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FRUITLOOP FINISH! - We Fruitlooped our way through a really unique path, enjoyed the stunning scenery, and finished where we began. This was my first Fruitloop experience, but I will definitely make it an annual event. It was GREAT fun! More Fruitloopiness here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/2013/03/06/matakana-2013-fruitloop-run-walk-things-to-do-and-summer-events-in-matakana-wine-country-near-auckland-new-zealand/ #nz

SAD BUT TRUE TIME - Hard to admit that it took this long to walk 7K, but between the hills, photos, entertainment, refreshments, and the visit with goat owners, the time got away. It was an event, not a race... at least not for me! More about Matakana Fruitloop here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/2013/03/06/matakana-2013-fruitloop-run-walk-things-to-do-and-summer-events-in-matakana-wine-country-near-auckland-new-zealand…

NEW ZEALAND BAGPIPERS - One cool moment was on the last hill of the Fruitloop event. We could hear bagpipe music at a distance, rounded a corner and perched on the hilltop were bagpipers in full costume serenading us to the Finish Line. A scene out of a movie! More here…

HILLTOP WATER STOP - This water station at the top of the steepest and longest hill on the Fruitloop course was a popular place. You can see some of the other Fruitloopers still on their way up the windy road. More Matakana summer fun.. http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #auckland #newzealand #thingstodo

HELLO TO OUR GOATS - When we first bought the Matakana Country Lodge, we got 2 goats as gifts. Long story, but we ended up selling the goats. During the Fruitloop Walk, we got to see them and say "Hi!" They have grown big! More about the best of Matakana... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #newzealand #holiday

FRUITLOOPER FINERY - Even though she stole my Hawaiian lei idea, I still liked this Fruitlooper's bright and colorful costume. Believe me - the hat was a commitment to the cause because it was HOT! More fun things to do in Matakana here.. http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #newzealand #thingstodo #summer #holidays #travel

BOVINE SPECTATORS - As a cow's life goes, this doesn't look too bad. Much like the chooks, the cows couldnt be bothered by the Fruitloopers walking by. Not even a "moooooove on" from them. More about Matakana scenic views here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #newzealand #travel #scenic

FRUIT LOOPS START - Ready for my 1st Matakana Fruit Loops fundraising Walk-Run Event. Yes, I meant to wear this! Dressing up is part of the Fruit Loops Matakana summer fun. It looked like every Matakana resident was Fruit Looping this year plus some! More Matakana events…

PRACTICING TO WIN - There was no way I was going to beat REAL runners at this year's Matakana, who finished the 7K run in under 30 minutes. FAR OUT! That really is Fruit Loops! So my motto was "Win Before You Begin." More fun Best of Matakana Things to Do here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/

OFFICIAL WINE STOP - The Greve' winery was kind enough to let Fruitloopers loop through their vineyards and they also hosted a wine tasting. It's the first time I've paused during a 7K sporting event to drink wine! More about Matakana vineyards... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/2013/01/21/matakana-food-wine-cafes-pubs-vineyards-fine-dining-experiences-restaurants-matakana-coast-wine-region/ #matakana #auckland #vineyards…

UKELELE ENTERTAINMENT - This ukelele group was stationed in the middle of a big uphill climb (good excuse to stop and take a breather!) and they were having FUN playing, singing, and sipping some Matakana Country wine! More about Matakana vineyards here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #newzealand #thingstodo

MORE MINI MUSICIANS - This was the impromptu percussion section of the ukelele orchestra. These kids were halfway through the 7K Fruitloop course and still going strong! Really cute! More about Matakana summer events... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #newzealand #thingstodo #auckland #events

WINE TASTING #2 - There were 2 official wine stops on the Fruitloop course - the 2nd at OBV winery, which is popular in Matkana and a vineyard I recommend often to Matakana Country Lodge guests. ! didn't taste here, but I enjoyed the banjo music! More about Matakana Wine Country here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #vineyards…

VINEYARD BEACHES? - This vineyard on the Fruitloop course had seashells on the ground. I googled it and found out that seashells release minerals, adding freshness to the wine. Who knew? More about Matakana Wine Country here... Matakana is well known for its stunning hilltop views! More Matakana views here…

IN MATAKANA COUNTRY - This is a typically lovely scenic walkway for the Matakana Country area. Safe to say all the Fruit Loopers were grateful for the shade on this sunny summer afternoon - I know I was! More about best Matakana area scenery and nature here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #newzealand #scenic #travel

MATAKANA'S BEST VIEWS - What goes up must come down... The downhill part of the Fruitloop course was good, but the magnificent view of the Matakana Wine Region on the way down was even better. Matakana is well known for its stunning hilltop views! More Matakana views here...http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/2012/10/21/matakana-coast-beaches-islands-bays-reefs-rock-pools-things-to-do-new-zealand-north-island-world-class/

ORANGE GROVE HOUSE - The orange house in the orange groves seen in the Fruit Loop walk - very proper (and gorgeous)! How nice it was for them to open their property and allow hundreds of people to tramp through it - THANK YOU! More about the unique features of Matakana here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #nz #travel…

MATAKANA WINE CHOOKS - These are not Fruitloopers in chook costumes, but chooks at a vineyard property that were doing their chook thing and couldn't be bothered by all the crazy people walking by. It's Matkana Country! More about Matakana here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #newzealand #travel #holidays

WORKING WEEKEND - It was too cool to be walking through Matakana working farms & vineyards that aren't normally open to the public on the Fruitloop course. This man was working hard, but so were the Fruitloopers on the big hill coming up. More Matakana events here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/matkana-wine-country-calendar-events-music-concerts-festivals-art-show-exhibitions-special-events-north-auckland-new-zealand…

RARE ORCHARD VIEW - The Fruitloop course went through the middle of the large manadarin orchard in New Zealand. The enormous windbreak hedges were quite dramatic! For more about the Matakana area, click here... http://www.matakanacountry.co.nz/markets-lodging-accommodations-auckland-coast-wine-country-hotels/the-best-of-matakana-things-to-do-in-matakana-nz-auckland-wine-region-area-attractions/ #matakana #newzealand #events