Hawkes Bay

So after travelling for a month, we felt like it was time to find another help exchange and found an awesome Kiwi family in Te Awanga. They were very welcoming and helpful. One day, we did a trip on their quad bike to see the gannet colony up on Cape Kidnappers. Gannets look very elegant…

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Mahia

We camped two night in Mahia. It’s a small penisnula with some surf beaches and lots of hills. There were parts that flooded from all the rain that week, which also caused some roads on the east cost to shut down due to Earthslips. But when we were in Mahia, the sun was shining The…

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Morere

A one night stop over on the way to Mahia. We went to the hot spring, which so nice and hot that we cooled off in the river! The bush surrounding the river was beautiful.

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East Cape

We absolutely loved the East Cape! Here are some more shots along our way. One stop was at the Marae where Whalerider was shot, which is a beautiful movie and we can only recommend. Another great film that was shot here on the East Cape is BOY.

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Tokumaru Bay

We stayed at Brian’s Place, which is a beautiful wooden house up the hill. It has wonderful campsites, but unfortunately it started raining the second day so badly that we moved into the house. In there it was nice and cosy and we had a fire going. However, the first night was clear, we made…

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Opotiki

The first stop at the Eastern Cape was Opotiki. We stayed at the Beach House, which was run by a lovely family. It was made of wood, with a big terrace, and a lovely polynesian charm. The family only rents it out druing the summer months, so they have the whole house during the winter…

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Tauranga – Mt Manganui

We stayed 2 nights in Tauranga. The highlight was a walk around Mount Manganui, which is an extinct volcano. Taking a walk around it under beautiful old trees along pretty bays was a lot of fun. There were also sheep grazing by the beach or native birds in the trees. Unfortunately, as you can see…

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McLaren Falls

On the way to Tauranga frm Matamata, we stopped to take a short bush walk to McLarren Falls. We saw many pretty fan tail birds, which I love. I think they are my favourite birds here! They dance and sing around, showing off their fan tail. So cute!

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Te Aroha & Matamata

Te Aroha means place of love. So we thought we should come here Te Aroha turns out to be a sleepy town where old people go and bathe! It is very pictureque with the Te Aroha Mountain just by its side. Misty clouds were hugging the hills. Houses looked charming and there was a wonderful…

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Coromandel

When you reach the Coromandel you drive along a windy road along the beach underneath beautiful trees. And so your arrival already starts with breathtaking sceneries. First we went to Coromandel Town. The weather was not good and we only stayed there for a night. We didn’t do so much there, and continued the next…

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