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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast » Gisborne August 16th 2020

Sunday dawned rather overcast and it looked very unlikely as light started to appear in the eastern sky that a rising sun out of the ocean,that we had hoped for,wasn't going to appear as we wanted.But there you go that is nature and lets face it the weather more than often doesn't always perform the way we want it to. Still it was quite magical to lie in bed and watch the light in the sky change and at least it wasn't raining. We didn't have far to travel today down to Gisborne,our next and last overnight stop before we head home to Tauranga, on this mini tour of the East Coast so lying in for a while when we had suggested to our hostess that brekkie at 8.30 would be just for fine for us ... read more
Tologa Bay piles of tree scrap
Tologa Bay
The wharf in the distance at Tologa Bay

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast August 15th 2020

What an absolute pearler of a morning and although our room at the Te Kaha Resort essentially faced west it was still quite magical to see the pink appear in the clear sky out our bedroom window. One of little luxuries with this 3 night,4 day road trip is that neither of has to prepare breakfast for the other. So it was two poached eggs with bacon on toast and a hot strong,long black to go with it.And we were set up for the day. Our room at the Te Kaha Resort has been very comfortable with all we could want although when we return we will go up one floor for an even more expansive view of the Pacific Ocean. We hit the road heading further eastwards before 10am with Anaura Bay in our sights ... read more
Active White Island
Across the bay to Raukokore church
Anglican church at Raukokore

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast August 14th 2020

There was a report on the radio last night that the local iwi at Te Kaha were thinking of closing Highway 35 if the PM moved the country to Level 3 or heaven forbid Level 4,had the COVID-19 cases that were emerging in Auckland increased dramatically. This would have meant our chances of getting to Te Kaha a much more difficult exercise than what we had planned.Not that the BBA has not overcome adversity of this magnitude before when we remembered the Romanian/Hungarian border flag down by a police officer in 2013.And that time we saw the situation through and got to where we wanted to be after standing our ground ! With bunnies delivered to their carer for 4 days mid morning we headed east and were soon on the Eastern Toll road zipping along ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » East Coast August 13th 2020

It has been over 3 months since the BBA had to postpone the next adventure that had been planned for nearly a year before our departure date of early May 2020. Gone are the fanciful thoughts of new landscapes to set our eyes upon in the Mediterranean islands of Greece,Malta,Sardinia and Corsica followed by some time in France and then nearly a week with family in a Tuscany villa before we moved onto England,Scotland and finally Ireland before heading home at the end of August and be back in New Zealand before grandson number 3 had his 5th birthday. Instead we have planned some local trips in our home country over the next few months.Well we have little other choice as COVID-19 has resulted in our borders to the outside world closed for travellers like us.It's ... read more

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
Matawhero wines2

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

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