Wanting a breath of fresh air and a stroll, I quickly change into more appropriate clothing, jeans with jacket, boots and head out the door before the weather changes once again. With no planned direction whatsoever, I turn left. After a block or two, I decide to visit a favourite haunt, the local Art Gallery.… Continue reading Tauranga Art Gallery
A fascinating slice of this region's history came nearly a century after the gold miners and decades after the bushmen who felled the kauri that once stood tall in the rainforests of the rugged Coromandel Range. It was time for the hippies to move in and the beginning of a thriving artistic community. Why would… Continue reading A Snippet of Coromandel History and Mine
It is a small oval and bluish green fruit, and it plops down on most kiwi back lawns. Delectable and very unique to Aotearoa/New Zealand. Although not a native, and unfortunately only really grows in the North Island though it could be said it's loved and celebrated nationwide. True fans of this delicious fruit await… Continue reading The Fabulous Feijoa
We had the pleasure of having five grand days in Dunedin (Otepoti), it wasn't so much to re-explore as it was to visit friends who were soon off on another overseas adventure housesitting. Though when one of them is a tour guide, we had the opportunity of having a knowledgable local guide to show us… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Visit Dunedin
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
This scenic area is my go-to place for executing a reasonably easy 10km fast walk. Until I discovered a few inclines and steps to throw in to keep my heart rate elevated. Though it isn't all about racing around trying to look like an overheated fitness fanatic. It includes enjoying the various birdlife and bush… Continue reading The Waikareao Estuary Walk & Kōrero
Visualise yourself tramping in misty mountains, emerald fjords, ancient fern-cloaked forests, cascading waterfalls and kilometres of half empty black and white sandy beaches. By the way, we call hiking "tramping", down here in New Zealand. One of the main reasons I am writing this post is my personal experience in seeing visitors unprepared for tramping. … Continue reading Want to go Hiking in New Zealand?