Bye Bye HK ... Hello UK ... Hello Tauranga Ferners ... ?



  • This has been a long time coming ..but I resigned yesterday and we as a fam are moving blightly style. I've mentioned it a few times on these forums when talking caterham cars etc, we as a family are very excited!

    Anyway, long story short ... I will be in NZ for 7 weeks ... and I'm guaging interest in a TSF meetup in the mighty Bay of Plenty ... Initially we are going q town then hiring car and driving home - up through central otago, see the WT rellies in Christchurch, over Arthurs Pass to see some more rellies, Hanmer springs, Nelson, Picton, interislander, welly, hawkes bay, taupo ... then finally My folks are in Te Puke and they will be doing grandparent duties for a while so I'll have some free time.

    To that extent, if any bay of plenty TSF good folk want to meet for some beers / food / lunch/ rugby over the first 3 weeks of June .. then let me know. I've been on this site for 12 years now and met a few when in HK. Be nice to meet and actually sit down with the ones near Tauranga, of which I think there are a few. Hooroo has previously mentioned interest, so there should at least be one good guy there ...

    Possibliity for Auckland as well, but I will likely only be there sporadically (landing from HK, lions test) so maybe tricky ... but not impossible.



  • @MajorRage said in Bye Bye HK ... Hello UK ... Hello Tauranga Ferners ... ?:

    This has been a long time coming ..but I resigned yesterday and we as a fam are moving blightly style. I've mentioned it a few times on these forums when talking caterham cars etc, we as a family are very excited!

    Anyway, long story short ... I will be in NZ for 7 weeks ... and I'm guaging interest in a TSF meetup in the mighty Bay of Plenty ... Initially we are going q town then hiring car and driving home - up through central otago, see the WT rellies in Christchurch, over Arthus Pass to see some more rellie, Hanmer sprinms, Nelson, Picton, interislander, welly, hawkes bay, taup ... then finally My folks are in Te Puke and they will be doing grandparent duties for a while so I'll have some free time.

    To that extent, if any bay of plenty TSF good folk want to meet for some beers / food / lunch/ rugby over the first 3 weeks of June .. then let me know. I've been on this site for 12 years now and met a few when in HK. Be nice to meet and actually sit down with the ones near Tauranga, of which I think there are a few. Hooroo has previously mentioned interest, so there should at least be one good guy there ...

    Possibliity for Auckland as well, but I will likely only be there sporadically (landing from HK, lions test) so maybe tricky ... but not impossible.

    Really not keen dickhead.... 🙂

    Mate. I'm across the mountain and only 30 mins from Tauranga. Keen for a beer.



  • Wellington is lovely that any time of year



  • @MN5 said in Bye Bye HK ... Hello UK ... Hello Tauranga Ferners ... ?:

    Wellington is lovely that any time of year

    If you meet @MN5 you will be paying!



  • @taniwharugby said in Bye Bye HK ... Hello UK ... Hello Tauranga Ferners ... ?:

    @MN5 said in Bye Bye HK ... Hello UK ... Hello Tauranga Ferners ... ?:

    Wellington is lovely that any time of year

    If you meet @MN5 you will be paying!

    Harsh bro.....I'd happily shout him a water in any bar in town



  • Hitting qtown tomorrow ... what should I order at fergburger?

    The wife has also asked me to source ideas for mr 5 and miss 3, but that's of secondary importance



  • They are good! One option is to call ahead rather than wait in line. Can highly recommend Madam Woo, if you do check it out make sure you try the Hawker rolls. Nom nom nom.

    Arrowtown is well worth a look. Has a decent playground in the town centre, and a really nice ice cream joint near the river.

    Hmm you could tie the kids together for the bungy 🙂

    Enjoy, Queenstown is a primo place to visit. You might even see Justin Marshall!



  • @MajorRage said in Bye Bye HK ... Hello UK ... Hello Tauranga Ferners ... ?:

    Hitting qtown tomorrow ... what should I order at fergburger?

    The wife has also asked me to source ideas for mr 5 and miss 3, but that's of secondary importance

    I'm sure your kids would get a lot of enjoyment from watching dad go out in the lake in one of these...



  • If you can ditch the kids and like whisky head to this bar https://www.worldsbestbars.com/bar/queenstown/city-center/bardeaux
    Top place with knowledgeable staff and an incredible selection.

    If you go to Arrowtown and see an Alpaca tied up outside the pub or out for a walk through town, say hi to him. His name is Norman.



  • @MN5 said in Bye Bye HK ... Hello UK ... Hello Tauranga Ferners ... ?:

    @taniwharugby said in Bye Bye HK ... Hello UK ... Hello Tauranga Ferners ... ?:

    @MN5 said in Bye Bye HK ... Hello UK ... Hello Tauranga Ferners ... ?:

    Wellington is lovely that any time of year

    If you meet @MN5 you will be paying!

    Harsh bro.....I'd happily shout him a water in any bar in town

    SCOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTLAND!

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  • @MajorRage

    I would be happy to catch up for a beer.



  • @Baron-Silas-Greenback rad ... hooroo and donsteppa keen as well so will arrange a time / place when I get back up here in 2 weeks



  • Some thoughts on our South Island tour ...

    Queenstown - awesome.
    Invercargill - guess you need to know some people ...
    Balclutha - the beaches near there on the way to nugget point are some of the best I have ever seen, anywhere on this planet. Stunning
    Dunedin - fascinating place
    Moeraki Boulders - kids LOVE this place, LOVE it
    Christchurch - depressing. utterly depressing.
    Arthurs Pass - stunning stunning drive. as good as milford sound
    Greymouth - chilled, very chilled .. in both sense of the wod
    Hanmer Springs - cracking little town, beautiful place to kill some time
    Nelson - awesome ... if I lived in NZ, I'd probably have a holiday house here
    Blenheim - loved the wine tour there, loved it.
    Interislander ... snore.

    Wellington now ... North tour to come!



  • @MajorRage said in Bye Bye HK ... Hello UK ... Hello Tauranga Ferners ... ?:

    Some thoughts on our South Island tour ...

    Queenstown - awesome.
    Invercargill - guess you need to know some people ...
    Balclutha - the beaches near there on the way to nugget point are some of the best I have ever seen, anywhere on this planet. Stunning
    Dunedin - fascinating place
    Moeraki Boulders - kids LOVE this place, LOVE it
    Christchurch - depressing. utterly depressing.
    Arthurs Pass - stunning stunning drive. as good as milford sound
    Greymouth - chilled, very chilled .. in both sense of the wod
    Hanmer Springs - cracking little town, beautiful place to kill some time
    Nelson - awesome ... if I lived in NZ, I'd probably have a holiday house here
    Blenheim - loved the wine tour there, loved it.
    Interislander ... snore.

    Wellington now ... North tour to come!

    Don't forget to take in the highlights of Palmy if you can find some.

    If you can, try and find time for a stop at the Army Museum in Waiouru. Especially if you have relatives lost on duty, the weeping wall is worth plugging their names in.

    Another recommendation is catching the chairlift up to the Knoll Ridge Cafe at Whakapapa. Spectacular views, nice modern cafe, fun of a chairlift ride for the kids and there will likely be a few snow patches for them to play in as well. I'm not sure what is running at the moment (their website is ambiguous). There have been a lot of changes this year under a new CEO and while the chairs used to stop for a period inbetween summer sightseeing and winter skiing, I suspect they may be running all year now. Phone ahead on +64 7 892 4000