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New Zealand Adventure
25th Mar 2018
Day 24 Rotorua to Hamilton including sheep shearing demo

Left Rotorua and called in at the Agrodome which is a tourist attraction covering farm tours and various shows. Watched the show that displayed the 19 varieties of sheep in NZ - quite a selection. A light hearted show that satisfied T’s urge to get up close to some lambs! Continued on journey via a lovely forested area that also had mini volcanoes that had been formed years ago after an eruption. Weather variable -mainly rain. Pleased that we had  the IPod to provide entertainment during the rainy spells. Stopped at Tirau which is a small town that is becoming an arts and crafts centre. Main attraction was the giant animals! We then stopped at Cambridge because we couldn’t just pass it by! An attractive leafy town off the main road.

Arrived in Hamilton and found the Ibis Hotel by the river. Not quite the leafy spot we envisaged as right in the CBD. Just having a break watching the cricket before we venture out for a riverside walk to the gardens and something to eat. May not have pictures of sheep show or Hamilton tonight as only have limited internet access at the hotel. 

Early start tomorrow for long drive to the Bay of Islands. Went on our first stretch of motorway today for about 10 miles - limit is 110 kilometres  - usually 100  - about the same as the UK. Went out for a walk by the river. The hotel actually does look over the river from the other side of the hotel and we took a lovely riverside walk trying to find the paddle steamer jetty. Didn’t have any luck but managed to stroll through two nice parks. Walked  away down the main street trying to find a restaurant then found  an Indian restauarnr down the side street right next to the hotel! 



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Diary Photos
25th Mar 2018  Baby lambs and alpaca
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25th Mar 2018  All 19 types of NZ sheep came on individually and munched food
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25th Mar 2018  Sheep shearing- the fleece removed was enormous
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25th Mar 2018  Milking the cow proved quite difficult
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25th Mar 2018  Feeding the lambs- aaah!
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25th Mar 2018  Sheep were not at all frightened of the sheep dog
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25th Mar 2018  Lovely dog - wanted to bring him home
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25th Mar 2018  T with a friendly sheep
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25th Mar 2018  The top ram
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25th Mar 2018  Large sheep at Tirau!
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25th Mar 2018  Giant sheep models at Tapua
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25th Mar 2018  B with his canine friend in Tirau
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25th Mar 2018  Entering Cambridge
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25th Mar 2018  View from Hotell Ibis in Hamilton
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25th Mar 2018  View from park in Hamilton
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25th Mar 2018  Maori artwork in Hamilton
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25th Mar 2018  Gardens in Hamilton
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25th Mar 2018  Spitfire in Memorial Gardens Hamilton
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25th Mar 2018  The Memorial Gardens in Hamilton
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Diary Movies

Agrodome sheep show


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