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January 11, 2012 09:06AM
An update from Turangi, New Plymouth, Wanganui, etc....

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Now on to Rotoura and Gisbourne (SP in all names may be missalighned, or Americanized)
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January 14, 2012 08:32PM
Amazing photos! You are seeing more of the country than most of us ever have!! Thanks for sharing.
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January 15, 2012 03:44AM
We buzzed through Rotorura and went right to Ohope for several days. We were at the East Cape Lighthouse today, and are now in Gisbourne for a couple of days. Then it looks like a trip up to Bay of Plenty again, only further north.
We have to travel like this to keep in the sun during this Summer you are having this year.
Greg
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January 15, 2012 06:23PM
It's probably too late because you've already been to Whakatane/Ohope, but a trip out to White Island (volcano) is an opportunity of uniqueness as well.

Glad to hear you walked the track between Whakatane and Ohope - we did that several years ago and it was a great walk.
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January 16, 2012 03:40AM
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We walked the track from Ohope to Whakatane, drank two quarts of beer, ate two burgers and a scoop of chips, (at the quarthouse), and then walked the track back to Ohope.
It was then Gin O'clock and feet up time.
We are heading back up into that area tomorrow, only along Highway 2 instead of around the cape. Plan on fishing the Waioeka gorge for a couple days, then up North. So we will be back through Whakatane, but not sure yet about the trip out to the volcanic Island. We never really know too much in advance where we will end up, just chasing the sun.
Thanks for the heads up!
Greg
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January 16, 2012 06:06AM
Ohope to Gisbourne via East Cape update

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Greg
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January 24, 2012 06:17AM
We left Gisbourne, fished the Waiocka Gorge (where Leslyn outfished me in good fashion), then on to Waihi Beach for a few days. We did find a Rena wreck container on a beach up from Waihi beach. Also a few days in Whitianga, and way out to Opito Bay, and even beyond to Matapaua bay, a few KMs further. Back to Whitianga by way of the HWY 309. We are now in Coromandel Town for several days. Went all the way up the west side today, and going up the East side to the end tomorrow. Also stopped for paua at Chums beach, but only found small ones, and an octopus.
Here are more photos of this last bit:
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Greg
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January 24, 2012 04:12PM
Ooh Greg, Coromandel Town is where the not-to-be-missed railway ride is [www.drivingcreekrailway.co.nz] !!!!!!!!!!!!

Fabulous photos, thanks for posting.
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January 24, 2012 07:57PM
Enjoying your photos, Greg - glad you are enjoying your time with us. Those birds in your photos are pukeko or purple swamp hens. They are often seen pecking around in ditches on the side of the road and therefore sometimes end up as road kill. The are very protective and will attack if you get what they regard as too close to their young.

Regards,

Barbie Girl
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January 24, 2012 09:11PM
??? Barbie girl, sorry but now I'm confused. I didn't see any pukekos in the photos. There was a photo of some birds which were identified in a comment below them, as oyster catchers. Maybe the pukekos are in an earlier set of photos?
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January 25, 2012 02:58AM
The birds I was referring to were in the Farm Stay set in which the caption said that they were a family of ? and maybe Irene knew what they were. However, having looked again, I realise that while they look like pukeko, maybe they aren't as the beaks on the ones in the image are longer than pukeko beaks.

Maybe Irene does indeed know what they are.

Regards,

Barbie Girl





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January 25, 2012 03:14PM
Helen Bell solved the mystery... they are Oyster Catchers
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January 28, 2012 02:29AM
Some new photos from Coromondal Town, Driving Creek Railway, and some from Paiha and Keri Keri, where we are now. We just this evening got back from the top of 90 mile beach and the lighthouse up there.
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It sure has been cold down in the South Island, we're sure glad we did that first, and are now up North.

Greg and Les
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January 28, 2012 04:00PM
It is so generous of you to share your lovely holiday with us here. You will know this country better than most of us who live here. Thank you, Leslyn and Greg.
Warm regards to you both, Stephanie.
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January 29, 2012 05:29AM
Leslyn has been busy on the computer. This last group is from up, way up North, and Russell and Paihia.

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It is nice to have this great weather up here.

Going up to Keri Keri for the farmers market Sunday, then up to the Kari Kari Pinsinsuela for the last of Janusry and 1st couple days of February, Staying in Whatuwhiwhi.

Greg
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January 30, 2012 04:55AM
Greg and Les, your photos are great! The tourism authority in NZ ought to see your photo blog. What a wonderful pictorial of "Pure New Zealand".
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January 30, 2012 07:41PM
Greg and Leslyn - a bit of history which you may (or may not) be interested in. The existing town of Russell was not the site of the first capital of NZ. While it was called Russell, the site of the first capital was at Okiato (where the vehicle ferry from Opua crosses to), about 8kms by road away. At that time, what is now the existing town of Russell was called Kororareka. It was the capital for a brief period in the early 1840s with Governor Hobson at the helm before being moved to Auckland and then to Wellington where it has remained. All that remains of the first capital at Okiato is a wishing well.

Regards,

Barbie Girl
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February 06, 2012 01:31AM
Here are a few shots of around Whatuwhiwhi.
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The weather was nice, but since we have been around Goat Island (Leigh), and now at Algies Bay, there seems to be a chill in the air. It is still a lot warmer than Montana right now.
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February 07, 2012 01:37AM
The chill is very unusual! We don't like it either.
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February 07, 2012 04:27PM
Some photos coming down the West coast from Karikari pininsula through to Leigh and Algies Bay on the East Coast.
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We were in Orewa yesterday and got our limits of cockles for lunch today. Taking off Thursday to "drop" in on Irene down Rotorura way.
Only have a week left, then off to Montana to start tomatoes and peppers going in the greenhouse, about two weeks later than usual, but been having too much fun down here so they will have to wait.

greg
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February 10, 2012 02:51PM
George & I had a lovely evening with Greg, Leslyn, Helen Bell and her hubby Darrell. Absolutely wonderful to hear of your travels in person Greg and Leslyn. I hope we get to meet again - one day, somewhere!!
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February 20, 2012 12:41AM
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Some photos of Algies bay and getting cockles around Orewa, Shakespeare Park, Just North of Auckland. Les has a few more to post, and will get to them in the next few days. We are back in Montana, and now after jet lag, I am in the greenhouse making up for lost time.
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March 10, 2012 02:40AM
We are back in Montana, and here I am getting the first garden reafy to plant.

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Greg
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March 23, 2012 12:11AM
Sometimes, we just need to see through the eyes of the visitors of our own country. Shame about the rain, which is what makes things grow!

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