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!
Who knew that New Zealand had their very own royals? As in the mighty Northern Royal Albatross or “toroa.” Had you fooled for a minute, didn’t I? Although I’m writing about birds, there is no doubt that the albatross is a royally, spectacular creature. An Otago wonder, if you will. Located on the cliffs of … More The New Zealand Royals
Although the name “Huka” may sound saucy, this lady is no tramp. Her name is actually shortened from “Hukanui” meaning “Great Body of Spray”. Ummmm, yes, yes, alright. That too sounds saucy. But all jokes aside, Huka Falls is a magnificent force of nature that must be seen and heard to be believed. The Waikato River … More The Lady’s Not a Tramp
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?
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!
In the heart of the South Island, laying beside the township of Wanaka, is a crystal clear, icy cold lake complete with alpine views that might just rival paradise. Although the township of Wanaka is a lively one with numerous cafes, bars and endless activities, when I sat by Lake Wanaka everything felt a million … More That Wanaka Tree
It is extremely rare to come across a castle in the Southern Hemisphere, unless a highfalutin individual has built one for their family home. But in Dunedin, William Larnach did just that. This example of medieval beauty, built in 1871, stands tall on the Otago Peninsula. Unsurprisingly, William Larnach called his castle “Larnach Castle”. Architecture … More FIT FOR A KING…. OR MERCHANT BARON