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Where does the time go?!

Hello Kiwi Blog Bus friends! Sorry to have left you half way through my weekend in the last post .

Time ticks on and I have been super busy at work  with a BIG event on at Mystery Creek just recently (Equidays in case you’re interested!)

I last left you in the Western Bay of Plenty over Labour weekend (many moons ago!) and will now pick up where I left off. Read More…

A long holiday weekend of many parts

We have a public holiday in New Zealand today; Labour day.

To be quite honest, I’m not sure what the history of it is but all I care is that it gets me a day off work and we got a long weekend to go away in the Kiwi Blog Bus!

For the first day we travelled to one of our favourite handy FREE spots: Ferguson Park, Otumoetai near Tauranga.

I relax the minute we drive into the park. Read More…

A little place we like to go (infamous for doing it in public)

From the Kiwi Annison Archives:

In one of my strangely popular (!) posts Doing it in public, I mention briefly a wonderful little spot that we quite often like to visit.

Today I give further, deserved, attention to Fergusson Park in Tauranga.

As well as BBQs and a fantastic playground, the large waterside sports field has toilets, changing rooms, a boat ramp and is a very popular area for kiteboarding and windsurfing.

We were drawn there by this… Read More…

A story of gold, cyanide and thoughtful preservation

Situated within a large bend of the Ohinemuri River, opposite Waikino village, are the remains of a revolutionary gold processing plant that was once New Zealand’s biggest and best.

The Victoria Battery site was built in 1897 by the Waihi Gold Mining Company to process ore from the large Martha Mine in nearby Waihi. Read More…

Karangahake: Camping in an old gold-mining gorge

After our walk through the 1km old railway tunnel and back along the riverside (read Going for gold in the gorge) we travelled in the Kiwi Blog Bus through the gorge and over to our campsite for the evening.

We stayed at the Department of Conservation campsite at Dickeys Flat. Read More…

Going for gold in the gorge

We have often visited  Karangahake Gorge to enjoy its natural beauty and gold mining history, but on a recent trip away in the Kiwi Blog Bus we got to camp right in the middle of this wonderous area and discovered a lot more on our explorations.

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On the road again (part 4 – Pahoia)

So the final night of our Waitangi weekend was spent at another free parking spot provided by the wonderful Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

We travelled a little further around the coast line to Pahoia where we parked just a few feet from the shores edge and quickly threw our kayaks into the water for a paddle around.

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Waitangi Day dogs

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Jess and Pip have spent the morning beachcombing, kayaking and guarding the bus.
They are pretty worn out now but just managed to stay awake for a spot of lunch at Te Puna before we head home.

My view from bed on Waitangi Day

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7.30am view from the bus window

On the road again (part 3)

So after Paeroa we continued on the road.

Waihi for a lunch stop and then on to the coast.

We found a free overnight spot at Katikati in an authorised car park for self-contained campers.
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