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