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Feb 23, 2010 - Lang's Beach

We enjoyed several days relaxing with a beautiful view from John's aunt & uncle's house at Lang's Beach. One morning we even spotted dolphins from the deck! Not to mention the frequent visits from pukekohes and quail in the garden. Fantastic getaway. Thank you Patricia & Barry!

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Oct 20, 2009 - Whangarei and Takapuna!

The last couple of days in the North Island. Monday 19th October 2009 And the breakfast is indeed pretty good – though from the previous guests comments we were expecting Scrambled Eggs but we had Fried – still, makes a change from cereal! And, surprise, surprise, it is sunny and quiet pleasant out – so we drive off to look at the Surf Beach – and it’s a good 10 minutes drive out of town. There are great views of the beach from the headland car park – but the sand is black rather than “golden” and so we think it does not look as good as...

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Toughs Travels

Jun 24, 2009 - Ti Point

Today my discovery of New Zealand really starts as I've hired a campervan and set out to explore the length and breadth of this country. Its the first time behind wheels for over 2 years and I cant held being a little nervous; my capacity to get lost on the way out of the city never ceased to amaze me but I eventually make my way onto highway 1 heading north. The weather isn't kind thanks to the rainfall and I st out for The Bay of Islands. I didn't make it but that didn't matter as I ended up at a deserted Ti Point just south of Leigh...

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Where's Malcolm?

Nov 11, 2008 - Bound for Warkworth and Snell's Beach

November 11, 2008 Sadly, we packed up for our departure from The Bay of Islands. Luckily, other than groceries, we had acquired little in the way of bulk so it was relatively painless in terms of effort. We journeyed south in beautiful sunshine on SH1, which after a week and a half seemed like new territory other than the familiar roadwork under way. Lunchtime found us near Waipu again so we decided to explore it a little further. About 10 kms beyond the town we found striking Waipu Cove and a lovely little park/picnic site for our lunch. I...

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Oct 31, 2008 - On to Whangarei

October 31, 2008 We programmed our GPS for the Fountain Lodge Motel in Whangarei and left the Parnell Inn just before 10:00 am. A short detour to stop at the Golf Warehouse (Auckland’s Golftown) was in the route plan and we stocked up on golf balls. Trying to enter the motorway northbound was a challenge for me and the GPS lady, with a good workout of the windshield wipers as I did a couple of loops. The GPS programming and display takes a little getting used to after the relative ease of our TomTom back home. When we finally got on the...

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Aug 5, 2008 - Eerste camping: Whangarei

Na de eerste overnachting in Auckland, zijn we vandaag naar het noorden gereden en uitgekomen in Whangarei. Ff lekker chillen en niet te veel doen. Onderweg even gestopt in Waipu, een Schotse nederzetting met een heel leuk museumpje (over de reis van 940 Highlanders naar NZ via Canada). Nu zitten we lekker op een camping in Whangarei, buikjes vol met pizza en salade. Maaike moet nog dringend even haar e-mail checken, dus ik moet ermee stoppen. Groetjes, en voor de boys bij Geodis:ff op /var letten op gua02p1a.

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Jul 26, 2008 - Waiwera to Sandspit North Island 06 July 2008

Jeff Our first stop of the day was 5 miles further north, just a half mile from the SH1 at a very tranquil village where we could feel the history. Puhoi, (Slow Water), is one of only two places settled by ethnic groups, (other than the Brits), in New Zealand, the other being Akarora which we visited during the third week of February and was settled by French people. Puhoi was settled in 1863 by people from villages near Pilsen, Bohemia. The offer of free land was the reason 83 emigrants left home and families to travel to the other side of...

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Mar 27, 2008 - Sheepworld (near Warkworth)

Our next stop was Victoria's choice - a place we had passed on our way to the Bay of Islands, so we stopped on our way back down. You see so many sheep while travelling New Zealand that it would seem a missed opportunity not to learn a bit about them at a place called Sheepworld. The afternoon show involved the farmer telling us all about the different sheep, shearing one of them (looks more exhausting than you might imagine!), getting a random bloke in the audience to separate them according to colour as they ran really fast through a...

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Mar 2, 2008 - Carry on Camping - Auckland to Pakiri Beach

Day 1 (27th February 2008) - Auckland to Pakiri Beach We left Bamber House to collect our camper van from a depot south of Auckland near the airport. The shuttle bus to the airport consisted of 5 winging Aussies who were moaning about how long the journey to the airport was taking and how they were going to miss their 9am flight. The fact that they had only arranged to be collected at 7.50am for a 40 minute ride in the morning rush hour, seemed to go amiss as they continued to harass the shuttle bus driver. We learnt later that they had...

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Oct 18, 2007 - It really begins

Fortunately my bag arrived at Sarah's before we left for Auckland. Got to Auckland and saw where we would be sleeping for (most of) the next month - a Mazda camper van, which was dubbed 'The Bongo Bus'. New Zealand is great in that you are allowed to camp pretty much anywhere, so it definitely makes sense to hire a camper van if you plan to see a lot of the country. Another bonus for me was that I don't have a driver's licence and so would be chauffered around by the other two saps. Sadly my visions of sleeping in the back until I awoke to...

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