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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth December 1st 2018

29th November I wake about 7 and open the van door and doze for another hour or so listening to the waves on the beach. I could get used to this. I decide on another night at site. I have tea and toast for breakfast, I top one slice with avocado and seeds and the other with honey. I realize that I am not going to able to finish the honey before I leave New Zealand, so someone at my final camp site will be very lucky to have an almost full jar of award winning honey. I drop a few seeds on the ground for the sparrows, they seem to enjoy them. I get myself dressed and do a bit of hand washing and walk to the office to book another night. I then spend ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth February 28th 2017

Onwards to New Plymouth 20th February Forward to New Plymouth, and giving the bird to the Motor Inn as we left Waitomo it was down to Taranaki for the next few days. Having the extra day took the pressure off having to try to pack all we wanted to do into a short period of time. The drive down, again takes you through some spectacular scenery with undulating hills and windy roads. Unfortunately the weather was not the best but we did get some sunshine during the day. As we approached New Plymouth we kept seeing these old American cars and arriving at the Hotel, there were more in the car park. We had arrived at the beginning of the 'Americana' festival, an annual event when American car enthusiasts get together for a jamboree. They spend ... read more
Walkway 2
Windwand
Surveying the Town

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth December 25th 2013

Vrijdag 20 december 2013: Ik ben te vroeg wakker en tegen dat ik terug indompel brandt de zon op de tent. Opstaan dan maar en me klaarmaken voor de grotdag. Als het shuttlebusje er om 9u55 nog niet is, maak ik me zorgen maar iets later is het daar. We zijn met 2 en rijden naar het bureau van Spell Bound, de organisatie die de excursie verzorgt. Daar laden we nog wat mensen op en zo rijden we met 12 weg. We zijn een dikke 20 minuten aan het rijden en op het einde over gravel en echte kronkelpadjes. Het laatste stuk staat zelfs niet meer op de gps. Op een grasveldje mogen we uitstappen en het laatste stuk naar de eerste grot stappen. Daar krijgen we een helm met hoofdlamp en zo treden we binnen. ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth July 10th 2013

After filling up with water and rinsing down our read window, we hit the road for New Plymouth. We were headed to visit my old Anglican vicar from Alexandria, Rodney. I still have many fond memories of Rodney's sermons in particular one including many balloons on a table being able to support the weight of a table. The fact that I recall both the sermon and it's message over twelve years on just shows how fantastic his sermons are. It was wonderful to see Rodney again, and we were treated to macaroni cheese fur lunch before a tour of the town. Rodney now make s model houses including a butchers and ironmongers, much to the delight of local WIs and church groups. He is a keen gardener with a lovely garden complete with a model windmill ... read more
Rodney's Chicken Hut
Rodney and Amelia
The ditch of almost doom

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth February 12th 2013

Fandaag gingun wu poezulun. Zu hebbun hier in ut hostul wel drie poezuls. Wij kozun un heule moejluku, met wel vijfhondurt stukjus. Op ut plaatju stondun heule mooju bloemun en boomun. Irst gingun wu allu stukjus op de taful leggun. Ut warun er heul veul. Äpe ferdween bijna ondur allu stukjus, maar gulukig kwam hij snel wir teforschijn. Daarnaa gingun wu allu rantjus zoekun. Firlu sei dat dat un goet iedee was. Ur warun groene rantjus, blauwu rantjus en wittu rantjus. Groenu fan du bloemutjus, blauwu fan du lugt en wittu van de steenun. Gulukig haddun wu ut plaatju op du doos, sodat wu wistun waar allu rantjus moestun. Ut duurdu heul lang fordat wu ut rantju heulumal af haddun en toen haddun wu heule ergu hongur. Äpe kreg un baanaantju fan Firlu en Guus mogt ... read more
Äpe furdween bijnaa ondur allu stukjus
Irst gingun wu du rantjus doen. Äpe legt hier un stukju.
Guus sat ondur du hooning en du stukjus blefun allumal aan Guus plakun. Dat was heul grapig, hihi!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth February 6th 2013

