|I've spent the last few weekends getting to know the city where i'm living a little better and I love it!
There is so much to do in and around Tauranga, although locals will tell you there isn't. I could easily spend another month without leaving the bay of plenty and still find lots to do.
As the photos show, I have taken a few lovely walks. Firstly around McClaren falls park and lake, which is stunning now the autumn colours are out. And to say it is autumn, I was soaking up the sunshine by the lake in a t-shirt! Yesterday I walked to the summit of Te Aroha.......well walked/climbed. It is a tough, steep hike over a 4.5 hours but it was a fun woodland walk. Unfortunately the cloud had gathered at the top so the view was obscured but got a flavour of it from the lookout halfway down.
I've also volunteered at a couple of events to do with the local street art festival. The first of which was a street food event with live music and a ceremony to open the tidal stairs down into the harbour. It was another baking day and all I had to do was sit around in the sunshine, handing out information and freebies and listening to the music. Was a nice way to meet some of the locals too.
The second event was a street art film festival at "The Historic Village" just near where i'm living. The cinema there only has about 100 seats and the village itself is a cute old fashioned mix of craft shops and a live music venue and tea rooms etc. Very unique!