Geocaching near our Air BnB

We’re taking a much-needed break from our travels around Australia – and The Coddiwomple – to spend Christmas in New Zealand.  Neither of us can remember our last Christmas here so it is a well overdue return visit.   We decided to mix our accommodation options up for this trip and have the next ten days in…

Picton, South Island, NZ

Linda Stewart We left the Coastal Pacific rail trip, the final leg of our South Island holiday, at Picton.  The town sits poised at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound which, as part of the Marlborough Sounds, was carved out of glaciers millions of years ago.    The scenery is fantastic with photo opportunities at…

Mt. Taranaki

Linda Stewart  According to Māori mythology, Taranaki once resided in the middle of the North Island, with all the other New Zealand volcanoes. The beautiful Pihanga was coveted by all the mountains, and a great battle broke out between them. Tongariro eventually won the day, inflicted great wounds on the side of Taranaki, and causing him…

185 Empty Chairs

22nd February this year marked the fourth anniversary since the Christchurch earthquake that damaged the city.  We were visiting family who had experienced the earthquake we wanted to spend time in the city centre trying to understand the impact of the disaster on their lives. Every few hundred meters memorials to those who died in…