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Mar 29, 2014 - Goat Island Marine Reserve

Woke up to sunshine and pukekos this morning. So we packed up and headed back out the winding gravel road to the (sort of) nearby Goat Island Marine Reserve. There we took a Glass Bottom Boat trip around the island. This seems to be a popular place for diving and snorkeling, though the water was not especially warm. There were quite a few people there, a few swimming, some snorkeling, many lying on the beach, some diving or getting ready to dive, or changing after a dive, some people picnicking, etc. As a Marine Reserve, no fishing is...

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Feb 14, 2013 - Bay Of Islands Cruise/Maori Culture

Great, great day today. Started off with a 4 hour cruise around the Bay of Islands - dolphins, beautiful scenery, a short hike with a Maori guide telling us something of their culture and how they used some of the native plants and trees. The cruise left from Paihia - couldn't help remembering the great little town of the same name on Maui where Molly's Revenge stayed for a few days on one of our trips to Hawaii. Check out the photos and video of the dolphins and sailing through the "Hole In The Rock" After the cruise, visited Waitangi...

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Feb 13, 2013 - North of Bay Of Islands

Spent a couple of hours exploring Keri Keri. Quite a new town. Finally found a supermarket (Countdown) and learned some more Kiwi slang - "trundler" is a shopping cart! Purchased picnic supplies and headed off north to Maunganui, about 65 kilometres away. A small harbor village with a "world famous" fish and chip shop. I guess fish and chips is big over here but,let's face it, nobody does it better than Great Harwood chippie in Lancashire, or maybe The Cottage in Blackpool. The bay that Maunganui sits on is named Doubtless Bay. Apparently...

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Feb 12, 2013 - Driving from Auckland to KeriKeri

Today was a travel day, about 160 miles from Auckland to KeriKeri in the North of the North Island to an area named Bay Of Islands. Here's a map of our route.
View NZ 2013, Feb 12th in a larger map We actually followed a slightly different...

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Dec 1, 2011 - dolphins

Had a great trip today - saw lots of dolphins - photos not great as they are so quick We had a lovely time and the weather was beautiful - got quite sunburnt. After we drove about a little and then returned to motel to sit by the pool and read. A bit of a highlight of the day was the local Christmas Parade - we constantly are amused at the idea of Christmas being around the corner and it is summer! and the hearing of Christmas music is very odd - White Christmas etc. etc. Off from here tomorrow on our way towards Auckland and on our way...

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Feb 14, 2011 - Settlers - Kerikeri

Educational day ! Visited the site of oldest European buildings in NZ. This is where a mission was set up in 1819 under the watchful (and self-interested ) eye of the Maori chief who really only wanted them for their musket potential so he could go murdering lots of other Maoris ! From what we have heard, this inter-tribal attitude still exists between Maori iwi’s. Anyway, we had a very enthusiastic and historically dressed guide to show us around the Kemp House which was lived in by descendants of the first settlers until very recently,...

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Jul 18, 2009 - The Snapper

On Wednesday, after sneaking out of work 2 hours early, we piled back into the car and headed north. Our jaws dropped when we pulled in and got a glimpse of the view from the house we rented for two nights. It’s perched above a gorgeous bay, facing north to maximize the sunshine and the entire back of the house is glass. In the garage we found the two-person fishing kayak and that pretty much sums up what we did for the next two days. With it raining the first evening, Cyndy and I sat and read by the fire while Mike and Mark went to a...

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Aug 6, 2008 - Ota Point to Aroha Island North Island 21 to 22 July 2008

Jeff Prior to leaving Russell 4 days ago we realised the Auckland American Embassy’s phone could not be accessed by our mobile phone. We then tried to contact the embassy using a public phone box to no avail. Today we used Rosemary’s home phone and we made contact. The result was an appointment at 10.30am on Thursday 31 July. With an upturn in the weather and the benefit of Rosemary’s advice we drove south to Paihia for the boat trip around the Bay of Islands and The Hole in the Rock. The advertisement leaflets all promote the opportunity...

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Feb 9, 2008 - Auckland to Keri Keri

A leisurely breakfast and then we were on the road driving up State Highway one North. We stopped for coffee at Whangarei at the historic basin and harbour and enjoyed looking round the shops. Lots of very good souvenir shops but we decided to wait. We found a nice bushwalk and walked to the Whangarei water falls. Not quite on the same scale as Iguassu but nice to see. At lunch in a road side cafe Audrey recognised the american TV actress from the programme "Everyone loves Raymond" who was over here filming. During the afternoon we reached...

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Aug 5, 2006 - Kerikeri

First trip to see Jack! Arrived in the dark but got set up okay. It poured down the next day (Saturday) so got up late and then went to the new museum on the main road out of Kerikeri. We also went to The Stone Store and Kemp House. We paid a visit to Gwenyth and Dan on Sunday (still raining) and then headed for home (Campbells Bay). We tried to get the caravan in without backing (Jack's idea) but that was unsuccessful and we had to back in.

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