1/19/2010

Kawakawa, Kerikeri, Kohekohe (holiday, part2)


Yes, the names of towns here are quite confusing and I am blessed to have Hubby to help me keep all the town names straight!


I guess living in America keeps you out of the loop on some 'world famous' things...


I have no words to add here...just click here and read the story for yourself!



These little train cars were set in the sidewalk footpath outside a small museum in Kawakawa.

Kerekeri has a lot to offer in the form of chocolate delicacies.Get fudged has a great selection of great fudge and you can order online.


Makana chocolates were just down the road from the fudge shop, but I didn't get any pictures to share. Click here for their website.

Pete's Pioneer and Transport museum is a quaint, small place that is tucked away in Kerikeri but worth a look for some nostalgia.
This is an old dental chair that was displayed in a classroom. Dental care is free here in NZ for children until they get to high school.



Some other sights to see in Kerikeri include St James Church.




According to hubby's research,  this bell was given to the church when the 'Black Prince' was decommissioned in 1960.
This is the Stone Store as it stands today, the oldest existing building in the country.




And, last but not least, Hubby was sweet enough to find this little church in Kohekohe for me. It is situated on the side of the road with nothing else around except a gorgeous view behind it.


16 comments:

Deb said...

interesting signs...love the photos of the churchs...

chitra said...

i loved the second photo and that of the cute littl church!!!

merinz said...

Thank you for sharing your tour of Northland with us!

The stone store and the Kemp Mission house next door were once lived in and owned by my Grandmother's family who were Kemps.

~Cheryl said...

Fascinating! Great pictures of a great trip. Thanks for sharing!

bettyl said...

Thanks for all the great comments! I'm glad you are enjoying the photos...I have many, many more to share!
meritz--that's so fascinating that your family is involved in NZ history!

Connie said...

This is my kind of touring! I prefer the local interest sites over the big and famous any day. When living (3yrs) in the UK, I never got to Stonehenge, and I never saw the changing of the guard... but I went to sheep fairs, Hadrian's wall, street festivals, breweries, etc, Much more interesting.
I liked the "world famous toilets". I agree - lines should not be straight. I have always wanted to do a garden wall and path in concrete and random tile mosaic. (If I ever settle down and own a garden) Now I have another element to consider... columns, with high gloss enamel! Cool!

Amy said...

You got some great photos! Puzzled by the famous toilets one lol but love the museum and chocolates. btw thanks for your comment over at the backroads blog, I share that with a friend :-)

Café Chick said...

What did you think of the 'world famous' toilets? I was driving through to Kaikohe from Whangarei for a work meeting and my colleague insisted we stop there and look around. The architecture is quite stunning, considering they are public toilets. Unless I saw them for myself, I wouldn't have believed anyone saying how wonderful they are!

Juli Ryan said...

My husband and I joke that Kerikeri where we will retire. Just because it is way up north.

I was looking for your email on your blog, but I couldn't find it. I just wanted to thank you for your comment on my post and for following me. I get a lot of hits from your blog!

RennyBA said...

What a great travel report - both this and the last one - and with great pics too!

Love the dentist chair - it's free in Norway until 20 too :-)

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ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots - had to laugh at the World famous toilets!

Dental health care is free in Sweden too.

Eva Gallant said...

What wonderful photos! Thank you so much for posting them. This is a place I will probably never get to visit!

Sandy said...

Interesting! Love the last photos.

Bex said...

I love the Hunderwasser toilets. Especially when watching the police sweep on them every now and then (some locals decide occasionally to plant some naughty grass on the roof).
One VERY important bit you missed out though is the bakery at Kawakawa. BEST. Cream. donuts. EVER! Truthfully - and I've been to a heck of a lot of bakeries in NZ. When I lived in Whangarei we would drive up there solely to get our hands on the donuts. Bliss!!!

Miss Footloose said...

Bettyl,

It's so nice to see these photos of NZ. I have many cousins in NZ because two uncles of mine emigrated from Holland in the '50s and ended up with a slew of kids between them -- my cousins.

And although I've lived in a number of countries around the world and traveled in more,I've never been to New Zealand! shame on me. Another Dutch cousin of mine, one who ended up in the US, just came back last week from visiting NZ for 2 months and called me. I had to pretend my house was on fire to get off the phone ;) because she wouldn't quit talking about how gorgeous the country is!

If only it weren't so FAR away from Europe and the East Coast USA! Then maybe I'd move there too!

Kel said...

oh, i've been to those Hundertwasser toilets

one of my favourite signs i saw in NZ was touting the lemon and peiroa drink, it said:

"L&P, world famous in New Zealand!"

what the . . . . !?!?!?
made us laugh