Kiwi kids versus Olympians
The excitement of the Olympic Games has come to Whangarei in a double-decker bus.
Kids were thrilled when the ANZ Olympic Bus visited as part of its nationwide tour.
The genuine London double-decker is set up with rowing and cycle machines linked to computers so people can test themselves against the times of New Zealand Olympians.
For students at Whangaruru School the challenge was a good test with many able to keep up at the start before falling away as the race progressed.
A keen netballer, 10-year-old Rongomai Murphy says the rowing machine test is cool but "a little bit" hard. She says she would like to be a rower when she is older.
Upstairs in the bus there are iPads so students can send messages, including photos of themselves, to New Zealand Olympians.
Melody Pita, 12, says the bus is "pretty amazing". She says she has been watching the Olympics and likes the horse riding best.
The bus gave Tray Snowden, 8, her first chance to use an iPad. She has been enjoying watching the gymnastics.
The bus visit ended on Thursday evening with a talk by Olympic silver medal 5000m runner Dick Quax.
The event was to include Sir John Walker who had to cancel at the last minute due to ill health.
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