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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui January 16th 2021

https://www.facebook.com/motorvesselwairua Let's face it, 2020 was a shocker of a year. I woke on New Year's Day 2021 just feeling very grateful that I had survived 2020. I thought I would start 2021 slowly so I had a look at FB. Five minutes later I was running out the door with my backpack on, my camera in my hand and my 4-legged assistant tucked under my arm. He is always happy to head off on an adventure and I had found a brilliant one for us to start the year with. The Motor Vessel Wairua was offering trips between the bridges on the Whanganui River at the amazing price of $10 per adult and $5 per child (children under 2 and dogs were free). This was the best start to 2021 that I could have asked ... read more
Motor Vessel Wairua
The Whanganui River
The Whanganui River

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui January 5th 2020

This is a small rose garden situated at 97A Anzac Parade. It is opposite Kowhai Park which you will be visiting if you have children with you. I have visited many stunning rose gardens in NZ but this isn't one of them. If you have been to the ones such as those in Hamilton or Te Awamutu, you will be disappointed with this one. It is small and just not very impressive. It feels more like a memorial garden. It certainly isn't worth going to unless all the roses are out in bloom late in the year. You won't need to spend much time there. Keep going and check out the gardens in Palmerston North if you are heading south.... read more
Glenlogie Rose Gardens
Glenlogie Rose Gardens
Glenlogie Rose Gardens

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui October 14th 2019

The absolute one place you have to visit when you are in Wanganui is actually about 10 drive out of the city on Rapanui Road but it is well worth the drive. You have to go out to the Bason Botanic Gardens. Not making the effort is not an option. You can turn right at the big green sign opposite the petrol station if you are heading into Wanganui from the north and continue on until you see the entrance, otherwise head north out of Wanganui and you will see the turnoff very soon after you enter the 100kph zone. http://www.basonbotanicgardens.org.nz/ The gardens are huge. There are indoor gardens with flowers and plants for everyone to admire, outdoor gardens with an amazing collection of plants and plenty of space for the kids to run round. Dogs ... read more
Sundial
Dahlia
Dahlia

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui October 13th 2019

Writing about the lovingly restored Number 12 Tram that is located next to the i-Site in Wanganui should be easy. But it isn't. I have seen it running on Saturday mornings through the markets. I have the photos to prove it. But trying to find information to attach to this blog proved difficult. I had a page from a pamphlet from the i-Site which provided me with a website, but it doesn't exist any more. Google gave me a few options such as the fact the Tramways Museum is open on a Sunday afternoon. I gave up and searhed for their FB page which they actually have. This will give you the best idea of what to expect and when you can expect to see it! https://www.facebook.com/wanganuitramways/ If you happen to be in Wanganui at a ... read more
My assistant enjoying the tram

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui October 13th 2019

Wanganui has a deer park that seems to have been there forever. It was a popular place to visit in the school holidays when I was a child and that was a long time ago. If you come into Wanganui from the north, you will see Virginia Road on your left. Follow it to the bottom of the hill where you will see Peat Park and a sign showing where the Deer Park is. I have small grandchildren so have visited the deer on several occasions. The best advice I can give you is: do NOT expect to see any deer! There is a stag with his entourage of females but they can be extremely difficult to see. They are often hiding in the grass at the bottom of the hill so try to spot the ... read more
I see deer!!!

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui October 13th 2019

At the beginning of October I took my grandkids out to Bason Reserve. One of the highlights at this time of year is the abundance of beautiful orchids there. I will let the photos tell their own story. They were all taken while I was being dragged past them at high speed by a 4 year old and a 6 year old and you will notice how much humidity was there in a few of them. If you love orchids then make sure you head out to the Reserve September/October and enjoy the displays.... read more
Orchid
Orchid
Orchid

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui July 28th 2019

Moutoa Gardens are right near the CBD, just across the road from the river. They are a must-see if you are interested in local history and land wars. The occupation of the Gardens in 1995 helped make them well-known due in part to controversial actions that were taken there such as the destruction of the statue of John Ballance. It was difficult for many to look beyond these actions to the reasons behind the occupation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moutoa_Gardens https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/moutoa-gardens-protest I have added links to websites that will provide you with all the details you need. We all know I don't believe in boring you to tears with information you aren't interested in. Hopefully my photos will give you an idea of what you can expect to see. If you are travelling through Whanganui and the kids n... read more
Monument
Maori War Memorial
Maori War Memorial

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui July 19th 2019

I was out and about today, taking photos to help promote a local organisation, and found this gallery along the way. I quickly found myself completely side-tracked. There are 8 artists who are part of this gallery and the best part of your visit will be meeting at least one of them. I was very fortunate to meet the artist who had created the gorgeous mosaics I loved. He was kind enough to talk me through what his works involve and the inspiration behind them. The personal touch makes such a difference when you are as completely without artistic ability as I am! For me to promote a business they have to be great. I love the range of works this gallery has eg there is a very tall bright pink giraffe that is now on ... read more
Red Door Gallery
Red Door Gallery
Red Door Gallery

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui January 25th 2019

Heya zusammen, da bin ich auch schon wieder mit dem nächsten Blogschnipsel. Bin ja fleißig am Basteln hier entweder an der Renovierung des alten Schaf-Scher-Hauses oder eben kleiner Projekte und Hilfen bei den Nachbarn hier. Wie zum Beispiel bei John und seiner kleinen Brücke, damit er bequemer mit dem Quad darüberfahren kann. Zur Belohnung gibt es dann immer wieder Tage mit interessanten Abenteuern und diesmal stand Wellington auf dem Programm. Erik wollte sich gerne im Nationalmuseum Te Papa, die Sonderausstellung über die Terrakotta-Armee des Chinesischen Kaiser anschauen. Ist doch klar das ich mich da nicht zweimal habe bitten lassen – Wellington ist, wenn es um Neuseeländische Städte geht mein absoluter Favorit. Es ist eine übersichtliche Stadt mit etwa 500 000 Einwohnern und ich persönlich mag den künstlerischen Touch besonders, der in so vielen Ecken der St ... read more
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Pfostenbau aus vielen kleinen Pfosten 2
Pfostenbau aus vielen kleinen Pfosten 3

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wanganui » Wanganui March 7th 2018

Note from the editor. There has been some feedback from the younger (and some older) readers that there are too many difficult words in the text. Is this a story for children or adults they ask? Well, it is meant for both, for all children and all adults who have left part of their children's brain alive, which is most adults, although many don't want to know it. The reader must realise that this story is told through the eyes of a donkey. Their brains are of similar seize as a four year old but Donkey’s are known to take a fancy to more complex words which they pick up here and there while they grow up. They like to use them, even if they don’t always know their meaning. If you are a child (or ... read more




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