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Kawakawa and disappointment

On our approach to the Bay of Islands I noted that we were to drive near Kawakawa.

As this was the infamous home of the Hundertwasser Toilets, I duly prodded the driver and requested (for his benefit of course) that we take a driving break in the locality of this tourist attraction.

Kawakawa

I wish I hadn’t bothered. Read More…

Well, that was Christmas – Hello summer holidays!

Just a brief post as we’re almost ready to set off on our New Year trip.

The Kiwi Blog Bus is stocked up and groaning under the weight of all the Christmas leftovers.

The togs, towels & jandals are loaded. The body boards are strapped to the roof.

We’ve purchased a Read More…

The official medal chart (Kiwi Blog Bus style)

In the spirit of the Olympics ….

(or just because I cannot think what else to blog about today!) this post is about the best of The Kiwi Blog Bus and the winning entries to date.

The positions for most popular post:

Gold medal goes to Waterworks: surely the best fun you can have with recycled objects?! Read More…

Happy half birthday to the Kiwi Blog Bus

I just looked in my diary and I have a note that it is exactly six months since I first posted on this blog!

So…. 107 posts later…. 14,213 hits…. visitors from 104 countries … 460 followers… and …..

I’m still totally addicted to it all !!

I love travelling, seeing new places….. seeing old places, taking photographs
I love writing and sharing my (often useless) banter with you all
I love how so many of you like to get back in touch with me about anything or nothing in particular

I love my Kiwi Blog Bus and long may it continue.

Thank you to all my readers, followers and one-off visitors

I hope you found something here that you liked or were inspired by
I hope that something I wrote about has helped you make a great decision of your own
I hope that you can travel to wonderful places, see beautiful sights and meet amazing people

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  ―  Dr Seuss

100th post! (and an explanation)

I’ve made it to 100 blog posts!

It is 19 weeks today since I first pressed that big blue “Publish” button and launched the Kiwi Blog Bus on the big world-wide web.

If you have followed me since early on then you’ll remember my amazement when the blog quickly took off and established a (small and friendly!) readership around the globe!

The blog stats became the first thing I checked online each day and the flag counter was closely monitored as it ticked its way upwards (it’s currently on 92).

I love to blog about our travels in the Kiwi Blog Bus and have managed a few short, brief posts while we’ve been on the road; tackling the longer more detailed descriptions from home at a later date.

Winter has snuck up on us now in New Zealand and we may not be out on the road quite so much until it warms up a bit (having no heating at all in the bus!).

I will continue to post from The Kiwi Annison Archives as we’ve still quite a selection of trips to tell you about and heaps and heaps of photographs to work through.

Kiwi Annison and Pip the dog

But the other reason for this post is to mention that I have now graduated (Diploma in Journalism) and found full-time employment (yay!) so I have to admit the free time I had for blogging is beginning to dwindle a little!

I hope to still get a post up every week and perhaps you’d like to become one of my blog ‘followers’ just to make sure you don’t miss it!

Thank you and hope you stay tuned.

Don’t get too close today… I may just bite

Today I’m in the mood for a rant… so, sorry no nice pretty pictures, but sometimes things just have to be said.

Regular readers will know that our two dogs, Jess and Pip the travelling dogs, come with us in the Kiwi Blog Bus on every trip.

This of course means we have to exercise them and pick up after them – which we do without fail.

We are responsible dog owners and walk them on leads in permitted areas only, we take them off the leads when we are on mostly empty beaches or big spacious fields/dog parks etc. Many beaches have strict rules about what time of year dogs are allowed on, or if it’s in the evenings only. Read More…

Whatever the weather

I read in the news today that here in New Zealand we have apparently just experienced one of the warmest Aprils on records.
(April’s record breaking sunshine. )

I must admit we had a pretty crappy summer this year but I can vouch that Autumn has so far made up for it.

New Zealand is supposed to have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons – but the weather can be very changeable and we often get four seasons in one day.

As in this well-known kiwi song by Crowded House…

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ANZAC Day: Lest we forget

Ceremony of remembrance at dawn, ANZAC Day 1940. The Citizens' War Memorial, Wellington . B E Pike 1939. Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand. http://beta.natlib.govt.nz/records/23247878

ANZAC Day  is a national day of remembrance in New Zealand and Australia, held on 25 April every year to commemorate all those killed in war and to honour returned servicemen and women. Read More…

Fancy a spot of afternoon tea?

Gorgeous place for some self-indulgence @ The Old Mill Cafe, Paku near Tairua Read More…

Stop to shop in Whangamata

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Topping up our provisions -having great adventures – will post more when I can.
Happy holidays!

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