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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach January 1st 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY AND A BELATED MERRY CHRISTMAS! We hope that you enjoyed the festive season and you are all ready for this new year 2008. Now then last time I wrote we were on the countdown to Christmas..........it is strange here as it is nowhere near as commercial as it is in the UK, which is a good thing we feel. Before the 'few days to go' countdown Clayton had us organised to fit in as many fishing excursions as we could. The main one being to Snapper Rock. Snapper rock is a top secret location that only few know about and according to Clayton you are 100% certain to catch I wonder what fish???? Snapper of course. We created a tune for the day using the old fraggle rock theme tune but ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach December 24th 2007

December 24, 2007 Bus tour to 90 Mile Beach from Paihia Our tour bus came at 7:10 this morning to pick us up for an 11 hour tour of sights in the Northland, including 90 Mile Beach. Dave was our driver and was a bit of a grump until he put his tour guide headset on, flipped his switch and became Dave, the chatty tour guide. I got about every third word when making no effort and every other word when concentrating really hard. The accents are not impossible, but you do need to listen to each and “ivry” word. Our first stop was the Puketi Kauri Forest. Kauri are beautiful, majestic trees, enormous in height and girth. The trunks shoot straight up and maintain a constant diameter all the way up until the foliage pops ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach December 7th 2007

We arrived from Fiji and after faffing at the airport a little and then we checked into Base Backpackers in Aukland. After a little look around the town we went to our hostel bar for a few drinks then went out on the town with some people from our room - one guy was only 16 and most peculiar - trying to get into bars with a fake id that said he was 28! We later returned to our room to find him getting it on with the 17 yr old German girl who was also from our room - very amusing for the rest of us! The next day went to the top of the sky tower which is the tallest buiding in the southern hemisphere - it has a glass floor in some parts ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach November 11th 2007

This was one of the main timber felling and exporting areas 170 years ago, but now its a spectacular harbour, with not too many people about. There is lots of evidence of its history, and it was fun looking round, and imagining how it used to be. I loved it here, every twist in the harbour gives yet another spectacular view, and the hostels were brilliant. In the 1950's, a wild dolphin became very friendly, and the "town"of Opononi (about as big as Llangyniew) became famous as people flocked to play sea football with him. He was called Opo and we saw a video made then, of him and the kids, and crowds of visitors. ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach November 11th 2007

We booked a hostel in Kaitaia and took a bus trip up to the cape. You can drive up the beach, the buses do, but its pretty dangerous and you have no car insurance if you break down and the tide comes in. There are only 2 or 3 exits off the beach, and no reception on the phone, so help may not come quickly. As the tide was in in the morning, we drove up the road out of sight of the sea (it was behind the sand dunes), through avocado, olive and wine orchards, and cattle country. This is also a place noted for kauri gum - they used to dig for it to make their fortune. The gum is a resin that bleeds from the tree, and can be found if it dropped ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach November 11th 2007

We spent the next day driving and walking through these forests. The first one had never been cleared and has a different feel to the others. They take care of it well, and work hard to keep out animals that harm trees, like possums, and feral cats that harm the wildlife. The old kauri trees (we're talking 800 - 1000 years old) are enormous; when I first saw one of them, I thought it was the back wall of a quarry!!! They are well protected, like the old oaks in Sherwood forest, and there are boardwalks to keep you off the roots. We took a night tour, where you go with a guide to listen and see (with a torch )what's about in the dark. And yes, we DID see a kiwi foraging about, a real ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach October 29th 2007

October 23, 2007 It was an early morning, but we got out of Denver as scheduled and flew to Los Angeles. Upon arrival in LA, our good friend Jeremy Palmer picked us up and gave us the tour of the city on the way back to his house. It was a nice and well-informed tour, but I was far too tired from the lack of sleep last night to appreciate it fully. We’ll be through here in March, so maybe we’ll have a chance to experience the city in a coherently next time. From here we will depart at 9:05 p.m. for Auckland and are expected to arrive there at 5:45 a.m. on Thursday (New Zealand is eighteen hours ahead of Denver time.) Once in the city we have a few things to take care of, ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach October 5th 2007

the highlight of no one's trip to new zealand maria and i toss around the idea of whisking ourselves away on some fabulously expensive but exciting tour of new zealand. still trying to figure where we'll be comfortable and happy for the next two weeks. in the end, we decide while we're already north, to head ALL the way up north to cape reinga and the 90 mile beach. first, stop, kaitaia, where you almost must stop before heading all the way up north. the lonely planet says kaitaia is the highlight of no one's trip to new zealand; that very well might be true. it's a small strip town feeling of a town with lots of tourist tour companies and not much else. we walk the very long strip down to our hostel where we ... read more


Norhtern NZ Cont. Australasia » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach By instant jakobJune 8th 2007Jacob Harrisso..i migh as well put up some more pictures.. these are some left out of the previous entry not much to say.. i'll start the blog for our latest adveture next ... read more
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Day 36 - Friday 25th May 2007 Up 8.30ish. Said goodbye to the couple. Packed up car and eventually left after 10! Sar got talking to the owners and as polite as she is couldn't break away! So Gem just came along and said.... "right lets go". So off we went. Our plan was to walk the forests and end up in Kaitaia in the evening ready to get a bus trip the next day up to Cape Reinga. Gem drove us to Trounson Kauri Park where we dressed ourselves in suitable clothing and footwear and prepared to brave the torrential ...and i mean hammering...rain! We walked round the path through the forest. It was really cool, nice and pretty, green and calming. The trees were absolutely huge!!! There were loads of little information plaques about ... read more




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