Tag Archives: New Zealand

La Mer – Weekly Photo Challenge – Sea

Dear Friends, There’s nothing but the Pacific Ocean between New Zealand and Australia, and when the seas are rough, driftwood is washed up on the west coast of the South Island and left like matchsticks. It’s safer to admire the view from atop the lookout tower… because they didn’t mention beavers on this sign. I …

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Backwards Traveller – Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting

Dear Friends, I’ve often wondered what it would be like to travel through time and visit another era and I had the opportunity to find out at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua. Choosing a destination was difficult – should I witness the eruption of Vesuvius or be the first beaver to walk on the moon? I …

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Danger Zone – Weekly Photo Challenge – The Sign Says

Dear Friends, Although I am travelling around the world I’m an alpine beaver at heart and one of my favourite pastimes is walking in the mountains. I’ve been looking forward to some alpine hiking in New Zealand and the Rob Roy Glacier walk was the perfect choice…or so I thought until I began reading the …

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Kia Ora Ehoa! – Weekly Photo Challenge – Culture

Dear Friends,  This week I experienced some traditional Māori hospitality at Te Puia in Rotorua. At first I thought they’d forgotten I was coming when a fearsome warrior challenged me at the gate, eyes bulging and tongue protruding. It was so frightening I nearly turned tail. Luckily it was all for show and eventually he …

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All You Can Eat…

Dear Friends, I’ve seen some big things during my travels around the world but my visit this week to Rakaia in the South Island of New Zealand broke all previous records. The first thing I saw in Rakaia was a salmon – a very big salmon! He was pointing the way to the salmon farm and the Salmon Tales …

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All You Need Is Lunch – Weekly Photo Challenge – Lunchtime

Dear Friends, The kea is the world’s only alpine parrot and lives in the high country of the South Island of New Zealand. The visitor information board at the Rob Roy Glacier lookout says: “Keas are rather social, nomadic and inquisitive creatures. Their nosiness can lead to a congregation of kea around novel objects and …

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How Many Miles?

Dear Friends,  Ever since I read that the travels of Marco Polo inspired those of Christopher Columbus I have wanted to do some discovering of my own. The problem is that most places have already been discovered, but I found the perfect place to hone my exploration skills and try out my keen sense of …

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The Prehistoric Animal Brigade – Weekly Photo Challenge – Unique

Dear Friends, It’s every boy’s dream to meet a real life dinosaur and I was lucky enough to have that dream come true this week…almost! I had a close up experience with some tuatara at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua. Tuatara are the only species of the rhynocephalids to survive anywhere on earth. The rest became …

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No Birds Today?

Dear Friends, When I was in New Zealand there was one thing I really wanted to do and that was to meet a kiwi. Now I don’t mean human kiwis; they were everywhere! I was in search of New Zealand’s most well-known inhabitant, the feathered variety. Those of you who have been receiving my letters …

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The Bear Necessities

Dear Friends, This week while I was in Rotorua in New Zealand I overheard a conversation between two excited tourists. They’d heard that there was a celebrity in town, a real life action man. I was about to go up to them and introduce myself when they said that the celebrity was going to be …

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