New Zealand affords so many picture-perfect moments wherever you look. I reckon if you try to take them all in on a road trip, it will take years to complete! My personal favourite has to be the Lake Matheson view of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. You don’t even need to Google it; it’s the photo of the snow-capped peaks […]
I’m filled with apprehension as I write this post. I hate seeing marine mammals swim in circles and perform tricks in featureless aquaria. They are not made to be confined in featureless aquaria for our entertainment. Some might say we are meant to subdue the creatures of this earth but I don’t see any other benefit that […]
The man at the front of the boat points towards what looks like a starlit sky, one in which no known constellations can be discerned. The people sat in the boat follow his finger. They strain their necks, gazing in wonder at the sight above them. Despite the brightly lit visitors below, thousands of bright blue specks […]
Geothermal sites like Rotorua are never kind to people with sensitive noses. The earth’s crust is a bit thinner here, creating hot springs, bubbling mud pools and steamy otherworldly scenes that draw tourists to this part of New Zealand. The hydrogen sulphide gas they emit (the sites, not the tourists) is an unfortunate side effect though.
My first impression of Franz Josef Glacier was a poor one, especially after I had seen and hiked Fox Glacier. The glacier has retreated high up the mountain, thanks to climate change, so only a tiny part of it can be seen from the ground now. After trudging up to a viewing spot it’s a deflating sight. Forget […]
I have not written much about my time on the North Island in New Zealand, apart from the Koutu boulders, even though I spent 10 weeks there on my working holiday. Three weeks were spent in Auckland, making it the longest time I spent in a single place after Christchurch, and it was really difficult to miss the Southern Hemisphere’s […]