Visit to Omaui

Recently I made a visit to Omaui. Months ago my son mentioned Omaui and asked if I’d been ever visited this small seaside area. I was sure I must have, because it is in Southland. Surely I knew all of our lovely southern province like the back of my hand. But the photos he sent didn’t ring any bells. An unexpected visit to Southland occurred last month when my brother in law passed away. A trip to Omaui was definitely … Continue reading

War Memorial Museum Visit

A visit to the War Memorial Museum in Auckland was long overdue when I ventured there last week. It has been years since I last visited. Within moments I regretted this. What an amazing place full of interesting items. It would have been easy to spend a whole day or even longer there, but the visit was limited to only hours. My visit coincided with the exhibition “Voyage to Aotearoa: Tupaia and the Endeavour”. Most of the afternoon was spent … Continue reading

Experiencing Bali

Depending on one’s age, experiencing Bali can be a very different exercise in enjoyment. For the fit and healthy For those fit and healthy, probably without graying hair or arthritic joints, experiencing Bali can include great excitement. A trek up Mount Batur – an active volcano – to catch a sunrise might attract you. Although since the recent catastrophic event on Whakaari/White Island in New Zealand, I’d think twice about scaling any volcano. (The volcano unexpected erupted and killed/ dreadfully … Continue reading

A Romance Writer In Bali

What would a romance writer in Bali find to encourage her imagination and send her fingers flying across a keyboard? Resorts advertise themselves as wedding venues. Often couples choose Bali as a honeymoon retreat. All around there is romance and excitement. What a great place to holiday. What an excellent place to gain ideas and explore the romance all around. Pools at Seminyak Hotel Unfortunately while this romance writer was in Bali I found the ambiance of our resorts took … Continue reading

New Year In Ohakune

I never considered New Year in Ohakune as an exciting option to start the year. However, friends visiting from Queensland expressed an interest in revisiting the area. Suddenly New Year in Ohakune became a reality this summer. I wasn’t terribly enthusiastic. Ohakune was close to Waiouru where we lived in the early 1980’s so I had been to the town before. A visit to Ohakune’s supermarket once every few weeks, while a change of routine, never enthralled me to stay. … Continue reading

Melbourne and the Twelve Apostles

My favourite memory of our Melbourne break will be the day we visited the Twelve Apostles. Of the day trips offered, there was a funny reason for choosing this one. I saw the journey, all 600km of it, would touch the town of Colac. Having grown up in Colac Bay in NZ, I just had to visit Australia’s Colac and compare these two place names. We left Melbourne at 8am. It was an overcast day, but I had my fingers … Continue reading

Visit to Melbourne

After talking about taking a visit to Melbourne (Australia) for a number of years, I’ve finally made it. Although I guess this isn’t my first visit. A couple of years ago we were on a cruise which stopped in this beautiful city for a few hours. But a few hours does not give much time to appreciate what a city might have to offer. We only allowed ourselves six days to visit and explore. What have we done? I’m not … Continue reading

Home Via New Plymouth

A call from our daughter, holidaying with family in Wellington, helped us decide to join them and head home via New Plymouth. Not too different from our original plan, before eagerness to sleep in our own bed took over. Pukeiti Gardens The prime attraction of visiting New Plymouth is always to call at Pukeiti Gardens where the ashes of many of my husband’s family have been placed. It is a beautiful, peaceful place on the side of Mount Taranaki (Egmont). … Continue reading

Interislander Kaitaki

It is a short drive from Blenheim to Picton and the ferry for the North Island. Our booking on the Interislander Kaitaki for a 1.45pm sailing suited us perfectly. It cost a little more ($263) than if we had booked further in advance but we didn’t want to commit ourselves while not knowing how long we might stay in the South Island. Boarding the car ferry is an interesting experience. Last time was more years ago than I’m willing to … Continue reading

Kaikoura

Driving from Cheviot to Blenheim is a three hour journey for those in a hurry. But we were keen to see any lasting impact from the earthquake so we took our time. We paused in Kaikoura and supported the local economy in a small way. On the road again, unfortunately we were on the wrong side for easy stopping. The traffic was such I only made one attempt to pull into a rest area so I missed the opportunity to … Continue reading