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Coming Up Close · 20h ago

Braemar Water Springs

First time I've ever been to this spot, thanks to the other half introducing me - known as Te Waiu o Pukemaire or Braemar Water Springs. What a unique place! Unfortunately I have to say I wa...
Coming Up Close · 2d ago

Clear water at Lake Okataina

Road trip today and once of the spots we stopped at was lovely peaceful Lake Okataina which is the largest of 4 lakes between Lake Tarawera and Lake Rotorua. This lake has native bush all ar...
Coming Up Close · 5d ago

Mount Maunganui public library

Another sunny late Summer's day here, this morning on my run past our local library it was good to many of the Sunflowers and Rudbeckia still flowering - these had been planted about a month...
Coming Up Close · 1w ago

The fountain at Memorial Park

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.....Wow it has been so humid and sticky here this week. We've had some rainy days and that has bought on some major warmth. While m...
Coming Up Close · 1W ago

Sunny day at the Whakamaru Dam

On our travels last weekend we stopped at a nearby lake and drove across the Whakamaru Dam. This baby is hydro-electric and owned by Mercury Energy.It began being built in 1949 and took 3 ye...
Coming Up Close · 1W ago

Summer is nearly over...

Summer always ends with good memories.....As mid Summer turns into late Summer we are starting to get some cooler morning temperatures and red skies signalling that the season is turning her...
Coming Up Close · 2W ago

Visiting a best friend at Tihoi

Today we drove nearly 2 hours to visit one of my best friends who lives out at Tihoi (pronounced tee-hoy), she lives on a farm but has decided to sell it and move closer to the city.Our ulti...
Coming Up Close · 2W ago

New kid on the block

Every now and again I change the area where I run each morning. For the last couple of weeks I've been running through residential streets, through a park and back along the main road past t...
Coming Up Close · 3W ago

Camping at Lake Aniwhenua

Welcome to Lake Aniwhenua. This scenic spot is located between Kaingaroa Forest and Te Urewera National Park, it is a man make lake formed by a hydro electric dam - very popular with campers...
Coming Up Close · 3W ago

Time for some Summer colour

It seems NZ is going through some sort of heatwave at the moment. Last Summer was hot but not nearly this hot and parts of the country are experiencing record temperatures of 35 degrees cels...