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)

No Baby Sharks Here!

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!

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!

One Explosive Hike!

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!

A Bath of Laughs

Lets be honest, gas is funny.  We know this from the countless kids fart books that are now readily available.  Gas equals hilarity, but unless the Gasser has eaten something really toxic, bystanders usually remain conscious.  Enter Cameron’s Laughing Gas Pool. Once again, I am writing about Sulphur Point, on the southern end of Lake … More A Bath of Laughs

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