Tag: New Zealand

  • Fish, but no Goats, in New Zealand

    Fish, but no Goats, in New Zealand

    Went out to the Goat Island Marine Reserve, off the coast of Leigh, north of Warkworth. The protected marine reserve is home to a variety of fish and marine life extending over a considerable distance. Most people scuba, snorkel and swim between the beach and Goat Island itself for safety. We spent just over an […]

  • Horses, Lions, and Gannets in New Zealand

    Horses, Lions, and Gannets in New Zealand

    Headed out west of Auckland to the coast to do a horse ride. Arrived and three horses were there, ready to go. Adjusted the stirrup length on the English saddle (bleh!) and off we went with Antoinette, our guide. I got ‘Grace’, a ~ 16 hand tall Quarter Horse. A bomb-proof horse trained to provide […]

  • Birthdays, Penguins, and the Locale in New Zealand

    Birthdays, Penguins, and the Locale in New Zealand

    Sunday ended up being a day around the house. While Blaise’s birthday was Jan 1, most of her friends were on holiday (vacation) so she planned her party for today. She and her mother spent the afternoon preparing finger foods for the party while i ran up the road for beef lo mein. The prep […]

  • The Dark Side of Rafting in New Zealand

    The Dark Side of Rafting in New Zealand

    Friday: Drove out of Rotorua and headed to Huku Falls on the outskirts of Taupo. These falls are insane; the amount of water that channels through, the color of the water and the strength of the rapids will surprise anyone. Continued on to Taupo / Lake Taupo and spent the day with friends of Blaise. […]

  • Thermal Animals on Luges in New Zealand

    Thermal Animals on Luges in New Zealand

    Started the day with a quick drive to the Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland. A privately owned park covering quite a bit of land covered in thermal pools, a geyser and more. The park started out pretty tame, with some craters that formed due to thermal activity and water. The big body of water, Champagne Pool is […]

  • Small flightless birds in New Zealand

    Small flightless birds in New Zealand

    Drove ~ 3 hours from Auckland to Rotorua for the first of a couple days. A relatively small town, but quite a bit to do here. On the way, stopped in Matamata for lunch and a few shops, but did not stop for Hobbiton. While the Shire is apparently mostly intact, it is apparently ass […]

  • Observations, Slang and Facts in New Zealand

    Observations, Slang and Facts in New Zealand

    Taking the day off from vacation. Doing laundry, catching up on e-mail, cursing the poor connectivity between here and some web sites. Picked up the last book in the Hunter Games trilogy, started reading that. Finished the night with pizza (see below) and a sampling of New Zealand dark beers. Some Kiwi’isms that I have […]

  • Arts, Crafts, Food and Travel in New Zealand

    Arts, Crafts, Food and Travel in New Zealand

    Started the day with breakfast at a café in Akaroa and then checked out more craft shops that had closed before we could visit them last night. Found several great items. On the way out, we stopped at Barry Bay’s, a neat cheese shop where they make their own. Picked up some crackers and venison […]

  • Road Trip New Zealand

    Road Trip New Zealand

    Woke up to warm sunny weather with plans to head up to Akaroa, an hour outside of Christchurch, to swim with the dolphins. An hour on the road and we canceled those plans as the weather turned cold and we began driving in and out of rain showers. Instead, we took the long drive as […]

  • From Lake to Lake in New Zealand

    From Lake to Lake in New Zealand

    Woke up and headed to the waterfront for our Jet boating trip. Turned out the Saturday art market was set up along the waterfront. Picked up a couple of colorful paintings of a kiwi from a local artist. Jet boating is like jet skiing, but a bigger boat, that goes much faster. For tourism, it […]