From Auckland you first take the circular route north to the Bay of Islands and Waipoua Forest, then drive south via the awesome Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua and Taupo to take in a little Maori culture and enjoy the volcanic area.You then continue south to Wellington via the wine growing regions around Napier and Martinborough.We recommend that you stay at least 24 hours in Auckland to enjoy this beautiful city and to recover from your jet-lag.The problem is this city has so much to offer you may have trouble making choices.My recommendations for dinner are the seafood restaurant Harbourside back in the Ferry Building, or wander along to the Princes Wharf where you'll find several more waterside eateries.Head north over the Harbour Bridge on SH1 for 30 kilometres and take the 398 Exit to Silverdale (soon after the BP Service Station) and follow the ‘Free Route’ (and not the Toll Road) through Orewa.In 1983 the family returned to Perth, where Mr Watts became the Rector of Wanneroo, and then served at his final parish of Floreat Park.Although he officially retired in 1995, Mr Watts continues to be an active minister, despite recent ill-health, which requires him to undergo dialysis treatment three days a week.
First stop should be the volcanic cone of Mt Eden for a panoramic view of the city and harbours to orientate your bearings before we start the tour.
CHURCHGOERS in Black Bourton, Brize Norton and Carterton are being asked to play a part in celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the ordination of their former vicar.
The Rev Canon Frank Watts, 83, was the vicar of Black Bourton with Carterton from 1960 to 1963, then the vicar of Brize Norton with Carterton from 1963 to 1969, before emigrating to Australia with his family.
Under the influence of Mr Watts’ “gentle ministry”, Fr Brodie first became a lay reader and then churchwarden before deciding to train for the priesthood himself. He said: “I am one of at least four clergy, to my knowledge, whose ordination was as a result of Frank’s ministry.
This is why I am committed to making this celebration something special for a very special man.” Mr Watts, who was born on June 12, 1930, was ordained as a deacon at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff on his birthday in 1954 and ordained as a priest a year later.