Three in a boat in Patua
Strictly speaking I cannot say three men in a boat – to be accurate it would have to be three humans in a kayak.
Or perhaps, at times, one human and two dogs – but you get the idea.
We were eager to try out Read More…
Huka Huka: Prawns and Falls
From the Kiwi Annison Archives
If we’re ever heading down to Taupo or beyond, one of our favourite spots to call in for a spot of relaxation, great food and good old easy-going kiwi ambience is Huka Prawn Park and its fantastic riverside restaurant.
Situated next to the Waikato River, just a short distance from the powerful Huka Falls, the park breeds and grows tropical prawns (Giant Malaysian River Prawns) using waste geothermal heat from the geothermal power station next door. Read More…
Fancy a spot of afternoon tea?
Gorgeous place for some self-indulgence @ The Old Mill Cafe, Paku near Tairua Read More…
A New Zealand mountain, a sunset and a cafe
Where were we up to?
……..oh yeah…… one of us had climbed a mountain and was ready to rest weary bones and relax for the evening.
And the rest of us were still full of energy.
(Read I’m pathetic on the peaks of Mount Pirongia)
but it was getting late and we had thoughts of dinner in our heads.
So we decided to go park up the Kiwi Blog Bus for the night and down the road in Pirongia village we found just the place.
Dinner on the bus tonight
Dinner in the Kiwi Blog Bus tonight was pasta with wilted spinach, toasted pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
(The meat eaters also had some shredded chicken to stir in.)
The glass of Pinot Noir was quite yum too, Cheers!!
How we came to be honorary kiwis
Today’s post recognises the beginning steps of our life in New Zealand, which ultimately led to the adventures and travels we are now able to make in the Kiwi Blog Bus.
It’s an anniversay day for us.
Three years ago today we got very valuable blue stickers inserted into our UK passports – we were given permanent residence in New Zealand.
We had been here for five months (out of the six allowed as a tourist) and although Sam had a current work visa, myself and the three children were all due to leave the country if our permanent residence didn’t come through in time.
The relief, as you can imagine, was immense.
Especially as we’d already bought a house and shipped over all our personal possessions!
Sky high in Auckland
If you live in (or have at some point visited) New Zealand then you’ll definitely know it.
If you are in another part of the world (and don’t have a Lonely Planet guide to NZ that you scour every night) then you might not even have heard of it.
I thought I’d blog today about what I consider to be an extremely well-known New Zealand tourist destination: Sky Tower.
Doing it in public
New Zealanders may or may not know that their free public barbecues are a source of wonder to many travellers.
We were away in the bus over New Year.
We travelled to the East Cape as we’d never been before and I heard it was worth the trip.
And then it rained some more. Read More…