Blogs from Mangonui, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Mangonui December 23rd 2015

Wednesday December 23 – We woke up this morning and Jeroen had a cold, so that was not the perfect start. We made breakfast and unpacked our suitcases into the camper, which was kind of fun. Xander came at 10:30 to show us how it all worked and by midday Jeroen was driving this thing to the grocery store, so we could fill up our fridge, and then onto a beachside campsite, less than 10 miles from where we started. It was at the base of Mt. Manganui and was quite a beautiful place. We were surprised at the camp site prices – we paid about 65 New Zealand Dollars for the night (about 40 US dollars). Our van had cooking facilities, but we used the kitchen at the campsite. Once we were settled, we took ... read more
Our walk around Mt. Maunganui
Our walk around Mt. Maunganui
California quail

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Mangonui December 22nd 2013

Well I did manage to make it up the Mount this morning, we met Laura and Rhyd at the bottom, the boys ran up, the girls walked to the top. the views were great up there and it was another nice sunny day. we could see clearly over to the port of Teuranga where two huge cruise ships were docked. we ran back down and bumped into Gareth and Shell who were in the midst of a monster 10 miler then back for a quick shower and change ready to meet everyone for breakfast. We went back to the slow fish, and had another great breakfast, I was surprised we'd all managed to get a seat in there-we must have taken up most of the outside seating area! Now when you ask Reuben what he's done ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Mangonui March 4th 2012

3/1/2012 Rise and shine ‘crew’ …… breakfast at our gracious host’s ‘ table with a WOW factor view’ over the water. Then followed a (5) minute ride to the local marina to take the row boat “Sun Dancer’ out to the deluxe yacht, Sunbird’,for a ‘feet on the deck’ experience. Enroute home we paused to take a ‘squiz’ (Kiwi slang for look) at the local fishermen reeling in a fishing catch to’ die for, a Kingfish. In the afternoon, Margaret and Graeme offered us a tour of their local coastline. We started at Whangaroa Bay. We made our way around the coast to Tauranga Bay where we stopped to look at the beach, and across to Stevens Island. Making our way, our next stop was an overlook to view Cavalli Islands. The Cavalli ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Mangonui March 3rd 2012

2/27/2012 Spent the day in Auckland bumming around (shopping). We enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Campbells. Hugh donned his Scottish apron and prepared the night’s meal of Fried to golden brown, it was so very……..tasty. 2/28/2012 By mid-morning Trampers 4 were ready to drive north along the East Coast to Mangonui. We stopped for a picnic lunch at Waipu Cove (East Coast, Pacific Ocean) about 2 hours north of Auckland. When we reached KeriKeri, Robyn (at the wheel), drove down to the waterfront to show us the spot where the first mission settlers arrived. We then continued north, arriving in Mangonui where the Campbell’s friends, Margaret and Graeme live. They treated us to a delicious dinner of Moroccan lamb stew. Their house, situated on a bluff, overlooks the inner harbour of Doubtless ... read more
Waipu Cove

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Mangonui December 21st 2010

We arrived at our new Northern spot today, Mount Mauganui in you guessed it....pouring rain!! So our 2 days on the beach had to be slightly altered and so we decided to pass the time instead by doing our Christmas shop and watching classic rom coms on VCR! Becky and Elin ventured up the Mount where the views were a little limited by the fog, but the beach was really pretty despite the unlucky weather! ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Mangonui November 12th 2010

Awaking after a sound sleep overnight had discharged any tension still lingering from a botched airport experience and work at the back of my mind. I was also pleased to encounter that my legs had regained their strength and were not harbouring any ill-will against me. While Ben added an extra hour of rest to his schedule, I wandered over to the common area to have some breakfast. As you do while travelling, you meet some interesting people. This day was no exception. The hostel didn't exactly have the young crowd and was rather a haven for maturity levels across the board. Bill introduced himself as I noticed him perpetuating the aura of a writer, reading on his laptop and scribbling in a notebook. We got talking, which was perhaps not the right way to put ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Mangonui March 28th 2007

Geo: -34.9921, 173.531Hello all. We're on day 3 of our excursion and have viewed dolphins in the Bay of Islands, photographed Haruru Falls near Paihia, walked in our stocking feet around the Maori Waitangi Treaty Grounds building full of fierce statue carvings, and sipped hot cocoa on the shelled beach of Urupukapuka Island of Zane Grey fame. We have done a lot, all despite torrential rain that will not cease. The locals are glad for it, but we, of course, had visions of sandy beaches beneath the sun dancing thruogh our minds and are seeing, instead, massive sheets of rain that move across the landscape in waves. Thank goodness for all the rain gear we brought! We are keeping a positive attitude though, and are venturing north today toward Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of the ... read more

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