Christchurch – New Brighton Beach

Christchurch – New Brighton Beach

Mr A’ and I had a looovely relaxing stroll along New Brighton Beach. If you end up in Christchurch, you should too! It is easy to find parking, there is an amazing library right next to the beach as well as a fun looking play area covered in happy children! Why New Brighton Beach? I made a lot of plans before we visited New Zealand. I’d read quite a few really helpful blogs, researched possible hikes and even had back-up walks for…

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Okoroire Hot Springs

Okoroire Hot Springs

One of the things I loved most about living in Japan was the onsen, or hot springs. So, as New Zealand has so many volcanoes, I was really hoping we’d be able to experience a Kiwi version! After we’d had a day exploring the volcanic, geothermal hot springs in Wai-O-Tapu, I was really ready to climb into a hot pool! I mean, after a long walk, there is nothing better than relaxing in a hot bath. Luckily, we had plans…

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Walk through a Rainbow – Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools

Walk through a Rainbow – Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools

The Wai-O-Tapu thermal pools are amaaaaazing! These must be Rotorua’s best hot springs! This gorgeous walk is on New Zealand’s North Island, near Rotorua (so less than an hours drive from Taupo.) After seeing the Maori carvings near lake Taupo, we had plans to stay by Okoroire hot springs that evening…but we still had a whole afternoon to fill. Our friends were busy sampling Kiwi wines, but Marc and I fancied a bit of a walk. We looked around the tourist…

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Maori Carvings near Lake Taupo

Maori Carvings near Lake Taupo

The Maori Carvings near lake Taupo (I say near, they are actually on the lake in Mine Bay!) are a cool thing to see while you are in the area. We stayed at Taupo after our amaaaazing hike along the Tongariro Crossing. We’d had a fun evening with plenty of wine; So we fancied doing something relaxing (and not too energetic) before we drove on to our next destination. Google insisted that these Maori Carvings were a must see. And…

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