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Nov 1, 2012 - nothing's too good for the Turners!

We are sorry to be leaving Whitianga but time to put on some miles so we headed south. Of course Donna insisted on the small beach roads so were treated to a series of perfect crescents of sand stretching for miles and pretty much deserted. We are becoming quite jaded as we critque each beach noting such flaws as a bit of driftwood or some rocks along the foreshore or perhaps a small dune that partly blocks our view! This is bird paradise with many rivers entering the sea with estuaries, lagoons and protected areas to allow feeding and...

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Mar 2, 2011 - Maketu

Arrived 2nd March Departed 3rd March Waited for almost 3 hours for the bus and during that time the heavens opened and I got completely soaked! Not impressed! Once we arrived at Uncle Boys, our destination for an evening of Maori culture, I was finally able to get changed so I cheered up! The culture show was really cool. We went through a typical tribal welcoming ritual and when we established we were all friends and no one needed to die, we welcomed each and every person in the room by touching noses and saying ‘kia ora’. Felt very weird...

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Flip flop's tour

Nov 28, 2010 - Cultural Stop

Stray bus company are very proud of what they call their 'unique stops' on the bus which is meant to mark them out from other ones. This was one such stop. Staying in a Maori marae, and the big boss called Uncle Boys puts on a cultural show where you all get involved. After a very decent feed of lots of roast meats etc, supposedly cooked traditionally in the ground (called a hangi), the show was to begin. There was a chief nominated who then had to face up to the local tribe members (mostly consisting of 16year old and younger boys looking...

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Apr 17, 2009 - Maketu

Ce soir, on a vecu une experience culturelle chez les Maori. Ca a commence par un souper traditionnel, qui etait tres ordinaire, meme pas vraiment bon. J'etais tres decue, surtout que l'endroit ou on etait n'avait rien de Maori. C'etait une salle blanche avec des tables en plastique blanches. Le pire: le dessert etait du jello rouge avec des poires en canne. Come on! Ils se foutent de nous! Heureusement, la deuxieme partie de la soiree etait vraiment interessante. On a eu droit a un spectacle traditionnel et on a appris une chanson et une...

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Apr 19, 2008 - Maketu - Tumu Tumu Toobing and Uncle Boys

Our first stop of the day was at Waitomo caves for Tumu Tumu Toobing. This involved us going through a cave around a km long containing water and tight squeezes. I am glad to say that I fitted through all said tight squeezes:) Thanks to our guides Brewza and Carl for a great afternoon. In the evening we headed to Uncle Boys Marae (meeting house) for a Hangi meal and a Mauri show. As you can see from the photos the show required audience participation. Don't think we would scare many a rugby team.

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Mar 26, 2008 - Maketu

After Raglan it was time to move on further north again. Stopping off at Waitomo caves I got the opportunity to wear another wetsuit (oh the joy). This time because I was going black water rafting, which is actually really relaxing. Kind of like caving, except you get to float about on this rings in freezing cold water. Ok that doesn't sound relaxing - but once you get over the inital shock of the coldness it's not so bad. We just drifted along for a while in an underwater river in pitch black looking at glow worms. The accoustics were...

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Grand Day Out



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