The 2005 travelogue is, as usual, written as we go and closely linked to a regular series of lighthearted Emails sent out as "News from The Antipodes". The travelogues have always been written as we go (this year on our Toshiba Portege), superficially spell checked and made available to our friends - in previous years they have been copied into an email and sent.
This year we are repeating the approach we used for a similar series from Australia ("News from Downunder") and uplifting them as we go to our web site and limiting the emails to a summary. This approach will, we hope, allow us to provide some background information for those new to the newsletter whilst allowing those who have heard much of it before to quickly scroll through the web pages to new sections.
This year we have gone one step further than previous years and added many pictures from Pauline's Digital Canon A75 Camera in high and low resolution as well as re-using some of the best previous pictures from Film and stills from the Peter's digital video camera.
All the pictures on our pages provide information of where they were taken etc. if you hover a cursor over them on a computer and a click/tap will open a larger image as an Overlay with associated information. As you are using a computer popup windows may be an option. More...
All the pictures on our pages provide details of where they were taken if you hover a cursor over them on a computer and they can all be clicked/tapped to open a larger version as an Overlay More....
For most users the Overlay type of image display is the best, it shows background information about where the picture was take and you can click/tap the left and right sides to move to the last/next picture which will have been preloaded to display quickly. The number of the picture and total number is also displayed along with the image name. Usually the total number of pictures in the 'gallery' is every picture on the page but I have an option to split the pictures into groups ie when there are several different places or subjects on the page.
The popup option (only available on computers) has the advantage that they can be positioned to the side allow access to the page, popups are however now blocked on many browsers and is really only present for existing users who are used to it. Use Settings if you really want to try it. Less...
This year we are spending our time in North Island and our travels will include two weeks sailing in the Hauraki Gulf. The route can be followed as we progress from the links at top and bottom which will be common to all the pages.
We are also including our initial plan for the trip which we will progressively update as we proceed - we never keep to our plans as we adapt to weather and to follow interesting diversions!
17-19 Jan Fly AirNZ to Auckland, Christine
20 Jan Collect campervan. Christine
21 Jan Christine
22-23 Jan 2 nights Dargaville/Trounson Kauri Park
24 Jan Opononi then Rawene ferry to Ahipara
25-26 Jan Cape Reinga then 2 nights Waitiki Landing
27 Jan Back to Ahipara
28 Jan Lunch at Mangonui then Whangaroa Harbour
29 Jan Kerikeri then Hururu Falls
30-31 Jan Thro' Paihia, Opua and Kawakawa to Matakohe
1 Feb Auckland
2-3 Feb MOTAT then to Thames
4-5 Feb Waihi Goldmine tour then 2 nights Rotorua
6 Feb Taupo then Taumarunui
7-9 Feb SH43 to Stratford then 3 nights at East Egmont
10 Feb Drove around the mountain then overnight in Wanganui
11-13 Feb Wellington *
14 Feb Valentines Day cruise on Waimarie, Wanganui
15 Feb River Road to Raetihi
16 Feb Napier - Taihape Road to Kuripapango
17-20 Feb Napier Art Deco Festival *
21 Feb Lake Tutira then Lake Waikaremoana
22 Feb Back to Wairoa then to Gisborne
23 Feb Tauranga
24 Feb Waihi
25-27 Feb Auckland Christine
28 Feb Return van
28 Feb-14 Mar Sailing Auckland *
15 Mar Finish sailing - Auckland
16 Mar Whangarei Falls
17 Mar Russell
18 Mar Tauranga Bay
19 Mar Tauranga Bay
20 Mar Sandspit
21 Mar Auckland Christine
22 Mar Auckland Christine
23-24 Mar Take van back then fly to London
After each visit we also try to extract more from the chronological organisation and consolidate the content into specific pages. Some background pages which may be of interest are:
New Zealand Wines, Wineries and Vineyard Restaurants - brings together our favourite vineyards to visit. Selection is not solely the on the quality of the wine but is biased towards those with good vineyard restaurants, magnificent scenery and a friendly and helpful approach.
Kauri, both logging and the gathering and use of it's gum forms another unique part of New Zealand history worthy of investigation.
Active Thermal Areas - New Zealand is also an area which is very active geologically and has a number of fascinating thermal areas, predominantly North Island.
Maori Culture and Heritage - One can not fully understand and appreciate New Zealand without gaining some understanding of the Maori Culture and Heritage and the interactions with the first settlers and their way of life.
Sailing in New Zealand - An Introduction to Sailing in New Zealand with an index to our own sailing in the Hauraki Gulf, The Bay of Islands and the Coastal Passage between them and on up to Whangaroa Harbour.
New Zealand Books - We have built up a library of books on New Zealand during our visits and have initiated a catalogue. Our books cover many topics from Sailing and Fishing through the Goldfields and Art Deco to Maori Culture.