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2017 New Zealand Trip - Part 12

Matamata, Meeting up with Gordon and His family, Sarah, Hope and Connor.

Gordon lives in Putaruru. We drove over to meet him the next day, it was the first time we had met in about 9 years. The last time Gordon and I had seen each other was briefly when the four of us brothers met in Canada when Neil was ill. Before that it must have been 20 years since we had all been together.

We spent the afternoon catching up with what he was and had been doing in recent years, what our mother did when she visited and the friends she made.

We arranged to come again in two days and go and meet Sarah, his daughter, who lived 100km away.

So 2 days later we drove over to see Sarah:

She works on a Dairy Farm and has a nice 3 bedroom bungalow. We brought lunch of hot roasted chicken and salad. We spent a good lunchtime with her and Gordon.

On the way back, we stopped at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, which, although good, was really very over priced for what it was. Is it worth a visit, unless you are really interested in glow worms, then probably not.

We dropped Gordon back at home and arranged to meet again at the weekend to visit Hope and her family. They live in Stratford, 300 km away, in the shadow of Mount Taranaki.

Got a shot from a distance from inside the car, but unfortunately when we reached Hope's house, the cloud had descended.

Anyway, back to the main theme:

The children: Emma 9, Addy 7, Mason 5 and Indie 6 months.

After lunch, we went down to the Dairy Farm and watched some milking.

(Unfortunately, no photos of Connor because he had to leave early to get back to work).

We returned to Putaruru and left Gordon at home. Maybe we shall see Gordon and Sarah in England one year.

It was great to meet them all. The children Emma 9, Addy 7, Mason 5 and Indie 6 months were delightful and fun.

As we returned, we passed the Three Sisters so we stopped in the car park. Unfortunately, they can only be seen from the beach when the tide is well out, which it wasn't. They are round the corner to the left. We saw them from the road as we drove further up the coast, but could not stop.

On our way back from Gordon's house at Putaruru we caught sight of a train. I had to video it.

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