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?
Rugged, dramatic, and pristine. You will be blown away in more ways than one When exploring this mostly under-explored part of New Zealand. You do need to go and visit the Catlins. We did and automatically fell in love with it. Nugget Point Our trip down was enjoyed via the comfort of a home on… Continue reading A Slice of Paradise – The Catlins, NZ
Most of you will be familiar with the Sun Smart jingle Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap. Would you believe that most of you ignore it? It seems that us Kiwis' slip, slop, slap and wrap knowledge is slipping away. Every year ninety-thousand people are diagnosed, and five hundred die of skin cancer. New Zealand has the highest skin… Continue reading Are you SunSmart?
There still seems an ongoing quest to know more information about New Zealand to visit or to live. No doubt still due to the continuing unrest in many parts of the world. We are after all at the arse end of the world. It apparently seems rather beautiful and tranquil here in New Zealand to many… Continue reading Titbits about NZ
It isn't a matter of if you will experience a "Curve Ball" it is when it will occur. By the way, they never come at a convenient time! For us, it happened when I finally released my head from the proverbial sand and acknowledged that I had to get a sore on my hand checked… Continue reading When Life throws a Curveball
In a few hours, we will be winging ourselves back to New Zealand. This year there is a twist to our return back "home". Last month we had a few long days and even longer sleepless nights, dealing with people in a different time zone from us. A time of reflection and making decisions at… Continue reading A Travellers concept of HOME
As previously stated in Growing up in Paradise I was a baby in the '50s, a child of the '60s and a teenager in the '70s and adulthood from the late seventies. Life was pretty free and easy back then, even though times were a changing. High School, school certificate, and no driver's licence, in that… Continue reading Growing up in PARADISE – Part 2