Waarschuwing: iets langer stuk omdat we hier vijf weken zaten. Samenvatting: Vijf weken gewerkt, (21 uur per week) in ruil voor accomodatie (receptie en schoonmaak), via de Coastal Pathway naar de lokale (biologische) brouwerij gefietst, model geweest, leuke mensen ontmoet, de Pouakai Crossing gelopen met een gids, steen gegraveerd, strand, gezwommen, de lokale art gallery, musea, dierentuin bezocht en nog veel meer. Halverwege het afdalen van de Mount Taranaki, zie vorige blog, kregen we een sms, of we in een hostel wilden werken. Een Schots stel was niet op komen dagen zodat de email van Veerle op een advertentie opeens zin had gehad. Het hostel Het hostel/ hotel heet Ducks and drakes (een Engelse uitdrukking) en is goed gerecenseerd door backpackers (www.ducksanddrakes.co.nz en bbh.co.nz). Het was ook erg leuk. Goed ingericht ( een lange tafel, gratis ... read more
Te Henui wandeling
Te Henui wandeling
de renbaan

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth February 3rd 2013

Halo! Ook al sittun wij heul fer in ut Niewu Zeelant, wij hebbun geen fakantie. Fet stom segt Guus, gulukig segt Äpe (Äpe is un betju raar segt Guus, nietus segt Äpe). Onsu meestur in Breedaa stuurt ons op du kompjutur huiswerruk op en dat moetun wij ieduru week inleferun. Wij moetun ook un werrukstuk makun ofur fulkaanun, met tekuningun en plaatjus. In Needurlant sijn geen fulkaanun, maar in ut Niewe Zeelant hebbun zu er heul veul. Firlu en Dirruk fondun ut un goet iedee om samun met ons egtu fulkaanun te bukijkun en buklimmun. Guus vont dat stom, hij wildu liefur plaatjus kijkun, want fan wandulun wort ju heul moe sei hij. Maar hij moest mee fan Firlu en Dirruk, hihi. Forige week gingun wu du eerstu fulkaan buklimmun. Wu moestun heul froeg opstaan, wel ... read more
Firlu en Guus gingun dansun op du fulkaan
Firlu, Dirruk en Guus bij un waturfal, flakbij du fulkaan
Wu satun heul hoog bovun du wollukun

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth January 20th 2013

we left Waganui after a miserable breakfat at the Grand Hotel and started our drive North up the coast. we visited several surfing beaches with names that are imp.ossible to remember or even pronounce. The weather has been glorious all day and around 25 oC. We were sitting on a beach somewhere having our picnic lunch of bread and cheese when we felt the land shake...a .5 earthquake but it wasn t scarey as we were out in the open. I did keep my eye on the beach however for an eventual tsunami! We arrived out our lovely B & B, Abode on Rimu in New Plymouth ar arond 4pm and then walked to the seafront and walked and walked and walked! This town has spent a lot of money on the seafront promenade and elsewhere ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth December 3rd 2012

Looking out the widows yesterday you would never thought today would bee sunny. But it was. Went shopping, my favorite. Wanted to see the red bridges of Pukerani gardens. Wandered through that for a few hours. Then grocery shopping, yeah! Back to the house by 5 Here are some images. I think L... read more
Today's garden
The small red bridge
Cafe by the lake

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » New Plymouth December 2nd 2012

Hello again, I'm not sure I can upload any pictures from here as the internet is so weak. Seems I can send text at least for now. Yesterday we drove all the way around Mount Taranki. It's a dead ringer for Mount Fuji in Japan and Mount Hood in Oregon. We also tramped through 2 beautiful gardens, Pukeiti anf Hollard. I would dearly love to send pictures of the gardens and the mountain. If I can get a stronger signal I will at some time. We are looking forward to Wellington (Capitol) next week. Supposed to be a very beautiful city. On Dec 12 we will put our car on the large ferry to the south island. Everyone says the south island is more beautiful. I guess we will see soon. We attended a nice church ... read more




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