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Palmerston North & Taupo

The last two days of holiday were a lot more relaxed than the first two, and unlike most of my other holiday’s in the past there were no set plans from here on-wards. First up on Monday morning was to the Woodville information centre on the other side of the Manawatu Gorge to see if we can collect a kiwi ranger badge for Robin, who had completed the required tasks from the booklet several days earlier. 

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2017 RNZAF Air Tattoo

On arriving at the Air Tattoo we walked around all the static aircraft and tents, I wanted to see what I could before the flying started at 10. This was so different from a civilian air show which have lots of old historic aircraft, as it was just current military aircraft – a real show case the RNZAF. 
First up and, and really exciting to me were the helicopters (for those who don’t know I used to fly helicopters & they are a bit of a passion for me). The RNZAF now has a range of modern helicopters compared to Vietnam era old B47’s and Huey’s that we used to have only a few years ago.

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Manawatu Gorge Kiwi Ranger

When we were on Tiritiri Matangi over Christmas, Robin completed the DOC kiwi ranger programme for the island which is a range of activities designed to help children learn about New Zealand’s wildlife, and they receive a badge at the end of it – and Robin was so excited when he did so, he now wants to do other kiwi ranger programmes throughout NZ, and luckily there is one in the Manawatu Gorge only 15 minutes from where we are staying for the RNZAF 2017 Air Tattoo

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The Pinnacles in Coromandel

The Pinnacles is is a very popular mountain in the Coromandel ranges, so popular in fact that DOC’s largest hut is located below the summit with an impressive 80 beds!
As Coromandel is so close and convenient I have never been up to the Pinnacles even though I have been wanting to go there for a long time.

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Family holiday on Tiritiri Matangi 2014 part 4

Tiri has a kid’s ‘Kiwi Ranger’ experience which is a number of activities which need to be completed and you get a badge. Robin has been working hard over the last few days on the activities and was so excited to get his badge, and has told me that he wants to complete other Kiwi Ranger activities at other DOC sites, unfortunately most of the others are in the South Island.

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Family holiday on Tiritiri Matangi 2016 part 3

Monday morning was the same reading and guiding routine, but for the afternoon we headed to the far end of the island 3 kilometers away. So it is a bit of a walk, but on the way we came across a takake in the bush called Nohoa and then excitingly a kokako and we got some great views of this normally hard to see bird. Stopping to look at all the birds really slowed down our walk but after an hour we arrived to find the beach all to ourselves all alone except for some shags and oystercatchers.

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Family holiday on Tiritiri Matangi 2017 pt 2

On Saturday morning, the first morning of the holiday I was up early as normal and I got to read my large Tuatara book in peace and quiet which was nice before people including the boys got up.

As there are currently no DOC volunteers on Tiri all the volunteers staying overnight have to do their bit to help out, so we are cleaning and refilling the water troughs around the lighthouse. There is 6 of them and took us about an hour, and the boys loved doing there bit to help the endangered birds

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Family holiday on Tiritiri Matangi 2017 pt 1

I have just spent an amazing 6 days on the scientific reserve of Tiritiri Maitangi with the entire family. I have fond memories as a kid going with my parents to Piha for our summer holidays, with only the beach and a couple of games for entertainment – and I loved it. So I wanted to recreate the same thing but with rare and endangered birds thrown into the mix.

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Navy 75 years

As part of the Royal New Zealand Navy 75 years celebration, there is a massive open day in the city. Over 10 ships from Navies from a whole range of counties are here in Auckland, and most of the ships are open for the general public to visit which is great. 

This was to great an opportunity to miss, so by 10am I was parked up in the city and walking down to Queen's Walk with the family to see what was going. 

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KCC Camp - Miranda shorebirds

During the first weekend in November the whole family journeyed down to Miranda to spend two days with the Forest & Bird Southern Kiwi Conservation Club - for kids. 

Robin has been going to KCC events for several years now but has never been overnight with them, and I have been keen to visit Miranda shorebirds for a while.

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Dome valley walk & Doc Brown

Labour weekend was the same weekend as my birthday, so lot's of Adam orientated stuff happened over the long weekend; Meeting Doc Brown from Back to the Future, the amazing nice Nichelle Nichols, going for a 13 km walk through the bush and watching several movies at the cinema. 

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Luke is now 3

On the morning of September the 5th, when Luke woke up he was taken into my bedroom and was told it was his birthday - and boy was he so excited! It was really lovely and cute to see. As he started opening his presents he was almost shaking in excitement and had the biggest smile I have ever seen on his face

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KCC - traps and dead possums

Robins final South Auckland KCC event, as from now on he will be attending the West Auckland KCC events. 

And what an exciting event - a visit to a Forest & Bird forest (who knew F&B actually owned forests, but they do) to do some pest control. The forest is called Olive Davis Reserve and yes there was a dead possum involved! 

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Robin turns 7

On the 25th of August Robin turned 7, incredible to think he is seven already. He is so helpful and fun to have round - through he does have his father temper on occasion. Robin was of course up early, and his presents were opened on my bed so I didn't even have to get up. 

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Hamlins Hill with KCC

The story as written by Robin Weller, aged 6:

“I went to KCC. First we got under a tree because it was raining and we went on a hill and it is called Hamlin Hill. It is half farm, half park, half forest and we planted lots of trees and we walked in the forest and I had fun and I did lots and lots of holes for the trees and there was lots of old trees and the walk was long” .....

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Waikato Museum & motoways

While living here in Pukekohe, Hamilton City is not far away and visiting the Waikato museum has been on the cards for several years but has never really been a top priority - but with only several weeks left in Pukekohe I took the chance to head down for a visit. 

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Turkey Day 25 - The Grand Bazaar & Topkapi Palace

Today is the final full day in Turkey, and I made a decision in that I wouldn’t make any decisions today!

So today Julianne and Grandma are in complete charge.

First up it is the Grand Bazaar, a key place Julianne wanted to visit before we left as she has fond memories from the last visit with Nadia. And instead of walking there as I would have done Grandma made the decision to take the tram, she really likes trams and trains.

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Turkey day 24 - Worse drive of my life - Into Istanbul

Luke & I resting by Iznik Lake in the early morning.

This was the day which was supposed to have the easiest drive, about 3 hours. So I was really looking forward to spending the afternoon relaxing in Istanbul after dropping off the car and maybe heading out to the Grand Bazaar. Well that didn’t work - the gentle 3 hour drive became a very unpleasant 7 hour nightmare.

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