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  • Day51

    Lunch in the rich people's garden

    December 27, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We woke up to beautiful blue sky and a view of a very nice beach and some picturesque rocks with the typical diverse New Zealand plants. Making it a good habit, we had breakfast at a bench at the beach before getting ready to drive off for another road trip day in Northland. While driving, we saw two chickens cross the road. We still haven't figured out why they did that.

    Out first stop was in Oakura. We read about a possible short walk to the end of a peninsula with nice views. Unfortunately that was again only possible at low tide and we didn't want to wait that long. The beach there was still good enough for an enjoyable short walk.

    Some viewpoint stops later we got hungry for lunch. Finding the perfect lunch spot was a difficult one but we are confident to say that we found it at Jacks Bay. We weren't quite sure if it was private or public but stayed anyways as it looked just too perfect with 4 chairs facing a perfect bay with nice boats, blue water and an empty beach in front. Right behind us there were some enormous gardens and expensive houses. We were just heading back to our car and while still joking about that this is our holiday mansion, we heard a helicopter landing right where we were having lunch just minutes before. Turns out the place didn't just look expensive but apparently is wealthy enough to afford private helicopters as well.

    Our next stop was the peninsula of Russell. At the very top we went for a walk up a small mountain to Tapeka Point to have a nice view over the famous Bay of Islands. It was all so nice, Machiel had a hard time asking himself why he was born in the wrong country. While being known for not being a fan of beaches, he actually realized he wanted one of these New Zealand beach houses with huge windows and terraces facing one of the thousand bays.

    It got later so we unfortunately had to drive further. We managed to get some cash without transaction fees, so we felt very lucky. Then we got even luckier with the ferry we wanted to take from Okiato to Opua to shorten the way. Arriving at the harbour, we saw the ferry full with cars, looking ready to leave. There was a STOP sign and we stopped for it, unsure what to do without further instructions. The car behind us then thought 'what are these tourists doing?', drove around us and onto the ferry. We followed them and when we parked the car, the ferry was already moving.

    A short ride later we arrived just south of Kerikeri at a camping with very soft grass. Before having a delicious wrap dinner, we needed to get some fresh vegetables. This was an excellent opportunity for Susanne to get nostalgic as she spend several weeks in Kerikeri 10 years ago. Visiting the former Kerikeri Farm Hostel was nice and weird at the same time. The main building still looked the same with its orange trees all around that Susanne was treating when working here for a few days back then.

    When going to bed later in the evening we discovered a sandfly problem. Hundreds of them were around our tent trying to get in, and when we went in at least 50 or so of them managed to join us.
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  • Day4


    December 24, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    The second Destination today was Paihia.
    A small town located in the inner Bay of Islands, in the northern end of the North Island.
    Definitely a bit odd to have 25 degrees on Christmas Eve! We had a really yummy dinner sitting outside, next to the sea and listened to Christmas songs 🎅🏻🎄🛷 hope everyone is having a nice Christmas Eve!

    Das zweite Ziel am heutigen Tag war Paihia.
    Paihia ist eine kleine Stadt in der Bay of Islands der Region Northland auf der Nordinsel von Neuseeland.

    Es war sehr ungewohnt heilig Abend bei 25 Grad zu verbringen. Beim sehr leckeren Abendessen auf einer Terrasse am Meer haben wir heute Weihnachtslieder gehört. 🎅🏻🎄🛷
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  • Day5

    Oethei Bay

    December 25, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    On the way to Otehei Bay island, our tour guide told us that James Cook discovered the islands, and in his journal described that the bird sound was so loud on the islands, they needed to go off shore to have a conversation - unfortunately he also decided he’d like to farm the land and burnt the islands, killing most of all the birds. Those that survived were killed soon after from the cats and dogs that he introduced into the island. All the birds didn’t have wings (as they had no natural predators), and all of the birds are now extinct. Can see why they’re so protective of their wildlife here! They’re really strickt about conserving the islands and they’re trying to introduce birds back onto the island.

