Sharks are magnificent creatures, gliding silently through the depths of the sea, while haunting some peoples innermost fears. But I love sharks. I think they are the oceanic kings and queens, and deserve our utmost respect when in their territory. I have had the fortune to swim twice with sharks. The first was a scuba-diving experience … More No Baby Sharks Here!
Queenstown – unassumingly hip, unusually sophisticated but down to earth, and home to some of the best ski fields in the Southern Hemisphere. Unfortunately, my partner and I were suffering from some sort of mutant common cold bug, so snowboarding went out the window. Worst luck. But bad luck turned into good luck when we … More Zippity Do Dah!
Lord of the Rings fans know it as Mt Doom – the volcano where the One Ring was created, and after extensive travels with Gollum and the Hobbits, the place of its destruction. The rest of us peeps know it as Mt Ngauruhoe, the aesthetically-pleasing volcanic cone of Tongariro National Park. To access Mt Ngauruhoe, … More One Explosive Hike!
Close to my home in NZ, is the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The Crossing is rated as one of the best hikes worldwide and at a mere 19.4km, it takes hikers/trampers through a spectacularly varied alpine landscape. The Department of Conservation (DOC) estimates the Crossing takes 7 to 9 hours to complete, and as it took me … More These (Hiking) Boots Were Made For Walking…
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
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
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!
Just north of Wellington, in Porirua, you can free your inner monkey while challenging your physical and mental strength. Why, you ask? Is “because you can” a good enough answer? Adrenalin Forest describes itself as a “multi-level, aerial obstacle course”. I describe it as “hanging on wires from perilous heights while connected by two small … More Adrenalin Is Go!
If New Zealand is known as the “Adventure Capital of the World”, Queenstown would be the heart of that Capital (or the Capital’s capital, if you will). This is mainly due to the extensive number of potential heart-attack inducing activities you can experience in Queenstown. Much like a real heart-attack, you get to pay others … More SWING AND SCREAM!