Plenty of fun in the sun

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Ro­torua lakes and wa­ter spots have been bustling as fam­i­lies get splash­ing to cel­e­brate sum­mer and find re­lief from the scorch­ing tem­per­a­tures.

Ac­cord­ing to Niwa’s Sea­sonal Cli­mate Out­look, which as­sesses the likely weather ex­pected over the next three months, the heat will con­tinue. Niwa’s prin­ci­pal sci­en­tist of fore­cast­ing, Chris Bran­dolino, says above av­er­age tem­per­a­tures are the most likely out­come for the Bay of Plenty. There is also ei­ther a near nor­mal or be­low nor­mal chance of re­ceiv­ing an av­er­age amount of rain in this time, he says.

“If there’s go­ing to be be­low nor­mal rain­fall, that’s most likely go­ing to be in the up­per North Is­land, which in­cludes the Bay of Plenty.”

Chris says the three­month pre­dic­tion is an over­all fore­cast which does not dis­sect in­di­vid­ual months, so it is im­por­tant to note the fore­cast does not rule out rain­fall events. Warmer sea tem­per­a­tures are a key fac­tor in the out­look.

Ear­lier this week a num­ber of fam­i­lies were hav­ing fun and cool­ing down in Ha­mu­rana Springs.

Ro­torua’s Nik Bunink says their fam­ily of­ten goes to Lake Tik­i­tapu (Blue Lake) or Ha­mu­rana Springs in the hot sum­mer weather.

He says his sons love swim­ming, and they have been go­ing to the bridge over Ha­mu­rana Stream dur­ing the sum­mer for the last two to three years since the chil­dren were old enough to jump.

“We do any­thing to do with out­doors. We go to the Red­woods for walk­ing or rid­ing. It’s great for the kids, it keeps them out­side.”

Noah Bunink, 12, says in the sum­mer he likes sea-bis­cuit­ing, jump­ing off the bridge into the wa­ter, and swim­ming.

“It gets hot at home and it’s a good way to cool off.”

Tan­garoa Wal­lace, 7, says in the sum­mer he en­joys div­ing and do­ing bombs into the wa­ter, swim­ming at the lakes, and hav­ing fun with his cousins and friends.

There are plenty of other ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able this sum­mer, in­clud­ing the Ro­torua Mu­seum Sum­mer Pick-a-path Ac­tiv­ity Sheet, run­ning un­til Fe­bru­ary 11.

Ro­torua Mu­seum events and en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor Tori Wil­liams says the ac­tiv­ity sheet show­cases free ac­tiv­i­ties chil­dren and adults can do to­gether through­out Ro­torua.

“There are things to do in the rain or shine, at home or out and about, with lots to learn and ex­plore.

“All those that com­plete the ac­tiv­ity sheet go in the draw to win great prizes at the end of Jan­uary.”

There are a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing cre­at­ing art­work with re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als and learn­ing Te Reo Ma¯ ori at the bilin­gual play­ground in Gov­ern­ment Gar­dens. She says they are also en­cour­ag­ing con­ver­sa­tion — “so talk­ing to wha¯ nau mem­bers about their lives and cre­at­ing a story about Ro­torua”.

“There are plenty of places in our own back­yard that are beau­ti­ful and amaz­ing to ex­plore, so hope­fully this makes fam­i­lies ex­plore more of what is on of­fer.”

Get a copy of the sheet and more in­for­ma­tion at www.ro­toru­a­mu­seum.co.nz.

An­other op­tion is Sport Bay of Plenty’s Vir­tu­ally on Track Fun in the Sun ac­tiv­i­ties.

Sport BOP re­cre­ation ad­viser Court­ney Meir­ing says there are a range of free ac­tiv­i­ties which en­cour­age fam­i­lies to get out and ex­plore Tik­i­tapu, Hold­ens Bay and sur­rounds. “From trea­sure hunts, suggested walks, out­door games and the good ol’ Kiwi jan­dal toss, the free ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vide op­tions for all mem­bers of the fam­ily to get ac­tive and have fun dis­cov­er­ing and ex­plor­ing our lo­cal lakes and re­serves.”

She says Sport BOP wanted to come up with some free and sim­ple ac­tiv­i­ties which can com­bat bore­dom and in­crease the chance of ev­ery­one get­ting out­side and ac­tive.

Fun in the Sun is a Vir­tu­ally on Track ini­tia­tive led by Sport Bay of Plenty and sup­ported by the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Ro­torua Dis­trict Coun­cil.

The Ro­torua Week­ender asked read­ers to share some of their sum­mer hol­i­day pho­tos. Here are pho­tos which were shared on the Ro­torua Week­ender Face­book post.

Photo / Stephen Parker

Tan­garoa Wal­lace, 7, shows off his best manus.

Emily Mcgowan says she loved tak­ing her nieces around a few places in Ro­torua af­ter Christ­mas. Here they are play­ing Pooh­sticks.

Mar­griet Theron says the best place for cof­fee af­ter the morn­ing walk in Whakare­warewa For­est, if Dingo the bea­gle wants to come along, is The Shade­house at Palmers Gar­den Cen­tre. Pic­tured is Louw van Wyk with his grand­son Kaito from Ade­laide.

Alex Pikia took this photo of the beau­ti­ful green­ery and wa­ter at the Trout Pools in Okere Falls.

Mar­griet Theron shared this photo of the safety brief­ing be­fore the raft­ing trip down Okere Falls with Kaituna Cas­cades Raft­ing. “My grand­daugh­ter Stella Bis­mark from Welling­ton with her friends Eisa and Arash from Mel­bourne.”

Kim Hirst sent in this photo of lush green­ery on a sunny day.

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