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We started at Snells Beach…

Our summer trip was underway.

We had packed up the Kiwi Blog Bus with leftover Christmas goodies and collected our Trade Me buy en route (a double kayak – that’s actually a 2 person plus room for a little one).

And we arrived at our first night’s stopover – Snells Beach just past Warkworth (free camping for self-contained campervans). Read More…

Summer roadtrip night no.1

Snells Beach near Warkworth
Free stopover site for self-contained campers
Right by the waters edge
Water is warm and very clear – shall be venturing in further tomorrow but arrived in time for a moonlight paddle.

Dinner – fish and chips
Weather – was wet and humid but then dried up for a beautiful evening
Mood – happy, bordering on delirious

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Soak up some of New Zealand’s social history

From the Kiwi Annison Archives….

I have a new project at work, and I love it.

As part of my Communications role at Mystery Creek Events Centre, I am to help promote the wonderful Ag Heritage Village; a fantastic destination for school and group visits which offers a unique glimpse into New Zealand’s pioneering past.

I find this kind of social history absolutely fascinating, a fact you may have gathered if you are one of my regular blog readers!

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Minniesdale Chapel and the brave pioneers of Albertland, New Zealand

A spur of the minute decision we made on a trip in April 2011 took us to a place that roused my emotions and stirred my hidden pioneer spirit.

Minniesdale Chapel, Port Albert

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Sky high in Auckland

If you live in (or have at some point visited) New Zealand then you’ll definitely know it.

If you are in another part of the world (and don’t have a Lonely Planet guide to NZ that you scour every night) then you might not even have heard of it.

I thought I’d blog today about what I consider to be an extremely well-known New Zealand tourist destination: Sky Tower.

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I was struck with Howick…..

… and saw the most lovely prospect.

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Getting historical in an Auckland Regional Park

After our stay in Thames we drove over the tremendously new Kopu bridge (with NO queuing in traffic) and set off around the East Coast Road to the other side of the Firth of Thames.

We drove up to Tapapakanga Regional Park, just south of Orere Point, where we found two wonderfully located
seaview/beachfront campsites …. for tents. Read More…

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