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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne September 1st 2019

....the garden is tidy and the kowhai is out in bloom... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne November 24th 2018

23rd November Getting good at sorting myself out in the morning, it’s them best way to avoid a hypo incident in a walk is to straight out for my walk after breakfast. Having looked at a map yesterday I decided to follow the river to the botanic gardens and go to the museum and have lunch on the way back. It is a flat walk following a cycle path, so pack my normal water, snacks and glucose tablets. Left the campsite just before 10. The first part if walk takes me along the sea from and past the docks, where they are manoeuvring another timber laden ship out of the harbour. I think they load one shop with every tide. No need to use the railway line to cross the river today the river is the ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne November 23rd 2018

22nd November Incredibly organised this morning, breakfast, showered, washed up and left for my walk by 9.20. I am headed for The look out on Kaihiti Hill which over looks the city. It is quite a urban walk, follow the path by the river, cross the river, head towards the docks, and take the track up the hill. Simples. There’s is what appears to a disused railway by the walkway, but I am not entirely convinced as all the road signs say “Look for Trains". As I get to the point where I need to cross the river I see the walkway on the bridge is closed to pedestrians, I figure that the walkway on the other side of the bridge is probably open. Then I spot people walking on the railway line to cross the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne March 2nd 2017

New Plymouth to Gisborne 24th February Up early and on the road at 7am Now Doris (our Sat Nav) wasn't quite awake and as we went down the east side of Mt Taranaki she wanted to take us back to Dawson Falls. Mind you Mt Taranaki looked beautiful with the sun rising on her. We'd chosen to go South towards Palmerston North before passing through the Manawatu Gorge and turning North for the run up to Gisborne. With Doris now awake we headed down to Hawera, now don't expect too much stopping on this route. For instance Hawera's listed highlights include an Elvis Presley museum which houses over 10,000 of the kings records and a mind boggling collection of memorabilia!!! Apparently a good pit stop to stretch your legs, onwards to Whanganui which we easily bypassed ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne April 19th 2015

The company car, a lamb and mint pie and a bottle of L&P (world famous in New Zealand). I was ready for a road trip. For a seasoned Kiwi sports writer in the city of Gisborne, my task would have been the short straw, the long shift. For an Irish rugby fanatic and junior reporter, it turned into something else... a journey into the mystic heart of Māori culture. A day that still floats into my wandering mind some four years later. The start of my love affair with Aotearoa. My task was to report on a rugby match between Ngāti Porou East Coast and Thames Valley. Today, Ngāti Porou rugby is one of the most preserved symbols of Māori mana (a supernatural force) in New Zealand. Whakarua Park is right in the middle of the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne December 22nd 2014

The ozone at Rere Falls helped dispel last night's grogginess due to overindulgence in wine. The falls are about 60 kilometres north of Gisborne and a popular place for local people to picnic. A family was there with their relative from the USA, a laid back man who was impressed with how clean and pretty the place was. "If this was the States, it'd be covered in trash," he told Matt (my husband who I was travelling with) and I. A wood pigeon perched in a large tree; the falls splashed into a brown river that ran into a grassy distance; the sun was warm and pleasant. Ahhhhh. We drove on to Napier where we would stay for two weeks with Matt's family, to celebrate Xmas and New Year. Sadly, his lovely mother, Anne, would not ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne January 17th 2012

Hi guys, finally managed to get to the internet (and lost it again for two days as the library closed for the day grrrrh). We spent nearly a week in a place called Gisborne which is on the east side of North Island. It was very sunny and we had the best sunsets. I will post a picture of one! We did some sightseeing in Gisborne, went to the Botanic Garden and read lots about Cooks landing and the first encounter with Maori people. On Friday, we decided to go and visit a local club, to be exact a RSA club where we had to be signed in and were allowed to listen to live music and play darts, snooker with the locals. We even got some plums from an old toothless man :) who claimed ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne January 17th 2012

Gisborne is best wel een gezellig stadje met enkele heel grote winkelstraten. Het is de moeite om rond te lopen in Muirs bookshop. De oudste boekenwinkel van de stad. Op de 2e verdieping kan je koffie drinken en brownie's eten! Na wat rondslenteren kwamen we opnieuw een boekenshop tegen, dit was misschien wel de 2e oudste van de stad...in elk geval was het een bizar winkeltje. De rekken stonden overvol met oude boeken. Ik kocht een boekje uit 1900 voor $2.00! Poëzie van Lord Byron. Dit zou je in België niet vinden! We zagen heel veel oude boeken, eerste drukwerken van bekende schrijvers (boeken die meer dan 200 jaar oud waren en in goede staat) voor slechts $2.00! Dju toch! Waarom is het zo duur om iets op te sturen naar België?? Vanuit Gisborne reden we ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne January 16th 2012

Deze rit vanuit het dichtbijzijnde stadje duurt een goeie 2 uur! En je rijdt bijna volledig op ongeasfalteerde wegen – dus een 4x4 is hier niet mis -. Lake Wakaremoana is één van de mooiste meren dat we hier in dit land al gezien hebben. Het is heel groot! Je kan het meer in 3 dagen wandelen (the great walk/de grote wandeling). Wij waren ook 3 dagen rondom het meer maar hebben wat kleinere wandelingen gedaan (dagwandelingen). Een must do voor korte wandelingen zijn de watervallen, Lou's Lookout want daar heb je een prachtig zicht over het meer, the Rata walk (de grootste en oudste boom van dit district) en een bootje huren om te roeien op het hoger gelegen meertje is ook heel leuk om te doen! Je hebt rondom het meer een 3 tal ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne July 5th 2010

Hi thereall-----------first time so still learning so will keep news short it raining at present and going to be the same for next 3 days and is getting cold.We have been travelling Australia for last 2 years but at present home in Gisborne.Have a happy day,Jeff... read more




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