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Oct 12, 2017 - New Plymouth

October 12, 2017 Awoke to a glorious morning. First thing we did was check on fire status. Horrific! Our house is locked up tighter than a drum because of VRBO guests. It is even worse as with no electricity the garage doors won’t open from the outside. All of our keys were locked in an area of the house with the only access key in Bob’s car in the garage. The garage door was locked! A very long story short is that our gardener, Salvador, is our first hero. He was able to get access to Bob’s car which allowed access to the key that allowed...

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2017 New Zealand

Oct 11, 2017 - Whanganui to New Plymouth

October 11, 2017 Lots of rain and wind! Scullers out on the river. Not fun I am sure. Caught up on the Sonoma/Napa fire situation as we have tons of good WiFi. The drive to New Plymouth ( the Texas of NZ because of all of the offshore oil rigs and gas) and Mt. Taranaki was a very blustery and windy drive through dairy land. The wind was probably the worst we have faced yet but at least we were not dangling off the side of a mountain. About the time we arrived in Stratford the sun and blue sky came upon us. Stratford claims NZ’s first...

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2017 New Zealand

Mar 19, 2017 - WOMAD

Spent the Weekend in New Plymouth at the NZ WOMAD festival and had the best time! New Plymouth is really laid back and had a holiday feel about it, despite being a busy working town and the festival was so relaxed but with plenty of dancing and great music.Highlights of the weekend were Sinkane from NY, The Soil from South Africa and The East Pointers from Canada.I also enjoyed Marlon Williams and Swamp thing from NZ too. New Plymouth is about 4 and a half hours away from Tauranga on the West Coast of the North Island and sits in the shadow...

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Feb 27, 2017 - The North Island of New Zealand

We flew into Wellington (capital city) and after taking a while to find our rental car we drove north through absolute gridlock traffic for probably qatwo hours. There is one way in and out of the city now and will be difficult to improve with their sea and mountain boundaries. Our destination was Palmerston North which put us in a good position for other communities the next morning. The manager was excellent in providing directions and local information. We drove to Napier on the east coast through mixed farmland with lots of cattle...

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Jan 28, 2016 - Napier towards New Plymouth.

We set off early and stopped at a local supermarket. There were drops of rain when we set off but by the time the shopping was done it was pouring down. The rain continued for the whole day. We made a short stop for fuel and then had lunch in the van. The roads have been good and traffic light, it has been a good day for traveling rather than dodging the rain and trying to sightsee. After 316km we turned off the main highway at Patea. Drove down to the coast and decided to stay on a small site close to the water. It is two grass fields but...

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Jan 18, 2013 - New Plymouth

Today we drove south to the small city of New Plymouth, population about 45,000. The weather was mostly cloudy with sunny periods and with a strong, cold wind. I seemed to have picked up a small cold somewhere. Nothing serious, but annoying. The cold and damp days are not helping. We got a great camping spot overlooking the sea and within walking distance of the city.

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Find Tom 5

Jan 10, 2013 - New Plymouth

January 09 Windy Wellington lived up to its name this morning. In fact all the weather reports for New Zealand today spoke of strong winds of 40 – 60 kmh with gusts up to 120kmh later in the day for most parts of NZ. The South Island was also going to cop even more rain so we are glad that we are in the North. As we drove out of Wellington we could see low cloud and a mizzly atmosphere ahead. We bypassed the fabulous motor museum at Paraparaumu because I have seen it before, albeit about 25 years ago. The rain held off until we reached...

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Dec 3, 2012 - Home again, home again...

Monday 3rd December Tony is up at 6am, but it is quite light already. He heads down to the beach and gets a few photos, but the beautiful sunrise he hoped to capture has passed. Still it is a lovely morning. Max is about, and he was also too late for sunrise. He will give it another shot tomorrow. Tony heads back to the room and he and Cynthea go to the café for breakfast. We will head for the airport around 8.30, to check in by around 9.30, our flight leaves just before 11am. Air NZ Nadi to Auckland cost us $775 for two tickets with...

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Apr 21, 2012 - New Plymouth

Hello all, We had a great time in New Plymouth. We stayed with an old work colleague and friend Dr. Sharat Shetty, his lovely family, wife Katherine and daughters Rachel and Mia. It was so nice to sleep in a real bed after nearly 3 weeks in the campervan. They were the perfect hosts showing us around, feeding and watering us as well as introducing us to some friends. Sharat cooked up some delicious Indian cuisine for a house party on the Sunday which I had no problem in scoffing and washing down with some cold beers. We went out for dinner...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Mar 16, 2012 - The Naki (as we locals call Taranaki)

Quite a gap since the last blog as we’ve been in the back country which is lacking in wi fi hotspots. We spent a fantastic day driving down the Forgotten World Highway to Stratford. This went over four mountain passes, along river valleys and through tunnels and we stopped to admire waterfalls on the way. We then did a circumnavigation (by road) of Mount Taranaki, stopping at New Plymouth for a hair do on the way and also camping beside deserted, windswept beaches and beautiful lakes. The weather has improved and the mountain even showed...

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Feb 17, 2012 - New Plymouth, Dunedin, Whangarei

More photos on Facebook, anyone can copy/paste the link to see them https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151300995985707.805030.746395706&type=3&l=255b62d59a Friday 17th Up at 8am for breakfast, and a LOT of coffee, then off to the airport to catch a midday flight to New Plymouth. A short hop, just over 30 minutes, and he was met at the airport by his aunty Diane. Tony called Cynthea to say he was at the airport, and would call from his parents’ place when he got near. The plan was for Tony to be dropped off a couple of houses back,...

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Feb 15, 2012 - New Plymouth, our adopted home, or one of them!

From Martinborough we knew that we did not have a huge amount of time left to do the North Island and it is much better to be honest to spend at least 2 nights somewhere so you can relax, we planned to go to Mount Egmont which is known as the Mount Fuji of NZ so we headed there. The mountain range itself is amazing but the main mountain was shrouded in cloud which apparently means it is crying, it must have been upset as it was crying for nearly 3 days by the time we left. The campsite was nice although we did get a few mosquito bites which...

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