Another day of exploration and opportunity to connect with our natural world. What a beautiful setting to develop natural learning, a sense of wonder, and magical moments in the sunshine.
“Framed against a backdrop of urban development, the lakes serve as reminders of the fragility of wilderness”
There’s always something beautiful outside. Go out and explore!
Surrounded by bush and hidden away, take the 309 Road through Coromandel to end up at the “quirkiest theme park in NZ”. Over 70% of recycled materials to construct these attractions along with wood from a sustainable forest, water powering attractions which is heated by solar power, wastewater filtered and recycled to be used in the vegetable garden, and the cafe using local suppliers and organic produce is what makes this attraction eco-friendly and sustainable. A theme park with no electricity!
The entrance is lined with flags, welcoming people from around the world. Your eyes will be instantly drawn to the ‘Slim Turner’, the most photographed thing at Waterworks. Made of random items replaced a couple times a year, this wheel has water continually flowing through from the creek across the way.
The start of New Zealand cheeky humour starts outside with this photo:
On this exact spot, at 12 noon on the 5th of April, 1807…
Walking through the cafe and out the doors, you make your way through a beautiful and yummy vegetable garden, onto the start of these “kiwi ingenuity” attractions. I have heaps and heaps of photos, but I don’t want to go through everything and spoil the fun. All I can say is that this should definitely be on your list of things to do. I am sure that you will find yourself laughing at signs as well as yourselves. My cheeky husband even tricked me into pulling a lever which had water squirting down from above me. We made our own fun throughout Waterworks as we tried to squirt each other and became intrigued with the amount of interesting and creative attractions there were. It literally is fun for all ages, and I am pretty sure that David enjoyed acting like a big kid. Check out his attempt at the human hamster wheel trying to go completely around…
My favourite thing had to be the flying fox. Do you know anywhere else where you can just walk up the steps, grab the rope, and off you go? Luckily David tested it out first, however, as I am lighter I went zooming across and flung up quickly toward the tires. Yes, a few tires at the end is what stops you from going any further. We were full of laughs and continued going on the flying fox only to find an even better one in the bush just further along.
The Waterworks displays over 70 creative attractions, a play park with flying fox, human hamster wheel, garden, cafe, sand, swings, a swimming hole, and so much more! In an effort to protect our environment for everyone to enjoy, The Waterworks is definitely an environmentally friendly business that provides opportunities and fun for everyone which I hope that you are able to experience. Plus, if you continue down the 309 Road, this narrow dirt track will take you through farmland, pine forests, and beautiful native bush with other stops that you won’t want to miss! If you are staying in the Coromandel region, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach are two other destinations that you also won’t want to miss. If you are following us on Facebook, you may have seen a photo over the weekend of a beautiful beach. I will fill you in on the rest of our weekend adventure tomorrow.
Ka kite apōpo
Check out The Waterworks website for more information, & feel free to ask me any questions as well.
Alternative or complementary medicine? Like cures like. Homeopathy is a safe and natural approach to health that is truly effective. There can be a lot to learn, but there are some remedies that can become very familiar and have a useful place as part of your first aid kit. The most common remedy that people will either use or have heard of is Arnica. This remedy is also very versatile through shock and injury to jet lag. I have actually used them for both reasons. I was given Arnica by my midwife to take after Zaedyn’s birth. If you read a little bit about the aftermath of Zaedyn’s birth in Urtica Dioica: Nettle, my hospital visit ended in a prescription to be filled. Not knowing any better, David was a fantastic husband and went to the Chemist to pay for these prescriptions that remained sitting on the desk in the birthing centre. We both had not completely realised what they were for, but we both decided how unnecessary they were. A lot of it was basic pain relief. Why? In my daily life, I do not carry around or store pain relief for headaches, cramps, or other uses. This is only a quick unnatural temporary fix in my opinion. Even though there is a strong belief in not taking prescriptions during pregnancy, the concern of medication being passed through breastfeeding is somehow forgotten. Therefore, I had made a decision not to be taking these and was given Arnica if necessary. Thinking about it now, Arnica was actually sprayed onto Zaedyn’s head to reduce any swelling as well as given to me in the ambulance on the way up to the hospital. In a completely different situation, I made sure to take Arnica with me on the plane as it can help with jet lag. Two different situations, but Arnica was very effective throughout both.
A good start to begin to use homeopathy would be to buy a basic book or research to gain knowledge and understanding about the basis of homeopathy. For those of you in New Zealand, you can visit or contact the New Zealand Homeopathic Society Bookroom which is open on Wednesdays in Mt Eden, Auckland. Not living in Auckland, another convenient option which I have actually done is searched on their website, talked with a homeopath from the Bookroom, and ordered books which were sent to me. A quick and easy guide can be a useful tool in getting started and being able to practice through trial. It becomes easier over time as you get to know remedies as well as what works for those and others around you. What might work for one person, will not necessarily be the same for another. Homeopathy can be an ongoing journey. Also, it can sometimes be a bit more difficult when diagnosing those who cannot communicate or express how they are feeling. When trying to find a remedy for Zaedyn, I take everything into consideration and use interpretation to try and work out a remedy that might suit him.
I also recommend finding a qualified homeopath near you. For those of you living in the Waikato region, Amanda J McBeth is a very helpful and supportive qualified homeopath. Clients will also receive her monthly newsletters which provide some very useful information. I learned about Amanda during my pregnancy where I briefly spoke to her about support through labour. Sometime after Zaedyn’s birth, I spoke with her again as I looked to her as our primary health care. Since then, we have had a consultation, but nothing major has come up since where we have needed further support. However, if something does, I will be quick to ring. Through her, I found out about Simillimum which is a Homeopathic Pharmacy in New Zealand that stocks many remedies and natural health products. One thing to remember when considering remedies is that not all of them are vegan. Many brands such as New Era contain lactose as well as many pillules. Luckily there are alternatives such as lactose free cell salts from a different brand and remedies that can be found in other forms such as liquid.
Our bodies are very powerful in healing. I think it is really important that homeopathy treats each person as an individual based on unique needs and that it focuses on treating a person rather than the disease. This genuine type of healing is a way that can support long-term healing rather than quickly treat a symptom only to have it return again later. Due to its natural form, many remedies can be used safely through pregnancy and with newborns and animals. The amount of remedies available for a range of conditions is remarkable. From sunstroke to teething to head injury to Measles. There are remedies for so many reasons on very different levels.
Hopefully I have provided you with a bit of an insight into the wonderful world of homeopathy and natural alternative to your health. Feel free to ask any questions as I may be able to provide information or point you in the right direction :). I am not qualified, however, I am taking an Introductory course in Homeopathy as well as Childhood Disease and their Homeopathic Treatment through Bay of Plenty College of Homeopathy which I have yet to complete. My interest in homeopathy began when I was enrolled in an Eastern Concepts of Health and Healing Course as an elective in my University studies. I do not leave home without remedies packed in my bag. One of my most used remedies has to be Chamomilla which has been used for Zaedyn Tai and his teething. My final tip tonight is to use homeopathy alongside other factors that contribute to your overall health, or holistic health. By this I mean the fact that Zaedyn also wears a Baltic Amber necklace to soothe teething pain, and other practices we follow such as eating a healthy diet, exercising, relaxation, drinking herbal teas, and so much more. I will continue to post about homeopathy and natural health and healing in future posts.