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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
Flag Irises
The Docks

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 April 24th 2018

Once we had arrived in Rotorua, we went white water rafting. It was a lot of fun to raft down waterfalls, one of which was the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world with its 7 meters in height! We immersed into the water completely but made it back up without flipping over. For another waterfall, we all had to get out of the raft, hold on to the rope on the side and press our legs against the bottom of the raft. It was such a thrill, I loved every second of it! From Rotorua I did a small trip to the east coast, along with 10 others. Hunter, our bus driver, was Maori so he could tell us a lot of great stories. The first stop was Maraehako Bay, where we stayed in a ... read more
That bit of yellow is us
Survived the big waterfall!
Gorgeous view

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
View over port
Matawhero Wines
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast March 30th 2016

As soon as the skies had gone dark we stepped outside and had a short lesson on the stars and planets. There was no light for 30 miles around, so the star gazing was great and Jupiter was a pale red light. Cas and I announced that we were going skinny dipping, but the kids were torn by the thrill and the prospect of the cold water. The cold water reaction won their vote. So, just the two of us went in and came out feeling completely invigorated. Ed and Hat thought we were slightly mad...... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Napier March 23rd 2016

R: Next we had some time to kill. We took a scenic drive to Napier on the east coast over some exciting mountain terrain that was better than it looked on the map. We took our first obligatory trip to Countdown - a Sainsburys like supermarket that we seem to have spent half our trip in. After a quick picnic by the sea, trying to find Cape Kidnappers (so called as some Maori once thought the British were kidnapping a young polynesian child, who actually was working in their ship as a cabin boy). The area is inaccessible due to a colony of ganets, so we moved on. But it did look very reminiscent of Dorset cliffs. The area, Hawkes Bay, is full of wineries. This area is famous for its Syrah and Chardonnay. We arrived ... read more
Art Deco in Napier
So real, it gets a sign
The RØGburger

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 » Napier March 24th 2015

Forgot to say about Cape Kidnappers, in Maori legend the Cape itself was the hook with which Maui pulled the North Island from the sea. So it got its name in 1769 from the famous explorer Captain James Cook, when local Maori attempted to kidnap a young Tahitian boy from his ship the Endeavour. Thought I would give you all some Maori legends !!... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Napier March 24th 2015

Evening everyone, well what a fab day we had today and all by accident, didn't plan anything, but got in the car and thought we would head further down the coast. We went to a place called Te Awanga where we saw a group of school children sat in a field, so we went in and I spoke to one of the parents who said they had just been shown sheep shearing. Well, whoopee, that was on my list, so I found the farmer or maybe the sheep shearer as there called and he said 'sure I'll shear a sheep for you' !!! How good was that. It was great, just me and Stu there, the little sheep didn't like it much to begin with, he'd never been sheared before, he was about 7 months old, ... read more

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