Taranaki Falls (weirdly not near Taranaki)

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)

Zippity Do Dah!

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!

Burn, Baby, Burn

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

I’ve Got The Paua!

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!

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

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!