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Oct 25, 2009 - whitianga-tauranga

vandaag van Whitianga naar Tauranga gereden. Dus nu zitten we in de "Bay of Plenty" Ook onze eerste kiwi plantages gezien. Het eerste stuk van de tocht was opnieuw erg bochtig en we zijn 2 natuurparken voorbij gereden. In de parken wordt er dodelijk aas uitgezet om de populatie van wilde honden en katten en ook wezels en andere roofdieren onder controle te houden en dit met 1 bedoeling, de Kiwi (het nationale symbool), dit is een vogel, te beschermen tegen uitsterven, want dit schuwe dier kan niet vliegen en is dus een gemakkelijke prooi...

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Oct 20, 2009 - King of the Castle

As our story continues, we climbed the hill. It’s name is Mt Maunganui, elevation 761 feet (232 meters). The Mount is at the end of a peninsula with the Pacific at its eastern and Northern shores and Tauranga bay at the western shore, We spent the morning watching a lot of people go running past us on the boardwalk heading towards the hill. There are half a dozen trails on the hill but only one that just does the circumference, the rest take you to the summit. We parked the car outside the campground gates and headed off. About 15 oC the...

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Apr 26, 2009 - Week 42 – Week ending 26 April 2009 – North Island, New Zealand

We wake on Monday after a great night’s sleep and it is pouring rain. We set about hooking up the van and getting going from Gisborne. It is not the best day for towing but as long as the rain and wind holds off it should be an Ok trip. Pretty soon into the drive we start to climb a range and drive into a rainforesty type gorge. It is stunning particularly so because it is raining and it is in low cloud. We stopped at a roadside camp ground and Gary spotted some Rainbow trout feeding off the top and wandered off for a fish with the fly rod....

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Feb 22, 2009 - Maori fest, luge & Cuzza!

Today we are heading back to the place we was going to stay in but didn't due to the Billy Connelly fiasco (which is called Tauranga) to try and get tickets (as they had also sold out!) for the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka Festival which takes place every 2 years and 30 tribes battle it out over 4 days for first place. Luckily we got tickets and we are really glad we did! And we there on the final day so we really did get to see the best of the best! First thing was first, food! we was hoping for some authentic food (not that we really...

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The A&E Adventure

Feb 18, 2009 - The East Cape

We took the long way between Gisborne and Tauranga and it took two days to get here. I know I keep saying this, but this really was one of the prettiest drives we’ve done. We left Gisborne under cloudy skies and saw the sun for the first time in a couple of days once we got out of town. The road took us up and around the East Cape, which was one of the most remote places we’ve been. Even much more so than the south island. There were stretches of almost 30 minutes when we wouldn’t pass another vehicle. On the way we stopped at the longest...

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Jan 26, 2009 - Warm Felines For Katikati.... On The Road From Coromandel

OK, we didn’t actually stay long in Katikati, but it is on the way down from the Coromandel and I was looking for a catchy title for todays entry! Anyway, a great drive down the East side of the Coromandel Peninsula before heading off to Te Puke -the home of Kiwi 360 in praise of all things to do with this noble fruit – we can certainly recommend golden kiwis and even more golden kiwi liquer ! A quick trek along to Papamoe beach and then up to Mt Manganui before heading up to Greerton to stay with Sandra lifelong friend Judy (in the middle...

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Dec 22, 2008 - Tauranga, New Zealand

Monday Today Mary, Phyllis and I left the ship in the morning to meet our driver for a day sightseeing of Rotorua and Te Pupa. The drive was pleasant to Te Pupa. The flowering trees and flowers were amazing. We even stopped at "Kiwi 360" a farm and museum of Kiwis. Te Pupa has many mud pools with lot of geothermal activity. The smell of sulphur was not too bad. We toured the area and saw the natives perform folk dancing and singing. We did have to be careful being outside with the strong UV rays as we are close to the equator. We had lunch...

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Apr 21, 2008 - North to the Coromandel.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Christopher - it is our son's 23rd birthday today. Up early to get photos of the frost. Hotel warm as central heating on and log fires burning. Buffet style breakfast - either continental or cooked. Drove north through Taurangi, Taupo and skirted edge of Rotorua to Tauranga i-centre. Booked into motel called "Mission Belle" a spanish style place close to Mount Maunganui. This place is set up for the beaches all round here, with surf shops, back-packers etc. Had fish and chips and turned in.

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Mar 11, 2007 - Maoris, Volcanoes and Hot Springs

After another at sea day we docked this morning at the town of Tauranga. By 9:00 we were on our bus for a tour led by one of the most insightful guides we had during our entire trip. Jason was part Maori, part European, holder of a degree in biology/botany. Before starting his own local tour company he was a worker and guide at Mt.Tarawera, a volcano site, and had also been employed by the New Zealand government to manage a kiwi breeding program. All of this was the perfect for the day we had in store. We took about a one hour drive from...

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Goin' Down, Under

Nov 18, 2006 - Tauranga with Adrian Jodie and Cora

Awesome time in Tauranga. Met up with Adrian, Jodie and Cora Schamberger. Spent two nights there with Mark and our two good friends Rachel and Mareva. Enjoy the pics. Some are from disc golfing, others from the beach and others from the view atop Mt Maunganui.

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Jul 29, 2006 - Kiwi Bus begins! Auckland - Mercury Bay

Start of the kiwi bus! went sea kayaking in cathedral cove over near Mercury Bay, gorg sunny day, wouldnt think it was winter over here. Stopped at beach by cathedral cove for hot choc- impressed my our guide Nathans coffee making skills-he even whipped the foam for cappucinos, had choc sprinkles and cup n saucers...now thats service! Paddled around the islands, really nice day, weird getting used to tandem kayaking though. Saw penguins (no shit), stingrays that swam under our kayaks (the water was crystal clear), really nice start to the...

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Apr 30, 2006 - Taupo to Tauranga

We set off for Tauranga just before 10am. Today was another exciting day as we were going to meet with an old friend, Debbie Dixon (nee Harms) and her family. (You might recall we met John and Jim Harms a few days ago ... same family). Now like Uncle John, I hadn't seen Debbie either since we left Zimbabwe in 1981 ... but we did correspond a bit in between. We arrived at Debbie's for a yummy lunch and got to meet her husband, Aaron and her two beautiful children Miai (8) and Ryan (7). We CHIN WAGGED the whole day away and they very kindly...

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