Category: New Zealand

Monday November 7th, Paihia – Ahipara

Before leaving Paihia we drove 2 Km to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where Maori and English signed the founding of New Zealand. We continued North to the Rainbow Warrior monument close to the place where French secret service sank the

Sunday November 6th, Hamilton – Paihia

Because we could only go on the 13:30 boat around the Bay of Islands and to Hole in the Rock we had to get to Paihia by 1 o’clock. That meant an early start and making no stops. The time

Saturday November 5th, Rotorua – Hamilton

A hefty 326 Km was our target today. By evening we had to be in Hamilton. The direct route is short but we made a large detour to see some extra attractions. We stopped in Tirau where most shops have

Friday November 4th, Rotorua

We kept a close eye on the weather report today as we had booked a helicopter tour to White Island. On the way to the lakefront heliport we visited the Maori village and church first before “checking in” for our

Thursday November 3rd, Taupo – Rotorua

Another short drive today because of the stops we’ve planned. After just 52 Km we arrived at Wai-O-Tapu, one of the many geothermal parks in the area. A stroll along the walking paths brought us along the red and blue