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Tokoroa : Talking poles, Parks, Lakes and Bush.


I guess if this is New Zealand through my eyes over the past 40+ years then it makes sense to begin at the beginning, the day I arrived screaming into this world.  It would have been a chilly winter's day in Tokoroa and I've been reacting the same way to the cold ever since!!

Perhaps I am a little harsh because there really isn't anything harsh about the Tokoroa winter.  Yeah, it gets down to -5C frosts in the dark of the dawn but by 10am the day is cool and crisp and bright, making one happy to be alive!
  In fact since global warming has been the topic of choice in the past 10 years Tokoroa frosts haven't really plunged the mercury below -3C so I should stop being such a sook and get hard!


I've lived in a few towns around the world now but I still talk about Tokoroa as being home.
Iona Ave bushland track
  I doubt very much whether there will be any other place that will stop me using the term in such a way.

I have filled out the blurb to tell all I know about the place if you click on the town as a destination so I need not repeat myself here.

Having returned again now (April 2009) I feel a sense of closeness that makes me consider spending a big wad of cash to buy another chunk of the place.  Oddly enough I feel I might be able to live here again, albeit for the summers, since my plans involve global travel to avoid winters and follow the sun.
  I vowed I would never live here again but the price of land and quality of the air and water are definite plusses when I look at places to retire.

Then there is the fact I have been bumping into friends almost every day.
Award winning shot
  I didn't really announce my return to town but I have been spotted and welcomed warmly by all those who have stayed here when I escaped. 
  It does a man good to know he has such good friends; people who have missed him, or whom delight at renewing past aquaintences.

I also think fondly of my involvement with the local theater here in Tok.  Not something I invested a lot of time with when I was away from the town but now I see I would be gladly welcomed back into the fold.  Many of the same of faces to work with on stage and a whole lot of new ones to have some fun with!!

This time of the year also pulls hard at my heart due to the pleasure I have of wandering about this town in the Autumn.  There is a smell in the air.  A crispness I can almost taste.
Lake Moananui in B&W

  Heaven is wrapping myself warmly in my big old coat, donning scarf, gloves and boots and setting out to stride around Lake Moananui on such a cool, bright day.

There I might greet other Tokoroa folk engaged in their own circumnavigation, but in the opposite direction.  Or I may pass this time chatting to a pretty maiden about our lives and loves.
  Perhaps I should be alone to think my own thoughts, maybe compose one of Big Bad Chad's mediocre odes as I walk through green grass, beneath trees filled with changing leaves.


Ahh, Tokoroa.  My heart will be forever here at home, even if I be long gone!!
ken2010 says:
Thank you for sharing this.:)
Posted on: Jul 03, 2010
goezi says:
Kia ora, thanks Jesus, C
Posted on: Feb 27, 2010
couchdesurfer says:
nice interesting pics...! :)
Posted on: Feb 27, 2010
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Selection of artwalls
Selection of artwalls
Iona Ave bushland track
Iona Ave bushland track
Award winning shot
Award winning shot
Lake Moananui in B&W
Lake Moananui in B&W
What a way to travel!
What a way to travel!
I remember the night this tree was…
I remember the night this tree wa…
80s sounds abound
80s sounds abound
State Highway 30
State Highway 30
Sundown
Sundown
Beauty spot
Beauty spot
1987 new Police Station being built
1987 new Police Station being built
Says it all
Says it all
Kiwi Kids
Kiwi Kids
Snobbs Hill
Snobbs Hill
Hold your chainsaw with pride!
Hold your chainsaw with pride!
Sexy talking pole
Sexy talking pole
A talking pole
A talking pole
Waikato region is big with dairy
Waikato region is big with dairy
Tokoroas main street
Tokoroa's main street
Catholic Church
Catholic Church
Party at Chads house!!
Party at Chad's house!!
Tokoroa is a bush town
Tokoroa is a bush town
Many Tokoroa front lawns have a wr…
Many Tokoroa front lawns have a w…
The Pie Cart -a Tokoroa icon
The Pie Cart -a Tokoroa icon
Lake Moananui panorama
Lake Moananui panorama
Spillway
Spillway
No one chilling at the lake
No one chilling at the lake
Lake Moananui at dusk
Lake Moananui at dusk
Lake Moananui
Lake Moananui
Downstream of Lake Moananui
Downstream of Lake Moananui
No boats today
No boats today
Artwall
Artwall
Artwall
Artwall
Playground
Playground
Late night shopping
Late night shopping
Happy talking pole
Happy talking pole
Catholic Church
Catholic Church
Stadium with grand stand. Wow!
Stadium with grand stand. Wow!
Western entry via SH30
Western entry via SH30
Playground
Playground
Tokoroas first primary school
Tokoroa's first primary school
When eating crocodiles your eyes c…
When eating crocodiles your eyes …
Commentary box
Commentary box
Scoreboard
Scoreboard
Talking pole
Talking pole
Talking pole recycled
Talking pole recycled
Bluerk!!
Bluerk!!
Tokoroa men like to shoot things
Tokoroa men like to shoot things
Happy Valley firewood not looking …
Happy Valley firewood not looking…
Start of Mountain Bike Track
Start of Mountain Bike Track
Tokoroas supercross track has bre…
Tokoroa's supercross track has br…
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A little taste of Italy in the South Waikato.
If you're looking for a good place to eat in Tokoroa then you won't want to pass up the opportunity to enjoy a meal at Alberico's Italian Restaurant. … read entire review
Tokoroa Sights & Attractions review
Looking out over Tokoroa
If you have time to stop in Tokoroa you should first stop atop Colson's Hill where the local service clubs have created a nice lookout with informativ… read entire review
Tokoroa Sights & Attractions review
Pack a picnic lunch and the kids, we're going bush!
Tokoroa is surrounded by forest and within these forests are numerous reserves, catering for a day with the family out in the wild. One such reserv… read entire review
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