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)

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!

New Sealand

Seals, much like Chicken Man, are everywhere!!! With around 100, 000 fur seals inhabiting New Zealand, there is an excellent possibility to sight a seal in unexpected places.  I’ve enjoyed hot chips in the company of wild seals on the Otago Peninsula (no fish, that would be tempting fate), almost tripped over a seal sunning … More New Sealand