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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 March 27th 2017

A short drive into Rotorua, a city full of geothermal wonders. Visiting Te Puia, one watches geysers and bubbling mud. There are many sounds erupting from the earth. A giant cooking pot of steam, boiling and popping. Chris gives an Asian man the thumbs up, and every time we see him on the walk his thumb goes up. The Maori red wood carvings are incredibly detailed. We decide to do the Segway Rotorua tour. Making our way through downtown, Chris sees a Canadian fellow he knows from work and they arrange to meet for supper. While cruising, the rain pours down and the group seeks cover under the trees. Shortly after, our guide Richard directs us to a hillside and says 'go have some fun!' Chris has already done a header on the grassy path, but ... read more
Te Puia
Te Puia
Mud Pool - HOT!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty March 25th 2017

Driving inland north we are presented with a totally new high altitude terrain filled with brush, sand, metamorphic deposits and short fluffy trees, all of which creates a musty smell. The roadsides are coated in a purple hue with heather-like plants. This brings us to a volcanic region. Prio to Taupo, the highway bipasses a large army training base as well as a few asparagus farms. Some of the motorcyclists have Hell's Angels NZ emblazzoned on their jackets. Taupo has more hotels than anywhere else. I can only imagine what it is like swarming with people in the summer months. A good way to start a Saturday morning is to visit the farmer's market to grab a Lava Java. The plants being sold are certainly of a different variety than in Vernon. Maybe some day we ... read more
Moon Valley Taupo
More Moon Valley Taupo
Boiling Mud

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

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