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Jan 30, 2015 - Tauranga

Fri 30th Jan 2015 Weather: -Partly Cloudy/19 Degrees Tauranga, New Zealand 5:0017:00 (12h) We have been very lucky on this trip as we have had a very smooth trip so far but the people on the front of the boat have been complaining about some rough times in their cabin, the only time we noticed any movement during the crossing from Australia was when we walked down the corridor back to our cabin we were lurching from one side to the other as if we were drunk---hope it is as good on our way back home. I do my scribbling up here in the ‘High...

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Jan 7, 2015 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Pete had a great visit in Tauranga. He took a crew tour to Matamata, which is the location of Hobbiton, where the Hobbit films were made. Pete is a crazy "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" fan so the adventure really meant a lot to him, although he was able to visit there last year, also. He sent lots of great pictures which we will upload later (to accommodate restrictions on his travel journal site).

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Dec 14, 2014 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Pete had a fine visit in Tauranga and was able to get off the ship for awhile. They are making stops at different locations in New Zealand for several days in a row this week and the schedule looks as if he will have plenty of time to visit the ports. In general, the ports are much closer to the actual towns in New Zealand than they were in most of the Asian ports so he doesn't have to spend so much time in transit from the ship to the town and vice versa. He talked some about the temperate climate there, explaining that it never gets too...

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Nov 29, 2014 - Great Harbor in Tauranga, NZ

We landed in Tauranga, NZ this morning and will be in port 12 hours---tides dictate departure time. This busy town of 120,000 is a bustling place on a Sunday morning. Like all the otther ports, it is windy and around 60 degrees with 16+ hours of daylight. We walked on a very busy trail for 45 minutes that circled a dormant volcano and had sea views all the way around it. While there was a busy working harbor it did not have the masses of trees waitting for export that the last three harbors have had. This port area appears to be the place...

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May 10, 2014 - On the Beach

Distance: 200 km Total 386 Campground: Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Park Clear blue skies and a crisp fall morning on our wake up in Waitomo. After a quick breakfast and getting organized we were on the road to Tauranga. Our RV company provided “tourism radio” for our use. This is a GPS location based service that points our landmarks and tourism sites. A bonus feature is music instead of listening to the radio. The first stop today was at Café Irresitiblue – an organic blueberry farm and café which served the best blueberry muffin ever....

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RV Down Under

Mar 24, 2014 - DAY 29: Rotorua to Mount Maunganui (Tauranga)

As it was a lovely sunny morning we drove out via the lookout point half-way round the lake (we walked past it last night) from where you can see both the Blue Lake and the Green Lake at the same time. The sun needed to be a bit higher for the full effect of the colours, but still lovely. Then back into Rotorua, mainly to visit the picturesque museum and walk around the Government Gardens. Wandering around behind the Museum we discovered that Queen's Drive carries on down to the lake shore and out to Sulphur Point. Although this section of...

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Mar 14, 2014 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Pete called about his exciting day at Tauranga, New Zealand. He participated in a crew tour of Matamata, which is the site of Hobbiton, where the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films were made. Since he is a SERIOUS fan, he was thrilled to have the opportunity to see the places about which he has heard so much. His performances on the ship continue to go well, including playing back up for another headliner. He also said that the concert grand piano on the stage wasn’t completely ruined by the sprinkler flood but that it would require about...

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Mar 8, 2014 - Tauranga, New Zealand

We were met by our driver of the day, Simon. He took us by majestic Mauao (Mount Maunganui) which marks the harbour entrance. The beaches are beautiful and lots of surfers. We drove on to Rotorua know for it's geothermal activity. You can find the thermal areas in back of homes, next to the homes and in the fields. They had one burst through the ground about 7 years ago. One day nothing, next day steaming water shooting into the air, killing trees, etc.. We made a quick stop in TePuke to see kiwi trees,they are hand picked from under the...

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Mar 7, 2014 - Nearing the end

Saturday, March 8, at sea between Napier, NZ, and Tauranga,NZ. Yesterday we were in port at Napier, and we had a tour in the morning that was very nice. First, a bus ride to Te Mata, a preserve area atop a mountain. From there we had an absolutely gorgeous view of the surrounding countryside, for miles and miles. The weather was good and the sun was shining and we were all happy campers! We were even happier after the next two stops, which were both wineries. New Zealand make great white wines, and Australia makes the reds.Between the two...

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Bucket list

Feb 5, 2014 - Tauranga, New Zealand

I was up very early the morning we docked in Tauranga and went to sit in a lounge right at the front of the ship where I could watch as we came into the harbor. We passed through the narrowest channel we’d been through to date – so close to the edges that there seemed only enough space for the tugboats that were our escort to chug by. It was quiet and peaceful with just enough light in the morning sky to allow me to see where we were headed. Lin joined me just as we pulled up to the dock and after breakfast we set off to explore the area...

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Jan 19, 2014 - Kiwi go!!

Thursday was the final full day in oz, which started with mixed emotions! I was looking forward to heading to New Zealand for a big adventure, but I was also a little sad to be leaving the girls and the great country. Anyway, after packing, I headed into town, with the plan to recross the Sydney harbour bridge to get some good pictures. I had fixed my camera a little, so i was able to take some nice pictures. Then I headed around the bay to the girls apartment. In the afternoon we had planned to do the cooggee to bondi coast walk, but the...

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Fly on the Wall

Feb 24, 2013 - February 23 We made it to New Zealand

Saturday, February 23 - Taranga, New Zealand Well, we made it to New Zealand. We left Edmonton on February 20 for Vancouver. Our nephew, Matt picked us up, showed us his new apartment in east Van and took us to our hotel (The Sylvia) in West Van near Stanley Park. We had dinner at The Boathouse with him. The next day we wandered up Davies Street and back to the hotel via Robson and Denman picking up a few things we needed. Matt picked us up at the hotel around 1 and we went and got our international drivers licenses, for a beer at...

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