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2017-11-22 03:58
I hadn’t long been in New Zealand when I was confronted by the sight of sheep on the school field. And cows. And goats. Walking amongst them was a surreal experience. Adding to my surp… Read More
The Craters Of The Moon
2017-11-14 04:54
The first time I saw the Craters of the Moon, I was crying. The hot, white, sulphurous fumes mingled with my tears, which made my face feel very strange indeed. I was crying because I was ti… Read More
2017-11-07 03:03
The majestic rock carving you see behind us is at the edge of Lake Taupō. It’s the face of Ngātoro-i-rangi, a semi-legendary priest who navigated a canoe to New Zealand from… Read More
The Art Deco Delights Of Napier
2017-10-30 04:59
I used to think the east coast city of Napier was boring. We had a holiday there when I was a child. As far as I was concerned, the only things to recommend it were a beach – hardly un… Read More
The Mists Of Tongariro National Park
2017-10-25 04:17
What rotten luck: we arrive at one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand and it’s shrouded in mist! The dramatic vista of snow-capped volcanoes is simply non-existent, the landsc… Read More
High Tea At The Chateau Tongariro
2017-10-17 03:53
Tongariro National Park is home to the most stunning scenery in New Zealand’s North Island. It contains three major volcanoes, Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, which, come winter, are… Read More
Mangapohue Natural Bridge
2017-10-10 04:02
A natural bridge… Sounds cool, right? We thought so, which is why we went to see the Mangapohue Natural Bridge before leaving Waitomo. The weather was lovely. Considering the especial… Read More
Marokopa Falls (and A Taste Of Fame!)
2017-10-04 03:34
I’m sitting in Hamilton’s Italian Renaissance Garden and my day has just been made. It’s sunny, but cool. Tim’s working next to me and my parents are geocaching in on… Read More
2017-09-25 03:42
It wasn’t raining, but it had been. The air was as grey as the carpark behind us. Before us, the path disappeared into the moist, black trees. Everyone we’d met in Waitomo had to… Read More
The Ghost Of The Waitomo Caves Hotel
2017-09-18 03:42
I was twelve the first time we visited Waitomo. We stayed at the historic Waitomo Caves Hotel. Part of it was almost a hundred years old! The part our room was in, I think. The Victorian Win… Read More

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