Friday, May 26, 2017

Redwood Forest (Whakarewarewa) - Rotorua


While out at Rotorua last week one place we visited was the Redwood Forest (Whakarewarewa). 6 ha of Redwood trees scattered in close proximity to each other that grow so tall and leafy.


Apparently 170 trees were planted in the early 1900s and only a handful are still there today. This one is one of New Zealand's Ponga tree ferns.


We could't believe how cold it was while walking along this track. The temperature for the day was around 8 deg celsius. I should've taken a jacket.


Sad to see quite a few mushrooms and toadstools had been squashed and stood on, this was the only one I could find.


This track we walked took about half an hour but there were various other tracks there too.


One of the main attractions there was the treetop walk which costs around $25 NZD which we weren't going to pay, we were just as happy on the ground - besides I'm scared of heights so that left me out.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kayakers at Okere Falls



One spot we visited last weekend was beautiful Okere Falls in Rotorua. The Okere River is 11 km long and part of the Kaituna River. Near the end of the walking track was this area where the falls leaps into a wide flow and bursting out all of a sudden came these kayakers who seemed to be greatly enjoying the adrenaline rush - not for me though sorry.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Hamurana Springs - Rotorua


Time for another trip, yesterday we drove nearly an hour out to Rotorua in search of things to see and do. This time we visited Hamurana Springs which is sort of like Blue Springs here in Tauranga.


Normally on a warmer day the trees would be green and no leaves on the ground but tis Autumn.


And the water would be crystal clear blue but we visited here on a very chilly day where the temperature got down to about 8 deg celsius and the wind chill was freezing.


So many colours and reflections over the water and all the ducks were huddled together in places.


In various parts there were bubbles where the Spring was pushing water to the surface from the ground.


The whole walk takes about an hour roughly around the full circle of the park. This part had a small lookout where we could see into one of the main Springs and down the river.




I took a short video of the main spring from the lookout we stood at 3/4 of the way around. There was a very fat trout fish swimming around nearby.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Te Kahui Matariki - The 7 figures


While today outside looks blustery and Autumn-ish I thought I'd go through my archives since it's my day off and I found this one from last year at this time of a photo I took down by The Strand on Tauranga's waterfront area. 

Near the railway track and wharf is a park which holds 7 Maori carvings called "The 7 Poupou" created by James Tapiata. According to the Tauranga Memories page: The appearance of the Matariki constellation in the north eastern sky in late May, early June hails the arrival of the Maori new year. This is a time of new beginnings when karakia (prayers) are offered for the health of the soil, the seed, and the harvest. If the stars are clear and bright, the following year will be warm and fruitful: if hazy, a cold winter lies ahead. Matariki was also used as a navigational beacon for ocean travellers throughout the Moana-nui-a Kiwa (Pacific Ocean).

The first figure - Kahui Matariki reflects the status in the universe. The second - Tapu Nuku rising from the earth, the third - Tupu a Rangi is about the navigational aspects of Matariki. The forth - Waita details the travels taken by the Maori, the fifth - Waiti depicts food bringing. The sixth - Waipuna a Rangi portrays the arrival and life giving properties of water, the seventh - Ururangi pays respects to the links Tauranga Maori have with Kingitanga (Maori King movement).

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Mauao track - still closed


We here in Mount Maunganui have a local track around the mountain that is very popular with runners and walkers but sadly due to all the rain we had recently it's closed for repair. It's a nice track, takes about 45 minutes to walk the whole way around.


And this is the view from 1/4 of the way around - in the distance is the end of Matakana Island.

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