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    6. Shweeb
    Branded as the “worlds most efficient man powered machine,” this upside down monorail bicycle is only available in New Zealand. Check it out in Rotorua!
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    7. Sandboarding
    Slide down the huge sand dunes along Ninety Mile Beach on a simple body board. The speeds reached are surprisingly high and sand gets everywhere!
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    8. Rere rock slide
    More bodyboard action! Grab onto your board or a sturdy inflatable and slide down the slippery Rere Rockslide. Once you start, you could spend the whole day playing! Find this awesome spot in Rere near Gisborne.
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    9. Flyboard
    Everyone dreams of flying, right? Well, you can with the power of a water jet! You can take flight in Queenstown during the summer months.
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    #1668504
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    Here’s something for your bucket list 😀

    FLYBOARD Queenstown – Feel the thrill of Jet propelled flight.

    Have you ever wished you could fly like a superhero? Or swim like a dolphin? At Flyboard Queenstown we like making wishes come true! The Flyboard is what you’ve always been dreaming of. It is a water activity that takes you to the next level, in your quest for adrenaline, like no other adventure activities can.

    Having the Flyboard, or rocket boots as we like to call them, strapped to your feet allows you to go up to heights of 30 feet in the air and dive under the water an shoot straight out again, exactly like a dolphin. Flyboard is an activity anyone can learn and only taking 5 – 10 mins. The experienced Flyboard instructors will train you before and during your experience and we guarantee you will fly.

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    #1668532
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    Stunning photos Val from the sunsets to the various walking tracks and wildlife.

    Wow  😮  Kite surfing, going down a hillside inside a balloon, luge and powered ‘flying’. I would love to have a go at some of these but the thought of broken bones and the length of time they would take to heal at my age is somewhat offputting.  😆

    It’s lovely to get all the interesting bits that go with each of the photo’s too. Thank you.

    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

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    Entoloma Hochstetteri. The photographer found this beautiful blue mushroom in the Pureora forest on the timber trail. You might recognise this mushroom from the New Zealand $50 note. On the $50 note there is also a native Kokako bird and to Maori the blue mushroom resembles the Kokakos wattle thats why it also features on the note.

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    #1668535
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    Thanks SG, you are a pal :).
    Like you I would love to be young enough to have a go at some of those activities but, alas, age is agin me, I’m afraid – sob sob!!!

    #1668681
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    SG- what a stunning photo of the blue mushroom. Thank you for your post xx.
    BTW- Do you receive a message, sent on the 10th?

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    Ferrymead, Christchurch  – Feb 2018

    Every year, this tree is one of the first to turn autumnal.
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    #1668820
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    BTW- Do you receive a message, sent on the 10th?

    Was having cleanup in middle of night around that time and deleted a lot of stuff I thought I had read – some of it in error. Yours must have been among them. So sorry Val.  😥   😥   😥

    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

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    HOW THE KIWI LOST ITS WINGS

    One day, Tanemahuta was walking through the forest. He looked up at his children reaching for the sky and he noticed that they were starting to sicken, as bugs were eating them.

    He talked to his brother, Tanehokahoka, who called all of his children, the birds of the air together.

    Tanemahuta spoke to them.

    “Something is eating my children, the trees. I need one of you to come down from the forest roof and live on the floor, so that my children can be saved, and your home can be saved. Who will come?”

    All was quiet, and not a bird spoke.

    Tanehokahoka turned to Tui.

    “E Tui, will you come down from the forest roof?”

    Tui looked up at the trees and saw the sun filtering through the leaves. Tui looked down at the forest floor and saw the cold, dark earth and shuddered.

    “Kao, Tanehokahoka, for it is too dark and I am afraid of the dark.”

    Tanehokahoka turned to Pukeko.

    “Pukeko, will you come down from the forest roof?”

    Pukeko looked down at the forest floor and saw the cold, damp earth and shuddered.

    “Kao, Tanehokahoka, for it is too damp and I do not want to get my feet wet.”

    All was quiet, and not a bird spoke.

    Tanehokahoka turned to Pipiwharauroa.

    “Pipiwharauroa, will you come down from the forest roof?”

    Pipiwharauroa looked up at the trees and saw the sun filtering through the leaves. Pipiwharauroa looked around and saw his family.

    “Kao, Tanehokahoka, for I am busy at the moment building my nest.”

    All was quiet, and not a bird spoke. And great was the sadness in the heart of Tanehokahoka, for he knew, that if one of his children did not come down from the forest roof, not only would his brother lose his children, but the birds would have no home.

    Tanehokahoka turned to Kiwi.

    “E kiwi, will you come down from the forest roof?”

    Kiwi looked up at the trees and saw the sun filtering through the leaves. Kiwi looked around and saw his family. Kiwi looked at the cold damp earth. Looking around once more, he turned to Tanehokahoka and said,

    “I will.”

    Great was the joy in the hearts of Tanehokahoka and Tanemahuta, for this little bird was giving them hope. But Tanemahuta felt that he should warn kiwi of what would happen.

    “E kiwi, do you realise that if you do this, you will have to grow thick, strong legs so that you can rip apart the logs on the ground and you will lose your beautiful coloured feathers and wings so that you will never be able to return to the forest roof. You will never see the light on day again.”

    All was quiet, and not a bird spoke.

    “E kiwi, will you come down from the forest roof?”

    Kiwi took one last look at the sun filtering through the trees and said a silent goodbye. Kiwi took one last look at the other birds, their wings and their coloured feathers and said a silent goodbye. Looking around once more, he turned to Tanehokahoka and said,

    “I will.”

    Then Tanehokahoka turned to the other birds and said,

    “E Tui, because you were too scared to come down from the forest roof, from now on you will wear the two white feathers at your throat as the mark of a coward.

    Pukeko, because you did not want to get your feet wet, you will live forever in the swamp.

    Pipiwharauroa, because you were too busy building your nest, from now on you will never build another nest again, but lay your eggs in other birds nests.

    But you kiwi, because of your great sacrifice, you will become the most well known and most loved bird of them all.”

    Supergold-Wainuiomata (Wellington)

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    #1668856
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    SG – re the message – no problem, I will just resend it – these things happen to us all 🙂  I just didn’t want you to think I hadn’t replied xx

    That’s a beautiful legend about the kiwi – thanks for posting it.

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