Auckland & Northland Travel Stories blog posts

  •  A King's Coach on a fast pony express ride down the beach  © © Kings Tours & Intercity

    High-Jinks on Ninety Mile Beach

    By Paul Rush
    Wednesday, 4 April 2012

    Paul Rush takes a modern pony express ride down our longest beach highway.

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    Culture North Night Show

    By Amelia Norman
    Wednesday, 29 September 2010

    For a place of enormous national significance, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are surprisingly unassuming. As I arrive early evening, the clear navy blue sky is ever-deepening behind brilliant red, out-stretched pohutukawa branches.

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  •  A beach near Waipu, Northland, New Zealand.  © Amelia Norman

    Naming the Beast: North Island by Campervan

    By Amelia Norman
    Thursday, 26 August 2010

    I grew up in a family that names its vehicles. Before I was born there was Henrietta, the baby blue van. After her came Dippy, the racy red Anglia whose license plate began with ‘DP’, then Goldbug the sparkling gold Holden Kingswood station wagon.

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  •  Discovering Kerikeri, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

    Discovering Kerikeri

    By Amelia Norman
    Monday, 28 September 2009

    I’m not going to pretend that the chocolate wasn’t a highlight. Yes, the vivid orange mandarins dangling en masse from their trees and the bulbous, ripe avocados for sale on the road side were tempting. But the chocolate… mmmmm.

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  •  Eco-Travel Auckland Style

    Eco-Travel Auckland Style

    By Amelia Norman
    Wednesday, 16 September 2009

    ‘If you would like your towels washed, please place them on the bathroom floor. If you would like to reuse your towels and save water, please hang them on the towel rail. Thank you for considering our environment’.

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  • A stingray rears out of the water towards me... © Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World

    Stingray Splash

    By Amelia Norman
    Wednesday, 16 September 2009

    A stingray the size of a dinner table rears out of the water and launches itself towards me. Its mouth is open and its thick, fleshy ‘wings’ are wrapping themselves around the sides of my upstanding body.

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    The Colours of Auckland

    By Amelia Norman
    Friday, 10 July 2009

    This morning, Auckland is grey. The grey sky sits lifelessly above the roaring morning traffic. At the ferry terminal, boats cruise in from across the grey harbour, delivering inner city workers from the outer suburbs and gulf islands.

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  •  Dolphin Adventure, Bay of Islands

    Swimming with Dolphins, Bay of Islands

    By Amelia Norman
    Thursday, 9 July 2009

    Eleven pairs of eyes scan the ocean in baited silence. “Even if you think you see one, call out. We’d rather stop for a piece of driftwood or seaweed than miss a dolphin,” says our Dolphin Adventure skipper Tammy.

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  •  Whangaroa weblog Travel Story

    Whangaroa: Up the Duke's Nose

    By Liz Light
    Sunday, 27 August 2006

    “Phormium tenax, cordyline australis, pseudopanax crassifolius.” My sweetheart, Sam, has taken an interest in native plants in the last couple of years and periodically drops their scientific names into our conversations.

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  •  Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel  © Tourism Coromandel

    Coromandel Loop

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    It may be mildly obsessional but I’ve always been one to connect the dots, complete things, so it’s naggingly irritating that it’s not possible to drive the full circle around the top of Coromandel Peninsula.

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  •  Kereru - New Zealand's native wood pigeon - at Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, New Zealand.  © Amelia Norman

    Tiritiri Matangi

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    Bellbirds, four of them, feathers fluffed up, sit in a huddle in a wattle tree with winter yellow flowers, and they’re going for it, sounding each other out, shrieking more than singing.

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  •  Auckland city and bridge at twilight - Tourism Auckland  © Tourism Auckland

    Rangitoto

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    On this blue Sunday the sun sits just above the low pointed cone of Rangitoto and, as we steam towards it on the 9.15 ferry, the island is silhouetted black, a round almost-collapsed jelly served up on silver sea.

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  •  Wairere Boulders, Hokianga, Northland, New Zealand.  © Wairere Boulders

    Rock of Ages

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    Some of the massive boulders are fluted, as if a giant has dragged fingers through icing. Some are rippled like the ocean and others have wrinkled rows of razor sharp ridges.

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  •  A Modest Memorial weblog Travel Story

    A Modest Memorial

    By Judith Doyle
    Sunday, 30 July 2006

    New Zealanders are celebrated as outdoor enthusiasts and keen sportspeople. But alongside this sporty tradition is a growing enthusiasm for New Zealand writing.

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  •  Newmarket weblog Travel Story

    Newmarket

    By Lynn Clayton
    Monday, 27 March 2006

    Most people these days think of Newmarket as the trendy shopping centre in Auckland. This is true but it is much more than this.

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