bighead sind zurück nach Deutschland geflogen und ich habe mich dafür entschieden noch ein paar Tage in Taurange zu bleiben, weil die Windvorhersage für die nächsten Tage exzellent war und Aaron mich netterweise noch ein paar Tage bei sich wohnen lässt. Der erste Tag ohne die Jungs war sehr windreich und ich bin direkt zum Fergusson Park um meinen Kite aufzubauen und aufs Wasser zu gehen. Glücklicherweise habe ich auch noch Bekannte von Flo & Rene getroffen, die mir meinen Kite gestartet haben und ein Auge auf mich hatten. Ich hatte eine ziemlich gute Session, bis der Wind plötzlich extrem zugenommen hat un ich maßlos überpowert war. Ich bin aus dem Wasser und wollte an Land um meinen Kite zu landen, hatt aber Schwierigkeiten ... read more
Fergusson Park
Leisure Island
nice Bay

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui January 21st 2009

You beaut! Today we have been swimming with Flipper and his mates and it was superb... Once in a lifetime stuff. The sun was out all day, only 11 of us on the boat, a nice lunch. Just a great day. So we head to Auckland then on to Chile and I will miss NZ. We like the campervan thing, the whole living like a snail with your home on your back is great. Our van has adopted the name of "Road Maggot" which is about right, however it has been good fun and we have met some great people on the raod. We will miss the friendly nature of the Kiwi's, they are so so helpful. Other things that will be missed are there down to earth naming. So for example, "Beachside Campsite" will be ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui December 14th 2008

From Rotorua we headed north-east to Mount Maunganui. We hadn't really planned to come here, but our friend Nicky's parents (John and Sue) live here and as it's only an hour from Rotorua we thought we'd pop in and say hello. It was quite late by the time we arrived so we found a great campsite by the beach and then drove around to the address given to us by Nicky. There was nobody in so we left a note that said we'd be back around in the morning. The next morning as we were sitting by the beach eating our cornflakes and half asleep, a car pulled up next to us. I assumed at the time that it was the park warden about to tell us off for something (all the campsites here have so ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui November 23rd 2008

We drove to Mt Maunganui (Mun-ga-newie) today. We met some people camping in Raglan and they said we could stay in there yard so we took them up on the offer. There wasn't much to do to but we stayed 2 days to have some time to relax a little. At the bottom of the Mt. there is some Saltwater hot pools so we took there Library cards and didn't say a word as we went thru so we could get a discount on the price. We just sat around most of the time. We did a walk up the Mt. and took some pictures of the area.... read more
Just a hill
The Mt. town
Overlooking Tauranga

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui October 14th 2008

After a gruelling 26 hour flight I eventually landed in Auckland. The flight was made somewhat easier with a guy my age doing something pretty similar to me, which hopefully I will be able to up with in Fiji. Landing at 6:30am in the morning I was completely shattered however I would feel this for another 24 hours because of the excitement of my new adventure. I meet Bryan (Sheepie) the chap who runs Hinuera CC who was extremely pleasant and informed me to enjoy my 6 months here and not to worry about a thing. I am currently stopping at Sheepie’s with his family (wife Tanya and 2 year old daughter Jamie), for the first month to settle down and wait for suitable accommodation in the Town. The first day consisted on sorting out my ... read more
Tauranga
Look out point on the Kiamia's
Look out point on the Kiamia's

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui September 16th 2008

Tuesday 16th September This was to be a day of rest! After a couple of loads of washing, an hour or so of Judy dusting and vacuum cleaning we were on the road again. This time our objective was to climb Mt Maunganui, an extinct volcano near Tauranga. Last week when we were there it was covered in haze as was the surrounding countryside. Today was the perfect day with hardly a cloud in the sky, no wind and the temperature in the low 20s. We set off on the ocean side of the mountain, up steps from the beach. We passed through green paddocks with many sheep in them. Rags had difficulty getting the sheep into a photo, they seemed very nervous of humans!!! After explaining he was an Australian they paused long enough for ... read more
Stupendous views
At the beginning
Sheep on the hillside


Hi All, Well, the tourist part of this blog is I'm afraid pretty much over as we settle down to the domestic tasks of finding a house to rent and car to buy. However, here's the final instalment in our journey round the North Island by campervan. The last blog left us in Rotorua, which though lovely was a bit stinky.. The luge is great fun though hehe.... And we did spend one night out of the stink nr Lake Tarawera - beautiful volcanic lake scenery. We also visited the buried village (http://www.buriedvillage.co.nz/) which gives the history of a devastating eruption in 1886 - if you read a bit about it imagine us spending the night under the volcano afterwards... We really should have visited on our way back! And finally off we went over to ... read more
Field trip photo
The craters of the moon
A mud crater


Happy Birthday, Mike! We hope you have a great day, whether you get a mule or not! We met the sweetest man at the top of the Mount this morning. He convinced us that we should go fishing just north of Auckland in the Bay of Islands off the coast of Russell. Maybe we will! We didn’t spend any time in town, just had our morning workout and got a few things ready to leave around the condo. We are all packed up again, ready to head west after checkout tomorrow morning. We are going to spend the day in Tauranga (city just over the bridge), then take the weekend to drive to Auckland. We have arrangements on Sunday to meet with a couple who is interested in renting us a room! They sound very friendly ... read more
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Enjoy the pictures below! I can’t believe that about the tornado! That is so scary. Which part of Hugo got hit? Pancho must have been a wreck. Matt, I am so glad you are in town. I can't believe I missed you. Enjoy the family and lack of sand! You know, as much as I love Simon & Garfunkel, it wouldn’t sum up the feel of this trip so far… maybe when we hit the beach in Samoa. Yes, Mike, you do need a donkey. You have to find a name that is almost as cool as Moses. Nat, enjoy Alaska! I can’t wait to see pictures. Speaking of, please send Jack and I pictures of our nieces. They are going to look so old when we get back. For the record, Jack is organized. He ... read more


We are soaking in all the luxuries of the time share. We have a towel heater! We have decided that this week here is our honeymoon and everything else is just us married and traveling NZ (en-zed). Six days already! If it is Saturday in the States, then we have been married one week! We both agree that being married feels normal, like this is the way it has always been and the way it should be. That’s probably a good thing, but it really just feels like Jack and I being who we are and doing what we do normally. Exciting, wild, adventurous, non-stop, peaceful, relaxing, overwhelming, etc - I love how comfortable it is. Traveling around like mad has been smooth, too. We are both too organized, too efficient, and too excited. Some of ... read more
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