Sunday, April 23, 2017

What's it like out there?


We've had 2 significant cyclones here recently... Cyclone Debbie and Cyclone Cook. So much rain and flooding, thankfully we were ok here. The morning after the latter one had left I decided I'd had enough of cabin fever and got out for a much needed walk. Looks like other people had the same idea - what a morning it was :-)

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blue and Green Lakes - Rotorua


Our tiki tour a couple of weeks ago included the Blue and Green Lakes in Rotorua. This place consists of two lakes; Lake Tikitapu and Lake Rotokakahi (above) which are very close to Lake Tarawera.


Lake Tikitapu (below) doubles as a camping ground also and is popular over the Summer months.


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Time for some fun...


Last night we picked up my 17 year old son from the bus stop here in Tauranga. He currently lives up north with his dad while he's finishing his last year at high school and he comes down here for the school holidays. I had an idea that we would make signs to welcome him when he got off the bus...it was my daughter's idea what to write on the signs.


As you can see from his expression he's amused and was laughing about it, as was the bus driver plus the lady sitting on the bus in the background.

What do you do to have a few laughs?

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Exploring Karangahake Gorge


Last weekend we ventured out on one of our road trips this time to explore the Karangahake Gorge. Neither of us had actually gone into the area, just driven past.


This is a very historical place as the East Coast main trunk railway use to run through here. This section of it includes a walkway/cycleway and a 1100 metre tunnel. As you can see from the above 2 photos the main highway runs to the right which leads to Auckland.


We walked through some stunning native scenery, I was looking for fungi and mushrooms but as it wasn't quite wet I could'nt find any. There are also old ruins of abandoned gold mines here which were once used between 1880s and 1950s.


This is one of the bridges we crossed, as I am scared of heights the first one we walked over I had to hold my partner's hand - silly isn't it?

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Owharoa Waterfalls - Waikato




Today...another tiki tour, this time in the opposite direction to Owharoa Waterfalls - about an hour from home. Just off the main highway and before the Karangahake Gorge. Located in between Paeroa and Waihi we found the water was very heavy most likely from all the rain we had last week. I even managed to get a photo of a couple of tourists getting their photos taken in front of the waterfall.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday :-)

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