Category Archives: New Zealand North Island

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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New Zealand Earthquakes – We’re Fine

In case you’ve been reading about the many earthquakes here in New Zealand, this is just a note that we’re okay. We live at the northern end of the North Island, and Wellington is at the south end. And Andrew’s … Continue reading

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Worst Drought in New Zealand History

New Zealand is experiencing very dry weather this summer, and the North Island has been enduring the worst drought in the 71-year history of such records.  This summer, there has been persistent high pressure over New Zealand and in the … Continue reading

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Napier and Greater Hawkes Bay

We spent three days in Napier area, visiting various towns and spots, and enjoying several activities, including a few Grab One things.  We found some fun things to do and some wonderful places to enjoy the views. Our first stop … 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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Rewa’s Maori Village in Kerikeri, New Zealand

Straight across from Stone Store and Mission House in Kerikeri is Rewa’s Village, a great re-creation of a Maori village.  We were there after hours, and there’s a donation box at the entry requesting a deposit of $2 for entry.  … Continue reading

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Kerikeri’s Stone Store and Mission House, New Zealand’s Oldest Buildings

Two of the oldest buildings in all of New Zealand are located right in the town where we stayed in Northland, Kerikeri.  The Stone Store is the oldest stone building, and Mission House (also known as Kemp House, after the … Continue reading

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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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