I did it. Well, almost, I’m not quite done. I’ve moved from the United States halfway across the world to New Zealand, and I’m in Auckland for a few days before I begin the final leg of my journey down to Whanganui. The last several weeks have been frantic. I’ve quit my job, sold or … Continue reading Southbound and Down: Don’t Panic!
Another beautiful day in New Zealand and another great day to spend outside. I started in the morning with a visit to the Bason Botanic Gardens. I stopped at a dairy to pick up a sandwich for my lunch and headed out to the gardens, about seven miles from Whanganui. The gardens are extensive and … Continue reading Whanganui Part 3: Bason Botanic Gardens, Kai Iwi, & Bushy Park
On Saturday morning I headed out to the farmer's market in downtown Whanganui. Stretching out along the riverfront were various stalls selling local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, crafts and handmade items, and other fun things to explore. I bought a delicious pastry at one stall featuring ginger, dark chocolate, and whiskey flavors. With my … Continue reading Whanganui Part 2: MV Wairua and Lake Virginia
After spending most of the day before in the car, I wanted to get out and stretch my legs. The city of Whanganui is located on both sides of the Whanganui River right before it flows into the Tasman Sea. After a light breakfast at my AirBnb, I took a long walk on the river's … Continue reading Whanganui Part 1: Castlecliff and Durie Hill
I had only been in the Bay of Islands for a few days but I was eager to move on and explore parts of New Zealand I had not visited before. I had hoped to see Cape Reinga again before I left Northland but the weather was still cloudy and stormy so the long drive … Continue reading Bye, Bye, Bay of Islands