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’

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


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!


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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