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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waikato » Te Awamutu April 2nd 2017

Geo: -38.0096, 175.324... read more


Having nearly been in New Zealand for a week it was back in the spaceship schnitzel for some more adventuring! We popped into Pukekoe and ended up staying with Kath and Carey for the evening. We enjoyed a lovely BBQ on the 16 burner grill with Whitney playing in the background! Although if you ask Jo there was maybe too much steak!! She hasn't looked at one since! Back in the car the next day and it was off to the coromandels! We had a lovely walk along cooks beach, paddling our feet in the water- we basically had it to ourselves. Deciding we needed to see more we put on our swim wear and headed to warm water beach- unfortunately we had just missed the low tide for enjoying the warm water! Not disheartened we ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua April 1st 2017

So Rotorua is known to the locals a Rotovagas as it's pretty much a play ground amongst the sulphur and mud pools in this thermal environment. The weather was still a bit hit and miss so in between the torrential rain we popped out and had a look at some of the active spots in the local park, soaked our feet in some sulphur pools and managed to hold our breath long enough to stand the eggy fart smell for some pictures! Jo's friends from home Adam and Hannah were waiting to sky dive in Taupo but wanted to join up with us the next day, so we camped out another night. Unfortunately their skydive didn't go ahead due to the weather, so we met up the next day at the sky park for some luge, ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Islands » Russell April 1st 2017

Having travelled everywhere in New Zealand but north of Auckland, we head for Russell. A four hour drive plus an eight minute ferry brings us to this wee place of three streets. A slice of heaven right on the waterfront. On route, the landscape becomes subtropical with deep emerald green trees and pastures. There are hillsides covered in toe toe (pampass) grass. The golf course in Whangarei is perfectly manicured and enormous dairy factories are roadside. Russell provides two days of walks, coffee, and sitting by the bay watching the world go by. We did tour the 1842 Pompallier Mission printing press building. Chris is asked to run the machine and create a 'first impression' of a page for the Maori books. Originally, there were 40,000 books printed at the mission, complete with binding, and a ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Coromandel » Paeroa April 1st 2017

Geo: -37.3761, 175.668... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hahei March 31st 2017

Geo: -36.8398, 175.803... read more

Oceania » New Zealand March 30th 2017

Geo: -37.1082, 175.29... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland March 28th 2017

Geo: -36.8474, 174.766... read more


So yesterday was definitely grey and drizzly, ok, it rained heavily too, which meant we abandoned the plan to cycle. Instead we headed off in the car to Rabbit Island and had an amazing walk on a near-deserted beach. Guess most people were sensibly indoors! On the way back we decided to have a very late lunch of cheese and wine-tasting at Waimea's Cellar Door. Given the weather, the day couldn't have turned out better. This morning had a definite promise of some blue sky and we set off to Abel Tasman National Park for a cruise to Medlands Beach and a 10km walk through the most beautiful tree ferns and Manuka forest accompanied by birdsong. Just time for a quick swim at Anchorage Bay where three stingrays put in an appearance, before boarding the boat ... read more
Walking in Abel Tasman NP
Lunch overlooking Torrent Beach in Abel Tasman NP

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty March 27th 2017

A short drive into Rotorua, a city full of geothermal wonders. Visiting Te Puia, one watches geysers and bubbling mud. There are many sounds erupting from the earth. A giant cooking pot of steam, boiling and popping. Chris gives an Asian man the thumbs up, and every time we see him on the walk his thumb goes up. The Maori red wood carvings are incredibly detailed. We decide to do the Segway Rotorua tour. Making our way through downtown, Chris sees a Canadian fellow he knows from work and they arrange to meet for supper. While cruising, the rain pours down and the group seeks cover under the trees. Shortly after, our guide Richard directs us to a hillside and says 'go have some fun!' Chris has already done a header on the grassy path, but ... read more
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