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)

Unnaturally Nice

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

New Sealand, Part II

As I wrote previously, seals are everywhere!  Here, there and Wellington.  That’s right, Wellington.  While it’s unlikely (but not impossible) to trip over one in the CBD, they are closer than first thought.  All we did was jump into a four-wheel drive and a short time later – well-la-lington!  I don’t usually have a four-wheel … More New Sealand, Part II

That Wanaka Tree

In the heart of the South Island, laying beside the township of Wanaka, is a crystal clear, icy cold lake complete with alpine views that might just rival paradise. Although the township of Wanaka is a lively one with numerous cafes, bars and endless activities, when I sat by Lake Wanaka everything felt a million … More That Wanaka Tree