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Was cool to have these classic/vintage cars during the week. Good to see the clubs out post covid restrictions.
Was great to have the crew from Lucky Dip On The Road a Maori TV production stay with us last week. Great bunch who did a show at the Memorial Hall.
Now we are into September and warmer weather time to hit the Timber Trail. Went out for an open day. Great spot to stay and highly recommend the 🍕 its awesome. Thanks for the food spread team Timbertrail Lodge.
Drove out to have a look at this. A serious slip. Unprecedented rain in recent months caused lots of slips and potholes. Take care especially driving in the dark.
Last weekend was perfection for the mountain. Sadly this week has been rather wet. Still can take a drive up to Whakapapa or to Ohakune. This time of year plan a visit to the Chocolate Eclair shop. Still primo.
Spring is in the air. First of the lambs around and blossom in the cherry trees keeping the tuis happy. This week is fine all week. The weekend going to be perfect for a visit to Mt Ruapehu.
Had a rather wet July as has most of the country. July just about done. Hasn't been much blue sky so not ideal for any outdoor activities. Let's hope August brings us some colder days(frosts would be preferable to constant rain and we need some snow for Mt Ruapehu) We welcome Squash players here this weekend for tournament.
Cafe 75 at 75 Hakiaha Street is a great place to grab a coffee from the window or have a sit down meal. Cakes and slices and salads. Opens at 8am weekdays or 9.00 weekends. Closed Mondays
Alan was able to go out with this group over Queens birthday weekend. Such a great bunch of riders that love to discover the back roads. My only complaint was that Alan has now had to buy a second bike that was more suitable for this offroad riding lol. Enjoy the Matariki weekend.
Feels like the rain is never going to stop. Please take care driving. Alan took a few photos this afternoon of how much both the Ongarue and Whanganui rivers are looking. Several areas on State Highway 4 that have slips fallen over the road.
Great to be hosting some of these triallists at the Motel this week. Full house. These dogs are the top sheep dogs in NZ. The weather is a bit of a mixed bag but these are hardy soles. Held at Meringa Station until Saturday.
Must give a shout out to the Maori wardens in Taumarunui who go about their community service without any fanfare. In particular Ray whom I see on a daily basis. Always time for a cheery hello. Early starts to set up the covid testing station at the Miriama centre. Great community service. Open 9am until 2pm Monday to Friday for drive thru covid tests.
Sunday drive in the rain. Still a good drive in the misty rolling hill countryside. Sealed another 2km so only 10km remain unsealed.
Time to get all the Motel carpets cleaned after a busy autumn heading into winter. Thanks to Tony and Michelle of Tru clean who provide an excellent service to fit in around us.
If you would like a staircase challenge here it is. Views at the top are great. Allow 2 hours less if running up which was popular on my visit. Very busy on weekends I was told.
Anzac weekend. Stunning start to the weekend. Took a few pics of Autumn colours of the leaves in some of the trees. Anzac service will be at the Cenotaph on Monday at daybreak. Gather at the Rsa behind the Motel at 5.45am to walk to the Cenotaph.
Happy Easter 🐣 🐰 Autum weather is perfect for cycling. This is an electric tandem that we had stay. Stay safe on the roads.
Wow look at this sky. Looked outside to see this tonight. All gone in 10 minutes.
Stopped here last week. Wanted to see how much water flowing after a dry summer. Located just off highway about 40 minutes north on way to Te Kuiti. Allow 1 hour.
It has been a week of bikes with TA riders and a group from Escape Adventures following the TA route also. Also welcomed our friend Owen Smith from Thames who is cycling the TA. Alan cycled out to meet our local St John's station manager Sam Cash who is doing the TA
Had a couple of interesting guests with a little different machines. This week we will have the first of the TA riders passing through on the annual Cape Reinga to Bluff event.
Alan had an early start last Monday getting dropped off in National Park and cycling the Fishers track from near the railway station then continuing on to the Kaitieki horse sculpture and back to Taumarunui. 85km with a coffee and burger stop at Blue Hill Cafe.
Sad news last week our beloved JD from Taumarunui Rsa passed away suddenly. Be sorely missed by us and our guests who always commented on his great service. A huge loss to the Rsa and our community.
Have had a busy week with lots of 🏌️♀️ 🏌️♂️ Pretty hot out on the course and as the photos show extremely dry.
