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Stories and Tips North Island

Honeymoon - Top of the North Island, NZ - 2009

Written by auskiwi on 15 Oct, 2009

April was D-Day - or W-Day - and all went very well considering most of it was organized via emails. There were a couple of minor hitches but nothing to worry about – people still got their fear share of alcohol and food and appeared…Read More

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Trip to Lake Taupo

Written by Slaney on 14 Jan, 2007

When friends lent us a car we could explore on our own and our first trip was to Lake Taupo via Rotarua and the Huka Falls.As we entered Rotarua we could smell the hot springs which throw steam up from the pavements and gardens. Lake…Read More

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The Coromandel

Written by Slaney on 14 Jan, 2007

We were on a journey round the Coromandel Peninsular – an area largely missed by tourists, who when visiting the North Island tend to go further north to the Bay of Islands. Our journey would take us up the east coast, across the north part…Read More

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New Zealand Lifestyle

Written by Slaney on 14 Jan, 2007

After a quick visit to our friends at the beginning of 2005, we were invited back to spend Christmas and New Year with them. Our visit lasted 5 weeks and as our friends are self employed, it involved us helping them in their business (fishing…Read More

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My week up north

Written by Rain on 22 Jan, 2002

Northland proved a fascinating place for a week's exploration. First day I drove all the way up through Auckland as far as Paratai near Helensville. Paratai had a lovely camping ground with lots of trees and I also got a free swim in the pool which…Read More

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Tongariro Traverse and Mt. Ngauruhoe

Written by Alan Ingram on 02 Sep, 2001

"A volcanic walk to fire you up" From the ultra-modern, high-rise edifices of sparkling chrome and glass of windy Wellington I travelled north by air-conditioned coach through rolling, verdant, but sparsely populated countryside, dominated by the snow-capped, multi-summited, semi-active volcano of Mt. Ruapehu, and over the…Read More

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Written by Slaney on 14 Jan, 2007

The north island of New Zealand does not seem to have much wildlife – other than birds which are plentiful and very varied. We saw lots of cormorants, kingfishers, herons and hawks, many wading birds as well as a few species unknown to us, on…Read More

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Dining In and Around Tauranga

Written by Slaney on 14 Jan, 2007

Tauranga (pronounced Tow--as in cow--ronga) situated side by side with Mount Maunganui, on the Bay of Plenty, is a seaside resort with ample holiday accommodation. In the name of modernisation and improvement, as homes become vacant developers are buying them to demolish and build apartments…Read More

Bird-watching successes and otherwise

Written by heypeggy on 31 Jan, 2004

In midweek, Jay and Viv both left to return to the world of obligations and deadlines, and then there were two new residents of the bunkhouse, Michael, a slender young Dutch traveler hardly out of his teens, and John, a middle-aged dairy farmer from an…Read More

More volunteer adventures

Written by heypeggy on 31 Jan, 2004

So the days went, now all merged into a pleasant jumble in my memories. We shared the morning water chores and then were given different assignments for the rest of the day. I painted (two coats) the floor of the room housing the…Read More

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