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Sulphur Sniffing and Reminiscing in…Rotorua: De Ja Vu

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Haven’t we been here before?? Hmmm…yes that’s right that place where something clicked and was once the place I described as my favourite place on earth. The city of Rotorua in New Zealand. From my visit there in 2007, I …

Backpacking in New Zealand: Oamaru, South Island

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A Victorian town out of nowhere, the desolate old fashioned lifestyle is enough to enchant the casual passer by, or at least one with a hate of commercialism. I’ll tell you where it is – on the east coast of …

Backpacking in New Zealand: Twilight in Picton

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Picton makes Larne or Portavogie look like a big port. Picton is the gateway to the north island of New Zealand. For those who despise flying as much as me, this place is perfect for getting a boat from the …

You Can Taihape Now…Morning Snack At Gumboot Manor *

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After Palmerston North, it was time to check out the town of Taihape. Love the pronunciation of that one, it could be seen as “Die happy”, title of a Therapy? song back in 1998. Therapy? being a Northern Irish rock …

Thirsty Thursdays: Pubs Of Wellington, New Zealand

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I’ve been to a fair few capital cities and a fair few pubs in them as you’ll have gathered if you have followed DSL and in particular my Thirsty Thursday Feature. This one, New Zealand’s capital had to wait till …

Cromwell and Lawrence (Oliver and Of Arabia)

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OK I’m not just throwing old fashioned British names at you. But really I could be. No but these are two remote settlements on the south eastern part of New Zealand, both places which I thoroughly investigated all there was …

Backpacking in New Zealand: Palmerston North, Fawlty Towers Suicide Capital?

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Seems weird to have a Palmerston North, with no obvious place called Palmerston South. I didn’t even question that, but I did wonder why. (Answer for you below anyway).  And is this really a suicide capital?? John Cleese, once of …

A Dream Uninspired Return To Lake Taupo… *

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A warm single coloured tear flowed down my heart broken cheek in late October 2010. And the reason was obvious. Emotion, as ever had risen above everything else on this planet. Here I was back again in Taupo, or as …

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