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Canoeing the Whanganui River

Rivers have great names around these parts; the Te Henui river snakes around our garden and is just big enough to swim in, for exercise I run alongside the Te Henui to the sea, down to the beach, then across the sands to the Waiwhakaiho river.

The Waiwhakaiho is a larger river than the Te Henui and boasts one of New Plymouth’s proudest constructions the Whale Bone Bridge, and finally last weekend I had the chance to paddle the swollen waters of the Whanganui river that flows through the Whanganui national park in the region of Whanganui (north island, New Zealand) and, unsurprisingly, terminates at Whanganui – the city. The names may sound exotic but as you can see the Kiwis have been very practical in their application.
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It’s raining in Taranaki…

Ellie and the prestigious Mt. Taranaki.
Ellie and the prestigious Mt. Taranaki.

For the first time since arriving in Taranaki it’s begun to really rain. The odd day is fine of course, but this is a continuous downpour that tends to counter my enthusiasm for a run or ride. Not to say I haven’t tried; I rode with a friend of mine recently, Adam, and it hammered it down for about half of the ride and broke my phone. I thought I’d rather get wet than wear a coat seeing as I was wearing Lyra cycling gear that doesn’t really retain the moisture and dries quick time, but that strategy failed to accommodate the more sensitive needs of my late mobile. Continue reading It’s raining in Taranaki…