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Pilot Bay

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  • Day34

    Ain't no Mountain High Enough!

    December 17, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    This morning we had our coffee and a bite to eat, and set off to climb Mount Maunganui, the base of which is only a 5 minute walk from where we are staying. There are two routes up, both are steep, but one is a gravel road, the other a gazillion stairs! We decided to take the road up, along with many others - there was a cruise ship in today and I’m pretty sure this was a selling feature to a lot of the passengers! The road is very well laid out, but as I said, steep incline pretty much all the way - like climbing the beginning hill at Westwood about 25 times - 😂😂. The scenery is gorgeous on the way up with amazing views over the inner Tauranga harbour and delta, as well as out over the ocean on the other side - and of course - sheep! 🐑. We made it up to the summit in about 45 minutes and of course, there were more fantastic views. We decided to take the stairs down - man, there’s a lot of them! There were lots of runners whizzing by us on their way down, and how they don’t fall is beyond me!

    Came back for a shower and lunch then headed to the downtown area of Mount Manganui, which is a few streets of shops and restaurants, and hundreds of cruise ship passengers! We decided to head back and have a couple of hours in the sun by the pool. At around 4pm, we heard what sounded like a ships horn playing music, so walked down to the harbour side of the beach to see the Majestic Princess cruise ship leaving port. The “music” we had heard really was the ships horn - playing the theme song to the old TV show “Love Boat” no less - pretty cheesy but also hilarious!

    Went back downtown to have some dinner, then to the beach for sunset, but it was cloudy again by that time, so not much to see. What is really cool is that lots of people gather on these beach areas for picnics, barbecues, etc., in the evening - there are even really nice stainless steel bbq’s set up along the waterfront for public use which is really nice! So tomorrow is a long driving day up north to Paihia, so we’ll be up early to get on the road for that!
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  • Day33

    Back to the Beach!

    December 16, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We left a Rotorua at around 8:30 this morning, bound for a Tauranga, a lovely beach town only 85 twisty, winding kilometres away! We stopped about halfway to take a look at Mangorewa Kaharoa Gorge - interesting that during WW2, the New Zealanders placed tank road blocks along the road in this area as they feared the Japanese would send tanks over to NZ and wanted to be prepared to stop them from getting through. We continued on to the town of Tauranga and parked in the city centre to have a look around. Very pretty waterfront area so we walked along the boardwalk in the beautiful sunshine. It appeared there were going to be events going on today as we saw clowns on stilts walking the streets, and an interesting fellow with an old tv over his head and a microphone, singing the praises of NZ rugby? Check him out in the pic - looks like Michael Moore!

    We drove across the bridge to the peninsula on the other side of Tauranga, which is where our apartment is, and since we were too early to check in, walked along the beautiful beaches for an hour or so. We got to a place called Moturiki Recreation Reserve - from a distance, this looks like an island, but is accessible from the beach and has a hiking trail, so we hiked out to the end for some amazing views of the ocean and the nearby Mount Maunganui. In the 60’s, there used to be a Marineland on this reserve, and then in the 80’s, natural swimming pools were built into what used to be a quarry. Unfortunately, both of these attractions are no more, but it was interesting to read about and see old photos of them! There are lots of lovely trees here with red blooms that flower around this time of year, and they are known as New Zealand Christmas trees - quite a few of them on the reserve with an amazing ocean backdrop!

    We checked into our apartment around 1:30, then went back to the Main Street on the beach to have lunch. Got back, put on some laundry, then headed to the pool for a couple of hours of r & r!! We had decided to eat in tonight, so picked up some veggies, cheese, crackers, fruit and quiche, and had a nice dinner on our deck! Because we are on a peninsula, there was the opportunity to see the sun set from Pilot Bay, so we grabbed a towel (and maybe some wine 😜) and sat on the beach to watch the sun go down. Sadly the clouds came in, but we still had a pretty nice view from our vantage point. Getting up early tomorrow to hike up Mount Maunganui!
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  • Day105

    Papamoa Beach

    January 16, 2017 in New Zealand

    After some heavy days driving up from the south coast, we reached Papamoa Beach near Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. We checked into a nice Airbnb, resuming a normal schedule of copious wifi and multiple showers a day. Ahh so much to be grateful for! The weather here is 20-30 degrees Celsius and absolutely beautiful. The incredible beaches are just outside of a mid sized city that buzzes lightly with moderate density, comfortably sprawling outwards in acres of untouched land. Of all of the places in NZ we have visited, this would be a place to move to and call home one day. We went to pickup a MicroSD card from a local store here and had a nice chat with one of the female employees. She was a little bit older but not yet a pensioner, proudly a Kiwi. We got to talking about travelling and where we were from etc. and the fact that we have been in Bali came up. Her tone changed quickly to a fearful note saying that she would never go there after there were bombings in 2002 and 2005. The conversation ended shortly after that, but me being on holidays and full of great coffee took on an endeavour to investigate this fear-based outlook on life to see if it was valid. Beth helped me google some statistics about terrorism and terrorist attacks, and the numbers are absolutely astounding. One article we found was titled 'you are more likely to be fatally crushed by your own furniture than die in a terrorist attack' ....seriously. I don't really watch the news, I read online articles and try to stay out of mainstream propaganda programming as I find that it makes me generally think negatively about the world and is mostly fear based. So below I have copied and pasted some interesting numbers to put things in perspective. Feel free to google this also, it's quite interesting.

    In 2011, 8 Americans died in terrorist attacks worldwide. In that same year 29 people died after being struck by lightning.

