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  • Day60

    Thames & its Saturday Market and Museum

    February 8, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Our Lonely Planet Guidebook says that there is still architectural evidence of the 19th Century gold rush in Thames but grizzly prospectors have been replaced by alternative lifestyles. We have noticed this! Sometimes we feel like we are on a different planet. There seem to be many odd or unusual things/people in this town. Haha.

    We walked around the town, just to get a feel for it and noticed a few interesting places near the shoreline where there is a park with a sidewalk. A Small Gauge Railway takes kids for a fun 900m ride around the park. From the sidewalk, there is a walkway going through a mangrove to a hut that you can sit in to observe some of the many seabirds.

    Surprisingly there is also a Carnegie library.

    On Saturday morning, we walked down the steep track to the market which is set up on the Main Street. Our hosts had mentioned a stand with delicious red peppers so our goal was to drop by the market for a minute or two to buy some. But, the market was a lot more interesting than we thought it would be.

    Yes, there were fruit and vegetable stands as well as crafts, but there were also musicians and people selling ‘antique’ junk and used clothing. It was a hodge podge of activities, some quite amusing. We had fun finding our red peppers.

    At the end of the market, the museum was having a Fun Day with old-fashioned games and activities and people dressed in flapper costumes.

    We also discovered that Thames has many used clothing stores. Apparently, because of the big ‘ageing population’ here, older people tend to clear out their old clothes and items quite often in the downsizing process and donate them to the op shops. I’m not sure if any young people would be interested in the larger sized clothing ...

    By 11 a.m., we were ready to visit the School of Mining Museum.
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  • Day60

    Thames School of Mining and Museum

    February 8, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We weren’t sure if we would be able to visit this historic school, due to its limited visiting hours but we did. It opened at 11 a.m. and we were there. Chris and I were the only ones on the tour so we could ask Steve, the guide, lots of questions which he was happy to answer.

    The buildings contain an extensive collection of rocks, mineral and fossils. The oldest building (1868) was part of a Methodist Sunday school, situated on a Maori burial ground.

    In 1867, a gold rush to Thames, one of the richest goldfields in the world, attracted prospectors from around the world. At that time, Thames became NZ’s largest town. Once all the “free” gold was extracted, the government set up this school to develop and teach methods of extracting less accessible gold. It ran until 1954.

    In the museum, we saw a framed 1926 certificate re the gold from Thames from the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.

    What we learned from this tour, was that the hills behind Thames were filled with miners trying to make their fortunes. The town grew very quickly from 1867, as miners flooded the Thames goldfields. But the problem was that the gold was very difficult to extract from the quartz that it was embedded in. That meant that a lot of money was needed and a lot of science was required to get the gold out.

    Soon, the hills were filled with mine entrances. Stamper batteries (giant crushing machines) were all over the hills, crushing the quartz to get the gold. The batteries made a huge thumping sound 6 days a week for 24 hours a day. Sunday’s were a day of rest and it was so quiet that kids had trouble sleeping.

    Our tour gave us a good understanding of why and how Thames grew and declined. Kudos to Steve who did a good job explaining the history of Thames to us.
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  • Day34

    Last day for me

    September 8, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 8 °C

    No we're leaving America so sad I'm gonna miss Mississippi get it anyway I would like to give a shoutout to the people who have followed my blogs and appreciate it back to the blog ok I'm sad I am going to miss out on free refills the states my cousins and super cheap thing like a blender buy for $15 15! That's cheap 2 dollars for 12 donuts wow! I'm sad that we're leaving America but I just wanna go back into the winter cause I'm hot as in a oven and that's because America is near the equator and New Zealand's not true fact soon I'll be sitting outside of the people's house which I am doing now well not when your hearing thistle camper from here is big bigger than I thought at first it was so cool living in it but now we're sick of it on the plane will be better much much better on the plane to Auckland I saw the whole rugby team of the bay of plenty steamers NO JOKE I was so hype form that anyway I will see you on Monday morning at school ok bye!Read more

