Unnaturally Nice

My mind was boggled when I visited Centennial Gardens in Napier on the North Island’s east cost.  Situated along the Bluff Hill Walkway, Centennial Gardens is a treasure trove of flowers and water features.  But surprisingly, this area wasn’t always so lovely.     A quarry in a former life, these Gardens were created in … More Unnaturally Nice

A Bull-tiful Town

In the Manawatu region of the North Island is a lov-a-bull town named Bulls. No bull, it really is! What I love about this place is that the town folk have taken its name and run with it.  Running with Bulls… get it? James Bull, an English settler and carpenter, was responsible for some of … More A Bull-tiful Town

Whaka-where?

Whaka-where, you say? Why, Whakarewarewa of course!  Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village is a uniquely stunning, albeit slightly whiffy, geothermal wonderland located in Rotorua in New Zealand’s North Island.  Found aptly along the Thermal Explorer Highway, Whakarewarewa is not only a tourist attraction, it is also the home for people of the Tūhourangi/Ngati Wahiao tribe. … More Whaka-where?

Smell ya later!

Most people are familiar with the smell associated with Rotorua, but did you know Taupo has its own gassy aromas?  Contrary to popular belief, I did not create the stink.  Taupo, situated along the Thermal Explorer Highway in the North Island, has an extensive geothermal history including the mystical, lunar-like Craters of the Moon.  There … More Smell ya later!

New Sealand, Part II

As I wrote previously, seals are everywhere!  Here, there and Wellington.  That’s right, Wellington.  While it’s unlikely (but not impossible) to trip over one in the CBD, they are closer than first thought.  All we did was jump into a four-wheel drive and a short time later – well-la-lington!  I don’t usually have a four-wheel … More New Sealand, Part II

New Sealand

Seals, much like Chicken Man, are everywhere!!! With around 100, 000 fur seals inhabiting New Zealand, there is an excellent possibility to sight a seal in unexpected places.  I’ve enjoyed hot chips in the company of wild seals on the Otago Peninsula (no fish, that would be tempting fate), almost tripped over a seal sunning … More New Sealand

Big Balls!

I like big balls and I cannot lie.  By big balls I mean the super-outsize, bouncy, plastic balls. Courtesy of ZORB Rotorua (and by courtesy I mean they had the ball and I had the cash), I had the fortune to experience that rare opportunity to roll down a hill inside a large ball.  Not … More Big Balls!