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Who knew - All about the Waikato

So here I am staring at my computer and wondering what I have got myself into?! Blogs…… they're the way to go, they say…… a must have for any business! I know, they've been around forever. I'm just a little slow off the mark. But…… I have never been a writer and wonder what I'll say. Thank goodness for me I suppose there is inspiration everywhere I look, so it should be/maybe………easy??

So as tourism in New Zealand is set to overtake Dairying, what better exciting industry to be in. As us proud Kiwi's already know, we have the best of the best to show off to the rest of the world! And we're happy to tell anyone who'll listen (and even those who don't) all about it. Especially the Australians – when we beat them at…… anything!

Something I am hearing over and over again though about our little (big in our hearts) part of New Zealand – The Mighty Waikato, is that no one knows just how much there is to do in our area.

As more local and not so local kiwis are deciding to holiday in their own backyard, they are finding out that the Waikato really can be a destination on its own.

As an owner of a small tourism business just south of Cambridge, we are noticing that people are combining multiple things to do over a weekend, and often leave wishing they had time to do more. We absolutely love our area and do as much as we can to support the local communities and other tourism businesses around.

So, we need to get word out to people, that the Waikato, is not a "day trip" region. You need the whole weekend, or a few days mid-week is even better (you can call in "sick", we won't tell) and it's worth it.

We have an array of different activities that we believe really "showcase the Waikato". These include Walking and Biking on the Waikato River Trails or the Te Awa Trail, a guided Glow Worm Kayak tour, a spin in a Jetboat on Lake Karapiro (or a slow ecological tour if preferred), "have a go" at the Avanti Velodrome, walking through the pristine ecological island of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, a local Horse Stud tour, Fishing and Hunting for the men (or ladies) and the boutique shopping for the ladies (or men) in Cambridge. These are just a few options we are able offer people visiting our region.

People are looking for that "different or new" experience. Kiwis are beginning to realise the advantages of holidaying at home and the international travellers are looking for the less commercial experience that they can go home and "brag" about.

I am so proud to be a Kiwi, and especially proud to be able to share this awesome place I call home. I don't think you can even call it work when you enjoy what you do as much as I do. I still get excited every time I see a Glow Worm or every time I take a group cycling on the Waikato River Trails.

And as for this Blogging (side) business……. I think I am actually going to like this too. Hopefully you will enjoy reading it as much as I actually enjoy writing it. If you have any ideas or thoughts you want me to write about, just let me know and I'll see what I can do!

So for now I am off to take my son for his very first ride in the bike trailer…… we start 'em young round here (7 months on the dot). Maybe that will be my next blog…… How it went and how we/I coped! I am expecting/hoping/wishing that he'll love it as much as I do. So till next time…….

Get out and enjoy this amazing land we live in!

Sally