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    4 Islands for Day Trips Hauraki Gulf NZ

    Summer is the time to get out and enjoy the Hauraki Gulf Take a look at 4 Islands that I love to visit and that are perfect for day trips in the Hauraki Gulf. All 4 of these Islands are only a short ride by Ferry. Kawau Island I love this Island, I have many childhood memories from visiting Kawau Island as it was often the choice for picnic stops while we were boating in the Hauraki Gulf. You can easily grab a Ferry from Sandspit and it only takes about 20 mins across, give or take depending on scheduled stops in the many scenic bays along the way. Many…

  • Hauraki Gulf News

    Of interest in our local water world for Aucklander’s, the Hauraki Gulf news going to impact our lives in many ways. I have decided to include this page here so I can keep an eye on what is happening and also for some of my readers who spend a large portion of their summers playing in and around the Hauraki Gulf. Kiwi’s of the Hauraki Gulf Did you know that we have an Island in the Hauraki Gulf which has become a Nursery for our little brown Kiwi Birds? Motuora Island is positioned just offshore and you can also camp there and enjoy the sound of the Kiwis at night.…

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    Hauraki Gulf Islands a Scenic Image NZ

    This post is all about sharing my scenic images of the Hauraki Gulf. This is a good chance to bring my images into one post. These photos were all taken on day trips or overnight camps in the Hauraki Gulf. There are many Islands in the Hauraki Gulf, some I have been to, some you can not land on and others I hope to visit on a later date. Motuora Island is amazing and I was so lucky to get the opportunity to camp for 2 nights there. A great place to swim, walk and kayak in between just relaxing in the sand. Kawau Island One of my favourite day…

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    Day Visit Hauraki Gulf Saddle Island NZ

    The Hauraki Gulf’s Saddle Island is a perfect picnic and swimming location You may have guessed, Saddle Island ( Te Haupa Island )gets its name because of the saddle like shape. Only a 15 min by boat from the mainland, this is a popular choice with us while fishing and exploring the Hauraki Gulf. No camping or huts but day visits are no problem.No permission needed just the usual rules. No fires, be careful of bringing any pests with your boat etc. There are signs up when you get there with the basic rules. This Island is a day explore Island. Walk the narrow bush strip up and over to…

  • Eco Gift Tips and Ideas

    Putting Thought into Gift Buying. It stands to reason with Christmas now only weeks away, that we need to take a moment or two to consider our gift-giving impact on the environment. I cringe at the thought of all the plastic, packaging and junk products now lining the shelves. The good news is that there is another way. To me, Christmas time truly is the silly season. A time where everyone overeats, overspends, the roads become crazy, and we dump more plastic and rubbish into our environment. But it does not have to be that bad. Put a little thought into gift-buying and wow what a difference we can make.…

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    Goat Island Marine Reserve Day Trip From Auckland

    Goat Island Marine Reserve The first Marine Reserve in NZ Goat Island Marine Reserve is within a 90 min drive North of Auckland Central. The perfect day trip, at which you can walk, swim, kayak and snorkel or dive. Take a picnic and have lunch on the bank overlooking the reserve. On a nice day, you need to get there early to secure a close park. During the summer there is usually see-through kayaks to hire and a glass-bottom boat that you can go out on if you do not wish to get your feet wet. There is a shop that you can hire snorkel gear from located just before…

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    Auckland Image North Coastal Drive NZ

    Travelling North of Auckland you have a choice. Stick to the Motorway and pay for the tunnels or enjoy a free Coastal drive. I do drive this road on occasion and I always prefer the coastal road. It is quite hilly but on a good day, the scenery will take your breath away. Aso during the summer you can stop off take a rest and cool off in the tide. I was heading down the coast yesterday so I thought I would take my camera and chance a good image or two. Following the Coastal Route. My journey started by heading South toward Auckland, as you come toward the tunnels…

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    Boating Safety NZ

    When it comes to NZ Boating Safety. The rules on the water and of your boat and those that you are responsible for are becoming a lot stricter with an aim to save lives and a goal to taking steps for your survival should something go wrong while you are out on the water. Things have changed since the old days. I remember spending a lot of time boating on the Hauraki Gulf as a youngster and I also remember that sometimes things did go wrong. Luckily the boat never sank but there were silly things happen like the motor breaking down or some dink throwing the anchor over the…

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    A Beach Image Sunrise, Sunset NZ

    The Best Time to capture the ultimate Beach Image NZ This is my opinion, not all photographers would agree but it always works for me as long as the sky is clear. Morning is a great time to go for a walk with your camera and get a great beach image. Photography the hobby that goes where you go so if you love the sea you may enjoy capturing a beach image. It is fair to say that photography is the hobby that you take everywhere. You will not be happy if you go somewhere and find that your camera is not with you. It does not matter if you…

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    Ultimate Beach Photography NZ

    Capturing the ultimate beach photography means taking home great memories, cool images to share and true treasure offered free from nature. You may always take your camera with you, or sometimes wish you had thought of taking photos but with digital cameras, taking good images is just so easy. The trick is to know just when to use it to get some amazing images. If you have been hanging around with me here you will know that I love taking photos. I am no expert but sometimes I like to pretend I am. Beach photos are a passion of mine although I find it hard to paint ocean scenes I…