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Today we drive over the bridge to the privately-owned ground at Matapihi, owned by wealthy New Zealand share and investment broker Neil Craig. Neil, an unabashed cricket lover acquired the land, a former citrus orchard, in 1998. He cleared the land in 2000 and two years later turned it into an outstanding turf cricket venue, flanked on three sides …
Today we spent the morning by first grabbing a coffee in town (mandatory) then heading over to the Kuirau Park to check out the thermal springs and mud pools. Then it was back to the motel to check out and head on down the road to Tauranga.
Tauranga was settled by Māori late in the 13th century and by Europeans in the early 19th …
... fruit growing on vines that remind you of the grape variety. The biggest difference, besides the size of the fruit, is how the vines are all attached to form a continuous roof throughout the orchard. And the crop is so thick that it needs to be thinned during the season to get the best harvest. Rings are cut around the vine stems to direct the nutrients upward into the fruit. The other interesting thing is that the orchards are all ...
... goes down in 2: Ah well he fought the good fight. The other Aussies are all knocked out, Peter Landrebe on his second match. So now it's onto the 'bowl' for the second 16 players, so Pete plays in that tomorrow. And I' m only a little burnt after this fierce NZ sun. We have realised that our bus leaves to take us south for our Queen Charlotte walk on Sunday morning, so we miss the dinner and the finals being played! Pete's philosophical about this, but I feel bad he'll miss the last ...
Day 2 Sunday I stayed at the Mount, where Pete was playing, but did non croquet things. A beautiful if windy day. I started with a walk on the beach, a brief refreshing dip. Breakfast at home, then the farmers markets in town. Lovely markets, where I stocked up with fruit and veg, then wandered around the town. 3 cruise ships were in town, so there were a number of ...