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Mar 11, 2016 - Day 8 Kaitaia to Dargaville

Left Kaitaia motel at 10.30 after doing our first load of washing. Said goodbye to Rose and her Mum who are lovely people. Went straight to the southern end of the ninety mile beach, which actually is only 90kms. Was funny to see how quickly people moved their cars off the sand as the tide came in. Walked a little in the water then moved on to the Kauri Kingdom, in honour of the magnificent Kauri trees in the nearby Waipoura Forest.there we saw an amazing carved Kauri staircase valued at over $2m.it took 500hrs to make. Went back to Kaitaia...

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Jan 14, 2013 - Kaitaia

January 14 A muggy night made it hard to get to sleep but we did eventually. At least it was very quiet since the motel was well off the main road. We left at about 9:00am heading further North through winding open country roads. A short way up the road we came across Nelson's Kauri Centre where Maree found a fruit bowl made from 30,000 year old swamp kauri that she liked at a price she was prepared to pay. It turned out that the postage to Australia was about the same as the saving we would make on GST so we decided to take the bowl with...

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Nov 28, 2011 - still going north

We had a lovely time with Kevin and Jacqui - going to Hamilton Gardens and also out with Ursula to a bird sanctuary. A long drive North and we eventually arrived in Opinoni and had a great stay ina good motel. Views from the motel are really spectacular. Today we have driven even further North including a car ferry and tonight we are staying in Kaitaia as the nearest place to pick up a tour to Cape Reinga tomorrow. This will take us along the 90 mile beach that we cannot take our rental car on and also take us to the most northerly point...

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Jan 4, 2009 - Entlang der Kauri-Coast zum Ninety Mile Beach

Auf unserem Weg nach Norden kommen wir durch Auckland, halten uns da aber nicht weiter auf sondern sehen zu, dass wir die Kauri Coast erreichen: Das ist die Ostküste der Nordinsel unterhalb des Ninety Mile Beach. Im Waipoua Forest erreichen wir dann die Reste jener Wälder, die einst große Teile der Nordinsel bedeckt hatten - bis die wunderschönen alten Kauri (eine Koniferenart, die es nur auf Neuseeland gibt) dem Holzhunger der Maori und vor allem der europäischen Siedler zum Opfer gefallen sind. Der älteste überlebende Kauri-Baum - der...

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May 16, 2008 - Day 3

So Day 3 isn't very exciting. We woke up at the camp site early in the morning and went exploring for a bit. We found a couple of rivers near by and took some pictures. The main bulk of the day was spent driving to Rotorua. It was about a 5 hour drive. We took some detours along the way. We visited a local beach which was incredible to see because it was literally just us there. Miles and miles of beach, untouched. It was Brent's heaven. On our way to the beach, we were stopped by some cows in the middle of the road. They had funny...

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Mar 3, 2008 - Bays Bays and more Bays - Russell to Whatuwhiwhi

Day 3 (29th February 2008) - Russell to Whatuwhiwhi Before departing Russell we took a quick ride to Tapeka Point, 3km north of the town. Having spend most of our time the previous two days on the larger Route 1 road we decided to take the more scenic coastal roads as we headed further north.. Our first stop was Matouri Bay which looked stunning with its white sand and blue skies above.. By the time we descended down the gravel roads the clouds had closed in so after a quick bite to eat we moved on to Whangaroa. As you may have noticed the...

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Feb 1, 2008 - Napier, New Zealand

Ellie's entry: Napier-Hastings has been the biggest surprise of the trip so far. Actually, all of New Zealand is quite spectacular and so very different from what I expected in a country of only 4 million . Big industry in Napier port seemed to be lumber; whole logs and chips being shipped to Korea, Japan and China. Another picture postcard scene: Mountains & Beaches together. For a city of 60,000, there are fabulous services, Beautiful parks, Beach parks, Beach clubs, Pool clubs, gardens and gardens of flowers all ringing around the...

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Nov 9, 2007 - Less than a week to go

This time next week I'll be somewhere between Melbourne and Dubai - a third of the way approximately. I hope I'll be fast asleep, will have enjoyed my dinner and will be comfortably seated beside Margrit or Roy, who also will be having a good sleep. It will be about ten hours into the journey. This is all still anticipation. I've got so much packing still to do, and worse still, deciding on what to take. It may be quite cold (comparatively speaking) and apparently raining as well. The journey to Marmaris from Istanbul will be long - 12-13...

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