Blogs from Gisborne, East Coast, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


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
wood pigeon
rere falls

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
Onepoto Caves
Lake Waikaremoana

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 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
Gisborne park

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
Lake Wakaremoana

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

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne February 28th 2009

We gave this name to the blog because its Maori translation, Whakatane, is the name of a place that we passed through on our 3-day trip to the east coast. The name arises from an 800-yr old tale in which a young woman did the man’s work of steering a huge Maori canoe to shore, thereby saving everyone from great peril at sea... (N) At the start of the month, I had a company conference on nearby Waiheke Island for a couple of days. It was a mix of work and play, including a treasure hunt by car one afternoon, which was as cheesy as it sounds. We were split into teams and had to carry out odd or just generally compromising tasks, such as building a raft, getting photographed on a nudist beach and persuading ... read more
View from the top of Mount Manganui
Swimmimg at Omaio Beach
Te Kaha Marae

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne January 22nd 2009

A little update of what we have been up to in NZ. Stu, Simon, Steve(Simons dad) and Wayne (Sys friend from work) went on a 3 day/2night hike around Tongariro National Park (Whakapapa Village, Ski area for the North Island), they said the hike was excellant but challanging at times, poor Stus feet proved this, they were covered all over the bottom and heels of both feet, they stayed in huts which had a basic kitchen area and a long drop loo. Bonnie and I had a hard few days we had Pedicures and facials!! We have been to the local beach several times and played beach cricket, water skiing/biscuits on Kerepero Lake with Carl and Vanessa, which was good fun. Stu and I hired a car for a week and travelled the East Cape and ... read more
Stu's Walk
Stu's Walk
Stu's Walk

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne February 16th 2008

We are starting to get excited, as we start to count down to our departure and getting all the preparations in place. Starting to write lists, gathering useful things together and reading about our planned travels in more detail. The next couple of months are going to be very busy with our work, and other committments all demanding lots of our attention. So the time will go fast, and I think there will be a huge sigh of relief when we first hop on the plane. I have just looked at what we will need to do to get our call committments sorted out. Likely we will have to be on call for most of the weekdays of three weeks to make up for our time away. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne January 25th 2008

This is the wildest place I've ever been, except Iceland maybe. The road goes round the coast, in the middle are mountains full of nothing. There are a few scattered villages round the coast, and a few shops, but no phone reception and no internet, no petrol just beautiful beaches with pounding surf and piles of driftwood - huge trees washed down the rivers to the beach. We took the 22km long, mostly unsealed, road along right beside the sea to visit the most easterly lighthouse in the world. Because of wind during the night, the surf was spraying up across the road, and the mist was low on the hills. Such atmosphere, I'll remember that day. Here are a few pictures from the drive round the cape. We have spent today in Gisborne, a lovely ... read more
east cape lighthouse
Tolaga bay wharf
from the hill -

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