Category: New Zealand

  • Hobbiting time.

    Hobbiting time.

    Everybody on the bus was German.  This was pretty much the theme for our New Zealand trip: everywhere we went, most of the tourists were German.  It was kind of weird in that in Australia, tourists are normally from South East Asia, but the only time we encountered any Asian tourists would be the next day.  I […]

  • Kiwi Eruptions

    Kiwi Eruptions

    Okay, so just to clarify, New Zealand did not in fact erupt.  We did however see quite a bit of volcanic activity on this seventh day of our Kiwiland road trip. Our first stop for the day was going to be Wai-o-Tapu, “Thermal Wonderland”, and we were aiming to get there before the daily eruption […]

  • Rainbows, redwoods, and waters hot and cold

    Rainbows, redwoods, and waters hot and cold

    Rotorua saw us taking another leisurely late start to the day, as I trotted off at the thoroughly reasonable hour of 8:30 in search of a shower.  Now, while Base let us use their showers, these were not the showers for their regular customers: they were pleb showers.  I’m surprised they didn’t make us use a different […]

  • The Pinnacle

    The Pinnacle

    Our final hike for the trip would be going up the Pinnacles in Coromandel, and I was not excited.  On each of the preceding hikes I’d gotten myself through the uphill sections by telling myself that (a) I would have the world’s greatest ass, and (b) at least it wasn’t as uphill as the Pinnacles.  Yup.  I […]