New Zealand · 14 Days · 41 Moments · August 2015

Jess and Peters NZ North Island Road Trip!

28 August 2015

Home time. Boarding soon.

27 August 2015

Tane Mahuta. Largest Kauri tree in NZ. Approximately 2000 years old.
Motuti Marae. Peters grandfathers whanau are from this area.

26 August 2015

Cape Reinga part 2
Cape Reinga part 1
Kauri reserve in the Puketi Forrest on the way to Kaitaia/Cape Reinga

25 August 2015

Wharepuke bungalow view with light rain and a sweet honey mead/wine in hand. Hard to explain how serene it is here. Our favourite accommodation so far.
Historic site at Kerikeri. Oldest known two buildings in NZ.
Russell Island
The morning overcast view from our accomodation in Paihia.

24 August 2015

Landed on our feet in Paihia
Pictures taken on the drive to Pahia.
Waiwera and Wenderholm. Peter found a pet fantail. the obligatory sheep shot.
In Lorraine's garden

21 August 2015

More of Wellington and the drive back to Auckland including Mt Ruapehu and the Huka Falls
Museum Te Papa in Wellington. Only one exhibition seen so far, the 'Scale of Our War' about the NZ involvement in Gallipoli. Still 3 more floors to discover!

20 August 2015

Peters eldest daughter is named after the Maori legend of Pania
National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier

19 August 2015

Walking around Napier
The drive to Napier. Very wet and grey. The weather cleared as we came into Hawkes Bay with a rainbow to boot! So far Napier looks great. Interesting Art Deco architecture and lots of restaurants by the see. Will go for an explore soon.
Wet and rainy in Taupo, so a long cosy breakfast was in order.

18 August 2015

Arrived in Lake Taupo. Beautiful scenery on the drive but miserable weather so no photos. Hopefully clears for the tomorrow!
Mount Maunganui hike. Was harder than expected! Lots of stairs and quite steep.
Just about to hike up Mount Maunganui. Apparently the view is amazing from the top. There were para gliders circling around it yesterday, it looked very peaceful. Will take pictures!

17 August 2015

'The Mount' Maungauni accomodation at the Atrium Apartments - fantastic harbour and mountain views. We're planning on hiking the mountain in the morning. The town itself is cute and seasidey with a laidback feel and a couple of backpacker hostels.
Driving from Auckland to Mt Maunganui
And the road trip begins!

16 August 2015

Auckland Art Gallery
Sky Tower Auckland
Now this is a building with character.

15 August 2015

Such a great night. One of the best.
On our way to the Langley hotel for Peters uncles 70th!
I want to move to Ponsonby!! It's packed full of restaurants, boutique shops and a great bustling vibe. These photos don't do it justice (rushed). We will be back!
Peter at Barber in the very hip suburb of Ponsonby
At Auckland harbour
Peter decided we didn't need a GPS in the hire car. I queried as to how we were going to find places (read: who the hell goes on a road trip without a GPS). Peter replies... 'Just stop and ask people. Generally someone at the dairy or servo will know'. And the adventure begins!?
'Ascot' view
Arrived in Auckland! Staying at the Ascot in Parnell.

14 August 2015

From the flight over
At the Brisbane International Airport