Category Archives: Living in New Zealand

Ake Ake Vineyard and Restaurant, Kerikeri, New Zealand

We ate most of our meals in our Kerikeri Park Motel room, but we treated ourselves to one very nice dinner out, thanks to a Grab One voucher, at the Ake Ake Vineyard and Restaurant located just a few kilometres … Continue reading

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Kauri Forests of Northland, Largest and Oldest Trees in all of New Zealand

Our final full day in Northland was centered on the Waipoua Forest (pronounced wy-PO-U-ah) of Kauri (pronounced COW-ree) trees.  This forest contains the oldest tree in New Zealand, Te Matua Ngahere (“Father of the Forest”, pronounced TAY MAH-too-ah NAH-hair-ray) and … Continue reading

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Russell, New Zealand and the Russell Ferry

After Waitangi, we drove south along the coast a couple kilometres to Paihia and the ferry to Russell, so that we could ride out to Russell for lunch.  It was not the best of weather, but the ride across Bay of … Continue reading

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Waitangi, Northland, New Zealand — Where Law was Established Through Treaty

While in Northland, our first tour was of Waitangi, where the New Zealand Declaration of Independence was signed in 1835, but which is probably better known as the location of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which revoked the Declaration of … Continue reading

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Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand

We enjoyed a long weekend in Northland a couple weeks ago.  We’d been wanting to visit the far north of New Zealand for quite awhile (as part of our desire to see all of New Zealand), and when Grab One … 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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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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Pacific Islands Galore

A little over a year ago, I didn’t know much about the Pacific Islands.  I’d never even heard of most of them. There is so much to learn when one moves to the other side of the world, not the … Continue reading

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Whakatane Colin and Glenys Visit

You may remember that a little over a year ago, we visited Whakatane and stayed with Col and Glen. They are great people, and we enjoy both their company and their conversations.  Well, they returned the favour and stayed with … Continue reading

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Dave’s Crown From Dental Studio 114 in Auckland, New Zealand

As I’ve written a time or eight, we like (and often use) Grab One deals. We’ve subscribed to be notified each day about their new deals, and we continue finding some.  If we actually lived in Auckland (or another large … Continue reading

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