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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

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

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…

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

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…

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