Tag Archives: Rotorua

The Heat Is On

Dear Friends, Strange things have been happening in Kuirau Park in the centre of Rotorua. First I saw this sign. What’s so dangerous about thermals? I wear my thermal underwear all the time in winter! Then I noticed steam rising from the water of this lake. The water looked so inviting, like a giant hot tub. It was crystal clear …

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Skyhigh

Dear Friends, Given that I’m a high altitude beaver from the Bavarian Alps it’s only natural that I would enjoy heights. But there has to be a limit, even for me, and I reached that limit at Skyswing Rotorua. I watched as those foolhardy enough to try this ride were slowly raised to a height …

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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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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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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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