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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 December 7th 2018

15 to 18 November Time is running out for Jenny’s Visit and we are grateful to Maree and Paul, who we met in Cambodia last year, for entertaining us and showing us the delights of Whakatane and Bay of Plentry. Breakfasting on poached eggs fresh from their chooks we set off with Maree and explored the town and harbour of Whakatane ( for those who aren't in the know a WH is pronounced like FF) ...the sun was shining as we whizzed around visiting Ohope, Opoktiki with their delightful small museums and a newly built Maori community centre. And all the time stunning scenery , coastline , spits, beaches hills and mountains . Don’t we just love all the place names and trying to pronounce them !! Lots of places begin with Wai which means water ... read more
Mount Maunganui
Powhutakawa tree
Who left that boat there ?

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Whakatane November 20th 2018

19th November It takes a while to sort myself out today, it has been raining all night and my table, chair a few bits of washing are all wet. As usual I need to be off site by 10, as I was waiting for my toast in the kitchen I got chatting to a lady, she asked where I was from Lincoln. Me too she says, she moved to Tattershall about a year ago. Small world. Slowly get myself together, feel better after tea and toast. Hand my fob into reception and head off, with no plans other than south. Eventually got to a dead end, thought it might be an idea to see what sat nav said for herself at this point. I decide to head towards Opotiki and see what happens. No roller coaster ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui November 19th 2018

18th November I booked 2 nights at the campsite, so no rush this morning. I plan to walk today, in two minds as to walk the base trail or attempt the summit. First things first, breakfast, tea and washing on. Have a shower, wash up and tidy van whilst waiting for the washer to finish. I really cannot bring myself to use the tumble drier on such a sunny day, so hang the washing up around the van. Settle in with a book, the washing is soon dry. Make a sandwich and then head for a walk around the base track, should take 45 minutes. The track was fairly flat, so no problems apart from the bit, about two thirds around, where there had been a landslide and they built steps around it, so 4 flights ... read more
View up the trees
The Summit
Tui washing in a stream

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Mount Maunganui November 18th 2018

17th November Up at a more reasonable time, as do not have to be out until 10am; I have no idea how I am going to come with early shifts when I get back to work, I could used to these late starts. Once I sort myself and the van out for the day I head to the car park by the beach, with the intention of seeking a walk out for the day. There was a surfing competition going on, so stayed a while, listed to the music, took in the atmosphere, with no idea if anyone out there was actually any good. Decide to make a move and generally head south to Tauranga with no particular plans. I start to get itchy eyes again even though I have taken an antihistamine, I wondering if ... 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

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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Whakatane December 9th 2016

We spent the first night at the Papamoa Beach Resort in the Bay of Plenty, weather wasn't great so we moved along to Whakatane. Okay, they pronounce the WH like we would PH, I can't say it without giggling. We stayed Friday night and are booked for Saturday night as well at the Awakeri Hot Springs, about half an hour drive from Whakatane (haha). We drove to Awakeri for supper last night, fish and chips for $8.00, a 6 pack of Hagen beer and a bottle of wine. We shared a beer, went to the hot pool and were asleep at 9:30. The hot pool is great, warm and the water is so soft, like a baking soda bath. Off to Whakatane (haha) for the Saturday market and a bunch of Christmas things.... 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 » Mount Maunganui November 30th 2016

On continue le chemin vers Tauranga. Le guide indique que c'est une ville en pleine croissance qui a l'activité portuaire la plus importante de NZ et les jobs dans les champs se trouvent dans cette zone. Le trajet d'environ 2h d'Auckland à Tauranga est très plaisant, on passe des prairies aux forêts tropicales en quelques minutes. La limitation de vitesse en NZ est de 100km/h mais on a déjà pas mal de sensations fortes en étant à 80km/h! On décide de poser notre van (qui n'a toujours pas de petit nom) au pied du Mount Mauao, sur un parking qui longe le Coronation Park. Bilan de la première nuit en van au top: tant mieux car c'est parti pour durer! Il faut savoir que nous utilisons une application, "Campermate", qui nous indique tous les lieux où ... read more
jardin centre ville de Tauranga
jardin centre ville de Tauranga

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