Monthly Archives: December 2011

Sleeping God Canyon for Andrew's 30th Birthday

For his 30th birthday present, Andrew bought a trip through GrabOne to go canyoning down the waterfalls in the Kauaeranga Valley inland from Thames.  The company he went with is called Canyonz, and this is one of two trips they … Continue reading

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New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand

There is much to do in and around New Plymouth, and we spent a couple days exploring and enjoying good weather.  This holiday has been wonderful as far as weather, with only a little rain one morning here in New … Continue reading

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Mount Taranaki

After leaving Palmerston North, we drove northeast to New Plymouth.  The drive again was nice, without too much traffic.  I guess not many people drive far on the holidays. Mount Taranaki is an old volcano, and it grew up in … Continue reading

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Palmerston North

After Christmas breakfast and the Tawa College community Christmas service, and after our big Christmas dinner, the family headed to visit Uncle Dean and Aunt Brenda in Palmerston North.  The drive is about an hour and a half, and there … Continue reading

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Christmas Dinner at the Wharton Home

The table is set. Andrew’s parents, Colin and Liz, invited a total of 25 people over for Christmas dinner.  They are friends and family and extended family.  It was a great time, getting to talk with people from all over … Continue reading

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A Merry Christmas at the Wharton Home

After leaving our home and Tazmin in the care of our housesitters, John and Mia, we headed south to spend the holiday with family.  After stopping off at the Waitomo Caves (a subject for a later blog), we arrived at … Continue reading

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Rotorua's World Famous Pohutu Geyser

After Te Puia’s Maori Cultural Performance, we took a guided tour of the geysers.  Both of us had seen geysers several times before, but it was fun and interesting to see these ones and to hear background information from our … Continue reading

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Te Puia's Maori Cultural Performance

Before we saw the Kiwi, we attended Te Puia’s Maori Cultural Concert.  My second favorite part of our time at Te Puia (after seeing the Kiwi) was that Andrew was “elected” as the chief of our tribe, of the group who were attending the … Continue reading

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I spotted my first Kiwi

This weekend we went to Rotorua, and had a great time doing several fun things.  After dropping off our bags at the hotel, we drove up the block to the Te Puia Center (tay-POO-ee-ah), where we spent the next few hours … Continue reading

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Thames-Coromandel District Council Planning Team Picnic in Waiomu

Last week, Andrew’s Planning Team at the Thames-Coromandel District Council had a picnic. Just the team and their families. It was a very pleasant afternoon. We met at Waiomu (wy-OH-moo), found a picnic table, and Leigh set up the barbeque. He … Continue reading

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