Category: New Zealand

The End Of The Rainbow

This post will conclude my writing about New Zealand – at least until our next trip ūüėČ Seriously, it was an incredible place and wonderful vacation. ¬†I highly encourage everyone to go at least once in their lives. And, in…

Possum Fur

You may have heard that New Zealand has three sheep for every person. ¬†One of the main goods from these sheep is fine Merino wool. ¬†The shops carry all kinds of sweaters, gloves, scarves, hats, etc. made from this local…

Kiwis & Paradise Ducks

So, you’ve probably heard of New Zealanders referred to as “Kiwis”. ¬†Do you know where that term comes from? I must admit, I didn’t. ¬†I figured it had something to do with Kiwi fruit, so I was looking around expecting…

In A Galaxy Far, Far Away

By far the most spectacular and memorable thing Tim & I saw in New Zealand had nothing to do with the mountains, rivers, trees or animals. ¬†Had nothing to do with Earth, even. ¬†It was the SKY!!! Our camp was…

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting on the Shotover River in Queenstown, New Zealand was quite an adventure! Rapids are rated on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the most difficult and dangerous. ¬†The Shotover River ranges from 3-5 depending upon the water…

Lothlorien Forest

This is the last post I’ll write about how New Zealand looks like Middle Earth, I swear! ¬†But I am amazed that J.R.R. Tolkein didn’t have New Zealand in mind when he wrote his stories. Another case in point are…

Misty Mountains

I wanted to visit New Zealand since I saw the first The Lord of the Rings movie. ¬†The trilogy was my favorite story and I thought the movies did an excellent job of capturing the magic. ¬†I wondered how much…

Queenstown & The Remarkables

Queenstown is on the South Island of New Zealand. ¬†It is surrounded by mountains, one notable chain being The Remarkables. ¬†And they are! ¬†They spring up from ground level and go straight up and up and up! ¬†They are only…

Paragliding!

I did it! ¬†I jumped off a mountain and went paragliding in Queenstown, New Zealand! Hard to believe, I know! ¬†The first night we arrived in Queenstown, we saw others paragliding down the mountain and we all agreed they were…

Craters of the Moon

The North Island of New Zealand is home to the Taupo Volcanic Zone which contains active volcanoes and other geothermal activity. ¬†Carrie and I visited one such site called Craters of the Moon Thermal Area, which is part of Wairakei,…