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
Nearby where I lived in New Zealand, a picturesque lake lay hidden. Māori for “greenstone lake”, Rotopounamu emulates its name. Unfortunately my photos do not do it justice but trust me, it as green as an emerald and just as precious. The Lake is located within the Tongaririo National Park, mid-North Island, on the western … More Fill a Crater with Water…
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
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
New Zealanders seem to have a great talent for turning nothing (or cr@p) into something. Remember my post about Centennial Gardens in Napier having a previous life as a quarry? (Of course you remember!!! You probably read the post at least five times because it was so fabulously well-written.) Well once again, New Zealand surprised … More From Garbage to Garden
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!