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    This is the family farm in Wekaweka valley.
    The house and cowshed can be seen on the valley floor.
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    Hokianga Harbour.
    My fishing/beach playground during the 1960's/70's.
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    Mt Ruapehu and Tongariro
    My skiing playground during the 1980's.
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    Nice!...I SO want to visit!

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    Robbie, where is the Weka Weka valley ?? please.

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    That's fertile country. What sort of cows? Most likely dairying.

    Spent some time around the Hokianga Harbour. Great place!

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    You need to get back to Northland, Robbie. That scenery just pulls at me.
    A friend of mine bought Motukaraka island in the Hokianga, he's a visionary and doing some terrific things.

    One from the Bay of Islands just post the lockdown earlier this year. It sings to me.
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    Mangahawea bay is known to be one of the first Polynesian settlements in NZ and is therefore incredibly significant historically.
    Just around the corner Marion Dufresne and his small fleet anchored and set up a hospital circa 1770 to treat scurvy on board. a few hundred years after the Polynesians settled the island.
    Unfortunately poor Marion offended some of those Polynesians ancestors and was eaten along with his longboat crew. As a result the French then massacred a village as revenge, but got the wrong guys.
    That one event has been cited by historians as a contributing reason that NZ became a British colony as opposed to French. Maori grandchildren in the Bay of Islands remembered the injustice just like I remember Passendale, and said no way Jose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rayman View Post
    Robbie, where is the Weka Weka valley ?? please.
    Wekaweka valley is south of the Hokianga Harbour.
    Travelling on State Highway 12 you pass through Waimamaku.
    Just before climbing up the hills into the Waipoua Forest there is a road to the left.
    The narrow, winding gravel road goes approximately 15 miles up the valley.
    Our farm was about 1/2 way up and backed onto the Waipoua forest.
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    [QUOTE=Chip-skiff;6302681]That's fertile country. What sort of cows? Most likely dairying.

    Spent some time around the Hokianga Harbour. Great place!

    Our farm was a mix of Dairy, Sheep and Beef due mainly to the rugged hilly nature of the land.
    Jersey cows....(I always have a soft spot in my heart for Jersey cows) for their high cream content in the milk.
    We supplied Cream to the Dairy Company, using the skim milk to feed calves and pigs.
    Romney and Perendale sheep. Romney are a good meat breed and Perendale a good wool breed.
    Aberdeen Angus cattle for their good meat production but also easy to raise. They just get on with things on their own.
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    [QUOTE=John B;6302683]You need to get back to Northland, Robbie. That scenery just pulls at me.

    Me too John. When I retire and finish working here in the Waikato I plan to spend a lot more time back in the North.
    We left the farm when Dad passed away in 1972....I was 12.
    Moved to Kaikohe and from then on the BOI was my playground.
    Fishing was my thing...especially light tackle around the Black rocks area and out by Piercy Island/Hole in the Rock.
    I totally trashed several trout fly rigs on Kahawai,Trevally and Snapper. Salt water fly gear wasn't available in those days.
    A 4 Kg Baitcaster outfit was my other rig of choice. The large schools on the surface in those days had to be seen to be believed.
    We had a small 14 ft runabout with a 50 horse Mercury in those days and explored all over the Bay.

    My one regret from those days was not getting into sailing but that was mainly due to always going out with my older brother Terry.
    Terry eventually went Commercial longlining based in Opua and although I went with him a few times, I really didn't enjoy that.
    That was WORK fishing, not fun at all.
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    I hope that some of the other Kiwi members of this WBF family will also add some photos of their little piece of paradise that is NZ.
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    [QUOTE=John B;
    Unfortunately poor Marion offended some of those Polynesians ancestors and was eaten along with his longboat crew. [/QUOTE]

    I thought you didn't actually need to offend them- you just needed to be made out of meat JayInOz

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    ^ No , I don't think so, there's quite a bit more to it.

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    I thought THIS was New Zealand... <G>

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    I thought THIS was New Zealand... <G>

    That's our place on the right, went a bit wild with the door colour.

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    Piercy rock, which guards the Bay of Islands. Named for one of Captain Cook's friends. The old guy had a sense of humour.

