Not all skies are blue...

Trip Start Nov 27, 2010
Trip End Jan 08, 2011

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Friday, December 10, 2010

Mount Maunganui is not your typical coastal town. It has a very nice beach (which is fairly normal), but it also has a huge hill at the end of the peninsula. It is possible to climb the hill all the way to the top, but we (considering the size of it) went for the lighter track that simply circled the Mount.

During the walk we encountered a lot of trees that in New Zealand are referred to as 'The New Zealand Christmas Tree'. They weren't fully in bloom yet, but it was quite clear what a spectacular sight they will be closer to Christmas. Of course we can't remember the actual name of the tree, but we're sure some knowledgable person reading this can help out with that ;)

One of the reasons we did the track around the Mount rather than climbing it to the top was the weather. (The other was of course our physical condition and laziness ;)) As we finished up our walk around the Mount the weather took a turn for the worse, so we headed for the shops and restaurants.

One of the features of Mount Maunganui that appealed a lot to Martijn was the availability and quality of the sushi. Having such a large selection and the option to buy individual pieces really did wonders for trying out a lot of new things. It might not be a typical kiwi-dish, but compared to home the selection was so good that it would have been a crime not to take advantage of it.

And whilst we're on the topic of trying new things, Trude also found something nice to try. Starbucks was offering their new christmas selection consisting of Gingerbread Latte, Toffee Nut Latte and Dark Cherry Mocha in both normal (warm) and frappuccino (iced) version. Due to the weather Trude opted for trying the warm varieties. (So far the Dark Cherry Mocha is the winner...)

Not too far from Mount Maunganui is the McLaren Falls Park. The weather still wasn't 'perfect', but going to such a nice (and huge) park was still very enjoyable. We even stumbled upon a rather nice secluded little pond with a waterfall (not the actual McLaren Falls) that we spent a while just admiring and taking some pictures of (of course!).

Later in the evening, while relaxing and working on a new travelblog entry, we noticed that the sunset was rather nice and picturesque. Having such a nice location for our stay (just on the edge of the bay) we quickly dashed outside with our cameras and tried to take some sunset pictures. Feel free to judge if we succeeded or not :)

After a while the sun had gone down so far that the wonderous colours in the clouds had gone and it was getting rather chilly. So we quickly went back inside and enjoyed the rest of our evening in the comfort of our bed.

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Raymond on

I'm getting a real X-mass feeling from al your sunny pictures..... NOT ;)

Anyway hope you're having a great time, but cant imagine you wouldn't.



Tim on

And here I am, reading about your adventures on the other side of the world, whilst listening to my teacher during statisticd class. The world is unfair :(
Loving the pictures by the way, seems New Zealand is not to shabby ;)

wolftrails on

We are also discovering that the Christmas feeling for us is rather strongly tied to cold, wet, windy, COLD, dark and possibly snowy weather... not QUITE the weather here...

But the country IS definitely gorgeous (as we knew already :)) And that's also one of the reasons we find it so hard to pose in a picture... It feels like ruining a wonderful view and we're more focussed on getting just that great picture of the surroundings :P

A-K on

flotte bilder. Høres ut som om dere har det bra. hilsen oss i kalde nord

Chrissy on

You can learn more about the "NZ Christmas trees" here.........
We had a lot of these around our old house - one year the trees were so healthy that each flower turned into multiple blossoms like pompoms - it was truly spectacular :)

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