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My First Flash Mob

Yesterday New Plymouth was one of 35 New Zealand communities kicking off the global Peoples Climate March calling for real action on climate change at COP21. 88 more words

Chapter 3 - Dastardly delays, excruciating expenses and the first Great Walk

December is fast approaching and I’m not entirely sure where November has gone. The Christmas decorations now adorn the sun soaked, blue skied streets and the merry jingles play out over the radio in the air conditioned supermarkets. 2,138 more words




Its 100 miles on the nose to Opotiki, its the next proper big town and by my reckoning that’s two relatively straightforward days with some climbing thrown in and mostly hugging the Pacific. 803 more words

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Northern Explorer

Last January I was in New Zealand for the first time. I only had 2 days to travel from Auckland to Wellington to join the group that I was going to travel around the South Island with. 61 more words




Here is a tip, if you follow the Pacific Coast Highway from Gisborne to Opitiki there are no Bank ATM’s in between. You’ll find standalone ATM’s in small stores (no big Supermarkets either) like 4 squares and as I’ve discovered they don’t seem to accept foreign Bank Cards. 522 more words

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Travel Theme: Inspiration from Hastings and Napier

Good morning from a cooler late spring day here in Hastings.

So above is a rather boring photo of Hastings.  On Friday my Social Snappers group went up Te Mata Peak for some photos of the Redwood Forest – we didn’t quite make it but found this little spot.   205 more words

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At Primary school


this poem by a prescient teacher. She was brilliant with kids, very wise, older than ancient and is by now long dead. 72 more words