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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Masterton November 27th 2013

It was late in the week in late November when Nimarta and I got invited to join a big hiking trip in the mountains north of Wellington. Not having any real plans, we said why not and joined a group of 21 (mostly from my office) on an adventure to Mt. Holdsworth. Most of the group went up Friday night and camped out, but I wanted to do some things after work and decided to just drive up early Saturday morning. My friend from work picks us up at about 6:15 AM and we're on the road. We were told to be there by 8 so we wanted to get there with time to spare. After one stop for food we make it to the trailhead/campsite by 8 AM. The rest of the group was up ... read more
Nimarta Crossing the Single Person Bridge
View from the Top
About to Shotgun Some Beers

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Masterton December 9th 2012

Hello again, Sunday Dec.9 2012. Summer here. beautiful day at the coast. About a 100 miles east of Wellington. Very uninhabited, only a scattering of sheep stations (ranches). Sun all day, not a very windy day. (Yeah!). It took all day, as the road started out in the year 2012 and digressed to the 1920's. The days are long here in the Southern Hemisphere. Staying light till way past 9:00 pm. You need to be very watchful for sheep on The small roads, (narrow gravel twisty) not the smartest creatures on the planet. I could say something political here but I won't. Tomorrow is our last full day on the north island. We ferry across to the south for a quite different look. Bigger island but less populated. At least by humans. We will me looking ... read more
White rock black beach
THE.   White rock
Sheep in a paddock

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Masterton September 17th 2010

Cheap and tacky Qantas flight from Brisbane to Auckland after a slightly stressful early morning. The people at the Jucy office forgot we were dropping the camper van off early so we had to just leave the van outside the locked compound and Dee jumped the fence to leave the keys somewhere safe before we raced to the airport. Anyway, yay New Zealand! Got stopped going through Customs with the didgeridoo, which had to be unpacked and checked for insects. But this did distract officials from Holly's illegal collection of Asian shells, Australian sand and a chicken noodle cuppa soup so it worked out ok. Picked up our hire car, a very worn 'rent-a-dent' Nissan Sunny and got on the road. We spent the weekend with our friends Christine and Steve in their lovely home in ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Masterton March 22nd 2010

Hi all A week to go. This is a test run. Hope you have found us. Regards, Helen.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Masterton December 9th 2009

"The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed." — Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values) Over the years I have had to accept certain things. For example, I can’t sing. My attempts in the shower make even me wince. I have no aptitude for playing a musical instrument. A couple of years ago I tried to learn the harmonica but my attempts to suck and blow sounded like Bob Dylan’s voice on’ “Leopard-Skin Pillbox-Hat.” I’ve spent a lot of time at art classes trying to draw but my efforts have improved little on the stick figures I did ... read more
Three Little Screws
Weapon of Madness

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Masterton July 18th 2009

Day 89 (Saturday 18/07/09, NJJ) First Wellington stop was Weta Cave - home to the special effects company that worked on Lord of the Rings, very interesting. On to the city centre. Parked up to visit Te Papa Museum - there was a Rubiks cube competition taking place, saw the only preserved colossal squid in any museum, learnt a bit about Maori culture. Had lunch at a food court. Had a nice walk around. Left the city just after 3pm. Drove through Upper Hutt and on to Kaitoke Regional Park, the location for Rivendell (LOTR). More driving on to Masterton, checked into Mawley Park Motor Camp. After dinner we walked 5 mins to a nearby pub to watch New Zealand vs Australia, Tri Nations Cup game, the All Blacks beat the Wallabies. ... read more
The WETA Cave
Te Papa Museum

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Masterton February 1st 2008

Some pictures to show some of the things we saw on the way south.... read more
new opera hopuse
chatting up the old dears
cooling off

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Masterton November 28th 2007

Today was one of our longest travel days. We woke quite early to make our way back to Picton and then on to the ferry which experienced a bit rougher seas then our first voyage. From Wellington (back on the North Island), we drove up the east coast to Masterton for the night.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Masterton October 15th 2007

I will try to give a more well structured entry this time, reding the previous ones i kinda come across like a guy who makes his own crystal meth is his bath-tub... So last tuesday morning i went down to the protest, and that was all fun. Banged a drum sung loudly, shouted abuse at people who design more efficent ways to kill other human beings. In the afternoon went to the botanical gardens which were very beautiful. In the evening Danielle insisted on taking me to a strip club (there are loads in Wellington). It was terrible, everything i expected and less. The drinks were few and the people were many. It was every layer of bad. The places on the south island i was going to stay at took a very long time to ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Masterton April 27th 2007

Hello Everyone Welcome to my blog page. Isn't this exciting!! I can bore you all to tears here with numerous wildlife stories and facts. Did you know, for example, that the porcupine has over 30,000 quills and if threatened it will vigorously lash its tail, dislodging and therefore throwing its quills. So it's not just the bears I have to watch for!! Then there are the male moose and elk who apparently become "belligerent" in spring. Canada has 88 species of amphibians, lizards, turtles and snakes(!), so I think I'll be right at home :) Anyway I've attached a couple of photos of the walk to Honeycomb rock and other random NZ shots. All the best. Cheerio Ciellery ... read more
Honey comb rock2
Honey comb rock3
Castlepoint




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