    At Oethei Bay we had a Christmas lunch barbecue and then came back to Paihia for ice cream 🍦🤤
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  • Day64


    March 4 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Today I went on a great wine-tasting tour in Waitangi area in the north part of New Zealand's north island. I had so much fun!

  • Day36

    Day 36/72: Kayaking and Driving

    December 2, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We woke up in our campervan feeling very chuffed with ourselves that we'd had a good night's sleep. The sky was clear and sunny and the day beckoned. We had our cereals of choice, museli and cocopops, and packed up the campervan ready for the off.

    We wanted to kayak around the bay of islands as it looked very beautiful, however the kayak tour place said the tour around the islands had been cancelled due to waves and weather, so we could only rent kayaks that day. Not to worry though, we duly hired a kayak and after assuring the guide that we weren't going to drown, paddled out into the bay, and upstream along a shallow estuary towards supposed waterfalls. As we paddled we sang and looked at the wildlife around us, herons and black and white cormorants flying around. We caught up with a huge tour group of people from a cruise, going in all directions over the river and as we paddled by we felt very glad we hadn't spent double the money on that particular tour.

    As we rounded a bend and came across the waterfalls which were surprisingly big! The water crashed over the rocks and made for great watching from the bottom as we hid behind a boulder and took photos. After we'd looked our fill, we paddled back against the tide in equally good spirits. We dodged the tour group again and came across a Maori boat, headed by a couple of huge Kiwi's in full tribal gear, grunting and calling to the 30 or so tourists paddling. As we passed by, the captain bellowed and as all paddles raised into the air, everyone turned their heads in unison and gave us a war cry!

    The kayaking finished, we got changed and got back in the van. A long drive of around 5-6 hours was ahead, so we set off, initially for the campervan hire place to pick up the satnav charger they had neglected to give us the day before. The trip was uneventful, the roads a motorcyclists paradise, and the scenery constantly keeping us alert and interested. It can be best described as driving through a mix of Scotland and Wales. Either winding mountain passed or dead straight over flat plains, they made for great driving. We picked up the cable without a hitch and carried onto next destination, Coromandel and hot water beach /Cathedral Cove. They're a long way out, as you'll be able to see on the map, but well worth the drive.

    We arrived at the chosen campsite and had a spot high up looking over the sea. We had a quick wander on the beach, and then made a dinner of spaghetti and tomato sauce (there may be a theme to our meals for a while). By then, night had already fallen, so we set up for the night and listened to the pitter patter of the rain, and the crashing of the sea as we drifted off to sleep.
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  • Day35

    Day 35/72: campervanning!

    December 1, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    This morning we left the hostel and picked up our campervan! It is really well equipped, with a bed that folds down in the back and chairs and tables and cooker and sink (and portapotty but we are ignoring that). The drive north was wonderful, very similar to driving through the pretty parts of Wales. Sheep galore, and plenty of rolling hills for good views. The van is automatic, which takes some getting used to, but at least they drive on the right (left!) side of the road here.

    A few hours later we had arrived at the Bay of Islands. We drove along the beach and checked out a few campsites before landing on one with incredible views across the bay.

    The afternoon consisted of wandering down the beach and marvelling at the number of sand flies and at the wonderful view over the islands. A wonderful evening of cooking pasta and drinking cups of tea next to the water later, we are tucked away inside our van feeling very cosy (and the night looks to be threatening rain so glad to not be the people in the tent right next to us!).
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  • Day50

    Boxing Day in New Zealand

    December 26, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Boxing day meant that the ghost town was suddenly full of people shopping for discounts. And so did we. First we made sure we got enough groceries to survive a few days. The supermarket was amazing, there was so much, we hadn't had that for a while. We also got a simcard, and in another store we got beach towels, gas, and much needed flip-flops for Susanne.

    It was time for lunch when we finally had everything together. The lunch spot of the day was at the base of the Whangarei Falls, a nice small waterfall at the edge of the town. We really liked the care that was taken of the park it was in, it looked spotless, the people were nice, and it was for free.

