• Mangarewa suspension bridge – a gem of a span over the creek far below

A Great Ride – Heart of the Waikato

March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

I grew up in Hamilton at a time when the city (like myself as a teenager) was struggling with its identity. Most locals would say the most appealing feature of the locality was that it was ‘close to everything’. It was close to Auckland, the coastal beaches and the mountains for skiing. Sadly the city [...]

A Great Ride – Teasing Out The Past

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Karangahake Gorge is a gateway to memories of my childhood holidays, opening the door to the seemingly endless days spent on Coromandel’s white sand beaches. The long trips from the Waikato with my parents were shared with my sister who continuously teased me in the back of the family Datsun. As always on these trips [...]

The Waikato Land Wars

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

I have to confess that I have driven past the Rewi Maniapoto Memorial in Kihikihi thousands of times and never stopped to take a closer look. Thanks to the Waipa District Council I was taken on a tour of the significant land-war sites around Te Awamutu. Its not difficult to see why Pakeha wanted this [...]

  • Rotorua’s most famous building – no longer in use

The Art and Soul of Rotorua

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

I’m constantly amazed at the amount of history that’s virtually lying around on the side of our roads. En route to Rotorua from Tauranga, we stopped at Mangorewa Kaharoa Gorge. We’d seen the impressive pouwhenua at the gorge on previous trips and wanted to find out about them as well as to get a look [...]

  • Riverside Golf Club, player Chris Charlton

They Love their Golf in Waikato

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The Mooloo province has a proud sporting tradition with rugby’s Chiefs, netball’s Magic and cricket’s Knights all based in the province. But the district golf association, covering a huge area from Kawhia in the west, down to Taumarunui in the south and up to Matarangi on the Coromandel Peninsula, encompasses 43 golf clubs – the [...]