Four years of sitting

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Pacific Ocean from Papamoa Hills
I moved to Te Puke in January 2005 when I had a major life shake-up; new job (but with the same employer), new town, new house, new desire to be free of women - well, for a while anyway!

Now it's 2009 and I'm preparing to move again.  I've done great things with my house whilst I was here so i won't be selling it, just renting it out until I have more of a clue about my future needs.

The sad thing is that i haven't really felt that I've given Te Puke the best of myself.  I didn't get involved in the place at all.  Yeah, okay, I did perform in one stage-play back in 2005 but very little else.

I had plenty of Couchsurfing travelers streaming through my place and I took them out and about to show them what the area has to offer but if it wasn't for them I wouldn't have found that out myself, I'm sure.
History board outside Post Office
  Not too proud of that.  Te Puke's a lovely little town and I should have got to know it a lot better than I did!

Here's a few shot from the place anyway.  Those who know it as the "Kiwifruit Capital of the World" will recognize a few shots perhaps.
 
It's big Kiwifruit slice earned the town a spot on the NZ edition of Monopoly but there is more to the place than the fluffy fruit we've all come to rely on so much. 
  Close to the beaches of the Bay of Plenty and surrounded by native bush and regionals parks that we can freely enjoy by taking advantage of the many bush walks.

A slowish pace;  Great cafes;  Easy shopping; and straddling State Highway 2 which runs from Tauranga to Rotorua or Whakatane.  Te Puke just has to be explored properly. 
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Pacific Ocean from Papamoa Hills
Pacific Ocean from Papamoa Hills
History board outside Post Office
History board outside Post Office
Mural in town center arcade
Mural in town center arcade
Flotsam at Newdicks Beach
Flotsam at Newdicks Beach
History board outside Post Office
History board outside Post Office
Community panels depicting Te Puke…
Community panels depicting Te Puk…
Welsh Panel
Welsh Panel
Community panels depicting Te Puke…
Community panels depicting Te Puk…
I live amongst industrial buildings
I live amongst industrial buildings
One of my visits to Maketu beach. …
One of my visits to Maketu beach.…
Kaituna River flows into the sea a…
Kaituna River flows into the sea …
Orion and Carrie at the track entry
Orion and Carrie at the track entry
Raparapahoe Track runs along a riv…
Raparapahoe Track runs along a ri…
Raparapahoe Track waterfall
Raparapahoe Track waterfall
Raparapahoe Track -where artists c…
Raparapahoe Track -where artists …
Raparapahoe Track- ahh, the sereni…
Raparapahoe Track- ahh, the seren…
Te Puke Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Favourite Indian food.
The Golden Punjab is across the road from my place and of course one should always start close to home when trying places to eat in a new town. Havin… read entire review
Te Puke Sights & Attractions review
Historic Police cells now for artists
The Constable's Gallery is so named because sitting beside the main building which houses the Art and Craft Gallery and Workshop are two cells of the … read entire review
Te Puke Nightlife & Entertainment review
Cinema 4 complex - Art Deco styling
The Capitol Cinema complex was built in Art Deco styling and housed the 4th largest screen in New Zealand. Quite an attraction for this little town! … read entire review
Te Puke Nightlife & Entertainment review
A pint if you're desperate
Inbargo looks like a great place from the outside. It has a few tables scattered on the footpath capturing the sun all afternoon. The doors are spre… read entire review
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