Author Archives: Ross

South On The Surf Highway – Taranaki

We spent a last night in New Plymouth overlooking Fitzroy Beach looking south towards Port Taranaki. In the morning we headed back downtown and paid a quick visit to Puke Ariki, the museum. An animation of the volcanic history had … Continue reading

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West to Taranaki and the Wonderful Len Lye Centre

From the hot pools at Waikite Valley we headed west, more or less. The central North Island seems to be crisscrossed with State Highways never going exactly where we want to go. Travel is often a matter of leaping from … Continue reading

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Did I Mention Hills and Hot Pools Already? – Waikite Valley

On our last night in Tauranga we stayed at Sulphur Point down by the harbour which is one of our many home-away-from-homes. Our departure from town next morning was a bit disastrous; fuel contamination which is a long story getting … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Mount – Maunganui

A couple of days after our big walk up Mt Te Aroha we were in Mt Maunganui ¬†and Wyn had an appointment for an hour and I went for a walk for an hour. I was going to go for … Continue reading

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A Mountain to Climb – Te Aroha

After doing some motorhome things in Pukekohe and some catching up on the way through Auckland; we headed for the Bay of Plenty. We realised that this gave us a chance for a walk up Mt Te Aroha which overlooks … Continue reading

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Starting South – Whangaparaoa Peninsula

After all our adventures up the coast to the Bay of Islands, it was time to head back south. The journey up the coast was in lots of small steps where we could often see where we’d come from. Joining … Continue reading

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Gated Beaches of Northland

Beach access is an issue all around New Zealand (and everywhere else I suppose). We do seem to feel that access to our sea shores is a right. We like to go to the beach and we don’t like being … Continue reading

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A Mixed Blessing – Rangihoua Pa and the Marsden Cross

While we were at Kerikeri I was keen to make another visit to the site of New Zealand’s first European settlement at the mission station established by Rev Samuel Marsden. This was in December 1814, at Oihi Bay way round … Continue reading

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Another Viewpoint – Bay of Islands

One of the things with the Bay of Islands is how to get an appreciation of the bay full of islands. You can visit Russell and Paihia and Kerikeri and wonder what it is all about. Probably boat trips give … Continue reading

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Back To The Mainland – Kerikeri

Having reached Rawhiti on the edge of the Bay of Islands by driving up the coast; we had come the long way round to Russell. And Russell is usually reached by ferry from Paihia or Opua. So heading back to … Continue reading

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