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Nov 19, 2011 - To The Moon ...
November 19, 2011 The drive to Whakatane was thankfully uneventful. S-box seemed happy with the new battery, and we arrived in good time for our tour to White Island, one of two active volcanoes in New Zealand. The tour company, White Island Tours was top notch. They had two ships go out to the island today ours can hold 85 people and the other about 45. The winds of the past couple of days abated, and the 1.5 hour trip to the island was relatively calm. Our ship had about 60 paying customers, and we were tendered in six groups of 10. On...Jump to full entry
Apr 4, 2008 - Maraehako Bay
It was time for us to head east to explore the acclaimed “real” New Zealand. We were welcomed onto the bus with the news that we will have to perform some traditional Maori songs and dances to the locals. The girls with their poi dance, and the lads with our haka. Great. Apparently in order to see one of the churches visitors are required to do a little welcome ceremony first before being allowed in. And we would be doing it on a Sunday – meaning the church will be quite full. I repeat. Great. Our driver Jason didn’t seemed to worried and...Jump to full entry
Feb 8, 2008 - Hamilton to Whakatane
We passed through Tirau about lunchtime and decided to stop there for a bite. This town has made artwork out of corrugated construction metal, making their information building look like a dog and the shopping complex next door like a sheep. When you looked at other buildings there was often a bit of painted corrugated metal in some way part of their identity. This town has the highway running right down their busy street and along with cars and camper vans, are the logging trucks and other large trailer trucks. The drive took us through...Jump to full entry
Apr 4, 2007 - Whakaari (White Island)
This morning was an early start, I arranged a day trip to Whakaari from Rotorua which left the Tourist information office at 7:15. The trip was with Peejay tours and their bus collected me and took me to Whakatane where the boat trip would depart from. At about 9:30 the boat left to go to White Island. White Island is a live volcano. It is very beautiful and changing all the time. The creater lake has been evaporating really fast over the last month and was ver very low. There vere lots of steam vents with sulphur areas and hot mud pools....Jump to full entry
Feb 21, 2007 - A Fishing We Will Go...
After a few great days in Whanganui, I was just about to head off when I ran into Thomas again on the street. It seems his plans had changed slightly, and with a little discussion, we set off again towards the East Cape. The East Cape is a very remote part of New Zealand with a rugged, rocky coast fringed with the gnarled trunks and boughs of ancient Pohutakawa trees. It is a very Maori area of New Zealand and while there certainly were other travelers and tourists, we were definitely off the main track. We spent a few days camping at the...Jump to full entry
Dec 1, 2005 - White Island
For someone who professes to be seasick and dislike boats intensely, Di is very keen to experience it all again - masochistic tendencies coming to the fore? Anyway, before Jaz knew it, a boat trip to visit White Island was booked. The blurb was as follows - "from the sparkling waters of the Bay of Plenty emerges White Island - a live volcano of relentless intensity! Climb aboard PeeJay for a 6-hour adventure to this exhilarating, enchanting island. Witness Mother Nature at her extreme: hissing fumeroles, glittering crystals, unusual rock...Jump to full entry