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Jul 2, 2017 - Hamilton & Raglan

Spent a lovely weekend in Hamilton and Raglan this weekend celebrating a friend's birthday. Stopped in Cambridge en route to Hamilton and had a look at the Karapiro Dam, which was pretty spectacular. Cambridge town centre is cute too. Bit of a mix of art deco and old mining town feel to it. Despite it being mid winter here now, the weather held off long enough for us to explore Hamilton Gardens before lunch and to spend a bit of time looking around the town before we checked into our motel. The rest of the time in Hamilton was largely spent...

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Apr 11, 2013 - Raglan

Yesterday we got a bus from Hamilton to Raglan we didn't know much about Raglan but we did know it had good surf so we thought we would see alot of surfer's, which we have. We are staying in a YHA hostel but alot different then all the other ones we have stayed in before. This rooms in this hostel are in reused train carriages and everything is run my solar power and its got the whole Eco thing going on! So today we spent the day walking on the beach to Raglan from hostel which is about roughly two hours away so pretty much are Eco hostel...

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Will Down Under

Jan 22, 2013 - Raglan day 2

With Raglan being known as 'laid-back', I wasn't sure how I was going to keep Clint busy on day 2 of this place! But we woke up early to get in a nice kayak ride to see the pancake rocks. The hostel guy told us, 'oh yah, great morning for a kayak out on the ocean'. Turned out not so much. The pancake flats were pretty neat to see and you could kayak in and out of little crevices around them. But the winds were so strong that morning and the tide was working against us, Clint and i got completely soaked with water splashing in. Good thing we...

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Engagement honeymoon

Jan 21, 2013 - Raglan

On the road again! Checked out early and headed off to Raglan on the east coast. Another beautiful 2 hour drive. Raglan is known for being a surfers paradise around here. We checked in to Raglan Backpackers here, unloaded our stuff and headed out for some sight seeing. Our host at the hostel told us to go check out bridal falls, so that's where we headed. This water fall was beautiful, a small creek that runs off the edge and drops 55 meters. It was very picturesque. We were able to see from the top of the falls then walk down 261 stairs to...

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Engagement honeymoon

Jan 22, 2012 - Extreme caving!

The last couple of days have been full of highlights. First it was a visit to Gwenda, mother of Jean's best friend when they lived in NZ. We were treated to home made cake and cookies, and even had a doggie bag to take away. Then a night of true Kiwi hospitality. We found a great farm just north of Hamilton run by a very friendly couple, who invited us to join their BBQ with friends. Food and wine flowed freely, and we found we had a lot in common with the friends, who have a boat of a similar size to Rosita and have spent several years...

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Oct 19, 2011 - raglan, the beautiful surfing town

Since Thordie and I hopped off the Stray bus in Raglan we fell in love with the town and have been buzzing around here since. We stayed the first night in the hostel with all the other people from the bus and in the morning when 30 some people got back on the bus to head to the next  town, we were the only two to stay in Raglan. We spent the next day searching for a place to stay for the next month or so, we were bustling around the town searching notice boards, real estate offices, calling numbers and emailing people from 10 am till that...

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Feb 27, 2011 - Raglan

Arrived 27th February Departed 28th February Headed across country today to the west coast and out to Raglan, one of the best spots to learn to surf apparently! I didn’t bother as I’m pretty confident I’d be rubbish at it and decided to catch a few rays on the beach instead. A pretty relaxing time and a lovely sunset from Inspiration Point! The following morning we headed to Waitomo caves! Hmmmm! Not sure where my new found fear of enclosed spaces has come from but it reared its ugly head again this morning when I entered Waitomo caves! I...

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Flip flop's tour

Nov 24, 2010 - Raglan and Around

Up bright and early the next morning. I think this will be a theme on the bus since they are always keen to get going in good time and onto the next business. This time its a drive pretty much straight down to Raglan on the west coast; a small beach town known for one of the best left-hand surfing breaks in the world. Uneventuful journey, get there and staying just outside of the town up on a mountain in a lodge called Karioi. Simple but nice place, and more importantly they run surfing lessons from there. Being the half-baked surfer that I...

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Jan 17, 2010 - Raglan

After a night out with the locals, I got an offer to head out to Raglan which is about 45 minutes from Hamilton. Our first stop was Bridal Falls. It is a relatively short hike and you could probably do in a about 45 minutes or so. There are several view points along the trail oh and even better is that the trail is made up of stairs. Hike down easy, hike up sucked! But the hike is quite lovely and luckily there was a lot of shade. After Bridal Falls it was off to Raglan for a wander around the town. Raglan is a small beach town which...

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New Zealand 2010

Apr 17, 2009 - Raglan

Premier arret sur la route: une bouteille geante de L&P, la celebre boisson de Nouvelle-Zelande. J'ai achete une bouteille pour y gouter, mais je n'ai pas vraiment aime... Mais j'aime pas la liqueur en general, donc je ne suis pas une reference! Deuxieme arret: Bridal Falls. Un simple arret-photo pour voir cette chute qui ressemble a un voile de mariee. Je dois avouer que c'est pas mal beau pour une chute. Mais, je ne suis pas particulierement impressionnee par les chutes ici. Tout le monde est en admiration, mais moi je trouve ca juste...

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Dec 30, 2008 - Über Cambridge und Hamilton nach Raglan

Auch auf den Straßen merkt man die Feiertage, aber im Großen und Ganzen läuft der Verkehr nach wie vor sehr diszipliniert. Wir fahren über die Hügel nach Westen und erreichen bei Piarere den Waikato River, an dem wir schon in Taupo campiert haben und der sich langsam und träge durch einen guten Teil der Nordinsel mäandert. Immer wieder wird er aufgestaut für ein Kraftwerk, so auch hier, und die urlaubenden Kiwis nützen den Stausee mit allen möglichen Wassersportgeräten. Wir fahren am Südufer des Sees auf einer schmalen Landstraße weiter,...

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Jul 1, 2008 - Otorohanga to Kawhia, Raglan and Waingaro North Island 30 May to 1st June 2008

Jeff The first pleasure of the day, (getting up is not a pleasure), was to visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park. On arrival we learned the park is operated by the Otorohanga Zoological Society Incorporated which is a non profit making organisation dedicated to the conservation of native wildlife through education, display and breeding programmes. Alongside was a motorhome, caravan and camping park which was nice, and cheaper than where we had stayed. Inside reception was an offshoot room full of kiwi education material and a...

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