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Sep 28, 2011 - To Te Awamuta

Had a look round Taupo and the Waikato River and then set off on the road to Hamilton. This mostly follows the river and we eventually reached Lake Karapiro home of New Zealand Rowing and last year's World Champs. Had a chat in the gym with a tall blonde amazon who was hoping to be at the Olympics next year. Very impressive lake and course with wonderful facilities. Arrived in Te Awamuta and walked up and down the main street. Popped in for a beer at the Commercial Hotel, which raised a few eyebrows later as it's considered a bit of a dive....

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Sep 3, 2010 - Staying With The Rays In Te Awamutu

On the way the Kat's Auntie Lorraine's and Uncle Robin's home in Te Awamutu, we stopped at a place called Otorohanga to meet Lindsay - Lorraine and Robin's daughter-in-law at the pre-school nursery where she works there. Lorraine and Robin have a really wonderful big house - bungalow to us back home, in the middle of no where in the North island countryside, surrounded by farming paddocks and "country lanes". I was gratefully placed in their guest annexe - a bedroom and en suite bathroom all to myself the other side of their double. The...

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Oct 18, 2009 - Surf's up in Raglan!

Back to the West Coast. Saturday 17th October 2009 Boy did it rain overnight! But this morning the sky looks a little better and so we head off for Lake Taupo – the largest in New Zealand. On the way we visit the Huka Falls – impressive! And then stop by at the Taupo Bungy jump place – here you do it over a river and if you are so inclined they can even let you splash into it on you bungy jump – Though today, it was too cold for that so, we saw one couple go over (she shrieked a lot) and one guy (who was completely silent!). The jump looked...

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Apr 14, 2007 - Hobbiton

We left Whitianga/Mercury bay early and headed South towards Rotarua. On route we stopped at Karangahake Gorge for a walk, 'Karangahake' means 'Meeting of the hunchbacks' - quite an apt name for all the hills there. The walk goes through a 1 km track of old gold mining caves and involves crossing 2 swing bridges as well. It was really good, although a bit scary at times in the caves as we didn't have any torches and were just feeling our way and holding onto the person in front! We stopped at Matamata for lunch, Matamata is also known as...

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Dec 26, 2006 - Surf's Up Dude!

Raglan is such a wicked little place! Not much there apart from surfing, funky little cafes and shops and lots of hippies. And we found this place which served probably THE BEST burgers in the world... oh and Claire finally had a cider. We booked Claire in for some surf lessons for the next day. She was a bit scared of sharks and fish and stuff but she overcame her fear and loved it, putting Keith "the pro" to shame by standing up 6 times! Left Raglan aching from the surf and headed out of town via Bridal Veil Falls after visiting the pro...

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Jul 5, 2006 - Waitomo Caves

Our next plan was just to get back up to Auckland in time for our flight but we were a bit early so we decided, wherever our lift out of National Park was heading, we would go that way too. A woman picked us up and we ended up stopping at Waitomo Caves which is a very touristy place where you can see the Glow worm caves and go on various adventures. Despite this we only played a game of tennis, and avoided getting chased by a bull and a rather angry deer, which stalked us on the perimeter of the tennis court! Other than that we generally...

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Jun 19, 2006 - Sidetrip to Matamata (Hobbiton)

My exploration of Middle Earth continues. This is the last organized tour I will be doing in New Zealand. While there are many available I think I have done the best ones. This tour of the Hobbiton set at Matamata is highly regarded and inexpensive. It is the only set with remaining physical evidence of the movies - which are the 17 hobbit holes that remain. I was picked up from Rotorua and taken to the set in a mini bus. I was the only participant from Rotorua so I had a good chat with the driver about everything NZ. He was not a major fan...

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Nov 28, 2005 - Raglan

Went on a roadtrip with Libby today. Lib being a local took us to all the places of interest. First stop was the L & P bottle in Paeroa which we had failed to notice en route to Tek & Libby's on Saturday. L & P, a kiwi lemonade which was first made using Paeroa spring water. It is now a coca-cola brand and bottled in Auckland but it's name continues. The drive to Raglan then took us through Hamilton, a sprawling city which is the fourth largest in the country. Libby's instinct that there was little reason to stop was confirmed by the...

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Nov 9, 2005 - Matamata - Hobbits

K: We went in search of The Shire and we were not dissappointed. The town of Matamata, also now known as Hobbiton, has lovely rolling countryside all around it just as you would imagine The Shire to be after watching Lord of The Rings (LOTR). We went on the tour to the farm that was actually used as the location to build Hobbiton on. It was originally seen from above by location scouts in helicoptors because it had a pond and a large tree (party tree) beside it to be used for Bilbo's 111th birthday celebration but, it was found to be...

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Apr 4, 2005 - New Zealand North Island

We got to New Zealand on 21st March, arriving into Auckland mid-afternoon. Weather was good, bright and sunny. We headed for the Brown Kiwi Backpackers, a veritable palace after some of the skank holes we've found ourselves in in Oz. In fact, since we've found the backpackers here to be of a much superior quality all over, plus they're a little cheaper. The next day, we walked around Auckland, checked out the harbour, Sky City, the largest building in the Southern Hemisphere. We got the lift to the 64th floor at 220 odd metres. The views...

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