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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty January 3rd 2014

Friday January 3rd, 2014. Volcanic Valley and Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, North Island, NZ After breakfast we jumped back in the car and returned to WOT. The reason for this is that our ticket from yesterday included a visit to the Lady Knox Geyser which spouts every morning at 10.15 am. We had to leave by 9.00 in order to make sure we were there in time for this daily event. This geyser is not in the main body of WOT, it is located up the road down a side track. We arrived and joined hundreds of others in the queue to park and then made our way through the entrance to the geyser. It was laid out like an auditorium with terraces of seating in a semi-circle around the main attraction, the geyser, which ... read more
6. Lady Knox Geyser Spouting
11. M with the Lady Knox Geyser Spouting Behind
18. The Emerald Pool, Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga December 21st 2013

Carey, Cath and Daryl were up bright and breezy to walk up the Mount-I decided to have a little bit longer in bed, and meet them for breakfast afterwards. We went to a little Cafe on the beachfront called the Slow fish-recommendation of Caths and what a lovely breakfast it was. Carey was trying to persuade Daryl to jack work in and move out here, and i was assured he'd be sorted out with a visa by the time we returned from our afternoon trip! Afterwards Cath and I picked the other girls up from the main house as we were going to the vineyard for lunch. It was Mills Reef winery in a little place not far from the port of Tueoranga, called Bethlehem which was nice and festive-especially for Jan who is finding the ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga December 15th 2013

Alles Liebe zum 13.!!!! Schöner Auftakt zum besten Monat im Jahr - Geburtstag, Weihnachten, Urlaub, Silvester und alles im Sommer...... read more
Weihnachten 2013
Weihnachten 2013
Weihnachten 2013

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Opotiki December 6th 2013

Our first night in New Zealand was spent in a gorgeous YHA with only 3 rooms, in Te Aroha, Waikato country. It was refreshing, after the dry Australian bush, to see lush green grass and trees, but it took us some getting used to all the buttercups, daisies and blackbirds; only the towering tree ferns reminded us that we weren't at home. We enjoyed our first week in Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty in balmy temperatures and sunshine. We hit the tourist spots in Rotorua, dipping in thermal pools and touring the geysers, but our highlight was a morning spent with mountain bikes in Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest, a forest of over 90 km of graded mountain biking trails. Mountain Biking in Rotorua, by Eve The Redwoods Forest (Whakarewarewa forest) is one of the oldest and ... read more
Redwood Forest Rotorua
Captain Cooks Cove
Wwoofing Gisborne

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga October 27th 2013

Sommer kommt mit grossen Schritten. Hatten wir ueberhaupt Fruehling?... read more
meine Erste!
Erdbeerdschungel
Eins ins Körbchen, eins...

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga September 7th 2013

Die letzten Winterwochen und der Fruehling ist schon nicht mehr nur um die Ecke - die Blumen schiessen buchstaeblich aus dem Boden, die Baeume bluehen als waer's der letzte Fruehling auf Erden und die Voegel zwitschern ohne Luftholen... Es ist schon iemlich schwer in die Gaenge zu kommen - nachdem wir uns so richtig ans Ausschlafen am Wochenende gewoehnt haben! Frueh aufstehen? Klingt ja fast schon stressig ... Abfahrt zu'ner festen Zeit ... und fertig mit Fruehstuecken und Anziehen und Morgentoilette. Hm, na das schlechte Gewissen arbeitet sich den Wolf ab und nach ein paar sonnigen Wochenenden klappts auch endlich. Unser erster Ausflug hat uns mal wieder in den Karangahake Gorge gefuehrt, eine Autostunde von Papamoa. Wir waren da ja schonmal vor sechs Jahren, hatten damals aber keine Taschenlampen fuer die Tunnelgaenge dabei. Diesmal also kurzer ... read more
Karangahake Gorge
das Tor zum Gorge
altes Bergwerkshaus

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga August 28th 2013

So, about 3 months ago I promised a blog entry about my time in Tauranga working, right? Maybe it's time I got around to describing that chapter :P (looking at the dates on the pictures...damn that was back in june!) After Hamilton I headed for Tauranga, in the famous Bay of Plenty area, known for there being plenty of fruit, and plenty of work. In my usual style, I didn't reserve a hostel in advance, and when I finally got close around 19.00 (remember, this was my first solo drive longer than an hour, and driving in NZ still scared me at this point) I looked up hostels known for organising work according to my guidebooks..the first one didn't pick up the phone, so Harborside Hostel in central Tauranga it is! Prices of 27 a night, ... read more
2013-05-25 Kiwifruit picking - the gang
Tauranga map
2013-05-26 Fish n Chips

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga July 13th 2013

...nix los hier unten in den letzten Monaten, daher auch keine Eintraege, wollten Euch nicht langweilen mit Wiederholungen ;) Der Winter in diesem Jahr ist genauso seltsam und fast aussergewoehnlich wie er vergangene extrem trockene und heisse Sommer - es ist immernoch 15 Grad "warm" an den meisten Tagen und auch nachts geht das Termometer nicht wirklich unter 5 Grad. was nicht heisst, das es paradiesisch ist, so ohne richtige Heizung ist das ja immernoch relativ kuehl und man braucht schon extra Decken hier und da und viel heissen Tee mit Honig. Die Nasen laufen auch immer wieder mal, aber bisher zum Glueck nichts schlimmes. Habe die Jungs mal zum Billardspielen in den Pub ausgefuehrt - die beiden waren natuerlich ganz begeistert, ist ja auch echt cool mit den Grossen auszuhaengen, 'ne Flasche Cola in der ... read more
Pilot Bay Jetty
irgendein anderer Jetty
Tauranga Hafen

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Katikati June 2nd 2013

Leigh and I went to Hamilton to see Joseph and Stacey for lunch on our way to Katikati to stay with Sally and Ian. We had a lovely walk around the lake and delicious lunch and then drove to Katikati in time for dinner! On Sunday we visited Waihi Beach and the mine...here are a few photos...... read more
New bookshelf
Waihi beach
The amatuer photographer

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga May 25th 2013

In this update: my trip to Hamilton/Waitomo Caves, but first: how's my driving? So far, I have: Hit another car: 1x Gotten another car scratched: 1x (well actually someone put the door open against another car..) Driven on the wrong/right side of the road: 3x (or was it 4?) Broken into a sweat because of the traffic situation I found myself in: a couple of times Driven off the road by accident: 2x Got into a car skid: 2x Driven the wrong way: a handful of times Driven some distance with the handbreak still on: too embarrassing to mention Gotten inexplicably stuck on a road that's not on the map: 1x Gotten honked at (I know I shouldn't have backed up on the highway, and you know, stop earlier at intersections): 2 times So yeah, I ... read more
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