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

Whaka-where?

Whaka-where, you say? Why, Whakarewarewa of course!  Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village is a uniquely stunning, albeit slightly whiffy, geothermal wonderland located in Rotorua in New Zealand’s North Island.  Found aptly along the Thermal Explorer Highway, Whakarewarewa is not only a tourist attraction, it is also the home for people of the Tūhourangi/Ngati Wahiao tribe. … More Whaka-where?