From Chase I followed Little Shuswap Lake through Sorrento to Blind Bay where the dead quiet was shattered by a water skier growling across the silken water. The route was lined with wild flowers as I passed through Sunnybrae Bible Camp where heads were lowered over books. Continue reading Around Salmon Arm
As soon as I passed through the entrance to Whakarewarewa Village within Rotorua, pockets of rising steam wafted the unmistakeable sulphur odour over the site. I wandered from bubbling pools where 120 degree Celsius temperatures were normal. Korotiotio (featured photo) stays at this temperature consistently. Continue reading Whakarewarewa’s Geothermal Uses
When taking a leisurely stroll down Dar streets, it was nearly impossible not to be tempted by the tantalizing aromas from street vendors. There was spicy mishkaki (meat on skewers) or roasted mahindi (corn) hovering over a grill, rousing taste buds. Continue reading Crazy for Cassava Chipies
Meeting houses were once the heart of a village and still play an important role in the community.
Tupuna Whare of Whakarewarewa was situated in the centre of the village. While once used even to make decisions on where to hunt, it was and still is used for funerals and welcoming visitors. Continue reading Maori Meeting Houses
An arch once marked the entrance to the tiny inlet leading to the Thunder Cave. With wind and wave action however, the arch collapsed in 1990. Continue reading The Great Ocean Road’s Thunder Cave
Delta’s Deas Island Regional Park was not accurately named. It wasn’t an island. The park was joined to the mainland by a narrow band of land. I crossed a wooden bridge over a stagnant creek and followed the trail that led to the tip of the so called island. On the way, I was faced with another contradiction. Continue reading Deas Island Regional Park
Located on the outskirts of Rotorua, was Tokorangi’s redwood forest. While these trees are more famously associated with California, the redwoods in New Zealand grow faster because there is no long dry spell like the west coast of the U.S.A. Continue reading Tokorangi Forest