Monthly Archives: September 2012

Hamilton Gay Pride 2012

This weekend saw the launch of Hamilton’s Pride Week.  We attended a few activities of opening day, despite it’s an hour and a half drive each way. The first activity of the week was a roller skating time, and though … Continue reading

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Knucklebones Game in New Zealand is not quite the same as the US Jacks game

While at the Kerikeri Stone Store, Andrew bought the game Knucklebones.  He had told me a couple times about this game, and it sounded rather like the game Jacks that kids used to (maybe still do) play in the US.  … Continue reading

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Rewa’s Maori Village in Kerikeri, New Zealand

Straight across from Stone Store and Mission House in Kerikeri is Rewa’s Village, a great re-creation of a Maori village.  We were there after hours, and there’s a donation box at the entry requesting a deposit of $2 for entry.  … Continue reading

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Kerikeri’s Stone Store and Mission House, New Zealand’s Oldest Buildings

Two of the oldest buildings in all of New Zealand are located right in the town where we stayed in Northland, Kerikeri.  The Stone Store is the oldest stone building, and Mission House (also known as Kemp House, after the … Continue reading

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Ake Ake Vineyard and Restaurant, Kerikeri, New Zealand

We ate most of our meals in our Kerikeri Park Motel room, but we treated ourselves to one very nice dinner out, thanks to a Grab One voucher, at the Ake Ake Vineyard and Restaurant located just a few kilometres … Continue reading

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Kauri Forests of Northland, Largest and Oldest Trees in all of New Zealand

Our final full day in Northland was centered on the Waipoua Forest (pronounced wy-PO-U-ah) of Kauri (pronounced COW-ree) trees.  This forest contains the oldest tree in New Zealand, Te Matua Ngahere (“Father of the Forest”, pronounced TAY MAH-too-ah NAH-hair-ray) and … Continue reading

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Cape Reinga in the far north of New Zealand, where two seas meet

  Our next full day in Northland after Waitangi and Russell was to the far north, to Cape Reinga.  Here there is a very well crafted walkway with benches for rests and signposts (in both English and Maori) about the … Continue reading

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Russell, New Zealand and the Russell Ferry

After Waitangi, we drove south along the coast a couple kilometres to Paihia and the ferry to Russell, so that we could ride out to Russell for lunch.  It was not the best of weather, but the ride across Bay of … Continue reading

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Waitangi, Northland, New Zealand — Where Law was Established Through Treaty

While in Northland, our first tour was of Waitangi, where the New Zealand Declaration of Independence was signed in 1835, but which is probably better known as the location of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which revoked the Declaration of … Continue reading

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Kerikeri, Northland, New Zealand

We enjoyed a long weekend in Northland a couple weeks ago.  We’d been wanting to visit the far north of New Zealand for quite awhile (as part of our desire to see all of New Zealand), and when Grab One … Continue reading

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