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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Kohukohu December 30th 2019

We were heading north! First to Waipoua forest, where the gigantic Kauri trees grow, and then on to the Hippy Hut, an Airbnb place we had booked because it looked fun and quirky. But first we had to stop and buy a cooler on the way. A quick search before we left showed a place called “The Warehouse” just up the road, and we made a quick stop. As Ollie often gets great ideas about all the things we can’t live without whenever we go anywhere, we made it clear before going into the shop that we were only getting a cooler. An hour later we were standing outside the shop with everything but a cooler. There was SO much stuff in there that seemed perfect for a three month trip in New Zealand. Three boogie ... read more
Tane Mahuta - Father of the Forest
We were only buying a cooler
Kauri Forest cleaning station

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland August 21st 2017

On reprend le ferry pour rejoindre tout de suite après Paihia. Je crois que pour la première fois depuis un moment on a eu droit à un soleil de plomb; celui qui te fait prendre conscience que même ton legging tu ne le supporteras pas (mais tu le gardes quand même hein). Du coup on prend la confiance, on s'installe posey dans un restaurant chic avec terrasse au-dessus de l'eau pour un café au soleil. Cette petite ville aussi est tout à fait charmante, dommage qu'on ne puisse pas s'y arrêter plus longtemps mais c'est qu'on a de la route à faire. Aux alentours on s'arrête voir Haruru Falls où des poules et coqs nous ont accueilli au parking puis les Rainbow Falls assez impressionnantes du haut de leurs 27 mètres. Le soir nous arrivons au ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland April 21st 2017

New Zealand wasn’t on The List, at least not in the then-immediate future. It’s no criticism of NZ in the slightest: I’d had a wonderful time there in ’93 and was tentatively planning a return in 2018. But then breaking my collarbone wasn’t on The List either – in fact, it wasn’t on any list. By a curious quirk of fate, the one led to the other. And so, needing to leave Australia briefly for visa reasons ahead of an operation to fix the break which had steadfastly refused to repair itself since a car accident in December, I took myself off to Northland, the northern-most region of New Zealand’s North Island (with all those ‘north’s, you’d think it might be somewhere further up the planet than on a level with the tip of South Africa), ... read more
arboreal giant - Tane Mahuta, Waipoura Forest
Ripiro Beach at Maunganui Bluff
gaudy letterboxes, Dolphin Point

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga January 8th 2017

Two days after spending Christmas with my family in Brisbane, Linda and I hopped on board a flight from Coolangatta to Auckland for our long-awaited holiday to New Zealand. Not only would this be Linda's first time ever in New Zealand, but it would be my first visit to the country in 33 years - having previously visited with my family whilst still in pre-school. Given the outstanding success of our previous road-trip holidays on both the West and East Coasts of Australia, it was no surprise that we had decided to hire a campervan for our exploration of New Zealand – which we had booked no less than sixteen months in advance, in order to take advantage of a ridiculously cheap deal from Wicked Campers (ie 75 days with full accident cover for less than ... read more
One Tree Hill
Icons of Auckland
Aquatic Amphitheatre

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland December 4th 2016

Tues. Nov 29 Up early for breakfast and to see if anyone cancelled for the morning trip to White Island Volcano - nope. So we shopped in town (bought 2 tees). Back at 11 and yes there will be a trip for the afternoon and we are on it. Grabbed lunch and a coffee to go and went to wait for the boat. About 50 got off from the morning and 23 of us for the afternoon. Sat on the top covered deck and my seat choice had me soaking wet as soon as we left the harbour and hit some chopping waves. Moved under the canopy and swayed back and forth grabbing the bench sides to stay upright. After about an hour of moving I started to just concentrate on the horizon and planned where ... read more
hot mound behind us
Steaming chimney
main steam vent

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland December 1st 2016

Wed, Nov 23 Drove to 3 different beautiful quiet beaches - each one a perfect movie-type location. Had a late lunch at the KariKari Carrington Winery (going back there soon!) Rest of the day reading and all that relaxing kind of stuff. Thur, Nov 24 Drove to Hokene to do the Wairere Boulder walk. Got lost and after about 10km down a gravel road a very kind lady stopped her car and pointed us back in the opposite direction. Not really my fault as the road signs were very misleading and neither Ross nor I saw the big bold sign on the hill pointing to the Wairere Walk. Interesting walk and surprise, not as long as they said. Glad I took my poles with me or I would have been twice as long. Then off the ... read more
tree made a great shade shelter
Maitai Bay
thte other side of the hill at Maitai Bay

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cable Bay November 22nd 2016

Friday, November 18 Missed Thursday being in the air and crossing the International Date Line. Flight was fine and arrived in Auckland on schedule. No problem driving the rental car (automatic) this time and we were out of the airport after 2 attempts. Ross did not want to bother with buying a GPS for NZ as they are rather high priced compared to Euopean ones. So somehow we did get headed north but completely missed Auckland even though we were going to stop there for a bit. Friendly people kept pointing us in different directions and we did get to Hwy 1. Countryside is lush, green, undulating hills. Roads are undulating too! And narrow and winding. Put me right to sleep … not a good thing for the navigator. We finally got to a town called ... read more
along 90 mike beach
before entering the beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland October 14th 2016

October 10, 2016 Life is nice even if you do not have wifi for a while. The lack of wifi is the reason why the last couple of entrees are a couple of days delayed. The day was divided in 2 basic activities: in the morning we visited "the world town" of Dagaville, about 45 km from our lodge. Why going there? We needed gasoline and Margarita was out of dramamine and thinking of the winding road we arrived on last night having something against carsickness is a must. Small town, but nice. Again we noticed that New Zealanders are very nice people, freindly, interested and always willing to help. After our roundtrip to Dagaville, we prepared for our main event of the day: an evening walk in the Waipoua Kauri Forest. No big deal you ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland October 10th 2016

Today had two specific faces: after a great breakfast in our beautiful lodge, we hurried to the seashore to catch "the hole in the rock" cruise. This trip basically took us to different islands situated in the Bay of Islands. Plural for island here is correct, because according to the definition they give to an island, i.e. has to be above high water level and to have a permanent vegetation, there are 144 islands (give and take). Beautiful scenary as can be seen in the attached photos. Highlight of the cruise is a visit to the "hole in the rock" situated at the far end of the bay, that, in order to get there takes you for a short time in open (Pacific Ocean) water. Open water means, tougher seas which took its toll on some ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga August 26th 2016

Heading north from the Bay of Islands I made it to Cape Reinga which is the northern most point in New Zealand and the meeting point of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean. The point is also one of the most important sites in Maori culture. The Maori believe that souls bound for the afterlife travel north through the islands and depart this world for the next at the tip of the Cape. The drive up here was another spectacular one with winding curves flanked by million dollar ocean views and lush green rolling hillsides. The weather here in the Northlands has been perfect. Blue skies and sunshine all around. People have told me to expect showers, but luckily I haven't come across any. As the days go on in my little car I am becoming ... read more

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