New Zealand is known for its hikes, locally referred to as “tramps”. Some are arduous (although worthwhile) such as Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Others are shorter, require less preparation, and unless a person is a habitual tripper a rescue helicopter probably won’t be necessary. There are so many tramps around the National Park area of the … More Taranaki Falls (weirdly not near Taranaki)
Botanic Garden versus Botanical Garden. I have no idea which term is more acceptable, but I did enjoy strolling through the Wellington Botanic Garden. Situated at the top of the Wellington Cable Car track is a horticultural wonderland spanning 25 hectares. Although there were several entrances into the Garden, using the Cable Car means we … More Botanic/Botanical, Potato/Patato
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!
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
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…
In a previous post regarding The Coffee Pot, I mention Sulphur Point. But where and what, pray tell, is Sulphur Point? No, it’s not the smelly beginnings of Hell. It is actually a small peninsula at the southern end of Lake Rotorua. After wandering through Government Gardens (a beautiful, free public garden), we accidentally found the … More Burn, Baby, Burn
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
When strolling along a remote Wellington beach, I encountered the beautiful and unusual mollusc named paua. Pronounced similiarly to “power” (you can now reread the title of this post with the correct musical inflection), this sea creature is also known as abalone in some countries. Paua is a species of abalone that is unique to … More I’ve Got The Paua!
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
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!