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The journey continues: Marokopa Falls

The approach to Marokopa Falls


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Magnificent meanderings to Marokopa

A 50km drive out west of Waitomo will lead you through an amazing limestone landscape to the historic west-coast fishing village of Marokopa.

We recently took the scenic route from Waitomo Caves (after we had stayed at Woodlyn Park), and I was blown away by the views along the way.

The road twisted and turned as New Zealand put on a good show of its rugged character and I could not stop taking pictures through a somewhat fly splattered windscreen. Read More…

Relaxed in Raglan

Today we ventured out in the Kiwi Blog Bus for a day trip to Raglan.

It’s the last day of our Easter school holidays and we felt the need to get out in the bus for one last holiday trip and enjoy the gorgeous indian summer we are having.

Raglan is a small town on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, about 50km from Hamilton. Read More…

Just to wet your appetite

My goodness what a weekend.

We had the most amazing weather (it’s Autumn here in New Zealand) but someone pulled out all the stops for the Easter holidays and we’ve had blue skies, fluffy white clouds and temperatures around 23c.

We’ve only had three nights away but we crammed in loads of awesomeness and New Zealand managed to stun me once again.

So much to post about over the next few days but for now I will leave you with this one picture that for me sums up my great weekend.

My Girl and My Guy in My Beautiful New Zealand

Hope everyone had an awesome Easter!

A reminder of Pure New Zealand

I stumbled across a video the other day that I’d like to share, in my opinion it’s just fabulous and pure, feel-good New Zealand.  

In 2010 Tourism New Zealand  launched “Your Big Break” and asked people to capture the essence of 100% Pure New Zealand and tell the world their story of how they see the youngest country on earth.

Working Day was the winner and you can see all five finalists videos here (Frosty is my personal favourite but I also like Sweet As).

Enjoy Pure New Zealand.

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…

How we came to be honorary kiwis

Today’s post recognises the beginning steps of our life in New Zealand, which ultimately led to the adventures and travels we are now able to make in the Kiwi Blog Bus.

It’s an anniversay day for us.

Three years ago today we got very valuable blue stickers inserted into our UK passports – we were given permanent residence in New Zealand.

We had been here for five months (out of the six allowed as a tourist) and although Sam had a current work visa, myself and the three children were all due to leave the country if our permanent residence didn’t come through in time.

The relief, as you can imagine, was immense.

Especially as we’d already bought a house and shipped over all our personal possessions!

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New Zealand sunsets part 1

Happy Holidays - April 2007 - Kapiti coast - Sun setting over my children playing on the beach

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to greet each new day – but for me it’s the spectacular daily farewell to the sun that is much more impressive.

Or maybe that’s just because I witness a lot more sunsets than sunrises.
I’m not an early bird.

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Falling waters of New Zealand

There are many in New Zealand.
Breathtaking beautiful, many are dramatic and quite spectacular.
Big, small, narrow, wide.
But all impressive in their own way.

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Views from a bus part 1

They say sometimes less is more so todays post is less words.. more pictures…

This is a selection of shots I’ve managed to get from the window or doorway while we have been away in the bus enjoying New Zealand.

Enjoy. New Zealand.

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