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)

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!

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