  • Day200

    HelpX in Thames

    April 18, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    TAG 200 (unglaublich!): Seit gestern helpx ich in Thames. Helpx bedeutet ich bin bei einer Privatperson und arbeite 4-6h am Tag für Unterkunft und Essen. Zum einen spart man mit dieser Methode viel Geld und zum anderen lernt man Land und Leute so nochmal von einer anderen Seite kennen.
    Ich war ein wenig aufgeregt, weil ich noch nicht so recht wusste was auf mich zukommt, aber bin wirklich zufrieden mit meinem jetzigen Host. Ich helfe der gebürtigen Engländerin Jena, die vor 20 Jahren nach Neuseeland gekommen ist, im Haushalt oder im Garten. Heute war meine Aufgabe alle Fenster im Haus zu putzen.
    Ich schlafe in einem kleinen Raum im Garten. Es ist wirklich gemütlich und schön einen richtiges Zimmer mit Bett und Tisch zu haben, weil es die Tage sehr viel regnet. Ich fühle bis jetzt sehr wohl, ich kann mich vollkomen frei durch das Haud bewegen, auch wenn Jena unterwegs ist, meine Arbeitsstunden sind felxibel und sie hat außerdem eine ganz liebe 10jährige Hündin namens Lyra, die bei allem dabei ist und die ich gleich ins Herz geschlossen habe. 🏡
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  • Day63

    Interesting Facts about Where We Are

    February 11, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Grocery store PAC and Save, Countdown

    Gasoline prices varied between roughly $2.10 and $2.16 per liter.

    you need data, like we did, your best bet is to go with the local SIM card there. The 2 largest operators that offer SIM cards for travelers, starting at roughly 50 NZD (for 3 GB of data with Vodafone), are Vodafone and Spark.
    general, the coverage throughout the country is patchy, especially in the non-inhabited places, which there are many. You may easily camp without any connectivity. But as soon as you are in a small town, there will be connectivity – no worries about that!
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  • Day29


    September 3, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    A while ago we went to the Corvette Museum! It was cool there! We saw a bunch of cars. We saw the 1,000,000th Corvette made, it fell into a HUGE sinkhole which swallowed up 8 cars! There was a simulator about what the sinkhole looked like when it was collapsing. There was a kids zone, me and the boys spent ages there! There was a factory line, and a car workshop. When we left, through the gift shop, I got a pullback Corvette! It's cool.
    All the helpers on the train were called George. We learned that at the train museum! Aaron thought it was a blast! I... didn't. I got a nasty bruise. My favourite train car was the first class one, it had bunk beds!
    In Nashville, there was a ballgame that I really wanted to go to... but being hit with the leftovers of hurricane Harvey, it rained... a lot. The game was cancelled. I was SOOO mad! The weather must have heard me though, a tornado touched down about 2 miles north of us! Yikes! It was really scary, thunder, lightning, tornado warning sirens, not the best sleep I've ever had!
    We spent most the time resting in Nashville, except when we had the car we rented.anyway I hope you guys enjoyed this awesome blog up hit the like button if you have Read all of this and I'll see you later bye!

    -P.S. this blog would not be possible without the help of my big brother, Aaron, the smart one, the cool one, the best one, better than me, this is added by Jared I'm sure...
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  • Day25

    Just mall it

    August 30, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Today we went to the tanger outlet mall . It was a outside mall and we went shopping there , turns out I was more entertained than normal but in here you discover something New every day. The outdoor mall was like an indoor mall but with no roof. There were seats everywhere and even a fireplace. I got lost so went to customer services and they called mum and dad for me. We bought lots of clothes, a Nike ball for me, a little bouncy ball, a pretzel and lots of chocolates. We got to choose 30 Lindt chocolates each. Then we went back to the camper and hit the road and drove for about 3 or 4 hours to Louisville anyway I hope you guys enjoyed this blog I've you did hit the like button and I'll see you later bye!Read more

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