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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Small Town NZ - Waihi

Last weekend the band had a road trip to play at a wedding in Tauranga.
We stopped at a couple of little towns on the way home. At first they don't look that interesting and you could easily drive through them, but when you stop and start to really look, there are all kinds of interesting little things to see.
We didn't really stop in Matamata though due to lack of time, just took this photo of their information centre, which is Hobbiton inspired. 

Matamata information centre

We thought this local identity would have made a good extra in a hobbit movie
Waihi is a small town with nearby Waihi Beach - which we didn't get to unfortunately. It was an early gold mining town, so still has some good wooden buildings full of character.


Vintage Style 

Ti Tree Cafe - Waihi

Cafe courtyard

The Rob Roy Hotel - Waihi

We stopped at a cafe there, even though we hadn't meant to, as it looked so interesting in an old mining house.
When I'm buying clothes again I'd like to go back to the Vintage Style shop. They had lots of vintage clothes, as opposed to just preloved.
The Rob Roy Hotel is still open for paying guests, at a pretty cheap nightly rate, but I guess if they didn't read the blurb on the window about the ethereal night visitor they could be in for an eerie surprise - just creaking floorboards and slamming doors etc, nothing sinister.

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