Category Archives: New Zealand North Island

Cape Reinga in the far north of New Zealand, where two seas meet

  Our next full day in Northland after Waitangi and Russell was to the far north, to Cape Reinga.  Here there is a very well crafted walkway with benches for rests and signposts (in both English and Maori) about the … 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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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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Orcas (aka Killer Whales) visit Whakatete Bay, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Our neighbor Graham called me up this afternoon and said, “The orcas are here.” At first, I did not quite understand what he was saying. The only times he’d ever called up here previously was to tell us that our … Continue reading

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Auckland Gay Pride Returns to New Zealand After More Than a Decade

The last time Auckland had a Gay Pride Parade was in 2001, but next February (2013) Gay Pride Parade returns to Auckland.  Besides the parade, there will be thirteen days of festivities.  As you may recall from my post on … Continue reading

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