Archive | March 2012

A Kiwi spot of Tudor, Anglican and Maori

Time for a snapshot of some New Zealand history and architecture.

There is a quiet little suburb of Rotorua where you can see a Tudor style Anglican church set in a historic and sacred Maori village.

Ohinemutu is the beautiful lakeside setting for St Faith’s Church & Tamatekapua Meeting House.

Ohinemutu on the banks of Lake Rotorua

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Move aside work… there is deep thinking to be done

According to the flag counter on this blog (which I check at least ten times daily and it is a source of constant amazement to me) my latest new visitor is from Greece.

I have never been to Greece but as you may or may not know it is on my bucket list.

It just made me wonder if the person in Greece had their own bucket list with New Zealand on it?
Or even, bizarrely (or not) – travelling around New Zealand in a campervan?

Am I not only living my dream life but that of someone else?
Is there someone in Greece, or Peru, living their own dream life but blogging about having New Zealand on their bucket list?

I must learn not to think too deeply about things like this, especially when I have real work to be doing.
I think this is called procrastination.

Did I tell you last week my latest readers were from Mexico and the Bahamas….

Are you a muggle or a seeker?

And I’m not talking about Harry Potter.

Although you may have been pottering through a park when you spied a seeker; a modern-day treasure hunter partaking in the popular activity of geocaching. Read More…

Meet you at The Mount?

Mount Maunganui is a small town in the Bay of Plenty that takes its name from the extinct volcano that rises above the popular resort.

Situated on a peninsula to the north of Tauranga the area and its beaches are known to most North Islanders as The Mount.

Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui

Long sandy beaches along with the mild sub-tropical climate that the town enjoys, help ensure that New Zealand’s “Surf City” is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in the country. Read More…

I don’t care if my husband is the only person that reads this post

Kiwi Annison is being sneaky and using the blog to give a big Happy Birthday shout out to her lovely lovely bus driver, and husband, Sam.

The  Kiwi Blog Bus and its journeys (and therefore this blog) could not exist without Sam’s wonderful and varied skills.

In the duration of any one trip he may have to wear any of these hats: Driver / Mechanic / Joiner / Bus re-builder / Electrician / Cook / Cleaner / Refuse Man / Lifter of anything heavy / Bike fixer / Playful Dad / Attentive husband / General dogsbody

This is for you Sam :)

Take the waters in Te Aroha

Old bath houses in Te Aroha domain

Te Aroha is less than an hour away from Cambridge and we often drive through en-route to Thames, Waihi or the Coromandel.

Although we have not stayed there overnight (yet) I thought I would feature Te Aroha in my post today because it’s a pretty little place and I like it! Read More…

Nine years ago…. and …. What to look for in a family van

I graduated today.

No cap for my Diploma in Journalism but definitely a gown.
Great fun to wear on what must be one of the windiest days in the Waikato this year!

So in honour of my celebration of success (and because I’ve had little free time to write a new blog post) I am going to flashback to my very first piece of published writing; an article about motorhomes! Read More…

Dear reader, can you help?

From time to time I post a poll or survey on the blog.

It’s in my nature to ask questions – I’m a journalist and I always want to learn more.

My first survey is now on the Polls/Surveys page (link above).

It will remain there permanently – that way new visitors can also join in the fun!

So, please would you please fill in my little survey?

It’s just 8 easy questions but you have no idea how much you’ll satisfy my natural curiosity!

Please note – no personal information is requested and no data is held on file – this is just me trying to find out more about my readers’ blog desires then I can ask the blog fairy to help grant some wishes!

Click here for direct link to survey.

The Kiwi Blog Bus is stuck on the drive this weekend

We cannot get away in the Kiwi Blog Bus at the moment for a variety of reasons:

  • Sam is mid-way through painting it. The old thing has been in need of some cosmetic work for a while now and the kind people at VTNZ that allowed it through its last COF warned us that we needed to get rid of some rust before the next test or it just won’t get passed. But… it’s looking good I have to say. (I’ll get some renovation pictures on over the weekend)
  • The fifteen-year-old is currently sleeping in it. Read More…

Versatile Blogger award “I’d like to thank…

The Kiwi Blog Bus has been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by fellow blogger Tammy Robinson from The Year of Wonderful Weekends.

I don’t receive anything shiny to put on the mantelpiece (which is a good job as I don’t have a mantelpiece) but I can inwardly shine and shimmer away with the knowledge that not only is my blog being read, but enjoyed and recommended to others.

It’s great that my family and friends “like” and “share” my blog, but my heart swells to find out that my pictures and words are being applauded and forwarded around the world by people who I don’t even know!

I love writing my blog almost as much as I love the fact that people actually read it! Read More…

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