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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga March 28th 2015

Good evening everyone, so we left Rotorua this morning, now looking back I think I was a bit deluded with regards our accomodation, yes it was drabby and dull but I think after Kiddi packers, it was just peace and quiet so I got carried away. We did our washing there and had to hang it up in an old shed which was red hot, Stu then said he was going to get his money's worth and go in the mineral pool, well no way that was at least 44 degrees, it was sooooo hot, I couldn't even get a leg in it, Stu tried desperately, I said 'give it up, you won't have any skin left', he continued trying, looking for control buttons around the pool but in the end was defeated. We drove off ... read more

Leaving the Bay of Islands we headed back through Auckland and across East to the Bay of Plenty. we stayed 2 nights at Papamoa right next to the beach. Nice afternoon in Mt. Maunganui and walked the base route of the mountain. Had awesome ice cream in a hand made waffle cone delish ... read more
The Land of the Long White Cloud !
Mt Mauganui

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Whakatane February 17th 2015

Left Whitianga and headed down the coast calling in at several places, one called Pauanui which we thought was lovely. It had a nice feel to it, some lovely houses and all set around a large open and calm inlet of sea with mountain views and the ocean crashing on the rocks on the other side. A very quiet lovely residential area if you were thinking of emigrating. On from there and a quick stop at Katikati which was nothing to get excited about, Tauranga which was a nice buzzy town and onto where we were staying Mount Maunganui which apparently is becoming NZ top weekend away destination. We stayed in a B & B and our host was from Scotland but he had been resident in NZ for nearly 50 years and whilst in the ... read more
Long time since Baz wore breathing apparatus!
Sulphur, not as smelly as I thought!
By the crater

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty February 1st 2015

Saturday Decided against travelling back to Rotarura and instead explored Whakatane, walking along the riverside and out to the mouth. Loads of big pickups with boat trailers parked up at the jetty so presumably loads of boats out at sea, mostly fishing from the looks of those we could see.Obviously we went up a hill through a forest but this time we came out at an old Maori fort called Toi's Pa, clearly a good place for the fort judging by the views.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga December 30th 2014

...was da so alles vor der Tuer steht - Linus Geburtstag, Sommer, Schuljahresende, Weihnachten und Silvester...... read more
Linus' 14er
Linus' 14er
Linus' 14er

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga December 30th 2014

Tim's 12. Geburtstag! Diesmal geht es nur um Lego Lego Lego ... Geschenke und Kuchen bitteschoen. Aber nicht irgendein Lego, Tim ist maechtig im Star Wars Fieber und hat mir eine lange detailierte Liste geschrieben mit allen noch benoetigten Raumschiffen, Erkundungsfahrzeugen und natuerlich hunderte von Figuren... Fuer den Kuchen habe ich extra Formen bestellt, mit denen man Legosteine und Legomaennchen aus Schokolade oder anderem Zeugs giessen kann. Drei Gaeste gibts in diesem Jahr und natuerlich muessen wir wieder zum Laserschiessen gehen...... read more
Tim's 12er
Tim's 12er
Tim's 12er

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Whakatane December 19th 2014

A day of bush and birdsong. The local council has created an 18-kilometre loop walk that begins near Whakatane town centre, then ascends and descends through generally pristine native bush and hugs the coastline before descending to Opotiki Beach. After walking the length of the beach, walkers ascend through another reserve in which the native North Island robin has been released, then blunder round the suburbs before finding their way back to town. We began the walk early in the morning when the sea glowed under the low sun and everything was fresh and clean. At first, the trail to Opotiki wound up and down through beautiful woodland with fern trees and a varied canopy, or hugged the coastline with its turquoise seas and red-blooming pohutukawa trees. In the bush, tuis teased us by posing in ... read more
variable oystercatcher poses
whakatane from above

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati December 18th 2014

We arrived in Auckland on the night of 16 December and were glad it wasn't far to the hotel. Rain poured; wind howled. Vile. The next day we drove to Thames, then to Katikati in our lime green hired car, staring out of the window at the rain and mist and wishing it would all stop. The rain slowed to a drizzle in Katikati and I went for a walk in my Goretex waterproofs. Katikati is cool. There are colourful murals depicting the history of the town, fun-looking restaurants and signs informing visitors of the many things to do. I opted for the haiku walk and ambled through a lovely riverside park reading poetry on large rocks interspersed among the grass and trees. I saw tuis and kingfishers that posed for me as they knew I ... read more
bird sanctuary

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty November 21st 2014

The highlight of our time in Rotorua was definitely Friday when we did a helicopter trip to White Island, an active volcano 50km off the coast, a real treat. -Thanks Sarah F for the recommendation! We did an early morning trip so were there before any of the boat trips arrived, only one other helicopter there which left after twenty minutes, leaving us four and our guide as the only people on the volcano. We were staggered how relaxed it all was and how close to the crater we could get. All quite surreal. Without doubt, this was the most incredible experience of the trip so far. A combination of the exhilarating helicopter flight with our close contact to a volcano which is clearly very active was overall incredibly humbling. Exhausted for the rest of the ... read more
White Island Volcano
Prepare to meet the volcano
On the edge

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati October 26th 2014

We started our holiday on Sunday morning leaving at 8am and heading off to Katikati to see Sally and Ian. We stopped halfway for an hour and had coffee and did the crossword in the paper! We arrive in Katikati in time for lunch - yummy! In the afternoon we went for windy walk along Waihi Beach and watched the kites flying madly. We had a delicious roast for dinner with apple struedel for dessert and then looked at some photos Ian had taken while on their trip to the UK, Ireland, Paris, Hong Kong and Beijing. On Monday we went for a swim with Sally in the Katikati swimming pool while Ian went for a bike ride. We also went for a walk in Omokoroa and had a coffee out in Bethlehem. Home for late ... read more
The car looks good outside this house
From Sally and Ian's deck
Looks inviting

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