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New Zealand: February 2020

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Heading north from Napier there is a small town that many would pass though without a blink,

Wairoa.  We met several local delights and had a good look around this time.



Look at these facades!  I loved the little yellow one.  The pink one is an art gallery with local works very proudly presented.



There's lots to see and do, even a fire devastated building has been beautified..



That one above is truly 3D, and even the real trees are art forms




How georgeous is that tree?  Pokémon, gotta be?

Gisborne

This is not the first time that we have planned to stay in Gisborne for a few days, this time we stayed for 10.



(Now, I'm fairly sure you will have to scroll sideways to see all of this pic)

Not only is this my favourite view, the 3 ships out there tell a story.  Sadly, this is the time of the coronavirus.  Those ships are loggers which carry New Zealand wood to China.  Everything is backed up because there are no port workers in China to unload them, or so we are led to believe.

In the meantime, we are enjoying the fabulous weather here.

Gisborne weather

PokémonGo

Captain Cook landed right here in 1769

Cook Landing







Those structures are all steel with woven rope embriodered in it, the detail below is from the screen above



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Another local we encountered, on the high street, right outside the library, was one of these!

white tail spider

It was heading for John's foot.  I thought it was a big ant - then I saw it properly.  I told him to stamp on it but John hesitated and it escaped!!  We decided it was time to walk further, and faster.

It's a white-tail spider and venomous though probably not deadly.  It was this big.

white-tail size

Rotorua next, time to revisit Tihiotonga Park arboretum. That is planted in a ravine close to the thermal area, Centennial Park.  It's an incredibly difficult terrain with very steep banks.  A delight on a very hot day to wander among the shady Acers.  It is behind the Commercial Travellers Club, which has a good restaurant and overnight parking for NZMCA members.

Rotorua Arboretum

followed by a trip to our very favourite ice cream parlour

Lady Jane Ice Cream

You'll find Lady Jane at the end of Eat Street.  My absolute favourite is the Lemongrass and Ginger and John's is the HokiPoki.  Highly recommended

Our overnight freedom camping spot, complete with 2 Pokéstops



Just around the headland is the view below

Rotorua
(Another extra-wide photo)

The white water often steams.  I don't actually know what this is but I'm guessing that there is a hot sulphur spring?  The black dots are cormorants resting on rocks.  The blue water is crystal clear, the white dense and milky.

then Hamilton, again!  A new garden has been opened at The Gardens.  We had to go and see it...

  

This new garden is not so much about plants as playing with our senses.  Everything is big and wacky!  The lawn curls up at the corner!



The ivy structures slowly move those tentacles and I'm not pushing that barrow!!

Our last few pics from this trip ...

A Police cow in Morrinsville

Morrinsville Police Cow

Katikati Library bike rack

Katikati Library

A jar of Mango and Turmeric Yoghurt was delicious



and isn't this a good idea?



and finally, the shed where our camper spends the winter has a special occupant right now.





This is the very fist NZMCA member's motorhome.  Their number is of course 1.  Our number is 31670 and the latest membership number is in the region of 90,000.  Of course, they are not all still on the road, but number 1 is.  It has recently been beautifully restored.

Thank you for reading my ramblings

Hope to see you all again next year

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