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Puhoi – Passing Through

We were moving north from Wenderholm Regional Park and we had to almost go past Puhoi and it was the last Sunday of the month and that meant Puhoi Farmers Market. So what were we to do? Well… we detoured … Continue reading

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Wenderholm Regional Park Auckland – Part 2

Wenderholm has an interesting history. It was a focal point for Maori for close to 1000 years. It is at the mouth of the Puhoi River Estuary so was arrival point for the Bohemian settlers bound for the wilderness that … Continue reading

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Wenderholm Regional Park – Auckland – Part 1

From Gulf Harbour we moved on a little way north, through Orewa and over the hill to Waiwera and Wenderholm Regional Park. We’ve been here a few times before and we’ve always liked the location and the peacefulness. Wenderholm was … Continue reading

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Gulf Harbour – Living Amongst It Briefly

With our time up at Shakespear Regional Park, we moved on. But not far. Just over a couple of headlands to Gulf Harbour. Which is a bit of a contrast. Shakespear is a lovely park-like farm park/open wildlife sanctuary with … Continue reading

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Shakespear Regional Park – Auckland – Last Day

We were coming to the end of our allowed week at Shakespear Regional Park – way down the far end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula on the north side of Auckland. Our last day was just beautiful. Warm and sunny and … Continue reading

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Shakespear Regional Park – Auckland – More Days

We were enjoying staying at the park – and having it mostly to ourselves mid-week in July. And the weather was nice and we had nowhere else particularly to be. And the walks were doing us good – there are … Continue reading

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Shakespear Regional Park – Auckland – Early Days

Auckland has a large number of Regional Parks set aside for the public to enjoy. There are more than 25 of these gems. Most are beyond the urban fringe. Many are farm parks. Many are prime beach locations. They have … Continue reading

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The Big Auckland – Final Chapter – Parnell and The Bays

Life quietened down with my two children headed back way down South. We stayed on at Ambury Farm Park in Mangere Bridge for a few more days, catching up with things. Wyn spotted something about a French theme street day … Continue reading

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The Big Auckland – Episode 6 – Farewells

After our big day out to the Auckland Art Gallery, we were all relatively exhausted. Our visitors from way down south had to head back home, so we’d probably done enough. Next morning there was packing up to be done. … Continue reading

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The Big Auckland – Installment 4 – The North Shore

The day after our day of to Piha we did nothing more strenuous than move north. Over the big Auckland Harbour bridge and up to the top end of the North Shore. Long Bay is the location of the Long … Continue reading

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The Big Auckland – Take 3 – Out West

We figured that a visit to Auckland should not be complete without a visit to a beach out on the west coast. So we headed off out west with our visitors from way down south. It wasn’t a blue-sky sort … Continue reading

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The Big Auckland – Act 2 – Downtown

  With the weather staying fine, we decided to head downtown with our visitors from way down south. We worked out where we could park without needing another mortgage. (In fact, parking fees downtown seem to be less expensive than … Continue reading

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The Big Auckland – Part One

She’s a big place Auckland. The Herald newspaper last weekend made reference to it already having one third of New Zealand’s population (link). The current population is almost 1.5 million, and projected to reach 2 million inside 15 years from … Continue reading

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Getting Wet at Auckland’s Beaches (Mahurangi, Wenderholm, Long Bay)

We guessed we had another week “on the run” before work would start. So we headed north on Saturday 17 March to visit some of the Auckland Regional Parks on the coast. There are a couple of dozen of these … Continue reading

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Back to Auckland (Clarks Beach and Port Waikato)

Sunday 11 March was my Dad’s 103rd birthday. He died more than 30 years ago but that’s not the point. He was always declaring some day or other Aunt Mabel’s birthday before conceding that she’d been dead for some time. … Continue reading

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