Blogs from New Zealand, Oceania


Headed off from Cornwallis park this morning (Day 22). Huia lookout was our first stop. Magnificent views across to Manukau Bar, Waitakere ranges and down to Huia. A lucky break with the weather allowed us a chance to get the camera out. Would be a nice place to sit in the summer with a glass of wine and a good book. Our next stop was Whatipu which is on the Northern entrance to the Manukau Heads. Oh my god! ..... I am surprised we survived the road as it was narrow with lots of overhanging trees and a steep drop if you happen to fall off the road. I generously put my Health and Safety Officer hat on and assisted Lance with some back seat driving:). A much needed coffee to calm the nerves on arrival ... read more
Whatipu Road
Paratutai Island - Whatipu
Huia Lookout

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel July 1st 2015

Alright so the coromandel is a place so beautiful that it requires its own travel blog entry. My first day in the coromandel went like this. Woke up 6:00am in a backcountry hut that I hiked to the night before. Made the 1hr hike to the top of the Pinnacles mountain range just in time to see the sunrise over the entire coromandel peninsula (it was cold and wet but between the clouds the views were amazing). Then hiked my way back to the van, climbing 2 amazing trees along the way, and swimming in the river (so cold), but there was a bad ass rock jump so who could resist. Then a short drive to another river where I had lunch and inflated the kayak, for a short trip down the river. Then I got ... read more
Just another waterfall
First light
Sunset yoga

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland June 29th 2015

Four Seasons in One Day...... well actually 4 seasons every day. Day 20 has seen us leave Long Bay after Lance had an early morning run and head to Arataki Visitor Centre in the Waitakere Ranges. One of the best Visitor Centres we have ever come across. Large decks surround this 2 storey building with the most amazing views of Waitakere ranges, Manukau Harbour, Nihotupu dam, and back over towards Auckland city. Staff here are very friendly and informative (like most of the NZ visitor centres we have visited). Had time to do the Nature walk and plant Identification track later in the day. Were once again the only campervan to stay at this Regional park for the night. Today (Day 21) the day started with squally rain, so made a batch of scones while we ... read more
Mackies Rest - Nihotupu Valley Circuit
Nature Trail Kauri -  Arataki
Nihotupu Dam

Oceania » New Zealand June 28th 2015

Wairarapa June 21 2015 The travelling really stopped in Darwin. Sydney was better than we expected and now we are in New Zealand we are on familiar territory. This our fifth visit in the twenty five years Jane's sister Rachel has been living here. A major highlight of any visit to New Zealand is just to come out and experience rural life in the Wairarapa which is so very different from anywhere in the South East of England and most of Europe. This time we were able to share it for a few days with our new travel buddies, Emma and Moos. Travelling has always been for me about who you meet and sharing experiences rather than looking at inanimate objects, no matter how old and incredible. So it was great that we could link up ... read more
Les cutting the toe nails of a ram
Toby with one of his kills
Learning to blow torch a pig carcasse to remove the hair

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland June 27th 2015

Beautiful start to the day in Takapuna. Blue sky with a calm sea and a few brave winter paddle boarders doing there stuff. Managed to catch up with a friend for a coffee at the Takapuna beach café. Ironically he had a family bach at Long Bay when he was a young lad......this is our next stop (Long Bay Regional Park). Not disappointed with this place. Today (day 19), started with a bit of light rain, but coated up and headed off to do the Long Bay Coastal walk. It may not knock Tapapakanga off the number one placing but it may be close. Wind back 40 years (at a guess) I suspect this is where lots of awesome family memories were made. The walk is 6kms and takes you from Long Bay to Okura river. ... read more
Grannys Bay - Long Bay Coastal Walk
Pohutukawa Bay - Long Bay Coastal Walk
Long Bay Coastal Walk