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    Piercy rock, which guards the Bay of Islands. Named for one of Captain Cook's friends. The old guy had a sense of humour.
    That hole is actually a defined channel.....NO anchoring.
    The tourist boats all pass through it.......the sound of their horns going off inside the hole is deafening.
    Usually done when some tourist in their own boat stops to fish or dive inside the hole.
    Cast a small grapnell onto the rock just to the right of the Hole and drift back a bit so you sit just where you can see the wave breaking.
    The fishing in that channel is fantastic....Kahawai, Trevalli and Snapper schools all feeding on Krill and Shrimp.
    I enjoy light tackle fishing. No interest at all in Big Game fishing. The biggest Black Marlin I know of caught in the BOI's was off Piercy Island.
    It was seen sleeping in the Hole....nice shady place for a sleep. Someone pulled a lure right past it and disturbed it so it bit the lure and got caught and killed. Sorry, not impressed at all.
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    Ninety Mile Beach. This is the beach closest to where I live. It was named well before it was measured, and isnt ninety miles long, but we don't care.
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    Tane Mahuta. Lord of the forest. NZ's biggest Kauri
    Total height: 51.5M
    Trunk height: 17.7M
    Girth: 13.8M
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    Someone please post a photo of Arthur's Pass. I have driven over it.

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    Arthurs Pass


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    We spent 6 months there in 1981,2 our kids were 5 and 3. We travelled in a Holden station wagon that was 10 years old. It overheated on the hills including Arthur’s Pass. We’d pull over and read chapter of whatever Arthur Ransome we were into.
    Wonderfull memories: climbing Ngauruhoe, walking the Milford Track, and the tourist boat through Piercy Rock.

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    I used to drive a truck through Arthur's pass reasonably regularly for a few years way back when. And Lewis pass.

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    I have heaps of photos from when we lived there and from subsequent trips.

    But I'll give way to the Kiwis to show me cool places I haven't seen.
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    I can do flax spires and evening light in Northland. 20 minutes ago.
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    Topdresser crash Home Farm 1959.jpg

    On our farm this Fletcher Topdresser clipped a fence and as you can see crashed.
    The pilot stepped out and walked away with only a few scratches.
    He said that he had more injuries during WW2 as a RNZAF bomber navigator in Europe.
    He obtained another plane and came back a week later to finish the job spreading fertilizer on our farm.
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    Very beautiful pictures of a very beautiful place.

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    Douglas Adams' comment from his book "last chance to see" was an understatement.

    "The kind of scenery that makes one stand up and break into spontaneous applause."
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    The camper van tourist perspective:

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    Kauri!

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    A long-awaited party:

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    Home sweet home--including the inevitable right-side steering (no crashes!), a comfy bed, and a little kitchen for egg-bleu cheese-avocado crumpets every day. Viva la crumpet!

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    New Zealand Chistmas tree, Pohutakawa. They were used as grown knees in boatbuilding, not as long lasting as kauri but still pretty good.
    Looks like another shot of Tane Mahuta? Or is it one of the Coromandel survivors.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    The camper van tourist perspective:

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    Kauri!

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    A long-awaited party:

    Party Business.jpg

    Home sweet home--including the inevitable right-side steering (no crashes!), a comfy bed, and a little kitchen for egg-bleu cheese-avocado crumpets every day. Viva la crumpet!

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    Hey, it was so good to see you two, I'd hoped to be knocking on your door this past summer but, well, maybe when things settle down again.

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    John,

    yes--the real highlight of the trip for me was getting to visit you on your home ground! Many thanks for your hospitality--Cathy says "hi" as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    New Zealand Chistmas tree, Pohutakawa. They were used as grown knees in boatbuilding, not as long lasting as kauri but still pretty good.
    Yep, it was a Christmas visit so they were flowering nicely.

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    Looks like another shot of Tane Mahuta?
    Almost--that one is Te Matua Ngahere, "Father of the Forest." Astounding to see--the trail comes around a corner and it's up ahead like a wall.

    Here's Tane Mahuta, the largest known kauri (Te Matua Ngahere is second largest, with a bigger diameter):

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    Both are believed to be more than 2,000 years old...

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    This is Picton a couple of days ago. Daughter and boyfriend heading out on the ferry to do one of the walking tracks.Picton41443.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    Yep, it was a Christmas visit so they were flowering nicely.



    Almost--that one is Te Matua Ngahere, "Father of the Forest." Astounding to see--the trail comes around a corner and it's up ahead like a wall.

    Here's Tane Mahuta, the largest known kauri (Te Matua Ngahere is second largest, with a bigger diameter):

    Kauri 2.jpg

    Both are believed to be more than 2,000 years old...

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