We have been having quite a few 30+ degree days which is definitely icecream weather. Girlz and berries icecream cart is located south end of town on the grass adjacent to Railway lines. Pop up vaccine clinic is there also.
Would recommend this walk which is a short 15 drive away off the Forgotten Highway. Suitable for these hot days as it's all undercover in some lovely bush. Close to Lauren's Lavender Farm so can call into get a coffee when you have finished your walk.
2021 is done and dusted. Afternoon at Kuratau for us. Nice to see groups of people having fun on Jetskis, boats and swimming. Back on board tomorrow. Happy New Year and see you in 2022.
Merry Xmas to all our valued guests. Travel safe on the roads and see you in 2022. Our hydrangea bushes are putting on a great show. They have thrived after all the rain. Best show ever.
We are now only taking vaccinated guests. Alan and I are fully vaxxed as are our cleaning staff.
Although we have ridden on the Timbertrail several times we have never stayed overnite. Loved our night at Camp Epic. Lovely to hear raindrops on the roof but no rain once riding. Such a special place. Thanks team Epic.
Check out these Xmas themed facemasks made here in Taumarunui.
A big shout out to our Accident and Emergency Department. Had a guest trip over and suffer a nasty gash to the back of her head which was bleeding profusely. Susan proceeded to the Hospital with said guest. Speedy attention to the injured guest. Have had several guests who require medical attention for various reasons over the years and they are impressed with the service given. Thank you.
We have a new very cool coffee spot in Town at Trunk FM Radio Station in the main street near the Chemist. OPEN 6am until 2pm. Karajoz coffee is served.
Lavender Farm opened again for the season. We cycled out and enjoyed a coffee and scone in the gardens. Just a short drive on the Forgotten Highway ( SH 43 )which is now the route to New Plymouth while Te Kuiti in Level 3.
We have had a busy week at the Motel with several projects on the go around town. People travelling to New Plymouth have had to go through SH 43 The Forgotten World Highway as the Waikato Boundary for Level 3 extends down to the Eight Mile Junction. Jojo and I had a nice walk on Sunday along the riverside pathway which follows the Whanganui River to Manunui. Have a great Labour Weekend Everyone.
First week of school holidays been a bit wet in the Ruapheu. Took a trip up to Whakapapa which was closed unfortunately as you can see from the photos not so nice. However there are some great alpine walks you can do on these types of days. Would recommend the Taranaki falls 6km walk. The waterfall is spectacular after rain.
Jojo and I spotted a couple of tuis in this kowhai tree this week. Lots of spring blossom and the temperatures are rising.
We have had a week off and though the weather was pretty average we struck a great day in New Plymouth. Pukekura Park is looking great with all the flowering plants. A tranquil place to visit.
Level 2 Yahoo and the mountain awaits. Had some good lots of snowfall this week.
Level 3 Yahoo contactless Pizza and ☕ Early Father's day. Spring is in the air. Keep safe everyone.
Hope everyone is doing ok in lockdown. Spotted this happy piggy family on my local exercise yesterday. Piglets too cute.
Here we go again. Hope everyone is staying safe. We are Open for Essential Workers only on a strict non contact basis. There are still people out working to deliver essential supplies to our Supermarkets etc. Be kind.
Alan went and cycled the Marton Sash and Door track this week. Interesting history of this being a tramway track that operated from 1925 to 1957 transporting timber to Marton for doors and sashes. Some of the trail is adjacent to the present main trunk railway line. Was abandoned and overgrown until quite recently. A family friendly 2 hour ride. Avoid early morning at this time of year as extremely cold.
A first for us someone bringing in their caravan and staying in a room. Needed to charge everything up as it turned out and a night out of the van. We do have lots of off Street parking for trucks,trailers, boats etc. Can arrange for late check ins also for guests( coming out of Auckland or Wellington on Friday nights especially).
Spring is in the air. Well felt like it today. After a very wet weekend lovely to see the sun and the lambs in the paddocks.
We are proud to offer you modern, spotlessly clean, self-contained motel accommodation in Taumarunui at excellent prices. We are located just a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Taumarunui yet away from the noise and bustle of the the railway line and SH4 with safe off-street parking.
You will be comfortable and secure in one of our range of self-contained units, complete with bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities, toaster and microwave.
Laundry, spa pool, off-street parking and continental breakfast available.
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