    Regarding being killed by a terrorist (based on numbers from USA) you are:

    35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease
    33,842 times more likely to die from cancer
    5,882 times more likely to die from medical error
    1,904 times more likely to die from a car accident
    9 times more likely to be killed by a police officer

    For comparison: According to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, only 80 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks from 2004-2013; 36 of those were killed in attacks that occurred in the USA

    From the CDC: from 2001-2013, 406,496 people died by firearms on US soil (incl. homicide, accident, and suicide)
    From US State Department: from 2001-2013, 350 people citizens were killed overseas as a result of incidents of terrorism

    The Fatal Numbers:
    * The odds of being the victim of a shark attack are 1 in 11.5 million worldwide. Although there are 65 annual shark attacks each year, only a handful are fatal. Compared to this, a person is 3 times more likely to drown and 30 times more likely to be hit by lightning.
    * Compared to being killed by a dog, the likelihood of which is 1 in 18 million, a person is twice as likely to win the lottery and 5 times as likely to be struck by lightning.
    * 1 in 8 men and 1 in 24 women over the age of 40 will die from a sudden heart attack, while 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women will die from cancer.
    * Worldwide, 1 in about 2,050 people will die each year from unclean water, which carries numerous, life-threatening diseases. Each year, more people die from a lack of clean water than from wars.
    * The chances of being killed in a terrorist attack are about 1 in 20 million. A person is as likely to be killed by his or her own furniture, and more likely to die in a car accident, drown in a bathtub, or in a building fire than from a terrorist attack.
    * The chances a person will be killed by an asteroid are 1 in 200,000, which is much higher than the odds of being killed by hail, which is 1 in 734,400,000.
    * Each year, 1 out of 100,000 people die in a skydiving accident, which is 17 times lower than the risk of dying in a car accident.
    * The odds of dying in a severe storm are 1 in 68,388. A person is more likely to die slipping in his or her bathtub, which occurs at a rate of 1 in 11,469.
    * A person’s chances of dying in an elevator are 1 in 10,440,000. Due to successful elevator brake systems, an elevator has plunged only once—in the Empire State Building in 1945.
    * The lifetime probability of dying in a car accident is 1 in 100, which is 200 times higher than the probability of dying in a plane crash.
    * While 1 out of 5 people fear the possibility of being murdered, the odds that a person will be murdered in any given year are about 1 in 18,690. According to the FBI, violent crime is now at a near-historic low.
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  • Day87

    Mount Manganui

    March 14, 2017 in New Zealand

    Regen, regen und nochmals regen. Das war das Motto der letzten Tage. Ich habe mich also von Hostel zu Hostel durchgekämpft und musste auch noch einen Tag pausieren, weil es so stark geregnet hatte. Es gab wieder überall Überschwemmungen und kleinere Erdrutsche. Da war es nicht ungewöhnlich, dass plötzlich wieder mal ein Busch oder Felsen auf der Strasse lag.
    Gestern kam dann die Wetterwende und so bin ich um 5:30 aufgestanden um für den Sonnenaufgang auf den Mt Maunganui zu latschen. Leider war es doch wieder bewölkt aber die Fotos sind trotzdem ganz cool geworden
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  • Day12

    Mount Maunganui - Ein Tag am Meer

    December 11, 2016 in New Zealand

    Am frühen Abend kam ich in Mount Maunganui an, einem kleinen Ferienort oberhalb von Tauranga in der Bay of Plenty. Hier hatte ich mir im Vorfeld einen schnuckeligen Campingplatz mit Strand- und Meerblick rausgesucht, an dem ich auch mein neues kleines Zelt einweihen wollte.
    Ich hatte große Pläne für den Folgetag: am Strand liegen und spazieren, im Meer plantschen, vielleicht eine Surfprobestunde oder eine Bootstour raus mit Delphinen schwimmen... Doch auch hier schlugen Regenwolken erbarmungslos zu und so verbrachte ich einen regnerischen Tag mit Shopping, in Cafés abhängen und viele leckere Flat Whites trinken.
    Am Abend gab es noch Einblicke in die lokale Kultur.
    Am nächsten Tag wachte mit einem tollen Sonnenaufgang auf. Doch dann ging es schon weiter nach Rotorua.
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  • Day82

    Beach day

    November 6, 2015 in New Zealand

    Heute haben wir wieder die Sonne genießen können und lagen schön am Strand! Das Meer hat eine angenehme Temperatur und die Wellen waren angenehm hoch. Ich bin dann noch etwas am Rand über die Steine geklettert und bin über einen "Strand" aus Muscheln gelaufen. Da sind so viele!
    Später war ich mit meinen Mädels noch auf dem Mount um den Sonnenuntergang anzusehen ;)Read more

  • Day81

    Mount Manganui

    December 17, 2016 in New Zealand

    We stayed two nights at this lovely campground just next to mount manganui (another mountain which is more of a hill than a mountain) and with a great ocean view!
    Of course we went up that hill, with another hundert of tourists in neon sport-outfits, as it was a total challenge to climb that hill in about an hour... ^^ oh and yes, I became a kiwi - I walked up that hill and past all these tourists in their jogging and hiking shoes BAREFEET! 👣
    Unfortunately and what is really not shown in those sunny pictutes, is that it was freeeeeeezing cold at nights and we had to buy a fluffy cozy blanket, so we dont freeze ⛄
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  • Day26

    Mt Maunganui - Serpils Everest

    November 28, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Um in Tauranga nicht nur die Stadt zu erkunden sind wir natürlich auch auf den stadteigenen Berg gestiegen. An sich eine schöne Tour zwischen Schafen und Lämmern, aber für Serpil zu heiss...der Strand darunter wäre ihr zeitweise lieber gewesen. Umso größer die Freude auf dem Gipfel.

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