Category Archives: Recreational Research

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You couldn't get a nicer picture on a chocolate box, folks. Here's the adjoing villa at Tongariro Lodge this morning as we were starting to gear up for the day's fishing. The mighty Tongariro River is about 20 metres away. Fly fishing awaits, for the first time here in 4 years, thanks to Covid lockdowns.

Tongariro Lodge

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You couldn’t get a nicer picture on a chocolate box, folks. Here’s the adjoining villa at Tongariro Lodge this morning as we were starting to gear up for the day’s fishing. The mighty Tongariro River is about 20 metres away. Fly fishing awaits, for the first time here in 4 years, thanks to Covid lockdowns.

You couldn't get a nicer picture on a chocolate box, folks. Here's the adjoing villa at Tongariro Lodge this morning as we were starting to gear up for the day's fishing. The mighty Tongariro River is about 20 metres away. Fly fishing awaits, for the first time here in 4 years, thanks to Covid lockdowns.


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Great omen on the metal dividing fence at Auckland Airport. For the uninitiated, the Royal Wolf is a world famous dry fly for fly-fishing tragic, like your humble writer.

An Omen Perhaps

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Great omen on the metal dividing fence at Auckland Airport. For the uninitiated, the Royal Wolf is a world famous dry fly for fly-fishing tragic, like your humble writer.

Great omen on the metal dividing fence at Auckland Airport. For the uninitiated, the Royal Wolf is a world famous dry fly for fly-fishing tragic, like your humble writer.


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Phones off folks. We're in the air, heading to Taupo for a week's fly fishing on the famous Tongariro run. And Air New Zealand have been fantastic.

Travelling Man

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Phones off folks. We’re in the air, heading to Taupo for a week’s fly fishing on the famous Tongariro run. And Air New Zealand have been fantastic. Such a contrast to the nightmare of travelling with our former national carrier in recent years. We were travelling economy and the staff kept offering to help, the flights were all on time and even the customs helped out as we had a younger family. Loved it.

 


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I can tell New Zealand Customs that, in all honesty, I definitely packed this bag myself. Not quite a triumph of three dimensional spatial optimisation.

Good to go ?

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I can tell New Zealand Customs that, in all honesty, I definitely packed this bag myself. Not quite a triumph of three dimensional spatial optimisation.

 


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After a week working on combined SQL and AI data and text modelling, I decided to go low tech for the kids' packing list for our Kiwi trip.

Kids’ Packing List

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After a week working on combined SQL and AI data and text modelling, I decided to go low tech for the kids’ packing list for our Kiwi trip.

After a week working on combined SQL and AI data and text modelling, I decided to go low tech for the kids' packing list for our Kiwi trip.


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The kids and I are getting our fair share of the pie before packing for our trip to NZ next week.

Angling for a share

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The kids and I are getting our fair share of the pie before packing for our trip to NZ next week. Apparently, I’m fact finding, as well as fish finding, as my AFR editor is angling for a hook on a NZ election story. I’m in party mode already, as you can probably tell.

The kids and I are getting our fair share of the pie before packing for our trip to NZ next week.


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Guess whose off on a fly fishing trip to the mighty Tongariro?

Off to Tongariro

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Guess who is taking the family for a fly fishing trip to the mighty Tongariro? ?
Our first trip to Kiwi in four years, thanks to Covid.

Packing the gear, as I type and hoping the waders haven’t shrunk. More to come …


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I cannot believe this! Here's Tim's perfect Canadian toasted marshmallows #Spatsizi The man does it with an electric drill on slow speed. Unbelievable. Fantastic taste.

Klahova Lake – Spatsizi

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Beautiful final day with no. 1 son at Klahoya Lake today. We parked the float tubes for a camp fire lunch by the lake. Unbeatable #Spatsizi

Beautiful final day with no. 1 son at Klahoya Lake today. We parked the float tubes for a camp fire lunch by the lake. Unbeatable #Spatsizi

 

No. 1 son in float tube on Lake Klahoya today. The stone flies were landing on the tube, by way of a hint on fly choice #Spatsizi

No. 1 son in float tube on Lake Klahoya today. The stone flies were landing on the tube, by way of a hint on fly choice #Spatsizi

Our guide Tim shows us the Canadian way to toast marshmallows on our last night #Spatsizi

Our guide Tim shows us the Canadian way to toast marshmallows on our last night #Spatsizi

I cannot believe this! Here’s Tim’s perfect Canadian toasted marshmallows #Spatsizi The man does it with an electric drill on slow speed. Unbelievable. Fantastic taste.

I cannot believe this! Here's Tim's perfect Canadian toasted marshmallows #Spatsizi The man does it with an electric drill on slow speed. Unbelievable. Fantastic taste.


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Number two son with Papa Ray and soon to be released Grayling at the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi

Grayling Hole – Spatsizi

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We’re all off to the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi today. Woo hoo!

We're all off to the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi today. Woo hoo!

Spot the Bald Eagle on the nest in top of the broken tree #Spatsizi

Spot the Bald Eagle on the nest in top of the broken tree #Spatsizi

My little girl getting a lesson on fly selection from Master Guide Ray Collingwood at the Grayling Hole today #Spatsizi

My little girl getting a lesson on fly selection from Master Guide Ray Collingwood at the Grayling Hole today #Spatsizi

Lunch around the camp fire at the Grayling Hole today #Spatsizi

Lunch around the camp fire at the Grayling Hole today #Spatsizi

Number two son with Papa Ray and soon to be released Grayling at the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi

Number two son with Papa Ray and soon to be released Grayling at the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi

Number one son sitting on the bear-proof food safe at the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi I was wondering what the bear was supposed to eat if it couldn’t get your picnic basket.

Number one son sitting on the bear-proof food safe at the Grayling Hole #Spatsizi I was wondering what the bear was supposed to eat if it couldn't get your picnic basket.


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So far you've been spared the grip'n'grin shots ... but ... well ... these feisty little guys were so darn pretty we couldn't resist #Spatsizi today.

Time to catch (and release) some unwary trout.

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Day whatever of our week dawns #Spatsizi and the pilots are already fuelling their floatplanes to take us out to catch (and release) some unwary trout. Hope springs eternal in the breast of this old trout hunter.

Day whatever of our week dawns #Spatsizi and the pilots are already fuelling their floatplanes to take us out to catch (and release) some unwary trout. Hope springs eternal in the breast of this old trout hunter.

Ray Collingwood our master guide, is taking the young-uns out fishing today. Here he’s getting to know them at breakfast.

Ray Collingwood our master guide, is taking the young-uns out fishing today. Here he's getting to know them at breakfast.

Our three Amigos head off to fly fish Lake Tuaton today. Mum and Dad have the day off to chase trout on Lake Laslui.

 

Our three Amigos head off to fly fish Lake Tuaton today. Mum and Dad have the day off to chase trout on Lake Laslui.

 

So far you’ve been spared the grip’n’grin shots … but … well … these feisty little guys were so darn pretty we couldn’t resist #Spatsizi today.

So far you've been spared the grip'n'grin shots ... but ... well ... these feisty little guys were so darn pretty we couldn't resist #Spatsizi today.