The World Around Us

New Zealand

A quick two-month tour through New Zealand in 2005 was fabulous and brought the needed change in Lisette’s travels ‘Down Under’. What I loved most about this archipelago is the diversity of its nature. I saw beaches, mountains, glaciers, hot springs and volcanoes; just to name a few.

Lisette treasures the views locked up in her mind from the top of the Tongariro Crossing where she died a thousand deaths due to her fear of heights. Vastly different is the amazing Queen Charlotte Track close to Picton; what a magnificent place to hike.

New Zealand is the place to go for trekking and hiking!

Please note this is a personal blog about traveling around the world.


Weeping Franz Josef

I was looking forward to seeing – and more than that, being on – a glacier, and Franz Jozef is the most famous one. This, despite suffering from vertigo.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: March 2, 2005

Abel Tasman National Park

A month into my New Zealand itinerary, I felt I couldn’t afford a leisurely day and arranged a walk in Abel Tasman NP with its handsome beaches and panoramic views

Posted by: Lisette

Date: February 27, 2005

Queen Charlotte Track

I arrived in Picton with the ferry from Wellington. As I entered the Marlborough Sounds I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. This area is like a paradise! The Marlborough Sounds […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: February 24, 2005

Wellington’s museums

This blog post talks about museums in New Zealand and Canada and highlights a visit to the National Archive that keeps the original Waitangi Treaty.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: February 22, 2005

Whakarewarewa & Wai-o-Tapu

Close to Rotorua is the Whakarewarewa Forest that has giant Californian redwoods where I walked for many hours. I also went to tourist hangout Wai-o-Tapu with Lady Knox Geyser.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: February 17, 2005

Historic Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Close to Rotorua is Waimangu Valley where Mt. Tarawera erupted in 1886. Prior to the devastation people sighted the phantom war canoe that was believed to be a sign of death.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: February 16, 2005

Maori warrior

Rotorua’s Tamaki Maori Village

When I think of Rotorua, a couple of memories come back. The biggest one is the impressive Tamaki Māori Village, the large population of Māori, and the smell.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: February 14, 2005

New Zealand

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

I visited Hamilton, and except for visiting the Theme Gardens and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, there’s nothing going on..

Posted by: Lisette

Date: February 12, 2005

Volcanic Rangitoto Island

Close to Auckland you will find a little jewel of an island if you love hiking. Rangitoto Island has a myriad of walking trails and is easy to reach with the ferry.

Posted by: Lisette