Wairere Falls

Hi guys,

During ANZAC day (25th Apr), I finally got to visit Wairere Falls. A place I’ve been dying to go to for a few months now. It’s the highest waterfall in the North Island and you can see just how big it is on the way to the entrance.

The walking track to the falls is located on Goodwin Road; around 15 mins drive from Matamata town centre. The track is quite straightforward with signs to help you. It has a few bridges for you to look at the boulders and streams laying about.

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My attempt at getting the smooth water effect

I’m not sure if the track is usually as slippery and muddy, or if it was due to the intense rainfall we had the week before, but I tripped quite a few times so be careful when trekking here as the track has a lot of rocks, tree roots and high steps that make it easy to slip and fall. Most of the walk is covered within the forest of trees so it’s not too hot and there’s no searing sun blasting onto your neck. You’re also allowed to take dogs here which makes for a great family trip or even a great day for your beloved pet.

The first lookout is around 45 mins and from here you can see a direct view of the 153m waterfall.

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Wairere Falls

If you’re not already exhausted from the walk to the lookout, you can walk a further 45 mins to the second lookout at the top of the falls. It is absolutely worth it to get to the top. The views you get are stunning and the weather we had that day just topped it off. You know you’re almost there when you start hearing the sound of rushing water, and not long after you turn a corner and can see a beautiful shallow stream.

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Stream at the top

If you continue walking downstream, you reach the cliff edge where the waterfall starts and the water is so shallow that you can walk right up to the edge and in the stream where you can see the Waikato plains below you. You feel like you’re on top of the world. There was even a family grilling sausages on a portable BBQ for lunch! If you bring along packed sandwiches and some snacks it would make one of the best places to eat lunch with a view 🙂

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Walking to the edge of the waterfall

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We made it !

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Picturesque

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The Amazing View of our flat Waikato Plains

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Soaking it all in

The path back is the same way you came up but its a lot faster and easier! This is a must go place if you’re ever driving past the Waikato.

-medlabgeek

 

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Kayak Noosa

Hi guys,

I’ve been back in Auckland for about two weeks now and I wanted to do a post on an activity I did during my holiday in Australia. We had booked a 2 hr sunset kayak tour with kayak noosa for $60. They also do hiring of kayaks and paddle boards if you’re keen to explore yourself. The guide also brings a camera with them on the tour, so you don’t have to worry about taking your own photos or risk ruining your expensive camera. They email you the photos a few days after which was very helpful.

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Kayak Noosa by the River

We met at their shop front at 3.30pm and lucky for us; there was just me, my partner and another lady who signed up for the day so we had plenty of time to relax and observe for wildlife with the guide. They give you a brief training session on how to change the tail direction and how to let up the sail (on our double kayaks) as well as how to use the paddles. So it’s great for beginners who aren’t very confident on a kayak.

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Before we set off

We paddled towards the mangroves and the guide pointed out to us some heron’s, crabs, stingrays, as well as other migratory birds and birds of prey. We got to see a kite dive for fish right by our kayak which was amazing to see. Our guide Tracey, was very knowledgable and helped explain a lot of what we saw. So if there is anything you wanted to know more about, don’t hesitate to ask them as they can probably answer!

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In the mangroves

 

After a bit of paddling , we beached onto north heads where we relaxed and had a bit of afternoon tea provided by the guide. You can also go for a swim in the water but we stayed on the beach to chat to the guide. During the ride back, we propped up the sail to help us with our paddling because the wind was in our favour. It was great, we got to sit back and enjoy the sunset as we sailed back, feeling the warm water trickle through your fingers and enjoying all that’s happening around you on the river. I really enjoyed the trip, so props to Erica and Tracey for the great service!

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Jumping on the beach

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Kite diving for fish

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Sunset

-medlabgeek

 

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MIA

Hi guys, sorry if I’ve been MIA recently! A lot of things have been happening in my personal life that I just haven’t been in the mood to do a post and as a result I’m really behind on studying for my tests and doing my assignment which are all due together.

I’ve just started my 2 week term break which means I can hopefully start to buckle down and study hard! I’ll try to make a post sometime soon. 

I’ve also got my cousins wedding next week which will bring happiness and help our family move on from everything that’s happened, I can’t wait to go! Due to traditions from our culture I almost couldn’t attend 😦 

Side note: the wire attached behind the teeth of my lower jaw have fallen off again 😦 is it just me or did you all have problems with the permanent wire too?! (People that had braces will understand) 

-medlabgeek

18/05/2016

Whew! After a hectic week of assignments and tests, I have a few days to rest up before I start studying for my second micro test coming up next week. I feel like I only just got back from our mid-semester break yet there’s just a few more weeks to go until final exams! (and then my holiday hehehehe 😀 )

I’ve also received an update on what my interview will be for, and it turns out its for Microbiology placement during Semester 1 of 2017. I feel super nervous for this interview because I want this sooooo bad! I know quite a lot of students also have interviews, either for the same lab or different labs or different cities etc. so I wish everyone in my class the best! I have no idea how competitive this is or how much value the interview is based on their selection process but I will try my best all the same. I get easily stressed and overthink things but that’s just how I prepare myself for things to come I guess.

Anyway, I will be posting a informative blog on Bacillus species within the next few hours so watch out for that 🙂

-medlabgeek