New Zealand

travels in NZ


Bye bye gang :-( 3

Farewell barbie last night was a feast indeed. Good tucker!! Another morning visit to the beach to kick off the day. Surf was up so a few were braving the waves – have to say I wasn’t one of them. Then everyone piled into the car and van and we all headed up to Rere Falls and Rere rock slide for the afternoon. More braveness or madness (depending on your […]


Earthquake… 2

Slept well after last night’s delish Thai curry courtesy of our fantastic hostess, Shan. Another lovely start to the day. The earth shook for us all this morning in a 5.8 Richter Scale quake (and only one of 26 to strike NZ today) – albeit for a very short while… Very weird feeling the house wobble. Anyway, everyone safe and well, no damage – some minor excitement and certain folk (who shall not be named) thinking […]


Okitu 3

Loving our little stay here in Okitu with the family. Mum and dad make some very cool art out of driftwood. Ended yesterday with a very delish bbq and lots of catching up on each other’s news. Unfortunately a tornado in Auckland meant friend’s flight was cancelled but all good for pick up and reunion this morning. Yay! After brekky it was down to the (and I think you can […]


Around the East Cape 1

The last few days driving round the East Cape have been truly wonderful. A slow cruise taking in stunning scenery. First brief stop en route to camping for the night at Te Araroa, a repeat visit to the old church at Raukokore – actually went inside this time and very glad we did, it’s a beautiful little place. Apparently there is a family of penguins nesting under the baptismal font… […]


Tararewa Falls 3

A reasonably long drive to Whakatane from Waihi Beach where the wind and rain had set in big time  so I didn’t manage to get in a walk except to the fush n chups shop. We set off early via a brekky stop in Mount Manganui then it was forward, onward to get some info from the very helpful folk at the Whakatane i site. Equipped with directions we made […]


We’re on the road 3

Had a lovely Friday night in Auckland eating a meal and catching up with an old friend. Next morning, picked up the van and we were on our way. First stop Coramandel. Caught up with another friend Robyn who owns/runs the beautiful Jacaranda Lodge a fabulous b n b where I stayed the last time I was round these parts. After a cuppa and a long chat we headed up […]


More photos 2

Thanks for all the virtual tea and sympathy you’ve sent to console me. I seem to have survived my first couple of weeks back including a week back at work relatively unscathed. Had a very nice welcome from my work colleagues and have been gently been easing myself back into “normal” life. I’ve spent the long dark evenings whittling the 5k photos down to a more manageable 500 or so […]


The Goddess she’s left me… 12

Well today is a very sad day for me, (but not the saddest… that comes in a couple of days time). Just returned the Goddess of Love, my home for the best part of the last couple of months. Boo hoo 🙁 However much has happened since last post, and much could still happen. 4 days at least til I start the final leg of my journey home. Here I […]


Golden Bay 3

Well I’ve been having a chilled and very lovely last few days. Whilst in Motueka went to Marahau at the start of the Abel Tasman Track a couple of times for lazy afternoons on the beach. It’s been really hot here what’s a girl to do… Marahau…a busy NZ beach! On my second visit to it was still really hot, so big walk out of the question (well that’s my […]


Motueka – chill time…

The rest of my time in Karamea was great. Made a good decision to stay another night. In the morning got chatting to a bloke called Warren over brekky. Top geezer. Got some more good geological action. After a long drive down a gravel road, barely getting out of second gear and definitely not getting out of third got well into Kahurangi National park and a couple of cool caves. […]