For the past week I have been posting blogs about our trip this summer around the East Cape of New Zealand’s North Island.
I will finish off on this particular road trip with details of our visit to a Gisborne museum: The East Coast Museum of Technology.
As I’ve mentioned previously (see musings) we LOVE museums – of any kind.
We have seen many different varieties from London’s Natural History museum to the Louvre in Paris and Te Papa in Wellington.
We’ve visited several small museums run and owned by one devoted collector or another.
But we’ve never quite seen anything like the ECMOT. Read More…
We were several days into our East Cape road trip when we reached Tokomaru Bay on 31st December 2011.
Travelling with two children, two dogs and my parents (in their own camper) we weren’t particularly looking for a parteeeeee spot for New Years Eve. Read More…
After visiting Waipiro Bay we were keen to go and see Tokomaru Bay further down the east coast as I had read about the ruins of the old freezing works there.
The Tokomaru Sheepfarmers’ Freezing Company Ltd opened the works in 1911 after a group of local farmers raised the money for its construction. Many of the bricks used in the buildings were made at a local brickworks.
A small locomotive was built to link the freezing works with the wharf where up to 400 ships a year arrived to collect frozen sheep carcasses.
So we will continue…
It is late December 2011 and we are travelling around the East Cape of New Zealand in the Kiwi Blog Bus.
It is supposed to be our main summer holiday.
Sam has taken time off work.
The kids are on their school holidays.
My parents are visiting from the UK and are touring with us in their campervan.
And it is raining.
New Zealand sure knows how to do rain too. Read More…
Over the next few days I am going to post about a trip we took this summer around the East Cape of New Zealand.
I have long wished to go on this journey.
The Pacific Highway from Whakatane round to Gisborne takes in one of North Island’s most isolated areas - rich in Maori heritage and spectacular rugged coastlines. Read More…