Tag Archive | Family

Huka Huka: Prawns and Falls

From the Kiwi Annison Archives

If we’re ever heading down to Taupo or beyond, one of our favourite spots to call in for a spot of relaxation, great food and good old easy-going kiwi ambience is Huka Prawn Park and its fantastic riverside restaurant.

Situated next to the Waikato River, just a short distance from the powerful Huka Falls, the park breeds and grows tropical prawns (Giant Malaysian River Prawns) using waste geothermal heat from the geothermal power station next door. Read More…

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…

Sometimes the best things in life really are free

One of the big things we noticed when we moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2008 was the fantastic and plentiful array of kids playgrounds here.

It may seem like an insignificant thing but when you have three kids who have usually seen broken, graffiti covered, litter strewn playgrounds that normally contained a set of broken swings and nothing too adventurous that you could potentially injure yourself on – then it all came as a breath of fresh air.

Thames playground

Before I get jumped on and all the UK peeps shout at me…. yes, I agree there were SOME nice parks and playgrounds for kids. But I am speaking my opinion when I say that while we lived and travelled around the UK I can honestly say that the large majority of playgrounds were either in undesirable areas or visited by undesirables who used for undesirable purposes.
Sad but true.

Another huge difference for us here was the school grounds. Read More…

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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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…

Fieldays update

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…

Tarawera Falls, one of the best walks in New Zealand

From the Kiwi Annison Archives…..

In December 2010 we made a special visit to Lake Tarawera’s eastern shores.

We had previously been to the western side of the lake (read Lake Tarawera and the Buried Village) but the journey to Tarawera Outlet required us to travel via Kawerau (off SH 30 between Rotorua and Whakatane) where we had to obtain a permit to travel on the private forestry road to the lake. Read More…

Lake Tarawera and The Buried Village

From the Kiwi Annison Archives…..

In central North Island, near Rotorua,  stands Mt Tarawera – the volcano that caused New Zealand’s deadliest eruption.

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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.

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