Category Archives: Life in New Zealand

Airplane Flight Around Coromandel Peninsula

We hired a local pilot to fly us and a friend around the Coromandel Peninsula one afternoon. It was amazing seeing from the air all the places we’ve driven and/or walked, as well as seeing some places I’ve never been. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Me: I’m Now a New Zealand Permanent Resident

Today is my birthday, and I just received my passport back with my permanent resident visa. I’m in! I’m a permanent resident of New Zealand. And in three more years, I’ll apply for citizenship and be a true kiwi (even … Continue reading

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How We Keep the Wild Birds From Eating Our Chook Food

We bought two chooks (chickens) a couple months ago.  I was surprised that less than a week after bringing them home, our two Brown Shavers (very similar to Rhode Island Reds) began laying eggs, and they’ve been amazingly regular, giving … Continue reading

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Boating at Coromandel Town, New Zealand

A few months ago, we sold our sailboat since we couldn’t use it much, and bought ourselves an inflatable boat with electric motor.  We’ve taken our boat out a few times at our own beach.  Since we were up at Coromandel … Continue reading

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Hamilton Gay Pride 2012

This weekend saw the launch of Hamilton’s Pride Week.  We attended a few activities of opening day, despite it’s an hour and a half drive each way. The first activity of the week was a roller skating time, and though … Continue reading

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Mt Tongariro eruption: Code red – New Zealand volcano erupts 7 August 2012

Late last night (NZ time), a volcano (Mt. Tongariro) on New Zealand’s North Island erupted, spewing red rock and spreading ash across much of the centre of North Island, creating an eight mile hazard zone, closing highways and delaying flights.  But … Continue reading

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No More Tunnel Driveway, Good As

Well, despite what our one neighbor and we said, our other neighbor went ahead and cut the tree which was overhanging our driveway.  He pointed out that the tree was probably too low for his stock trucks to pass.  So, … Continue reading

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Heavier Rains, More Flooding, and a Huge Tree Across our Drive

Yesterday and last night was a huge storm, with wild winds and lots of rain.  When we woke this morning, Andrew commented that our creek was roaring loud.  Everything was soaked, but all our orchard trees, both old and young, … Continue reading

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Heavy Rains, Flooding, and a Slip (Mudslide) on our Drive

We had a huge downpour the other day and night here in Whakatete Bay, and it raised the level in the creek out behind our place and created several flash floods around the Coromandel Peninsula.  Many highways were closed, and … Continue reading

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Piha, New Zealand, and the Lion Rock

A couple weekends ago, Andrew and I took a drive out to Piha  Beach (pronounced “PEE-hah”)  as a diversion from driving straight up to Auckland. Piha Beach is a nice little settlement and is a popular surf beach west of Auckland. … Continue reading

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