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland June 25th 2015

Day 16 has seen us leave Ardmore and travel over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Parked up at the Takapuna Beach Camp with prime beachfront site. Spent the day catching up with our daughter (and feeding the poor uni student:)). Lance managed a run late in the afternoon along the beach and around the affluent beach areas. Breakfast cook up with our girl this morning then off we headed to Rangitoto Island. Took the 12.35pm from Devonport after also having a quick coffee catch up with Mum and Dad (who are staying downtown Auckland for a couple of nights). Arrived at the island rugged up as the wind was fairly bitter. However after starting the climb up to the summit I soon disposed of jacket, scarf and gloves. The area reminds me of Nuie with all the ... read more
Rangitoto wharf
View from Summit towards Motutapu & Rotoroa
Room with a view Rangitoto Summit Bunker

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland » Central June 24th 2015

Meine lieben Freunde, es wird mal wieder Zeit euch auf dem Laufenden zu halten. Das mit den Fotos wird leider noch nix :-( Das Hochladen gestaltet sich etwas schwierig und kompliziert. Nun ja dafuer aber ein wenig Text =) Das Wetter zeigt sich im Moment von seiner besten Seite - viel Sonne aber ordentlich frostig. Ich glaube, wir haben hier im Winter mehr Sonne als ihr im Sommer. Seit letztem Freitag hab ich ja meine IRD Nummer und bin ja fleissig auf Jobsuche. Am Donnerstag habe ich auch ein Jobinterview. Allzuviel verrate ich mal noch nicht(bin da ein bisschen aberglaeubisch), aber sobald ich was weiss ,werd ich euch informieren. Ich hoffe, dass es klappt, da es mir die Moeglichkeit geben wuerde, erstmal hierzubleiben. In den Sueden moecht ich noch nicht gehen, da ist es mir mit ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington June 23rd 2015

Well. Today is the day we head off to Norway and guess what? There are delays on the flights but they tell us that we will make our connections. One thing about flying is that you find that you can't control things, so you just have to sit and wait. So at the moment I am enjoying a red wine sitting at Wellington Airport. Over the last few weeks we have just been arranging every thing at home in preperation for being away for 3 months. Up and down to Hastings to spend time with the kids, gardening, odd jobs and just waiting to get away from the cold. Celebrated Jeremy's 40th in Hastings with a great party and, as always enjoyed the kids. Have done a lot of walking and enjoyed a climb up Battle ... read more
Good bye House.
Deep discussion.
I'll Huff and Puff.

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland June 23rd 2015

A big thank you to the Auckland ratepayers who I am sure have contributed to the success of the Auckland Botanic Gardens. This is a fairly impressive place for a relative young garden in world terms. Only opened to public in 1982 this 156 acre garden is well worth a visit. There is Free entry, so no excuse for everyone not to visit. We spent several hours here today. My favourite garden would have to be Potter children's garden closely followed by the Edible garden. Wandered through the palm garden and dreamt of the tropics with our thick jackets, hats and scarfs on. All I needed was a Mai Tai or several to keep me warm:) There are few sculptures scattered throughout the park and I would give the 'Splayed' Sculpture the thumbs up. Its made ... read more
'Splayed' Sculpture by Regan Gentry
Botanic Garden 2
'Waka' Sculpture by Virginia King &  'Turn' Sculpture by Richard Mathieson

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland June 22nd 2015

A bit of a late start today. I decided that I wanted to go to Weymouth (people said why?) I have no idea but it was always a place I wanted to visit. Weymouth is on the shores of Manukau harbour. I would have to say been there done that and if someone asks if it is worth going to take a look I would say no. After a very quick visit we headed to Ambury Regional Park. The Regional park is a further up from Weymouth and also sits on the Manukau shoreline. This park sits on ash-covered lava flows from the Mangere Mountain and has views of the harbour to the Manukau Heads. It takes its name from Ambury Milk Company, which milked cows and ran town milk supply here from 1893 to 1965. ... read more
Ambury Regional Park
Ambury Regional Park Bird
Plane for Sale - NO JOB - NO MONEY - NO PLANE

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