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Apr 9, 2017 - Warkworth, New Zealand

Sunday, April 9, 2017 TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: SONG OF THE OPEN ROAD by Walt Whitman Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not good-fortune-I myself am good fortune; Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Strong and content, I travel the open road…. ….From this hour, freedom! From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines, Going where I list, my own master, total and...

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Feb 24, 2016 - Snells beach .warkworth

Motel at Snells beach had lovely pool we we took advantage of. Lovely area to explore another time. Went to Omaha beach which was fantastic for surfing. Lovely pottery company nearby with fabulous designs. Brickhill winery with sculpture park in vines and cafe..... lovely cake. Everywhere seems to have a cafe. Matakana good place to visit novisible motels yet but think they will come soon. Developing fast. Booked into motel near airport but turns out to be a dump, not much choice though. Middlemore Motel best avoided only yime i feel less...

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Feb 22, 2016 - Paihia to Snells Beach near Warkworth

Thurs18th -Tuesday 23rd Feb.... Well the rain stopped , the sun came out and showed us the Bay of Islands in all its splendour. Thankfully Steve has reached the stage of not wanting to do much so that is exactly what we will do. We visit Witangi which is where they signed the treaty back in the 1800's between the maori tribes and the Uk government with a view to them governing together. Needless to say it didn't go as planned and there are still problems but we all have those. Anyway very interesting history.Since our last visit they have...

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Mar 28, 2014 - Taking care of business

We had a great soak last night, finished the laundry, and got all caught up on this journal and email besides. Today was not a very exciting day, but we did get some things accomplished. First we found a post office and arranged to have some shirts I left at the last campground sent to us in care of the motorhome company, for us to pick up when we turn in the van. Then I found out that the reason I have not been able to get any data on my phone is because my account had run out—the phone has worked because I have been calling free numbers....

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Nov 8, 2012 - Day 5 Tirtiri Matangi Island to Miranda, in the Firth of Thames

We walked back to the wharf on the Wattle Track to catch the water taxi back to the mainland. We drove about three hours south to Miranda, one of New Zealand's premier shorebird sites. We saw the Wrybill Plover. The Wrybill is a wading bird, found only in New Zealand. It is named as such, since its bill is curved to the right.

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Nov 7, 2012 - Day 4 Warkworth to Tiritiri Matangi Island

We took a short passenger ferry ride over to the island of Tiritiri Matangi. Another New Zealand Conservation reserve, this is truly a gem in the crown for the New Zealand Department of Conservation. The island was one an almost treeless farm, which has been virtually hand planted with New Zealand native trees and plants. All of the birds on the open sanctuary are endemics (only there) to New Zealand. There were trails (tracks) that take you all over the island to different habitats. On the highest areas, you can see the Auckland skyline,...

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Nov 6, 2012 - Day 3 Day on Waters of Beautiful Hauraki Gulf

The entire day was spent on a pelagic trip (at sea), in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. The main focus of the day was to see seabirds, not easily seen in the northern part of New Zealand. It was a long day, out at sea, with three members of the group, seasick. Highlights: New Zealand Storm-Petrel.

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Nov 5, 2012 - Day 2 Travel Down to the Waipu Estuary (Trounson to Warkworth)

We went to a small estuary and saw the critically endangered Fairy Tern (currently there are only about 40-50 birds). We also saw other New Zealand shorebirds, including the New Zealand Plover (New Zealand Dotterel) and the Variable Oystercatcher. At the end of the day, we went to the Waipu River Mouth Wildlife Refuge. Established at the end of a peninsula, we were able to see how New Zealand is working to conserve their remaining bird and other endangered populations. Almost wiped out by predators brought by man, New Zealand is now...

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