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Shantytown – No patience for a gold panner.

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Given the worsening weather, we dropped in on Shanty town, a fake but interesting village that shows the early life of loggers and gold panners. With the Cornish drizzle it gave a pretty good impression of the more unpleasant side of working the natural resources – no thanks.

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North west coast – driving heaven

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Rather rudely, I have lumped the North West Coast into one – it is not that it is not pretty, but that we made the most of the driving, and dispatched the area quite quickly. To give it credit, the west coast is pretty stunning. Whilst the “attractions” are well spaced, it is one of those places where it is about the journey and not the destination.

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Waihi – Heart of Gold.

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment

After a couple of average holiday park campsites, we decide to hit the DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites a little harder. We find a lovely little site by a river in a secluded valley called Dickey Flats. The place is idyllic and a great base for walking down the gorge to Karangahake gold mining town. The signboard suggested torches and before long, we were in dark wet and narrow tunnels cutting through the gorge, much to Jo’s displeasure. Even the glow worms hanging from the ceiling didn’t cheer her up.

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