Yearly Archives: 2017


Journey’s end

It had to happen eventually. Four magical weeks in NZ finally come to an end. This trip included different angles on old favourite destinations (Wellington, Rawene, Waihi Beach, Taupo, Auckland), and some brand new ones (Whanganui, New Plymouth, Raglan – all worthy of future visits should the opportunity arise). After what still feels like an eternity travelling back, we’re back in the freezing cold bosom of home, in the grip […]

Lone figure on Piha Beach

Pond at Ruapuke Motor Camp, Raglan

Raglan

Icing on the cake for our couple of days in Raglan was hooking up with Lynne again – (mate recently ex-London UK – as opposed to Ranana (London) on the Whanganui River Road). After a fairly long drive from New Plymouth, arrived in Raglan. En route stopped off at the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls just outside Raglan town. We’d done a fair old number of NZ waterfalls by now, Bridal […]


New Plymouth

Having a relaxing time in New Plymouth and glad to have an extra day here. Great catching up with another ex-London mate and former squash partner who returned to NZ a while back. Even managed a game of squash – my first for about 15 years. Got thrashed, but not too badly considering… Other highlights of our stay here: …Strolls along the coastal walkway which stretches for 10km… Our harbour […]

Mount Taranaki shrouded in cloud

Park near river, Whanganui town

Whanganui

Long, beaut drive from Taupo via the Desert Road to Whanganui. Stopped off for a few hours to take in Okahune and Whakapapa Village in Tongariro National Park for striking views of the triplets – Mts Ngauruhoe, Ruapehu, and Tongariro. A short walk from the village up the Ridge Track affords stunning views of the valley below. Got chatting to a very friendly Dutch couple who were hanging out at […]


Taupo

Nice drive down from Waihi Beach to Taupo. Stopped to take in the delights of Lakes Okareka and Rotokawa – a couple of the smaller lakes between Lake Rotorua and Lakes Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Rotokakahi (Green Lake) lying side by side. Then continued up the road to the huge Lake Tarawera. The landscape around the lakes is thick with beautiful native bush – tons of ferns covering the hillsides. […]

Native bush surrounding Lake