Blogs from Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga May 12th 2021

The last day of the Grand Tour was always planned to be a quiet one compared to the places we have been to over the past 3 weeks and 2 days. And the cold weather that arrived last night was probably going to mean that it would be an indoor day too. Although our motel was on the corner of a busy intersection we weren’t troubled during the night with traffic noise. So it seems double glazing or some other noise reducing construction material had done the trick. We were not due to fly home to Tauranga until just before 7pm tonight so have a few hours to fill in and it is just as well that we arranged to retain the rental car for another day as it would have been a miserable day going ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga May 5th 2019

It has been months in the planning but now it is just 18 days away before we start out on what promises to be the greatest adventure,in more ways than one,of our travel experiences. This adventure all came about through Gretchen wanting to tick off one of those 'things to do know what'(not that she has any intention of doing 'you know what'!and see the 'Big Five'live in their backyard and not a zoo. The planning has been extensive despite the fact that this will be a trip of just under a month and no where near as long as the 6 or 8 month BBA's have been. For a start Kiwis don't get a simple stamped 3 month visitor visa when they arrive in South Africa anymore,like we do in so many other countries ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga April 9th 2018

Blog 25 Tauranga, New Zealand, April 8 ,2018 – Weather forecast: partly sunny in the morning; light drizzle in the early afternoon; back to partly sunny at sunset; temperature 17°C, wind 7kts (3 Beaufort) Today’s port of call was once the site of fierce Maori wars, but now it is a peaceful city in the heart of kiwi fruit-growing country. Tauranga is situated on the western side of the Bay of Plenty. Captain Cook entered this bay in 1769 and after charting the coastline he named it in honour of the number of thriving settlements of friendly Maori that he found there. Since the port did not have a dedicated cruise dock we were at the pier alongside cargo vessels loading the local produce. On our excursion today we met Charles, a Maori elder, in his ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga April 5th 2017

Geo: -37.6871, 176.167... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga December 8th 2016

Uneventful flight to Auckland. Picked up our car from "James Blond" rentals, a Toyota Rictus, and drove to Tauranga. Found a place to stay for the night, was raining so we are inside tonight. After a snooze we went to the Pak n save for a few groceries, they were having a crazy Christmas customer appreciationand had loads of snacks, so we had supper. Hoping to walk up Mount Maunganui tomorrow.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga April 16th 2016

Leaving Whitianga for points south I had to stop at the local beach - Buffalo Beach for the mandatory selfie and some shelling. Did both. Next stop Mt Raku, a small dome-like extinct volcano. Although the climb was short, it was steep and thankfully only 15 minutes to the top. Gorgeous views of the surrounds and especially a good view of Ocean Beach from afar. Of course, after the hike I walked the beach and picked more seashells for the grandkids. Final stop, Waihi Beach. A lovely beach with some nice walking trails. My third nice beach of the day so who could complain. Settled for the night in Tauranga all set for my assault the next day up Mount Maunganui.... read more
Buffalo Beach
Buffalo Beach
Shells galore at Buffalo Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga January 8th 2016

Friday January 8 - Today it rained all day. All day. A shame, because it was our last real day. We planned to spend it in the antique shops in Paeroa and then in Tauranga, the city where we would go back to tonight (to the B&B). We went to the library to internet and I bought a children's book they were selling with great pictures (for 20 cents!). We skipped the antique shops due to the weather. Then we had to drive back through the gorge to get to Tauranga. But the GPS started to work again, so that was good. In town, we found some free parking and ate lunch in our van. Then the rain lessened and we went to art gallery in town. When we were done there, it was really raining, ... read more
Welcome bay
Welcome bay

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga January 7th 2016

Das Neue Jahr faengt bei uns gleich mit einem echten Urlaubsabenteuerknaller an - wir werden in einem Canoe fuer drei Tage den Whanganui River hinunter paddeln. Wir sind aber nicht ganz allein, mit uns fahren noch 20 Freunde, 10 davon Kinder und Jugendliche!!! Der Plan ist, dass Tim und Linus zusammen in einem Boot sitzen (sozusagen eine Art Zwangstherapie, haha), Matt hat sich ein Kayak bestellt und ich werde mit meinen Freunden Douglas und dessen Sohn Fletcher einen Dreisitzer schaukeln. Jeder bekommt ein paar wasserdichte Faesser fuer's Gepaeck - die Jungs haben immerhin 7 Faesser in ihrem Canoe geladen, fast unsere ganze Habe!!! Am ersten Tag werden wir vom Canoe-Vermieter zum Fluss gebracht (1 1/2 Stunden Fahrt), nachdem die Canoes und Kayaks abgeladen und die Faesser verteilt und festgeschnuert sind gibts noch eine kurze Einweisung darueber, ... read more
fast alles gepackt, fuer 3 Tage
kleines Chaos
langsam kehrt Ordnung ein

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga December 12th 2015

... im zweiten Halbjahr diesen Jahres: party party party, Tim's 13ter, 8 Jahre Neuseeland, Matt's Geburtstag, Halloween, eine Geburtstagswochenendparty und Linus' 15ter Geburtstag!!! Daneben noch mein Auftritt bei den neuseelaendischen West Coast Swing Tanzmeisterschaften...... read more
Matt's Geburtstagsparty
Matt's Geburtstagsparty
Matt's Geburtstagsparty

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga September 22nd 2015

Naja, die Eintraege werden kuerzer, die blogs diesmal fuer ganze sechs Monate! Nachdem ich auch keinen Computer mehr hatte (seit Dezember), habe ich keine Photos mehr von den Kameras heruntergeladen - jetzt geht's also ums aufholen. Und hier sind sie - unsere Abenteuer 2015!... read more
Tim beim wakeboarden!
Tim beim wakeboarden!
Tim beim wakeboarden!

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