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Mar 27, 2007 - Waihi Beach

Our meandering north led us to Waihi Beach, on the coast of the south-east corner of the Coromandel Peninsula. We had kind of hoped for enough time to actually see some of the surrounding area, but we arrived after the drive from Rotorua abit later than expected, and other than a walk along the beach (no sun in sight, threatening to rain) we just stayed in the campsite and relaxed a bit. The town itself was tiny, and we had to drive to the next one to find a large enough supermarket to get some food for dinner and our final attempt at...

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Begbies on Tour

Mar 18, 2007 - New Zealand - Waihi Beach

First thing in the morning we were off to see some Glowworms, in the Waitomo Caves. We took a walk through the ancient underground labyrinth which is sacred to the Maori people and got to see lovely limestone formations and the Cathedral cavern. After seeing a few of these glowworms or arachnocampa luminosa in their thin and fragile hammocks/fishing nets used to catch prey, we headed down into the grotto and boarded a small boat. As we turned the corner we were met by thousands of these tiny creatures radiating their luminescent light which...

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Oct 15, 2006 - Tairua

And so another day begins. This may well turn out to be the shortest of my entries - I think the driving and various activities are slowly catching up with me and I am feeling less inclined to get up and more inclined to go to bed early. In fact, despite it only being 8pm I am already shattered. But I can't possibly deprive you all of another installment of my travels! So the day begins with Starship 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' coming out of my radio. I would like to say this annoyed me, but sadly it didn't and I almost joined in. Then I...

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Apr 18, 2006 - Back to the east coast

We've entered Ruakuri in rain, but come out to sun. That has to mean something. Doesn't it? Past the Big Bird B&B we go - ostrich eggs for sale - what an omelette that would make. On to Otorohanga...do we really want to see a live kiwi......perhaps not since it is still raining. Ah ha...would that be a glimpse of blue sky? Should we go east or west? Sun or rain? Let's be honest...we're intrepid travellers and weather is not an issue.....east (Cambridge) and rain it is!!! What is this? A 3 metre height limitation for the bridge? We are...

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Mar 26, 2006 - Coramandel Peninsular

We had a little time on our hands so decided to check out this part of the North Island, famous for its beaches. The first day it rained so time was spent not up to much. The next day however, turned out to be a beauty so we headed to 'Hot Water Beach' to test the thermal pools there. We were lucky that we had caught low tide today so was able to access the area. Ideally one hires a spade and sigs a suitable hole and then sits in it for a nice warm bath. However! due to the ferociousness of the waves no quhc task wa spossible so we made do...

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Mar 12, 2006 - Thames

Van Mount Maunganui nemen we de bus naar Thames. Thames een plaats nog geen 200 jaar oud. Bij het busstation bellen we een hostel. Ze zijn zo vriendelijk om ons op te komen halen. De eigenares, ma Flodder met minirok, is er binnen een kwartier. Het hostel waar we slapen is een gebouw van 140 jaar oud en stamt uit de glorietijd van de goudmijnen. Het plaatsje is heerlijk ingeslapen en we hebben geen idee hoe het straks weer zal zijn als we in het drukke Rotterdam terugkomen. De laatste maanden verblijven we alleen maar in dit soort...

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AJUUS !!!!!!!

Jan 21, 2006 - Whitianga - Thames

Da im Auto nicht genuegend Platz fuer 5 mit Gepaeck war reiste ich zum naechsten Ort mit dem Intercity voraus. Als die anderen 4 Schlafkappen ;o) endlich in Thames ankamen machten wir uns gleich auf den Weg zum Pinnacles Trail. Andrew und ich werden in ein paar Tagen eventuell den 3taegigen Walk im Tongariro Nationalpark wagen und wollten einmal eine "Testwanderung" machen. Der Weg selber war ziemlich schoen aber die Aussicht nicht sonderlich spektakulaer - viel, viel, viel Wald!!! Frueher war hier ein riesiges Gebiet mit Kaori-Wald, die...

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Conny on Tour

Jan 17, 2006 - Cathedral Cove and Whitianga (fitianga) also known as Mercury Bay

Hey guys, So since my last message I have started the main part of my Kiwi Experience bus trip through the North Island. My first over night stop was Mercury bay, which was kind of boring so I only stayed one night. However, along the way theer we stopped at a place called Cathedral Cove, which was a good 40 min walk from where the bus left us, but man was it worth it. Huge cathedral shaped rocks that took you through to a beautiful beach with clear waters and big waves. Everyone from the bus took the walk and we all hung out on the beach...

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Jan 11, 2006 - Whitanga - Mercury Bay

Hit the bus early doors, good crowd on board and a fair few girlies which is good to know its not going to be a sausage fest on this bus. Hit Mount Eden in Auckland and got some lush views over the city, met the driver Ponsey, good laugh should be a funny trip. Got to Her Hei beach at about 2 and we had two hours to doss on a real sweet beach, thought I had left those well behind me in Aus, and been well surprised by the weather here, expected it to be nasty, but alls good in the hood.

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Jan 7, 2006 - Omkoroa - Athenree Hot Springs Park

Having only been able to book 3 nights, moved further towards Waihi Beach ( 6kms ) another hot springs camp. Booked in for 2 nights to explore the surrounding beach !!! Didn't take alot of exploring decided that this would be a perfect stop for more than two nights !!! Explored the close-by Gorge on foot, along the most stunning gorge path to the falls. Passing through woods and across suspension bridges, pausing to explore tunnels left by long gone mine workings. It must have been the most tiring work as the tunnels were narrow and low,...

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Dec 17, 2005 - Mt Manganui

We arrived to the lovely seaside resort of Mt Manganui on friday. Mt Manganui is a popular holiday spot for Auklanders and is a big surfing resort. It was lashing rain when got there. The hostel we stayed in was nice though and had free pizza and tea & cookies ready when we arrived. It continued to downpour for the two days we were there. So much for spending some time on the beach before heading to Aukland, so we pretty much sat in the hostel all day.

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Dec 4, 2005 - On to Whangamata

Went to The Buried Village, which was entombed after a volcanic eruption in 1886, they have excavated a few of the buildings with all the objects left just as they would have been in 1886, very spooky. There are also loads of trees in straight lines all around the remains of the huts, these are apparently the old fence posts that took root again and grew due to the fertile volcanic soil. Our guide was very informative and explained that although there were loads of trout in the local streams women were not allowed to take any, so what the...

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Di and Jaz On Tour

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