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Old April 2nd, 2012, 01:32 AM   #1
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HOBBITS +MINK + MANURE [WAIKATO REGION] NEW ZEALAND

The Waikato Region is a local government region of the upper North Island of New Zealand. It is governed by the Waikato Regional Council. The region is bounded by Auckland on the north, Bay of Plenty on the east, Hawke's Bay on the south-east, and Manawatu-Wanganui and Taranaki on the south. Waikato Region is the 4th-largest region in the country in terms of both area and population - it has an area of 25,000 kmē and a population of 413,100 (June 2011 estimate).

The name for the region is taken from the Waikato River; waikato is a Māori word traditionally translated as "flowing water" (specifically, wai = "water" and kato = "the pull of the river current in the sea"). The Waikato Region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand after Auckland Region, Canterbury Region and Wellington Region. Given the suitable geography and climate, the Waikato economy is strongly based on agriculture, especially dairy. Dairy farming has been the main agricultural activity since the late nineteenth century.

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30 MAR 12 ROADTRIP AUCKLAND TO WAIKATO SH1 SOUTH by Urban+Explorer, on Flickr

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Old April 2nd, 2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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The country looks nice, I cant wait for the next update
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 08:20 PM   #3
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wow! the region has a beautiful terrain and great highways
and I'm excited to see photos of the towns, cities and the inhabitants.
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Old April 3rd, 2012, 12:53 AM   #4
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The country looks nice, I cant wait for the next update
I wish that I had the money to buy a farm in the area - the countryside just gets better and better ... stay tuned mate and thanks for the comment


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wow! the region has a beautiful terrain and great highways
and I'm excited to see photos of the towns, cities and the inhabitants.
I was only in the region for 3 days and I didn't get to see half of what I would have liked to see .. one can easily spend a week there, maybe next time. Thanks for your kind words and I hope that you get to enjoy what else I have to offer
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The country of New Zealand is great; more photos please
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Thanks CG .. more to follow
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Matamata is a rural Waikato town in New Zealand with a population of around 12,000 (6,000 in rural areas, 6,000 in the township). It is located near the base of the Kaimai Ranges, and is a thriving farming area known for Thoroughbred horse breeding and training pursuits. A nearby farm is the location for the Hobbiton set in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit. The New Zealand government decided to leave the Hobbit holes built on location as tourist attractions, since they were designed to blend seamlessly into the environment. Matamata is also the home of various media outlets, including studios for tvCentral, TV Rotorua and iTV Live, which is unusual for a town of such size.


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Welcome and thanks for the updates
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Ah brilliant. So thats what the Waikato looks like!

Glad to see you guys enjoyed your trip down there. Was good to meet up last week too btw.
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That's really awesome; well done SYDNEY
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Alot of that countryside looks similar to rural Devon!
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Ah brilliant. So thats what the Waikato looks like!

Glad to see you guys enjoyed your trip down there. Was good to meet up last week too btw.
It was great seeing you again, just a pity about the long wait for our food - I wanted to tear my hair out The Waikato Region is beautiful but then again which region isn't .... the best is yet to come so stay tuned mate and thanks for meeting up with us


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That's really awesome; well done SYDNEY
Cheers mate ... Happy Easter, I hope that you get lots and lots of chocolate


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Alot of that countryside looks similar to rural Devon!
You are quite right, the North Island especially. The hedges and rock walls give it that special British Countryside touch The South Island is more a mix of Norway | Sweden and Switzerland .... gorgeous

Thanks for the comment and I hope that you have a very, very special Easter weekend

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I guess that having all that rain every once in a while itīs worth it...look at those landscapes

Thanks for the trip Sydney
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I guess that having all that rain every once in a while itīs worth it...look at those landscapes

Thanks for the trip Sydney
You are so right mate, it is especially green for this time of the year and the farmers are not complaining You are most welcome and thanks for joining me
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