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One does not simply walk into Mordor!

But I did it.

On the 5th of December I started the Northern Circuit, a multi-day hike in the Tongariro National Park.

I started at around 10 am at Whakapapa village, but soon there was no sign of civilization anymore. 965 more words

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Sign of the times at bookshop, Tauranga, New Zealand

Being partial to books, and knowing my readers are too, I can’t resist the humour of this signboard, spotted outside a bookshop in Tauranga, New Zealand: 11 more words


Local Culture: Richard Wootton’s ‘Marking Time: Portraits of the Inked’ at the Sarjeant Gallery

I’m pleased to report that I’m safely home from Kaikoura, and diving back into my local art scene.

Back in 2009, the New Zealand media… 488 more words


Journey to “Middle Earth”: The North Island Part 2

It’s been a great adventure here in New Zealand. Our journey began in Auckland on the North Island, and we’ve been working our way south. You can catch up and read Part 1 here: … 1,707 more words

Preparation Mania

We’ve finally got plane tickets and medical approval and… it’s happening. Having real days to dread horribly/look forward to makes the whole thing real, and just thinking about them is kind of like sticking a fork in an outlet of excitement and jitters. 663 more words


Jacinda - Politician or Supermodel?

Adam realises that much is happening in the NZ political sphere at present

Yet why is the Great Labour Hope – Jacinda not standing in any of the electorates? 35 more words