    After some nice views we arrived to the next stop. A small hike brought us to the Tutukaka Lighthouse which is located on the so called Kukutauwhao Island. Only reachable during low tide, we were actually wondering what the definition of an island is. While the lighthouse itself isn't interesting, the views are pretty amazing. And also the walk there through some nice little jungle was very cool.

    It was getting late afternoon and we read about two free 'campings' for not self-contained vehicles/tents like us. In reality they are parking lots of which a small part is designated for overnight stays. Arriving at the first one of those, we learned that this small area was already completely full. The next one, Sandy Beach Camp in Woolleys Bay, appeared to be the same, but there were some volunteers from the district present that told us we were allowed to set up our tent right behind it on a patch of grass. That was great to hear, as it was right in front of a beach and there were public toilets as well.
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  • Day49

    13-3 Tutukaka

    March 13, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    De weg is drukker dan ik dacht, geen vluchtstrook. Een auto met trailer haalt mij in met 130 terwijl er iemand van de andere kant komt. Die vliegt vol in de remmen en redt zo het vege lijf. Het was zo eng dat ik pas na een minuut schrok. Ik kom daarna niet meer in de "wat fietsen we leuk" stemming. Gelukkig is Tutukaka niet ver. Omdat de organisatie die mij aanbevolen was morgen geen trip heeft, ga ik nu met een andere duiken, voor minder geld en inclusief opfris instructie voor mijn PADI. Had ik eerst ook geen zin in, maar nu ben ik er helemaal blij van dat ik het ga doen. Ze konden mijn diploma op Internet nakijken!Read more

  • Day50

    14-3 Tutukaka: duiken

    March 14, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Ik moet een testje invullen, waar vervolgens niets mee gedaan wordt. Met de boot naar de Poor Knights islands, zo door Cook genoemd omdat hij het op een dode ridder vond lijken. Onderweg doet de reddingshelicopter een oefening. Op locatie spullen in elkaar zetten en aantrekken, hup het water in. Net als 36 jaar geleden (!) heb ik moeite met mijn oren klaren, al gaat het gelukkig iets beter. En eenmaal beneden gaat het goed. We doen wat oefeningen (masker klaren, regulator opvissen, samen lucht delen) en dan al aan de duik. Prachtig, het is volgens Jacques Cousteau dan ook een top 10 locatie. Na de lunch tweede duik met zijn vieren, ik blijf last van mijn oren houden nu, bij ieder op of neer pijn of geluid. Het is weer erg mooi, roggen, zeeanemonen, ontelbare vissen. Fantastisch. Maar het gedoe met die meters en opletten kan me nu niet boeien, ik voel me minder vrij dan met snorkelen. Maar super gaaf om hier gedoken te hebben. In de lunchpauze en na afloop nog naar de grootste zeegrot en de grootste boog. In de grootste grot groeien varens ondersteboven: licht komt weerspiegeld van zee en voedingsstoffen door het dak van de grot. Foto mislukt helaas.
    Mijn oren zitten 's avonds nog steeds dicht.
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  • Day52

    16-3 Whangaruru South: snorkelen

    March 16, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Ik denk dat ik moe was, ik moet weliswaar 3 keer plassen 's nachts, maar desondanks is tot half 8 slapen wel een record. En zonder de kinderen sliep ik misschien nog wel.
    Ik mag een snorkel en masker lenen van de achterburen en ga 's morgens en 's middags langs de rotsen snorkelen. Vooral 's morgens bij laag water erg mooi, ik kijk een langstaart rog in de poppetjes van zijn ogen! Boekje en spelletje.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Northland, Нортланд, Nordia Regiono, Northland eskualdea, Northland Region, נורתלנד, Region Northland, ノースランド地方, ნორთლენდის რეგიონი, 노스랜드 지방, Te Tai-tokerau, Нортленд, Wilayah Northland, Northland Tōa-khu, Northland på New Zealand, نارتھ لینڈ علاقہ, 北地大区

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