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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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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…

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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Marvellous nature at Mangapohue Natural Bridge

The Kiwi Blog Bus recently took us to a magical location where we were not only awed by the amazing feats of nature but well and truly gobsmacked by it.

I’ve already said the road from Waitomo out to the west coast is simply stunning, read magnificent meanderings to Marokopa, but the highlight of the scenic trip has got to be a stop at Mangapohue natural bridge.

A short stroll on a riverside boardwalk takes you along the Mangapohue Stream through a steep limestone gorge and into the remains of an ancient cave system.

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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…

Alexandra Redoubt: One of the Waikato’s most historic places

Quite often I get asked what I miss about not living in the UK anymore, but I’m not a whingeing pom and don’t begin to rhyme off a list of groceries.

I’m a very happy honorary kiwi, however if pressed on the subject I would have to say I miss the history and the architecture of old buildings.
And I especially miss castles.

But… I have to reinforce that I totally love the old New Zealand buildings.

I love the colonial style of many towns and buildings here and really enjoy visiting and learning about historic places.

So although it isn’t a castle I was very happy to visit Alexandra Redoubt which is listed on the NZ Historic Places Trust and is one of the best preserved earthworks of the New Zealand Wars.

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I’m pathetic on the peaks of Mount Pirongia

New Zealand is a land of volcanos, extinct or otherwise. 
They are especially prominent in the North Island where many of the striking landscape features are due to several million years of volcanic activity.

The highest mountain in the Waikato is the extinct volcano, Mount Pirongia, situated just 25km from my home town of Cambridge.

The Kiwi Blog Bus stopped there last weekend and todays post is about that part of our Easter trip. Read More…

Lake Ngaroto, a simple but enchanting place to get back to nature

Close to Hamilton, Cambridge and Te Awamutu is Waipa’s largest peat lake, Lake Ngaroto, and this pleasant destination was the first port of call for the Kiwi Blog Bus on its recent Easter weekend jaunt.

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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…

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