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Mar 17, 2013 - March 15 - Russell and The Bay of Islands

March 15 Our room at Triton Suites is great. The main room is a combined living room, kitchen and sleeping area with a 4 poster king size bed. There is also a separate bedroom with twin beds that we use as our dressing room. Great place to stay for our last couple of relaxing days. Chris said last night was the best sleep he had since we left home! We were on the wharf by 9:15 this morning after a quick stop at the bakery for scones. We were picked up at 9:40 and off for a day on the "Cream Boat" in The Bay of Islands. The cream boat...

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Mar 13, 2013 - March 14 - Tairua to Russell

March 14 Tairua to Russell I don't know if I mentioned how nice the motel in Tairua was but it was really nice. King size bed, nice little kitchen, laundry with a real dryer and a lovely private outdoor court yard. Chris said it was the best night sleep he had since we left home. We headed out just before 9 with a destination of somewhere in the Bay of Islands. The highways are considerably better around Auckland and north into the Northlands. Still lots of winding roads but wider and in better shape for the most part. We stopped in Thames...

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Oct 27, 2012 - shore leave on Russell

The skies were blue and it was flat calm this morning so the girls headed downtown to find a bakery. Donna set off for a beach run following the boardwalk which runs the entire length of town and extends for 5k or so. I was forced to drink coffee out by the beach and wait with the room key for whomever returned first. There were actually people coming down and diving into about 16 degree water and swimming around. The sun felt very warm - a sign that summer is on the way here. Erin decided to get some homework done on her masters as she...

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Feb 15, 2011 - We are Sailing ! We are Sailing !

What a great day ! Got up early (for us !) and hung out near the wharf until boarded the ‘Tucker Thompson’ which is a wonderful schooner built to a design of the 1800’s and run by a trust who charge tourists in the summer for day sails, then in winter take groups of kids for a week to teach them some teamwork and basics of sailing a tall ship with 8 sails. Ship’s Log: bright sunny weather, 8-9 knots wind, obliging pods of dolphins swimming with us under the bowsprit; Alec climbed out onto aforesaid bowsprit ! Janet took the helm and we...

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Feb 7, 2011 - Super Bowl Monday in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

My first glimpse out the window this morning shows the waters littered with islands of all shapes and sizes. I step outside on the balcony to take photos and my first thought is “what is that smell?” There is an overwhelming scent of something soft and powdery with a hint of lily. I am guessing that the woman on either side of me has overdone her perfume but I quickly learn that no, it is the scent of the Bay of Islands. When we question our guide he is perplexed and his response it “it is the smell of clean air”. Well, I thought I knew...

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Nov 28, 2010 - Northland to Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga

Even casual observation suggests that the role of the Maori in 'normal' NZ society is much more prominent than is the case with say the North American Indians or the Aborigines in Australia. Among the reasons that explain that difference is the Waitangi Treaty of 1840. The Maori are believed to have settled on the islands around 1.000 AD, very late compared to Australia for example, which was then already settled by the Aborigines for 50.000 years. They were organised socially in some 1500 hundred iwi, family clans or tribes, who were...

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May 4, 2009 - Spécial Sarah-Jeanne 4

Depuis peu, Sarah-Jeanne se déplace. Bon, c’est un bien grand mot. Disons qu’elle se pousse avec ses pieds de façon totalement désordonnée ce qui parfois la fait monter de quelques centimètres ou pivoter de quelques degrés. On voit également le début d’un soulèvement et d’une rotation de la hanche, ce qui un jour devrait devenir un retournement sur le ventre… à suivre. Pour l’instant c’est peu, mais c’est quand même assez pour qu’elle nous oblige à monter sur son lit pour aller la chercher le matin. D’ailleurs, notre petite dormeuse fait...

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May 4, 2009 - Bay of Islands - 3 et 4 mai

Bay of Islands est situé au nord de l’île du Nord. Comme son nom l’indique, c’est une baie où se trouve plusieurs petites îles. C’est un endroit reconnu pour sa beauté et pour la voile. Notre principal intérêt à venir ici était évidement d’aller sur l’eau. En arrivant, nous avons donc réservé nos places pour passer une journée sur un magnifique voilier de 65 pieds. Notre capitaine et propriétaire du bateau était canadien. Il n’a cependant pas mis les pieds au Canada depuis longtemps, il demeure maintenant ici et gagne sa vie avec le...

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Sep 12, 2008 - Russell

We got up a little later today which wasn´t surprising as we went to bed later. Once we had faffed a little, looked at the beach and sea, played with the camp dog (cat nowhere to be seen this morning) we finally set off for Tauranga Bay. On the way we stopped too quickly for a wonderful view but ended up going through a ditch in the layby...oops...fortunately didn´t do any damage to the van. View was amazing though so worth it! Tauranga Bay was a tiny community with an amazing beach and coastline. We had a quick mooch on the beach, a go on...

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Aug 3, 2008 - Whangarei to Russell North Island 15th to 16th July 2008.

Sylvia’s Comments After leaving the campsite we drove into the town and parked at the Town Basin, the busy harbour area, where we knew we would be able to park the van and have just a short walk to the internet shop. This is important when carrying a laptop around and besides it was raining so we did not want to get too wet. We were soon logged on only to find that Mytripjournal web page was down, so we decided to use the time to check out the American Consulate in NZ website for further information. As our home is rented out until the end...

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Mar 3, 2008 - Roasting in Russell - Pakiri Beach to Russell

Day 2 (28th February 2008) - Pakiri Beach to Russell Our plan for the second day was to work our way slowly up the East coast heading towards the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is considered one of NZ's most worthy attractions, punctuated by dozens of caves and bays filled with clear dark blue and turquoise waters. It also has historic significance as the site of NZ'a first permanent English settlement. It was here that the Treaty of Waitangi was drawn in 1840 by 46 Maori chiefs. Having visited 3 years earlier Jo recounted that the...

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Feb 17, 2008 - New Zealand - North Island (Bay of Islands/Hokianga)

Bay of Islands The trip north to Bay of Islands didn't get off to the best of starts. At our first "rest stop" on the coach a girl came over and asked if it was ok to sit with me. Now most of you will know this does not usually happen to me so I readily agreed. Things soon started to go wrong when it became clear she knew who I was but I had no idea about her. Turned out we had met in Fiji but it still didn't ring any bells. Had to spend the rest of the day blagging it and hoping I didn't need to use her name for anything!! The Bay of...

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