New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - WEEKLY TRAVEL -

I have never for­got­ten my first trip to Ro­torua. We went by car and as a seven-year-old, it seemed to take for­ever to get there. I was fas­ci­nated with the buried vil­lage and re­mem­ber look­ing up at a tree where there was a Singer sewing ma­chine stuck. We were told it was thrown there by the earth­quake when the Pink and White Ter­races were lost. We went to Whakare­warewa and were shown around by a beau­ti­ful Maori woman. I had my pic­ture taken with her and later found out she was in­deed the fa­mous Ran­gi­tiaria Den­nan, bet­ter known as Guide Rangi. My grand­fa­ther also took me in a ver y small plane to fly around to see Ro­torua from the air. I loved it. He told me years later, he was green when we landed.

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