This Traveling Life

We have just left Sydney after a wonderful time in Australia. Have a ton of posts to upload from there, but for now I’d like to write about what’s happening to us right now as, after all, isn’t that the point of a blog?   We left Lou in Brisbane, had a blissful last night […]

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New Zealand round-up


We’re on the plane from Christchurch to Sydney, after a mixed time here. It is an outstandingly beautiful country, and one that needs more time to really appreciate, preferably on foot rather than from a car window.   I am still kicking myself for listening to the enthusiastic Trailfinders guy, who talked me out of 3 […]

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The Kiwi is a type of bird that is native to New Zealand. It is also New Zealand’s national emblem. There are eight different regional species of kiwi in New Zealand – some of which have very small populations. Kiwis are flightless birds and so they need to protect themselves. Their colors are very dull, […]

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We followed the hoards of Chinese down the road from Rotorua to one of the North Island’s biggest draws – the hot springs and a precisely-timed, 9.30am geyser that is just slightly artificially created by adding baking soda or something. Still, it didn’t stop any of us form charging down there at the appointed hour […]

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Kapa Haka!


One of my earlier posts bemoaned the fact that we hadn’t come across much authentic New Zealand – or Maori culture. We had watched the film ‘Whale Rider’, but this expression of a Maori cultural re-emergence was pretty much lost on us, until we happened upon the Kapa Haka, a biennial Maori festival that this […]

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OK, I take it all back – New Zealand is fabulous! We love being in this compact, energetic little city, with its timelessly beautiful lake and mountains, and where everyone’s lives seem to revolve around the provision and receipt of thrills. We’ve jet-boated, luged down a mountain and gone on a long trail-ride together. Sacha […]

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