Blogs from Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei November 28th 2018

27th November Surprise surprise, it rained all night again. I retreated to the kitchen for breakfast. I used the 2nd rashesrof bacon and half a sausage from yesterday's breakfast to make sandwiches. Sorted my van, showered and dressed by 8.30. Ready to go but nowhere to go to. I leaf through the ever increasing stash of leaflets and settled on heading towards Whanganui with the intention of going to the local Information centre to find a walk. I see a sign for The Winter Gardens and Lake Victoria and pull in to the car park. As I soon as I get out of the van I am mobbed by about 30 ducks. I have coffee at the cafe then have a walk around both Lake Victoria and The Winter Gardens. I must say that the local ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei December 21st 2017

Day walk in the heat of the day. Got to the summit. Went to see Andy and Elise Thomas. Got home at midnight.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei December 20th 2017

Unaventfull drive north to Whangarei. Stopped off at a garden centre for a coffee and meat pie. Arrived at our base for the week attheCheviot park motel. An apartment type room. Spacious without a doubt. Went shopping... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei August 16th 2017

C'est le début de la fin du road trip! Il nous reste pas mal à voir sur la partie du pays que je pense préférer: le Northland qui se trouve au nord d'Auckland. Après Rotorua nous faisons halte à Hamilton pour la nuit et avons eu la chance au petit matin de discuter "vegan" avec un allemand qui s'avère être le sosie de... Tom Cruise! On reprend la route tranquillement pour s'arrêter à Orewa dans un camping Top 10 (hé oui on est membre ou on ne l'est pas ^^). Une personne âgée nous aborde, expliquant qu'il vit là. et comme tout bon kiwi fier de son pays, il nous demande ce qu'on a préféré de la NZ. Mais n'étant pas d'humeur joyeuse, je préfère lui faire part de ce que j'aime le moins: la discrimination ... read more
Tawharanui Regional Park
Tawharanui Regional Park
Tawharanui Regional Park

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei » Tutukaka February 21st 2017

Bay of Islands 15th March Auckland to Whangarei Day 1 After leaving Auckland on the 14th, Valentine's Day, we had to look for accommodation for the night. We headed towards Waipu, a small township just off Highland 1 in Bream Bay. This was the settlement of over 800 Highlanders who arrived here under the guidance of the Presbyterian minister Norman McLeod. They arrived here in the 1850s after leaving Scotland following the Clearances, they came the long way round via Nova Scotia and Australia. A highlight of Waipus calendar are the annual Highland games held in the New Year. We needed accommodation so headed a bit further North to the town of Wharangei, visiting the Isite (Tourist Board info) just on the outskirts of town. This is when we found there wasn't much accommodation to be ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei January 2nd 2017

We spent the rest of the time camping up north at Davies bay, near Whangarei Heads. We had superb weather and enjoyed swimming, walking along the beach, fishing, snorkelling and enjoying chats with Murray’s extended family. We ate so much freshly caught produce, fish and crayfish, we were well and truly spoilt. Murray’s extended family have been camping together for over 30 years, mostly in this spot. An amazing tradition that was a pleasure to be apart of. Thanks to the family for welcoming us, our kids ran around in bare feet, were in and out of family tents, had babies constantly on their hips, chatted, swam and were “kiwi” kids for a NZ summer. Murray and I do miss this type of experience for our kids, things we treasured in our own upbringing. Straight back ... read more
Road trip!
Yum pineapple lumps
Murrays family growing up fast

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 6th 2016

Second day around Whangarei so I wanted to check out some of the beaches and coastal scenes of Whangarei Heads. So many things to see, so little time. First stop was Ocean Beach in the Bream Head Scenic Reserve. A wonderful, sandy beach worthy of exploring. Although quite warm by Canadian standards for this time of year (23 C), the beaches were empty. A lovely sunny day so I explored the beach from one end to the other and beyond. Then off on the narrow roads. I must say I am not a fan of the narrow, narrow roads of parts of New Zealand. At least one flat so far by over-compensating and rubbing my tyres against the non-existing shoulder (read rocks, boulders, any concrete impediment they can find!). But I digress! After 90 minutes at ... read more
Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei April 5th 2016

Left Piha today for Whangerei, about a 2 hour drive if you know where your going. Arriving somewhat late, my first stop was the AH Reed Memorial Park which is a remnant of the kauri forests of times gone by. It features a "stunning" canopy walk where you can see the kauri trees, mighty trees, some more than 500 years old, and indeed look down at the foliage. This includes the unusual view of looking down at the many palm and other trees. A view from below tells why it is called the Canopy Walk. It is a casual stroll, often on a boardwalk, until the trail becomes steep as you reach Pukenui Falls. Too lazy to walk to Whangerei Falls (about 45 minutes one way), I drove and followed a loop walk where you can ... read more
View of Piha Beach from Lion Rock
The Lion Rock form a viewpoint as you enter (or leave) Piha
The Canopy Walk

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei May 5th 2015

From 5 May 2015 the new adventures begin. We begin in the Town Basin, Whangarei and clear out of New Zealand for warmer waters.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Whangarei October 26th 2014

Hi people! It's been a while since I've last posted, that's because I was incredibly busy. But now I am very happy to introduce you to one of my hopefully reliable travel companion and the reason why I was busy: Moana! According to the seller of Iranian origin there is absolutely nothing wrong with it and it's equipped with only the best breaks, camp belt, tyres, suspension and motor. Oh and naturally there is no overheat. I hope he's right, for the price of NZD 1200 I'd expect nothing less! So I'm happy that I have sorted out my way to get round. After a couple of nights in Auckland with a wonderful family who invited me to play a bit of family touch rugby and with whom I had the honor of watching the All ... read more
Lord of the Rings?
Sorting out thoughts

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