Cortez Motor Inn

55 Landing Road, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand | Motel
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White island - active marine volcano

A travel blog entry by belhorizon1


... and knowledgeable.
On our way out, we got to see the ganetts. These birds nest there and take what we called 'the leap of faith', i.e. Their first flight just by jumping out of the cliff and fly all the way to Australia, for those who make it, stay there 2 or 3 years then come back to the white island.
On the way back to the main land we got to see another pod of dolphins. What a nice way to end the ...

Week 2: Heading East

A travel blog entry by epbrody


... there as well as Maria's son Daniel who we have not seen since he was a baby. It didn't take long to catch up. The rest of the day was just relaxing. We'll be here for a few days.

26 January: It is a gray, cool day at the beach...perfect for relaxing and reading a book. There are paddle board races going on even though the surf is quite rough today. We can watch the boarders from the deck of the apartment. Tonight we'll go out for dinner.

Back to Kawerau

A travel blog entry by edsutch


... this involved a very long breakfast. Then our rooms had all checked out and we got on to cleaning them. Which really doesn't take the four of us long to do at all. After a slow morning of hanging around we decided to have another go at monopoly. Which seemed like a good idea at the time, and then as soon as we started we all got pretty bored, pretty quick. I can't remember who won, or if we even finished the game. After this we didn't really do much else except ...

White Island Volcanic Island

A travel blog entry by tony-helen


... crater lake.

Take out the terrifying and the rest is true. Only terrifying if it starts to erupt, we suppose!!

We had a 90 minute boat trip to the Island, and had the opportunity to chat to other passengers or Volcanoites, as we like to call them! Tony chatted to a German policeman called Michael and Helen chatted up two lads from Colchester, although they had been in New Zealand for 5 years.
The boat trip was fun ...

Kawerau Thermal Motel

A travel blog entry by edsutch


... afternoons was definitely a time the shops didn't like to open. We finally found a shop open that Becky had often been into and bought several things, Cotton On. In we go and I get 2 T-shirts at a massive $2 each, Becky doesn't quite get the hang of not spending money, but a jumper and T-shirt coming it at $20 for the pair is still acceptable I guess! After buying a few clothes we got a bit of a scenic tour of the area, a trip over a mountain/ hill and we arrived at Ohope beach ...

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This motel, located on 55 Landing Road, Whakatane, is near Ohope Beach, Whale Island Tours - Swim With Dolphins, and Whale and Dolphin Watch.
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4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding