History, Life at No.22, New Zealand

A Tour Guide at The Elms/Te Papa

Today is the day I get to do a few more hours at The Elms. The time I thought to share a few snippets about this fascinating piece of history in Aotearoa. Starting from the beginning of how the Mission established itself. The Background Let's take a glimpse back to around the 1880s where there… Continue reading A Tour Guide at The Elms/Te Papa

Art Galleries, Creativity

The Dunedin Public Art Gallery

We were fortunate on more than one account with our time spent in Dunedin.  One of those moments was having the opportunity to visit the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.  It was time well spent with good friends. The Art Gallery's latest exhibitions draw together 23 works from New Zealand and Australian collections by major Chinese… Continue reading The Dunedin Public Art Gallery

City Life, Creativity, Walks

Serendipitous Pavement Art – New York

It was 2017. We were celebrating our second year as full-time housesitters in Europe with a "treat" trip to New York on our way to visit folk in NZ for a few weeks. Autumn was starting to take effect in New York, with bracing temperatures that made us walk faster than usual for miles on… Continue reading Serendipitous Pavement Art – New York

Walks

The Tuahu Kauri and Sentinel Rock trail

This tramp saw myself and a couple of other women head into the surrounding bush area of Sentinel Rock, which is a large rocky outcrop in the Kaimai Mamaku, Forest Park.  It is now considered too dangerous to climb Sentinel rock, so we viewed it from a comfy flattish area where we dined out in… Continue reading The Tuahu Kauri and Sentinel Rock trail

Walks

Hiking the Whakarewarewa Circuit

A while ago, I decided it was time I joined a tramping group. One that appealed and which had good reviews from other "hikers/trampers" was Pack n Boots. My first one took place in February. This group meets up most Sundays. Beginning with a meeting place either in Papamoa or Tauranga to carpool. Always a… Continue reading Hiking the Whakarewarewa Circuit