Posts Tagged ‘steam’

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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The Thermal highway – Taupo

November 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Taupo was the next stop from sulphurous Rotorua to Napier. Situated on the shores of the largest lake on north island, the obligatory first stop at the tourist office confirmed our worst fears that everything was geared to tourists and therefore everything was geared to extracting the maximum pain from your wallet.

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The Thermal highway – Rotorua

November 11, 2011 8 comments

Rotorua’s  smell hits you before you even reach the “no engine braking” signs – WOW, what a stench of rotting eggs! With a nose for free events as well as eggs, we find the park in the town centre where we are all free to play in the thermal pools. We still struggle with the idea of sitting in an enormous volcanic crater, warming our feet on water that has been heated by the slowly cooling magma just below us. It all feels rather exciting.

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Pacific Coast Highway

November 7, 2011 1 comment

Leaving Coromandel behind on the “highway”, we head over towards the Pacific Coast. The star attractions here are Cathedral Cove and Pye Pye Hot Spring Beach. We stayed by the edge of the beach on Huhai, using it as a base to explore Cathedral Cove.
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The Wonderful Iguazu Falls

October 5, 2011 2 comments

For us, Iguazu exceeds all expectations and defies superlatives. These truly massive falls on the Argentine and Brazilian border are absolutely sensational. With over 3 million litres of water per second, these falls go on and on. The day after we visit, we hear that the Swiss delegation are here to see if Iguazu will be one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

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Steam train theatre

July 23, 2011 1 comment

Whilst picking my mum up from the train station, I noticed a small advert for the “First Steam Train Theatre through the Bohemian Paradise”. With very little more information to go on, we turned up the following Saturday at 9.00am and duly waited with about 50 people on the empty platform.

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