With New Zealand being so far from the rest of the world, many tourists focus on seeing the major attractions within the small amount of time they have. As a result, many trips end up looking similar to one another. There’s nothing wrong with that but you’re seeing only a small portion of beauty that […]
After a wild ride through the Okere Falls on a raft, our group reached the point where we exited the river. As six of us hauled the raft onto the bank, I pointed to Trout Pool Falls downstream and asked the guide a seemingly innocent question. ‘What’s beyond those falls?’ ‘That’s too dangerous for us. […]
For 15 years, I dreamt about diving and exploring the ocean but never got round to learning it. I’d tell myself that I’d never dive often enough to make it worthwhile. Imagine all that expensive gear sitting pretty for months at home, only to malfunction when it touched water due to disuse. It was an excuse that […]
New Zealand has to be one of those places where one can live the good life on a short visit. The landscapes are mind-blowing, the local produce is plentiful and the wines from Marlborough and Hawkes Bay are world beaters. Now, one can add NZ craft beer to the list of fine things. Alcohol is not […]
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.
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 […]