Archive for February, 2013

Rawhiti Caves, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Goldeny Bay is kind of like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get.  I was expecting a lot of surf, sand, water and sea dwelling critters – which I got.  What I didn’t expect was a healthy dose of cave viewing – something I’d never done before.  Sure, I’d seen some teeny-tiny, Mickey mouse hole-in-the-walls, but never a full out, grand-daddy of a cave – complete with a million or more stalactites (those are the ones that point downward – I had to look it up).  Welcome to Rawhiti Caves. Continue reading ‘Rawhiti Caves, Golden Bay, New Zealand’

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Wharariki beach, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Like Taiwan, New Zealand is all about gorgeous stretches of natural beauty.  One such place is called Wharariki beach.  Pronounced Fha-ra-riki, this beach is the epitome of picturesque.  It’s located in Golden Bay, at the north end of the south island – opposite Farewell split.

We took a winding path to get there which snakes through the ever present rolling hills,

Path to Wharariki Continue reading ‘Wharariki beach, Golden Bay, New Zealand’

The Shire – LOTR and Hobbit movie set in Matamata, New Zealand

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I’ve just returned from a month long trip to New Zealand, hence my recent silence in cyberspace.  I was writing, but mostly on paper and didn’t publish any of my stuff while on the road.  The next few posts will be about some of the experiences I had in NZ, which is a superbly amazing country.  I’ve tried to keep them as close to the original writing as possible, so that I convey what I felt and remembered immediately after each experience.  Enjoy!

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I’m currently waiting at the Auckland airport for my flight to the south island of New Zealand.  I’ve been in NZ for about a week now, and today I had the pleasure of visiting the movie set for Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, so here is some underground hobbit-hole awesomeness. Continue reading ‘The Shire – LOTR and Hobbit movie set in Matamata, New Zealand’



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