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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


Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga is the most northern top of New Zealand, a real must-see and must-do. I also went to historic Russell where Hone Heke took down the English flag four times between 1840-1844.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: February 8, 2005

Learning about the Waitangi Treaty in Paihia

Paihia in the Bay of Islands was an interesting place to visit. I could ramble about the awesome dolphins, the murky Hole in the Rock and the famous Kauri forest, but my interest was to learn more about the Waitangi Treaty and its implementation.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: February 6, 2005

Welcome to New Zealand!

Just arrived in Auckland, New Zealand’s economic hub on the Northern Island. As this hilly city is sprawled out, it’s apparently the fourth largest city of the world, I got to see a fair bit of town and grow some serious leg muscle!

Posted by: Lisette

Date: February 3, 2005

Broken Hill

Though I have heard many good stories about train travels in Australia, I wouldn’t advise it personally. My only train experience was going and coming back to Broken Hill and […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: January 22, 2005

Canberra: Boring, Commemorating, and Protesting

Australia’s capital is situated beautifully in nature, obviously well thought about in the last century (before World War I) by its architects and legislature. Also carefully negotiated is the exact […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: January 18, 2005