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MATARIKI – New Zealand Maori New Year

By |June 4th, 2011|Articles, of EXTRA interest|

Matariki is the Maori New Year. It is when the star cluster known as "The Pleiades" (or M45), rises in the north-east of New Zealand. The Matariki legend. According to tradition, Matariki has two meanings - tiny eyes or it is also sometimes called Mata ariki – the eyes of god. Maori legend tells of [...]

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Harakeke / flax

By |November 4th, 2010|Articles, of EXTRA interest, on our TOUR|

Harakeke is the missed-named plant which is actually a lily! Called FLAX by the early Europeans, because they saw how the fibers were being used by Maori for weaving baskets, mats, fishing lines, and clothing. See my video on how to weave a putiputi (flower).

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WOOL-BREAK IN SHEEP

By |October 17th, 2010|Articles, of EXTRA interest|

WOOL-BREAK IN SHEEP IS A NATURAL RESPONSE TO STRESS   ...It sure doesn't look very nice, does it? This loss of wool is called "wool-break" and it is a natural response to a stress situation the sheep has recently encountered, for example an accident or trauma.       "What happens if you don't shear [...]

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New Zealand SHEEP FARM in Auckland

By |November 11th, 2010|Articles, at our FARM, of EXTRA interest, on our TOUR|

ALL of our Auckland tours include visiting our own **genuine** sheep farm and Homestead. You'll enjoy a 'hands-on' with our pet sheep (and baby lambs born in July). Speak to real farmers and visit our woolshed to learn all about the New Zealand sheep & wool industry.We are just 40 minutes from downtown Auckland!Visit to our farm is ONLY by taking our tour. (We aren't open to the public, that's what makes your tour with us so unique).Click to see a SHEEP SHEARING video [...]

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CRUTCHING sheep on a New Zealand sheep farm

By |December 3rd, 2008|Articles, of EXTRA interest|

CRUTCHING SHEEP on a NEW ZEALAND SHEEP FARM The term "crutching" means to shear the wool off around the sheep's bottom area. This is a necessary job as it especially keeps the sheep clean of pooh! and reduces the risk of 'flystrike' -when a fly 'blows' (lays its eggs) on a sheep (not a nice [...]

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the New Zealand sheep farm WOOLSHED

By |February 6th, 2008|Articles, of EXTRA interest|

On a NZ sheep farm, the most important building is the WOOLSHED. The woolshed is generally where all aspects of sheep-tendering takes place - it's not only for shearing! There are pens and yards adjacent to the woolshed, and these are to 'draft' (sort) the sheep into different categories as there maybe lambs, older sheep, [...]

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Aucklands Two Harbours

By |May 4th, 2010|Articles, of EXTRA interest, on our TOUR|

As Auckland is an isthmus Auckland has TWO harbours!To the east of Auckland City, there is the WAITEMATA HARBOUR, and to the west of Auckland, there is the MANUKAU HARBOUR.You'll see and learn about them on our tour, but read more here [...]

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COAST TO COAST NZ, NEW ZEALAND

By |January 1st, 2011|Articles, of EXTRA interest, on our TOUR|

"COAST TO COAST" Auckland is on an isthmus; on the West coast it has the Tasman Sea, (which is the sea between Australia and New Zealand), and on the East coast it has the Pacific Ocean. The South West Pacific Ocean is a very large area of sea with not much landmass in it. The [...]

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About Coast to Coast Tours LOGO

By |January 31st, 2010|our tour COMPANY|

"...the land, the sea, and the Pohutukawa tree"When we formed our Auckland Eco-tour Company, we wanted a logo to symbolise the things that were going to represent not only ourselves, but also our area [...]

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TAMARILLO CHUTNEY recipe

By |October 13th, 2011|Articles, of EXTRA interest|

TAMARILLO CHUTNEY The TAMARILLO is native to many South American countries. It grows fairly abundantly in New Zealand, however, it is frost tender, so not very suited to areas that get frosts. GET THE step-by-step TAMARILLO CHUTNEY RECIPE HERE .....but be warned, once you try this chutney you'll be hooked!! (Cook's hint: because you will [...]

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