Jess and I visit New Zealand (January 2019)
After the movie set tour we had a rather hair-raising drive across New Zealand to the Waitomo Caves, as the second of three experiences we bought as a package (Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Caves and Te..
The final part of our Trilogy Experience package (the others being Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves ) was the Maori cultural experience called Te Puia, in Rotorua. Rotorua is extremely volcanically active, ..
On our way to Lake Taupo and Turangi, we stopped off at Huka Falls, which is a short walk from the car park. It was a stiflingly hot walk, which we actually cut short because it was really quite..
We haven’t posted about where we’re staying for a bit – Tongariro Junction is a large campsite in Turangi, not far from the Tongariro National Park, home of the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which..
Our day began at 6am with an actual alarm, to make sure we woke up on time. We’d packed our bags the night before, so didn’t need to do much before heading off to the shuttle collection point. I..
Just before we finished the Alpine Crossing, on one of the steps down, Jess went over on her ankle.
A couple of Kiwis we’ve told about us visiting Palmerston North have said, why?! I know we’ve only been here a few hours, but it seems to have an undeserved rep. It’s fairly busy – it’s a city – but h..
What can I say. We’ve just got back from our meal tonight – at a South Indian restaurant called Arranged Marriage. It’s rated as one of the best restaurants in Palmerston North, which is known for hav..
Our time on the North Island has come to an end – for a couple of weeks at least. Today we took the Cook Strait Ferry from Wellington (North Island) to Picton (South Island). It was a rather bizarre a..
We arrived at the park around 6pm, as it is only about 20 minutes from the ferry terminal. The owner was really helpful, and said that as we are staying three days, after tonight he should be ab..