Monthly Archives: December 2009

Down under – part 8

We are spending our last three nights in NZ on Waiheke Island, across the bay from Auckland, staying with friends – Bill and Julia Vickery, and their three kids, Keira, India and Lola – although unfortunately we won’t see Bill … Continue reading

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Down under – part 7

After having done the two main things we had wanted to do on the Coromandel, we decided to stay in one place for the next four nights and use that as our base to explore the rest. That place was … Continue reading

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We interrupt this transmission…

…to bring you an out-of-synch update. Spent today (my birthday) with the family kayaking and swimming on Onetangi beach on the fabulous Waiheke Island, just across the bay from Auckland.

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Down under – part 6

Mt. Maunganui (or “the Mount”, as it’s known locally) is a very picturesque beach front destination, located on a peninsula to the north of the neighbouring city Tauranga. The Mount itself is an extinct volcano cone which rises above the … Continue reading

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Down under – part 5

After the fun of the Huka Falls Jetboat, we headed for Rotorua, where we were staying for a couple of nights. The whole Taupo / Rotorua region of New Zealnd’s north island is a raised platform of volcanic activity. Lake … Continue reading

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Down under – part 4

We only stayed a day (and night – or actually a night and day) in Wellington, and spent most of that time at the national museum, Te Papa. The kids enjoyed the earthquake room (similar to that in the Natural … Continue reading

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