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Hidden gems: Small Towns

Wayne Ravelich

Small Towns are interesting unique and disappearing Many of the small historic towns around New Zealand are becoming ghost towns and will be lost to us forever unless, we the traveling community, do something about it. 


As campers, we travel and explore New Zealand, from the mountains to the beaches and most places in between. We spend money on food, fuel, and activities as we pass through an area. 


Consider stopping for a night or three at one of the smaller towns or villages


Public Toilets in Kawakawa, Northland Old General Store at Tikitiki, East Cape


Consider stopping for a night or three at one of the smaller towns or villages. You will be amazed at what you might find. They often have hidden gems tucked away just off the main road. Even if you can only stop for lunch or a cuppa you will see interesting new things and meet new people along with supporting a small town. 


We have all said “we must look at that next time” — next time may be too late. These towns are dying at an alarming rate. We cannot stop the tide, but we can slow it down. Every little bit helps. Social media has its place and can be used to promote towns and attractions. 


If you find one of the hidden gems, post it online, so others know and can also visit. 

The more visitors an area gets the more prosperous it becomes and less likely to vanish. We cannot save the world alone but together we can make a difference.

Consider stopping for a night or three at one of the smaller towns or villages

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