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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 31st 2015

Very long trip to Auckland after an early rising. First the plane was delayed over 40 minutes, then a three hour flight and time jumping ahead two hours. My biological clock gears are just spinning wackily. Arrived at hotel close to six pm, tour guide ready to get us moving after a long day. Short walk down to the harbor for a nice dinner (get the picture about food?) then a leisurely stroll down to see where two of the America's cup sailboats were moored. What a lot of work in competitive sailing! Think everyone went to bed right after that, I know I did. Woke up this morning to find the street outside our hotel barricaded. Turns out there was a triathlon going to be held on that really rainy day. Did I tell you ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 31st 2015

Run out of room fast on these. Anyway, to finish the day in Auckland, we got to go on our own until dinner. Four of us decided to visit Sealife and aquarium in town (tongue in cheek on the in town part). Bus dropped us off ansmthe first thing we got to see was a replica of Scott's Antartic expedition with a video showing them getting stuck in the ice and the ship splintering as the ice crushed it in. They build a large hut right there on top of the ice and waited five months for a thaw to go for help. Actual food cans, clothing and other things like a printing press were exhibited. The video was saved from being dunked in the icy waters and actually showed ship cracking apart. Then came the ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 31st 2015

End of the last day here, and I will finally be caught up, so if you all look at the date, you can figure out where I am. This morning we went to Waimunga Volcanic Valley. Everywhere around Rotorua there are volcanic vents spewing out sulfer fumes and boiling ponds. Even the golf course has a couple of real hot hazards. Anyway, tourism started there in the mid-1880's because of the steam vents and geysers. On June 1886, Tarawera blew up in the early hours of the morning and at 2 am, a column of black ash suddenly erupted from the highest dome, Ruawahia. The eruption kept extending to the southwest. The eruption rift extended in a 16 kilometer line and was in violent upheaval. The rising magma hit the gdo-thermal pools and the resulting ejection ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 31st 2015

Finally going to get caught up. long ride here yesterday. Took about 6 hours, but we had some fun stops. First of all i was amazed how quickly the street department personnel got the barriers down. There when I went to bed at 10:30, gone by 7 am. We made a few stops including Happy Houses. lunch and finally a shop for hokey-pokey ice cream. It reminded me a lot of our butter brickle, but the chips were less crunchy. The town we stopped in used to be one of those drive-through towns. We all know what they are, places that do not stick out much and you are through in the blink of an eye. Well, some smart entrepreneur decided to make use of left over corrugated metal sheets and make sculptures on top of ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 31st 2015

Finally going to get caught up. long ride here yesterday. Took about 6 hours, but we had some fun stops. First of all i was amazed how quickly the street department personnel got the barriers down. There when I went to bed at 10:30, gone by 7 am. We made a few stops including Happy Houses. lunch and finally a shop for hokey-pokey ice cream. It reminded me a lot of our butter brickle, but the chips were less crunchy. The town we stopped in used to be one of those drive-through towns. We all know what they are, places that do not stick out much and you are through in the blink of an eye. Well, some smart entrepreneur decided to make use of left over corrugated metal sheets and make sculptures on top of ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua March 31st 2015

Tamaki Village Da vi kom tilbage fra Hobbiton, blev vi sat af ved Tamaki Village butikken, så vi kunne komme med en bus derud. Man kunne vælge imellem to aktiviteter; Overnatning i Tamaki Village eller kun aftenshowet og middagen. Jeg havde valgt overnatningen i Tamaki Village, da der var en del der havde anbefalet det. Vi var tolv der havde valgt at tage overnatningen, hvilket betød at vi skulle have vores tasker af bussen og over på den bus der kørte til Tamaki Village. Det tog ca. tyve minutter til en halv time at kører derud. Vores buschauffør kunne sige hej/goddag på sindssygt mange sprog! Han kunne sige det på dansk! Det var så vildt!! Da vi ankom til Tamaki Village kom vores guide ned til indgangen og mødte os. Han forklarede lidt om hvad der ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Whangaparaoa March 31st 2015

Good evening everyone, so moved on from 'little Coromandel' today and took the Coast Road all the way down to Thames, beautiful scenery, could see Auckland from across the water. The road was very windy, not so many crazy drivers on the road today, but it was probably the most windy journey yet. Stopped briefly at Thames, a town, wanted to see the oldest Hotel there, apparently during the gold rush in the 1800's there were over 100 hotels, now there are just four, 'Brian Boru Hotel (1868) being the oldest. We continued travelling and after a couple of hours driving we went into Auckland, parked up and went to The Victoria Market, basically it was a trendy cafe/bar/restaurant with boutique shops in and out, the place was an old working industrial building. Very nice but ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Matamata March 31st 2015

The Shire Woop Woop!! Nu var det tid til at skulle til en lille tur rundt på Hobbiton Movie Set. Jeg glædede mig!! Det skulle nok blive genialt sjovt! Vi var en rimelig stor gruppe der stod af bussen, for at opleve lidt af Magien fra The Shire. Vi kørte forbi alle Alexander gårdens marker, det er et meget stort område! Der var rigtig mange får, ud over hele området!! Det var lidt komisk. Da vi ankom til The Shire, tog vores guide os rundt og fortalte os lidt om området og de forskellige Hobbit huller. Der var ikke nogen af dem man rigtig kunne gå ind i. Der var et Hobbit hul, hvor man kunne vælge at stille sig om bag døren, men der er ikke nogen af Hobbit hullerne der har mere end døren ... read more
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Hi everyone, no doubt you're Hobbited out !! So we left Tauranga this morning and headed to our next destination called Coromandel which is on the East coast at the last tip that sticks out on the North Island. We decided to take the coast road which is extremely windy, up and down the mountains, but very scenic, however bit 'Hairy Scarey' and that wasn't Stu's driving, believe it or not !!. The local's seem to drive these roads with their eyes shut !! I'm not kidding !! we were nearly wiped out !! with one taking a corner on our side, flippin heck, I said to Stu 'you should have hooted', he said what the heck for, he was gone'. Mad man, not Stu, but the other driver, so instead of a relaxing drive, you ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Waitakere Ranges March 30th 2015

Hello, again We'd envisaged retirement to include lots of holidays. Over the past 2 years it's been a long time between holidays for us. The last was to Tassie (to review - look here) where we went following some frustration with Council over our housebuild - and also to 'prepare' ourselves for a hard slog. Overall, the housebuild project has demanded we turn our attention away from nomadic enjoyments of the recent past to focus upon the design challenge, Council permit process, and the all-embracing build task. For us, the last 12 months have been hectic - we began the construction phase 'officially' in late Feb 2014 and moved into the house a year later. There is still work to do to complete the final aspects, but for us it's 'liveable'. In Nov, last, Bruce realised ... read more
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