I can't believe it was only last week that I visited Tauranga and Miranda. It seems as if my visit was an age ago but perhaps its just that so much has happened since. Certainly the visit has been imprinted on my mind as enjoyable and memorable. We seemed to do so much and so far all I've blogged about is kayaking, some of the Miranda experience and the eels. So here are a few more bits and bobs.
|A bookshop closing down - always a shame|
Eclectic Friend took me into Tauranga CBD (Central Business District and what would at one time have been called the city or town centre). I was astonished by the lack of shops when compared with, for example, Palmerston North and the fact that many were closed or closing down.
Then I discovered that Tauranga has a huge out of town shopping complex. There is, however, a large café culture which I always find warming and a modern, airy art gallery which I was shown around. It's good when you are with a guide who knows about a subject. I was very taken with some abstract three dimentional pieces but I can't recall the name of the artist nor can I identify him (I'm sure it was a him) from the gallery's website. I'll try and remember to come back to that one.
Perhaps the most fascinating and enjoyable thing I saw that morning was The Elms. The Elms historic house museum, the oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty, is an essential stop for all visitors to Tauranga. From this traditional English home, Maori were given the opportunity to learn about Christianity, and were educated in reading and writing, as well as agricultural and domestic skills. Unfortunately photography inside is forbidden. Why, oh why? Flash need not be used these days. So here are a few of the outside which, frankly, give only a tiny idea of the place.
|The Elms, Front view|
|The Elms, Rear view|
|The Library - the oldest surviving mission building on the property - has changed little inside or out since it was built in 1839.|
Also in the CBD was this restaurant which I just couldn't resist:
|Intrepid, addictive dining!? Hmmm.|