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Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:45 pm
by pchast
Thanks for the pics. Looks like you all had an amazing time. :thumbsup:

Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:00 am
by felixx
Thank you.
I'm trying to give my kids adventures

As they grow they will get more adventurous

My goal is by 10 they can catch a fish or trap / shoot something and cook it over the fire they lit.

Then I know I have taught them something

Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:12 am
by KCStudly
felixx wrote:I'm trying to give my kids adventures. As they grow they will get more adventurous. My goal is by 10 they can catch a fish or trap / shoot something and cook it over the fire they lit. Then I know I have taught them something.

Excellent. You are to be commended. :thumbsup:

I spent most all of 1982 in NZ as an exchange student, Form 6. Lived with a host family in Blockhouse Bay and went to St. Peter's in Auckland. During the holidays we traveled at various times, usually staying with friends, family and acquaintances of my host family. On one trip we went north to Cape Reinga (northern most tip), driving on 90 Mile Beach and staying over night at a remote girl's boarding school (mum was a teacher, friend of family worked there; big room with small beds in rows head to toe; the beds had thin mattresses over metal mail like mesh suspended box springs that were so worn and stretched that they were more like a hammock... one of the least comfortable night's sleep ever, but if i had been a bit smaller would have probably been quite cozy).

On another trip my younger host brother and I got a 2 week rail/bus/ferry pass and traveled south. We stayed with a couple in Rotorua that my host dad had met at a family wedding. Saw the hot springs, the kiwi, trout, redwood and sheep herding demonstration "touristy trap" place (most impressed by the herding). This guy worked for the forest service and took us out jack lighting for rabbit. I got one and we had stew for dinner. He was a parachutist, had a round chute made in Danbury, CT (small world) and took me for a ride in a doorless Cessna 172 (whole 'nuther story that has been told).

From there we went to Wellington for a few days and stayed with an aunt and uncle. She had hot chili's growing on the trellis of their back porch and made a mean stew with them. They warned me that she would feed me, and she did: "Are you sure that's enough mashed potatoes?" as she walked around the other side of me and flopped another scoop onto my plate. Typical Flo and Andy Capp couple; she kept house and worked, while he was retired and popped round the pub. Did the cable car and enjoyed the views.

From there we took the ferry and train to Christchurch to visit a school friend of my brother. Lovely views along the coast.

Then on to another aunt in Invercargill and the southern most tip of the south island.

On another outing we went to a marae for a hangi and overnight stay. Smokey pork goodness. Rhubarb chutney on shredded wheat for breakfast, yum.

Thanks for letting me share some really fond memories; one of the most memory filled adventures of my lifetime.

Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 1:44 pm
by felixx
Well you have seen more of NZ than most kiwis.

If you ever come back there is a td you can borrow here

Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:08 pm
by KCStudly
felixx wrote:If you ever come back there is a td you can borrow here

That is a very generous offer that I appreciate greatly. Thanks.

Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:00 pm
by felixx
So I foolishly agreed to do the Queenstown 1/2 marathon next weekend

This was after every piece of accommodation in my budget was already booked.
Looks like I'm taking a teardrop.

Pics to come..

If I survive

Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:07 pm
by Esteban
Felixx, I just read about the recent devastating earthquakes in New Zealand. http://news.lalate.com/2016/11/13/new-zealand-earthquake-today-2016-7-8-strikes-amberley/ Hope you and your family are safe.

Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:55 pm
by KCStudly
Yeah, I heard the news on the radio while driving in the car and had concerns for all of our TNTTT NZed friends. Hope everyone pulled thru safely, and sympathy to the families of the few who did not.

Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:49 am
by felixx
Thanks guys
Amberley is 40min from my home.
The quake was a gentle roller compared to the ones in 200 and 2011

No damage to my home

Thoughts to any members affected

Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:04 pm
by felixx
Hi team,
it has been a while
So I did a couple of trips in my TD
One was to Motunau
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stolen pic

We stayed at this site (another stolen pic)
http://www.hurunui.govt.nz/services/community-facilities/camping-grounds-2/motunau-beach-camping-ground/

was for one night. I cooked a rabbit curry for dinner and the kids loved it

Sorry I forgot my camera.

Last week I took my family to Twizel
It is a small tourist destination in the South Island.
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We stayed in a camp ground;
http://www.booking.com/hotel/nz/twizel-holiday-park-twizel.en-gb.html?aid=311984;label=twizel-holiday-park-twizel-TP7KxUrx0Z%2AQcpN8rJdLcwS162164573950%3Apl%3Ata%3Ap1%3Ap2%3Aac%3Aap1t1%3Aneg%3Afi%3Atiaud-146342138230%3Akwd-12519951486%3Alp1011065%3Ali%3Adec%3Adm;sid=28c9b486a0dc54969ec15e345e6bb0a0;dest_id=900047929;dest_type=city;dist=0;hpos=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;srfid=5dac9c141b186f99627fe824a00ceec105c9a103X1;type=total;ucfs=1&


We stayed 2 nights, went swimming in the river, fishing in the canals, ate lots, checked out the spots

Pics to come

Re: My New Zealand Adventures 2015- today

PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:25 am
by Sheddie
Hi Felixx, Happy New Year, I've been doing a bit of catching up on what everyone has been up to. Looks like you and the kids are having a great time camping. That tear drop has to be one of the greatest investments you will ever make in your life :thumbsup: