Our weekend continued: Wairere Falls
After we’d spent an enjoyable few hours at Firth Tower Reserve we decided it was time to move on, however, the sun was still shining and it was far too early to set off home.
Hence… we ended up just another 20kms or so up the road (North of Matamata) at the beautifully stunning Wairere Falls.
Reputed to be the highest waterfall in New Zealand’s North Island, the falls plunge 153 metres (500 feet) then disappear into the depths of native bush. Read More…
Relaxed and refreshed at Firth Tower, Matamata
Situated just a few kilometres out of Matamata, Firth Tower Reserve and Museum sits above the town with extensive views of the surrounding countryside with the Kaimai Range towering in the distance.
Our first Spring trip in the Kiwi Blog Bus
The weather has finally turned, the daffodils and lambs are out and we decided we were well overdue a trip in the bus (and a post on the blog!).
We haven’t had to venture very far to find this little gem of an overnight stop either.
Just a short drive to the lovely town of Matamata, just around the corner from the Hobbiton movie set, and then 2km up the road to Firth Tower Museum.
We have parked up for a very friendly amount of $10 (including power) and I must say it’s a very beautiful spot.
We’ll be looking around the museum tomorrow and i’ll bring you the best of the visit in my next post. For now, I’m off to enjoy a long glass of cold cider!
Hamilton Gardens: a collection of paradise and more
Staying local again this week, I shall take you on a trip to Hamilton Gardens – the Waikato’s most popular visitor attraction.
Locals and tourists alike throng regularly through the many themed areas, gardens and collections, all open free to the public.
We are lucky enough to be able to visit the gardens on a regular basis; for dog walks, Sunday strolls, Jazz festivals, picnics and more.
In particular we enjoy Read More…
Home sweet home: Cambridge, New Zealand
Seeing as we haven’t been away in the Kiwi Blog Bus for a wee while I thought I would blog today about my beautiful home town of Cambridge as it’s certainly somewhere I’d like to visit if I didn’t live here!
This is not meant to be a full and comprehensive guide to the town, rather a few of my personal pictures that I have taken over the few years we’ve enjoyed living here.
If you want to learn more about this very historic New Zealand town then check out the museum website.
And for those of you that have driven through Cambridge on State Highway 1 and not bothered to stop for a look… this is what you missed:
A little bit of Kiwiana
From the Kiwi Annison Archives
Back in April this year we travelled down to Waitomo and further on to the west coast – see Magnificent meanderings to Marokopa. On our way down we went through Otorohanga , the official Kiwiana town.
So those of you not in New Zealand may now be scratching your heads and wondering what the heck is kiwiana. Read More…
Following my last post, Lots of people have asked me for photos and an update after the big event that is … Fieldays – the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agribusiness exhibition at Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton New Zealand.
Now I’m sorry to disappoint but I cannot post lots of fantastic pictures that I took over my time (working) at the four-day event. I didn’t get time to take ANY.
So I will instead briefly report that the whole event was a huge success; the brief showers on Friday quickly disappeared, the sun shone, the frost twinkled, abundant coffee was drunk, the fantastic communications team (!) at Mystery Creek Events Centre were shooting out press releases, tweets and Facebook messages in all directions – and the people came. Visitor numbers were up 9% on 2011 and everyone seemed pretty happy.
If you would like to see some fantastic pictures (not taken by me) I can do nothing better than refer you to Fieldays own Facebook page where some wonderful person has loaded up professional photos that are quite frankly, pretty awesome.
Have a look.
And put 12-15 June 2013 in your calendar so you can visit the next Fieldays.
(and fingers crossed I shall be recovered and recuperated enough to do a Kiwi Blog Bus post at the weekend!)
Rattle ya’ dags! Get your gumboots on and get to Mystery Creek
Ok – I’ll admit it now… this post has pretty much nothing to do with the Kiwi Blog Bus.
BUT… it’s about a pretty cool annual event in New Zealand and a great place to have a day out – that happens to be only 10 mins away from where we live so we don’t have any need to go in our bus – acceptable reason?
Fieldays is the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere – it is also held at Mystery Creek Event Centre – which happens to be where I now work in a Communications role so that may just be the other reason for this post! Read More…
All the signs of a wild west road
A short but brief post today with some pictures from the very wild west coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
These were all taken around Raglan and the countryside and coast that surround the extinct volcano, Mt Karioi.
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…