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Hundreds of Tauranga locals took a big step back into history this weekend, including Matua teenager Arnold Rueben.
The 11-year-old Otumoetai Intermediate student, garbed in medieval costume, and his mother Petra Wohlers were among the large crowd who attended the NZ Medieval Faire at Tauranga Racecourse yesterday.
The three-day faire, making its inaugural visit to Tauranga, saw the racecourse transformed into a living history of the Middle Ages.
"Coming from Germany, which has a long and rich history, this has been like stepping back to my ancestors' time which goes back a long, long way. It's been a great history lesson for sure."
That included medieval re-enactors from all around the North Island decked out in full medieval outfits, a traders' market, battle re-enactments, wandering minstrels, storytellers and a play called Dye Another Day, loosely based on the story of the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
Image 1 of 9: Out & about Medieval Faire at the Tauranga Racecourse L-R Finley du Toit 4.5 years; Alice Dainty 3 years; Channing du Toit 3.5 years and Mandy du Toit and Tracey Dainty 24 January 2016 Bay of Plenty Times- Photograph by George Novak BTG 25Jan16 - ARMED: Finley du Toit (left), 4, Alice Dainty, 3, Channing du Toit, 3, with Mandy du Toit and Tracey Dainty.