Lockdown Diary, Rangataua, New Zeland

Movement outdoors in New Zealand is limited to immediate neighbourhood, supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations.

We are in the village of Rangataua in the Central North Island – famous for carrots, hiking and skiing when the snow obliges.

This is a chance to get to know this small place that normally looks unoccupied but now, as we are all similarly confined within a small area, looks a lot busier – well now we do actually meet other people (at a safe distance) when out for a walk, unlike any other time I have been here.

In addition, this is a chance to explore an area within a radius of about 5km of Rangataua in all weather and during all hours of the day.

During NZ’s Level 3 & 4 lockdowns there is simply no other option.

Interesting to note that the local dogs have now stopped barking at us, we could be almost ‘local’ ourselves now.

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