Rangawahia Hall

On a backroad somewhere in the Manawatu area we found the Rangawahia Hall which is
about all that is left from a town that is no more. 
Laying along the edge of the building and dotted around the side were these tiles, obviously made by children, that tell some of the stories of the town's past.
Among hundreds of results about the hiking trails in the area, this article is all that I could find about them.


Colville tennis court

When I first arrived in New Zealand in 2006, Hubby took me on a whirlwind tour of the North Island over the first four weeks I was here. 

One of the places he took me was Colville on the Coromandel Peninsula. 
We parked across the street from the General Store, next to the tennis court and I noticed that they were raising money for a new court. 

Now, I don't know about you, but when I see signs like this, I do wonder now and then if they ever got enough money to do what they wanted.

Fast forward to earlier this year when we decided it was time to go back for our holiday.
The first thing I looked for was the tennis court...

I was very pleasantly surprised to see that they had succeeded in getting a new court or two!


It's Easter weekend....

Here in New Zealand, public holidays mean that there are no advertisements on tv all day long.
That sounds like it would be wonderful, but it's not all that.

We end up with lots of silly movies that 'star' people I've never heard of or, in some cases, whole seasons of a program back to back.

But, at least, I don't have to listen to ads for things that I have no intention of buying.


A little taste of America

I knew there was a Dunkin' Donuts in the Auckland airport because I
saw their bags with the wonderful treats wander through Wellington airport.

I was surprised to find that, according to their NZ page, there are FOUR 
in the airport and only 3 outside of Auckland.

Since, we were taking the MIL to the Auckland airport, and I only knew about 
the shops there, I thought it would be nice to get a doughnut or two when we
dropped her off for her flight home.

Driving in the big city isn't something we like to do, so Hubby's research 
found that there were two in Hamilton--a much smaller 
town, easier to navigate-and we'd be passing through on our way home.

I am a very happy camper, having had a piece of the US for the 
first time in eleven years and Hubby was a bit impressed, too :)