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Waipu – Highland at Heart

December 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Planning on visiting Waipu? What better way to begin a New Year than to experience the sights and sounds of the traditional Waipu Highland Games with clans, kilts and cabers, pipe bands and bagpipes, sports, stalls and Scottish dancing! Each New Year’s Day Waipu celebrates its Scottish and Nova Scotian heritage, as it has done [...]

  • Misty sunrise at Kawakawa

‘On Yer Bike’ – Northland Rail Trail Holiday

November 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

We’re just recreational riders knocking on in years, using everyday bikes and no fancy equipment, so we plan our rides accordingly, with daily stage lengths of 40km or less, and a relaxed timeframe that allows rest and sightseeing time en route. We use our campervan as home base for each night. It’s a two-berth Toyota [...]

Last of the Summer Wine

July 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s five days before the Mangonui waterfront festival, and there’s a hole in the road just north of the venue. Well, to be accurate, big tides have underscored the footpath and part of the road, and repairs are underway. Obviously, repairs to a tidal area are tide-dependent, especially when using heavy machinery, and it’s not [...]

Loving our Northern-Most City

February 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Long-time Whangarei resident Mary-Anne Barlow seldom finds herself at a loss during weekends, that begin with a visit to the Saturday growers’ market. “I can be home by 7.30 with a nice bunch of flowers, my week’s fruit and veg, and an early morning walk under my belt ready for whatever else may turn up [...]